Not a lot of movement at the top of the rankings this week, but Maurice Jones-Drew continues his slow climb up the rankings. The All-Pro Jacksonville running back has now rushed for 100-plus yards in an impressive six straight games.
The season started off very slow for him, but he continues to look better and better as Jacksonville inches closer to an AFC South title. He moves up a spot this week, up to fourth among running backs—the highest he has been since the beginning of the season.
The biggest faller near the top of the rankings this week is Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who has now failed to reach double-digit fantasy points in four of his last five games.
He continues to touch the ball 20-plus times per game on average but has not been as productive as his touches might indicate. With two tough games remaining against the Jets and a surprisingly difficult to run against Browns defense, his ranking drops six spots down to 12th among running backs.
Carolina Panthers Jonathan Stewart may be the only player on the team who is truly fantasy relevant this season. While Mike Goodson had a streak of impressive games, most fantasy owners were reluctant to put a player who lacked name recognition like him in their fantasy lineups.
Stewart, however, is a name that fantasy owners remember from each of the past two seasons when he finished the season as one of the stronger fantasy plays. Stewart how now rushed for 90-plus yards in each of his past three games since returning from injury and has an excellent matchup this week against the Arizona Cardinals’ terrible run defense. Have no fear, your fantasy stud is here, and his name is Jonathan Stewart!
Another huge riser this week is Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain who has finally made his return from the hamstring injury that held him out for over a month. Torain had a great first game back against the Buccaneers, rushing for an impressive 172 yards in a loss.
With Rex Grossman now apparently the starting quarterback in Washington for the remainder of the year, the team will likely turn to Torain even more than before. Some tough matchups against the Cowboys and Giants remain, but Torain will be given every opportunity to put smiles on his fantasy owners’ faces in the playoffs.
Thomas Jones fell the furthest of any fantasy running back this week, down 14 spots to 32nd for the rest of the year. Jones received just three carries last week in a loss to the Chargers and has now been held under double-digits in fantasy points in five of his last seven games.
His backfield partner, Jamaal Charles, has had double digit fantasy days in five of those seven games and continues his slow rise up the rankings this week despite rushing for just 40 yards last week.
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