Not much movement at the top of the running back rankings again this week as the studs through the first seven weeks continue to look like good options for the remainder of the year.
The potential loss of Brett Favre to Adrian Peterson has many fantasy owners scratching their heads, but Peterson has been extremely productive without Favre as well as with him, so there’s no reason to panic either way. Adrian will get his touches, no problem.
The Kansas City duo of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones just continues to impress. With both players putting up double digit fantasy points nearly every week, both of them move up the rankings to 13th (Charles) and 18th (Jones). With Buffalo, Oakland, and Denver on their schedule coming up—all of whom have been terrible against running backs this season—this duo could be in for quite a run.
One of the biggest risers this week is Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden. With Michael Bush running pretty well while he was out with an injury, many experts though that the two backs would be falling back into a timeshare.
While the touches were very close in number, McFadden’s production was just ridiculous. He scored four total touchdowns while accumulating nearly 200 total yards—by far the most productive fantasy day of his young career.
DeAngelo Williams’ injury hurts his already mediocre fantasy value. After being drafted in the first two rounds in just about every league, Williams has been a monumental disappointment this season, scoring seven or fewer fantasy points in five of his first six games this season.
Though his foot injury is a minor one that should keep him out a couple weeks at the most, it’s hard to be too excited about a guy that’s splitting carries on a team that can’t seem to move the ball. With Williams potentially being out, Jonathan Stewart’s value is on the rise as he should get almost all of the carries if Williams does not play.
The running back situation in Tampa Bay seems to be heating up as it appears that LaGarrette Blount may be making a push to become the team’s new top back. Though it doesn’t particularly mean a lot given the Buccaneers’ mediocre offensive firepower to begin with, Blount took 11 carries to Cadillac Williams’ four in Week 7. It seems like it may only be a matter of time before the Buccaneers replace the ever-stalling Cadillac.