Week One of the regular season is behind us so fantasy owners now have some evidence of how coaches will utilize their personnel during the 2010 season. Vanilla offences and testing the abilities of backups against starters are now past us, and we can better predict how players will perform on a week to week basis.
We’re not going to state the obvious here. Rather the focus is on the mid-tier options as well as the tough matchups for some of the more talented running backs in the league.
However, he should feast on the Lions who gave up huge chunks of yardage to Matt Forte of the Bears last week. McCoy isn’t likely to match Forte’s output (201 total yards and two touchdowns), but he is a great start this week.
Since Arian Foster ripped the Colts for 231 rushing yards and three touchdowns, Bradshaw should be in line for a huge game in Week Two. Foster had the highest fantasy point production last week and Bradshaw just might do the trick this week.
The Rams' defense struggled to contain the speedy LaRod Stephens-Howling in Week One, repeatedly allowing him to get outside the tackles for solid gains. McFadden had 150 total yards and a touchdown against the Titans defense, and that unit is clearly far superior to what the Rams bring to the table.
Last year, Benson stopped the Ravens' streak of not allowing an opposing 100-yard rusher and went over the mark in both games. In the two games, he ran 61 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns. With the Ravens coming off a big Monday night game in New York and having to play on the road in Week Two, Benson is a solid start this week.
Sometimes it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Frankly speaking, I don’t think Brandon Jackson is all that good. He’s nowhere near one of the top backup running backs in the league, and that’s why the Packers have chosen to reduce his touches every year that he has been in the league, from 91 to 75 to 58. That means the Packers don’t think he is all that good.
However, with Ryan Grant out and no decent player behind Jackson, he figures to get plenty of work in a home game this week against the Bills and their pathetic run defence. That makes him an easy start.
For the second week in a row, the Jets pair of running backs land in the sit ‘em category. Last week, they were here because they were facing the stout Ravens' run defense.
This week, they are here because of the uncertainty surrounding how the carries will be divided. Greene found himself on the bench for much of the Ravens game after he fumbled twice and subsequently dropped a short pass. LT stepped in and produced, putting up 62 yards on just 11 carries.
The Vikings uncharacteristically struggled to shut down the Saints rushing attack during the second half of their game last week, but we’re going to chalk that up more to the superb play of the Saints' offensive guards (Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks) as well as some opening week conditioning issues for massive defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams.
Brown and Williams put up decent but not outstanding numbers in Week One against a Bills' run defence that was amongst the worst in the league in 2009. On the road against the Vikings, Brown and Williams rate as decent flex players, but see if you have other options at RB2.
This week’s opponent is the Bears, who held the Lions to 21 yards on 20 carries in a Week One home win. While the Cowboys can run it better than Detroit, if offensive coordinator Jason Garrett continues to split the carries up three-ways, none of Dallas’ running backs should be in your fantasy starting lineup, particularly against Chicago.
They couldn’t get anything going at home against the Dolphins so why should we think they can get anything going on the road against a Packers' run defence that was the stingiest in the league last year, allowing 83 yards per game and only five touchdowns the entire year? We shouldn’t.
As for Lynch, there's no guarantee that he will be a Bill after this week's game. The Bills need help at inside linebacker, and the Packers need a running back. Could a Lynch-A.J. Hawk deal be in the works? Hmmm.