Just because the first round of Week 9 NFL games is underway doesn’t mean it’s too late to save your fantasy backfield. This trio of late-game running backs are primed for big numbers:
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
Coming off a monster game against the Cowboys, McCoy should put up impressive fantasy numbers again, even if he doesn’t quite match his 185 yards on the ground from last week. The Bears have a respectable run defense, but won’t be able to have many defenders in the box because they have to respect the deep speed of the Philadelphia receivers.
With their safeties back off the line, the Bears won’t be able to prevent McCoy from breaking off a few big runs, likely as not including a TD or two. In the meeting between these two teams last year, McCoy also caught eight passes, so PPR-league owners have even more reason to ride him in this matchup.
Matt Forte, Chicago
Rarely a bad choice as the Bears’ only consistent offensive weapon, Forte has the extra benefit of a great matchup this week. Even in dominating the Cowboys, the Philadelphia run defense gave up plenty of long gainers to DeMarco Murray.
Even better for fantasy purposes, Forte’s central role in the Bears’ passing game means he’ll get points even if the game turns into another blowout for the Eagles. Even in non-PPR leagues, his potential for yardage and TDs as a receiver is significant.
Beanie Wells, Arizona
Wells bounced back from a knee injury to post an admirable 83-yard effort against the punishing Baltimore defense last week. His reward is a home date with the worst run defense in football.
The St. Louis Rams have allowed over 165 rushing yards per game on the season, and that’s not the only reason Wells figures to see plenty of action. By feeding Wells, the Cardinals prevent the Rams’ aerial attack from getting a shot at their own 30th-ranked pass defense.