Week Six RB Rankings: Michael Turner Overdrive

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Week Six RB Rankings: Michael Turner Overdrive
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Ladies and gentlemen, there has been a Michael Turner sighting in San Francisco this weekend. Many fantasy owners who drafted him in the top three overall have been anxiously awaiting his arrival.

Most of you are already well aware that I pegged Turner as a first round bust this season, and despite Sunday’s three TD outburst, I’m still very skeptical. I give most of the credit to the complete meltdown of the San Francisco 49ers defense that was ranked in the top five through the first four weeks.

Turner didn’t show me any great bursts of speed, and despite his touchdown total, he did not manage to break the 100 yard mark again. He’s only broken 100 once this season in Week Two, when he hit 105.

He’s only getting about 80 yards per game, and his YPC average is hovering at 3.7 so far. This week he faces Chicago. Let’s see if he can put together a couple of 100 yard games and prove me wrong.

The other first round running back I pegged as a bust was DeAngelo Williams. Given how poorly QB Jake Delhomme has played so far, it seemed only logical they’d have to feed the ball to Williams all day against the middling Redskins defense.

Instead he had 18 rushes for 40 yards, at a 2.2 YPC average.

That’s why they play the games, as they say. If statistics could reliably predict outcomes week in and week out, there would be no point in watching. Monday night’s game was yet another example.

While I expected Ronnie Brown might find the end zone, I certainly would have bet against it happening more than once. Likewise, I expected nearly zero production from Thomas Jones, which is what I got, if you take away those two TDs. He had only 42 rushing yards. Go figure.

Onward to week six. This week we have 49ers, Cowboys, Colts, and Dolphins on bye.

That means we’ll be without the aforementioned Ronnie Brown, his sidekick Ricky Williams, as well as Frank Gore, Glenn Coffee, Tashard Choice, Felix Jones, Marion Barber, Donald Brown, and Joseph Addai.

 

Week Six Start 'Em

 

Moreno owners can celebrate

Moreno owners can celebrate

 

Knowshon Moreno, DEN 

The Broncos are 5-0. Maybe the end of the world is coming after all. With Correll Buckhalter sidelined, the rookie got a chance to lead the horses to a win, and he did.

While he never scored, he did rack up 124 total yards against the Patriots. In week six he faces the San Diego Chargers who have surrendered 197 yards and nearly two TDs per game to opposing running backs.

My guess is Buckhalter will sit out this week as well, but even if he plays I still see Moreno getting 100 yards and a score.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, PIT 

For the third straight week, the sophomore RB should post fantasy gravy. This week he gets the second worst team against the run, the Browns. Yes, still second worst even after keeping the Ravens RBs in check.

Look for at least one TD and 100-plus yards. Then if you’re fantasy savvy you’ll follow my advice in my Sports Blog Nation article this week, and trade him before he faces the Vikings in week seven, then goes on bye.

 

Brian Westbrook/LeSean McCoy, PHI 

I’m recommending playing both this week because we saw that two RBs (Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw) can have fantasy productive games against this week’s victim, the Oakland Raiders.

The New York Giants backs combined for 240 yards and two scores. And neither of them are the pass catching backs that McCoy and Westbrook are.

 

Cedric Benson, CIN

As much distaste as I have for this schlub, the Cardiac Cats just keep giving him the rock, and he keeps putting up the yards.

No one has had more touches than his 111. He’s averaging 110 total yards each game.

This week he faces the poor rush defense of the Houston Texans. His numbers appear to say that he is for real, so that would make him almost a lock for another 100 yard one score game day in week six.

 

Thomas Jones, NYJ 

Yet another guy who leaves me cold, but if the Buffalo Bills can make Jamal Lewis and his old legs look good, Jones could have a nice fantasy day as well. It seems like the Jets like throwing their way down field then handing it to Jones to punch in.

He should have an 80 yard game with one or two TDs against the Bills.

 

Week Six Sit 'Em

 

Ray Rice/Willis McGahee, BAL 

As we saw in week five, the running duo can be quasi-shut down.

Willis McGahee was invisible against the Bengals. Only Ray Rice showed up, with his first ever TD reception. However, Rice only rushed for 69 yards, and in fantasy, his value is his yardage, with McGahee getting the red zone touches.

Rice had a nice day with seven receptions, which made his day in Week Five.

This week they face the Minnesota Vikings who have yet to allow a rushing touchdown through five games. Of course the law of probability would suggest that something has to give at some point, and this could be the week, but do you want to bank on which guy finally breaks through?

If either does, it’s likely to be Rice, but if you have a more solid option, this may be a week to use someone else. Definitely bench McGahee this week.

 

Jamal Lewis/Jerome Harrison, CLE 

After two solid weeks of running the ball for the Browns, this is the week to keep them both on the bench. The Browns face the Pittsburgh Steelers this week; the league’s best defense against the rush.

Add to that, we don’t know which RB will be getting the ball. Despite his week four performance, Jerome Harrison got relegated to the back of the bus when Jamal Lewis returned.

If the Lions’ Kevin Smith couldn’t muster much against the Steelers, these guys shouldn’t have a chance.

 

Sammy Morris, NEP 

Morris has become the go-to guy in New England with Fred Taylor out, but that likely won’t help him against Tennessee this week. Despite their woeful 0-5 start, the rush defense has been a lone bright spot. They are ranked second at stopping the run.

This game should be about Tom Brady trying to shred the Titans secondary. I wouldn’t expect much from Morris this week. Pass-catching Kevin Faulk has a better chance to score.

 

His face says it all

His face says it all

 

Larry Johnson, KCC 

It seems almost like cheating to list Johnson as a sit, because he’s been a sit all season. He’s currently ranked 46th among RBs in fantasy points. He’s rushed for 226 yards in five games (45 a game) at a 2.4 YPC average. He has no touchdowns.

Blame him, blame the offensive line, it doesn’t matter. Right now this is one Johnson that shouldn’t be getting any fantasy love from anyone.

This week he faces the Redskins who managed to shut down DeAngelo Williams last week.

 

Julius Jones, SEA

Like Johnson, this one almost goes without saying. I said at the start of the season that Jones would explode against the St. Louis Rams then go into hibernation for the winter.

So far he hasn’t poked his head out of his cave since week one.

While the Arizona Cardinals defense won’t strike fear into the hearts of many, no team has allowed fewer rushing yards to opposing RBs than the 238 the Cards have given up. That’s less than 60 a game.

Since his week one explosion Jones has only run for 168 yards, or 42 a week. If Jones does make fantasy noise this week it will likely be as a pass catcher, which is the Cards area of weakness with running backs.

RB Top 50 Statistical Rankings Through Week Five (Actual stats)

Player

Team

G

Att

Rush Yard

TD

Target

Rec

Rec Yard

TD

Fantasy Points

1. Adrian Peterson

MIN

5

99

481

7

10

10

62

0

96.3

2. Ronnie Brown

MIA

5

93

443

6

12

9

64

0

86.7

3. Chris Johnson

TEN

5

78

468

2

24

16

126

1

77.4

4. Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

5

75

330

5

30

21

120

0

75.0

5. Cedric Benson

CIN

5

111

487

3

12

8

65

0

73.2

6. Ray Rice

BAL

5

63

364

1

32

23

208

1

69.2

7. Willis McGahee

BAL

5

38

199

5

12

8

58

2

67.7

8. Michael Turner

ATL

4

87

323

5

2

1

5

0

62.8

9. Ricky Williams

MIA

5

61

316

2

14

11

132

1

62.8

10. Kevin Smith

DET

5

94

287

3

23

19

143

0

61.0

11. Joseph Addai

IND

5

62

210

3

28

26

153

1

60.3

12. Fred Jackson

BUF

5

83

363

0

28

20

177

1

60.0

13. Thomas Jones

NYJ

5

74

271

5

5

2

1

0

57.2

14. Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

5

58

375

2

7

6

74

0

56.9

15. Steven Jackson

STL

5

104

451

0

23

14

92

0

54.3

16. Frank Gore

SF

3

39

241

3

11

8

57

1

53.8

17. Marion Barber

DAL

4

58

297

3

5

4

58

0

53.5

18. Julius Jones

SEA

5

69

285

1

14

12

67

2

53.2

19. Steve Slaton

HOU

5

72

231

1

22

17

180

1

53.1

20. Knowshon Moreno

DEN

5

81

337

1

9

8

69

1

52.6

21. Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

5

51

287

3

5

5

55

0

52.2

22. Clinton Portis

WAS

5

91

338

1

8

6

42

1

50.0

23. Ryan Grant

GB

4

67

257

2

11

9

83

0

46.0

24. Tim Hightower

ARI

4

38

126

2

30

25

202

0

44.8

25. DeAngelo Williams

CAR

4

59

220

2

15

11

103

0

44.3

26. Tashard Choice

DAL

5

44

225

2

17

12

92

0

43.7

27. Brandon Jacobs

NYG

5

100

355

1

8

4

21

0

43.6

28. Pierre Thomas

NO

3

33

212

3

5

5

42

0

43.4

29. C. Buckhalterinjured

DEN

4

37

267

1

11

8

96

0

42.3

30. Matt Forte

CHI

4

71

271

1

16

13

92

0

42.3

31. Donald Brown

IND

5

44

154

2

9

7

138

0

41.2

32. Cadillac Williams

TB

5

48

199

1

18

15

89

1

40.8

33. Darren Sproles

SD

4

37

90

1

22

15

197

1

40.7

34. Fred Taylor

NE

4

45

201

2

2

2

17

0

33.8

35. Reggie Bush

NO

4

36

148

1

22

14

121

0

32.9

36. Michael Bush

OAK

5

42

157

2

8

8

51

0

32.8

37. Chester Taylor

MIN

5

28

69

1

26

21

187

0

31.6

38. Glen Coffee

SF

5

71

183

1

15

10

69

0

31.2

39. Leon Washington

NYJ

5

55

225

0

18

12

85

0

31.0

40. Sammy Morris

NE

5

30

109

1

15

11

134

0

30.3

41. Mike Bell

NO

2

45

229

1

1

1

9

0

29.8

42. Brian Westbrook

PHI

3

32

134

1

11

8

39

1

29.3

43. Felix Jones

DAL

3

21

212

1

2

1

20

0

29.2

44. Jerome Harrison

CLE

4

56

202

0

20

14

88

0

29.0

45. LeSean McCoy

PHI

4

40

162

1

13

8

62

0

28.4

46. Larry Johnson

KC

5

93

226

0

12

8

57

0

28.3

47. Jamal Lewis

CLE

3

56

212

0

4

4

55

0

26.7

48. Jonathan Stewart

CAR

4

33

138

1

9

8

69

0

26.7

49. Willie Parker

PIT

3

52

159

0

4

4

44

1

26.3

50. Darren McFaddeninjured

OAK

4

47

145

1

13

7

53

0

25.

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