Fantasy Football Week 2: RBs Who Will Rebound After Disastrous Week 1 Outings

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 9: Trent Richardson #33 of the Cleveland Browns runs down field during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Eagles defeated the Browns 17-16. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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One bad performance from your big-name running back shouldn't leave you scouring the waiver wire or trying to trade for his replacement.

While Alfred Morris is all the rage after his 96-yard, two touchdown performance and C.J. Spiller leads the NFL in rushing with a staggering 169 yards, it's safe to say we'll be seeing the usual suspects atop the rushing stat categories in no time.

Here are a few running backs who will bounce back after tanking in Week 1.


Steven Jackson

Week 2 Opponent: Washington Redskins

The Detroit Lions shut Steven Jackson down, limiting the workhorse to just 53 yards on 21 carries. Fantasy owners are likely panicking after seeing the declining back post a pedestrian 2.5 yards per carry in Week 1.

Not to worry. Jackson getting 21 carries in the opener is a great sign that the Rams are going to continue to feed him the ball. The Redskins only allowed 32 yards vs. the Saints, but they also only ran the ball a total of 10 times.

Washington faces a more balanced attack this week and you can count on Jackson breaking loose in Week 2. This is a running back who has cracked the 1,000-yard mark seven years in a row. He may not be the back he once was, but he's certainly better than 2.5 YPC.


Chris Johnson

Week 2 Opponent: San Diego Chargers

Many felt Chris Johnson's slow start last season was a result of his messy contract situation being resolved last minute. Fantasy owners who gave him the benefit of the doubt this season have to be horrified by the 11 carries for four yards he posted in Week 1 vs. the Patriots.

To his credit, he managed to haul in six catches for 47 yards, but his receiving performance wasn't nearly impressive enough to make up for his inadequacies on the ground.

Those who drafted CJ2k probably did so in the first or second round and knew the risks going in. It's not time to start looking for his replacement yet. The Chargers shut down Darren McFadden last week, but you can expect Johnson to fair better as the Titans make the run game a priority.


Trent Richardson

Week 2 Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals

The Browns invested heavily in their offense in the draft, spending first-round picks on both Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. Unfortunately, both rookies tanked in their debuts. While Richardson's debut will be remembered by this bone-crunching hit, this display of physicality doesn't help fantasy owners.

Though the Browns only lost to the Eagles by one point, Richardson only gained 39 yards on 19 carries. To make matters worse, Weeden tossed four interceptions and no touchdowns. The Browns have to get Richardson going in order to take the pressure off of their shaken rookie QB.

Luckily for Cleveland, it gets a vulnerable Bengals team that looked like a shadow of their 2011 team. Ray Rice had 6.8 YPC and found the end zone twice vs. Cincinnati last week. Richardson is going to dwarf Rice's 10 carries vs. the Bengals and you can count on him to take advantage of a vulnerable defense this week.