Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Shonn Greene and Running Backs Sure to Go off

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 2, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets rushes against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on October 23, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Shonn Greene and the New York Jets are going to step into Ralph Wilson Stadium and prove they are still the best team in New York.

Can your fantasy team use a huge boost at running back? Did I just ask a rhetorical question?

Here’s three players fantasy owners can start with pride on Sunday.

3. Shonn Greene (New York Jets)

As I said above, the Jets have a prime opportunity to take back the respect of the Empire State with a win in Buffalo. The New York Giants have a tall order, as they travel to Foxborough to challenge the New England Patriots.

The Jets need to utilize Shonn Greene to weaken the Bills defense before they take some chances with Mark Sanchez. Rex Ryan is a knowledgeable coach, so he’ll open the gates and let Greene pound the ball against Buffalo.

The Jets will start their charge for the top of the AFC East this week.

2. Arian Foster (Houston Texans)

Arian Foster’s return hasn’t really flooded the news, at least not the news I’ve seen. However, his impact on the team has been gigantic.

Consecutive losses to the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens and injuries to Andre Johnson and Mario Williams have taken the wind from the sails of the Texans.

With the Cleveland Browns up next for the Texans, Foster can keep putting up numbers. The Houston running back has carried the ball more than 25 times the last two games, gaining more than 110 yards in each outing.

1. Michael Turner (Atlanta Falcons)

The Falcons thrive when Michael Turner is running the ball effectively.

In games when Turner rushes for 100 yards or more, Atlanta is 3-1. When Turner doesn’t hit the century mark, the Falcons are 1-2 with a lone win over the Seattle Seahawks.

The Falcons match up with the Colts this week, who are allowing 144 yards per game on the ground. Turner will power through the Colts tacklers, lighting up the second-worst run defense in the NFL.