Week 5 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: LeGarrette Blount and 3 RBs to Bench

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIIOctober 8, 2011

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 3:  Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs 37 yards for the game-winning touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts October 3, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  The Bucs won 24 - 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Picking a strong running back to start in your fantasy football league has been hard in the past, but the pass-oriented direction of the NFL has made it even harder on fantasy owners.

Just last year, having Chris Johnson on your team was a fast track to fantasy success. Now, people that drafted him this year are unsure of what do with the underachieving back.

So many runners in the NFL are having a hard time consistently producing that it’s hard to decide who to start on Sunday. Guessing touches for RBs is becoming similar to the constant struggle of deciding what receiver to start.

Here’s three running backs you can toss on your bench without second guessing yourself.

LeGarrette Blount (vs. San Francisco)—SIT

The San Francisco 49ers rushing defense has continued to impress, with their latest victim being LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles. McCoy was held to 18 yards on nine carries in by far his worst game of the season.

After a poor performance in Week 1, LeGarrette Blount has been producing well for fantasy owners. However, Blount should be on your bench this week. Quarterback Josh Freeman will be forced to throw the ball more, testing the shaky secondary of the Niners.

Beanie Wells (vs. Minnesota)—SIT

Not only are the Minnesota Vikings stout against the run, Beanie Wells is suffering from a hamstring strain that should keep him limited on Sunday. The Arizona Cardinals, like the Bucs, will have to take to the air against the Vikings.

Wells was superb in a narrow loss to the New York Giants last week, but he has no place in your starting lineup this week.

Jahvid Best (vs. Chicago)—SIT

Jahvid Best’s carries have decreased every week since he ran the ball 21 times in Week 1. Last week, he only ran the ball 11 times for 43 yards. The Detroit Lions seem to be committed to their powerful passing game.

Moving forward, Best may be able to post stats similar to Matt Forte, but right now he’s a lost option in the Lions offense. The Chicago Bears should be able to quell any efforts by Best in Sunday’s game.