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Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Things haven't gone so smoothly for Adrian Peterson since he took his first carry of the season for a 78-yard touchdown.
The stud running back has averaged just 2.98 yards per carry since that inaugural scamper, a woefully low number for a guy who averaged 3.9 yards after contact per carry last season. He has scored two touchdowns since then as well, but he hasn't quite lived up to his No. 1-overall status over the past two-plus games.
That all changes this weekend when he squares off against a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season. All Day is in for a nice game.
Prediction: 24 carries, 160 yards, two touchdowns—two receptions, 15 yards
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
He hasn't quite had a Supernova Sunday, but Jamaal Charles has been producing nicely thus far this season, especially in PPR leagues.
The Giants, meanwhile, are in shambles. They gave up two long touchdown runs to Knowshon Moreno just two weeks ago.
Charles is much better than Moreno.
Prediction: 21 carries, 120 yards, one touchdown—seven receptions, 55 yards
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Were it not for the Rams imploding on Thursday night, the Lions would currently allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. That is a rather curious statistic given that front four featuring Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, though the latter has dealt with injuries.
The Bears, meanwhile, have done a good job of getting Matt Forte the ball and finally living up to fantasy expectations this season—at least through three games.
He should have a nice weekend.
Prediction: 18 carries, 110 yards, one touchdown—five receptions, 45 yards
Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts
He was in the "worst" section at running back last week and somehow had a fine day, though that was mostly due to the easy touchdown he had from the one-yard line.
This week, Trent Richardson gets the lowly Jaguars and the backfield to himself, which should mean a huge game.
Prediction: 20 carries, 125 yards, one touchdown—three receptions, 25 yards