NFL Week 11 Moving Up, Moving Down: Run Ricky Run

Dave StringerCorrespondent INovember 24, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 19:  Ricky Williams #34 of the Miami Dolphins runs away from Richard Marshall #31 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 19, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Moving Up

Ricky Williams , Dolphins – Ricky was moving up last week but after his 138 total yards, three TD performance against the Panthers, he’s moving up again. Based on his schedule, Ricky is likely a top five back over the balance of the season.

Rock Cartwright , Redskins – Two weeks ago, Ladell Betts was the pickup of the week. Well, Betts is finished with a knee injury and starter Clinton Portis doesn’t look ready to return from a concussion. Meanwhile, Cartwright had the best game of his eight-year career with 140 total yards on 20 touches against a solid Cowboys defense. Giddy up on this one.

Jason Snelling , Falcons – After Snelling’s 76 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, there’s no point in the Falcons hurrying Michael Turner back from injury. The 13 receiving yards on three receptions were a nice reminder that this guy can also catch the ball.

LeSean McCoy , Eagles – The Eagles showed a little commitment to the run this week for a change, and McCoy turned his 20 carries into 99 yards and a score. There wasn’t anything in the passing game, but that’s just nitpicking. Be forewarned, however, that you can’t expect the Eagles to run this much every week because that would be like taking the stripes off a zebra.

Greg Jennings , Packers – I spoke to Jennings yesterday, and he told me that he and Donald Driver had changed jerseys for the first ten weeks of the season. Thanks for letting us know Greg, now start scoring touchdowns like you did in 2008 and 2009.


Moving Down

Brandon Marshall , Broncos – He was a sell high last week based on concerns about Kyle Orton ’s ability to play on an injured ankle and Chris Simms ability to, well, play at all. Sure enough, Simms couldn’t play at all, and Orton couldn’t play hurt. End result – 26 yards for Marshall.

Roy Williams , Cowboys – Man, I was good last week. Another sell high and sure enough Williams puts up a bunch of zeroes against the Redskins.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh , Seahawks – Okay, now I’m just bragging. Sell high last week and then 36 yards against the Vikes. I’m done—honest.

Matt Forte , Bears – I keep putting him here (okay, not last week), you keep putting him in your starting lineup. I’m getting bored, and you’re getting mad.

John Carlson , Seahawks – After averaging nine targets a game over the first three weeks, he’s down to just over five targets per game the last seven weeks, including six over the past two weeks. This week, he failed to catch a ball. With blocking challenged Justin Forsett at running back, the Seahawks are forced to use Carlson in a blocking role to help their woeful offensive line which means he’s no longer startable.


Not Sold Yet

Rashard Mendenhall , Steelers – Kind of shaping up as a solid option only when facing soft defenses kind of guy. The 80 yards on the ground, 36 through the air and a receiving touchdown against the Chiefs were nice, but any decent back should get that. He’s fine against the Raiders and Browns, but I wouldn’t want to use him against the Ravens (twice) and Packers.

Kevin Smith , Lions – I told you last week to sell high on Smith based on his expected performance against the Browns. Sure enough, he blew up the Browns with 149 total yards and a score. Now watch Smith get blown up by the Packers (4th ranked run defense), Bengals (2nd), Ravens (5th), Cardinals (8th) and 49er (3rd) run defenses.

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