Running back depth continues to look grim with lackluster play and mounting injuries to even some of the elite talents like Trent Richardson and Maurice Jones-Drew. As a result, for the first time ever I have seven wide receivers listed in the top 10 of my flex play rankings.
What is even more interesting is the three top running backs listed are Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson. Talent wise all three are good enough to be elite options, but all three running backs had their question marks coming into the season.
Peterson has surprised many with this play through seven weeks, and he finally found the end zone against the Cardinals for the first time since Week 1.
Charles has turned into a feature back and only time will tell if he can hold up to the pounding of a full season coming off his ACL injury.
Then we have Johnson, a player who has brought much frustration to fantasy owners for the past two seasons. Because of a respectable performance against the Steelers and the fact that we are in the middle of bye weeks, it’s likely you had him in your lineup.
If so, he probably carried your team to a victory and his day could’ve been even better if not for Jamie Harper taking over goal line duties. This week, Johnson takes on a Colts defense that gave up over 150 yards and three touchdowns to Shonn Greene two weeks ago.
Last Sunday, Indianapolis did a good job against the Browns ground game, but Trent Richardson was clearly playing less than 100 percent and was benched for the second half of the game. Let’s hope Johnson’s recent performances (and that of the Titans as a team) are the start of big things to come.
Brandon Lloyd has struggled in recent weeks and it’s not all his fault. Matched up against the likes of Champ Bailey and Antonio Cromartie have taken a toll on his production.
This week Lloyd has another tough matchup against Cortland Finnegan, and it could be another slow week as Tom Brady doesn’t mind looking to other options.
LaRod Stephens-Howling had a surprising 100-yard performance last week when we expected William Powell to see the bulk of the carries. Stephens-Howling will have to get it done against the 49ers via the pass for success this week.
Don’t expect him to become another Ahmad Bradshaw or Marshawn Lynch. Stephens-Howling is a different style of running back and the 49ers have a almost two weeks to get ready for this game.
|3||Victor Cruz||@ Cowboys|
|8||Vincent Jackson||@ Vikings|
|9||Roddy White||@ Eagles|
|13||Marshawn Lynch||@ Lions|
|14||Frank Gore||@ Cardinals|
|15||Ryan Mathews||@ Browns|
|18||Alfred Morris||@ Steelers|
|21||Reggie Wayne||@ Titans|
|22||Marques Colston||@ Broncos|
|23||Julio Jones||@ Eagles|
|25||Darren McFadden||@ Chiefs|
|26||Wes Welker||@ Rams|
|28||Doug Martin||@ Vikings|
|29||Stevan Ridley||@ Rams|
|30||Steve Smith||@ Bears|
|31||Hakeem Nicks||@ Cowboys|
|32||Denarius Moore||@ Chiefs|
|35||Michael Turner||@ Eagles|
|36||Ahmad Bradshaw (I)||@ Cowboys|
|40||Trent Richardson (I)||Chargers|
|42||Mike Williams||@ Vikings|
|47||Darren Sproles||@ Broncos|
|49||Dez Bryant (I)||Giants|
|51||Rashad Jennings||@ Packers|
|54||Felix Jones (I)||Giants|
|55||Reggie Bush||@ Jets|
|56||Brandon Lloyd||@ Rams|
|57||Michael Crabtree||@ Cardinals|
|58||Malcom Floyd||@ Browns|
|59||Sidney Rice||@ Lions|
|61||Vick Ballard||@ Titans|
|63||Santana Moss||@ Steelers|
|65||Shane Vereen||@ Rams|
|66||Jonathan Stewart||@ Bears|
|67||Pierre Thomas||@ Broncos|
|69||Devery Henderson||@ Broncos|
|70||Brian Hartline||@ Jets|
|75||Danny Woodhead||@ Rams|