LeGarrette Blount vs. Panthers
It took a couple of games for Tampa Bay's LeGarrette Blount to return to form after returning from a knee injury, but this big running back has been a stud of late. Two weeks ago we saw Blount rip off one of the more impressive touchdowns of the season across the NFL, and last week he busted out one of his trademark hurdles over cornerback Jason McCourty on his way to a 35-yard gain.
Blount is fast becoming one of the more feared running backs in football and should be considered one of the top five running backs to start this week against a pathetic Panthers defense. In fact, Blount owners should feel good about Blount’s chances to dominate down the stretch as he faces two defenses that were strong early in the year but have had problems of late in the Cowboys and Jaguars, and then plays the Panthers once again during the fantasy Super Bowl weekend.
Look for the Buccaneers to feature Blount as the main weapon in the offense, as this offense will continue to run through the second-year back from Oregon, and not on the arm of third-year quarterback Josh Freeman.
C.J. Spiller vs. Titans
Johnny White received some attention on waiver wires this past week, but former first-round pick C.J. Spiller was clearly used as the main option in the running game with Fred Jackson lost for the year. Newly signed Tashard Choice had a few touches as well, but it seems clear for now the Bills coaching staff is determined to see what Spiller can do with an expanded role, so he’s likely to be a weekly flex play going forward.
I was disappointed to see Spiller look soft running up the middle at times, and Chan Gailey needs to work on more designed calls in the passing game for Spiller to make an impact in that area. Against the Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick was pushing the football down the field most of the game and rarely checking down to his playmaker underneath.
A better matchup this week, Spiller should be a lock for more than 100 total yards from scrimmage, even though he’s still going to struggle between the tackles.
|2||LeSean McCoy||@ Seahawks|
|7||Ray Rice||@ Browns|
|8||DeMarco Murray||@ Cardinals|
|10||Chris Johnson||@ Bills|
|11||Michael Bush||@ Dolphins|
|12||Michael Turner||@ Texans|
|15||Beanie Wells (I)||Cowboys|
|16||BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I)||Colts|
|17||Jonathan Stewart||@ Buccaneers|
|18||DeAngelo Williams||@ Buccaneers|
|19||Ryan Mathews||@ Jaguars|
|20||Willis McGahee (I)||@ Vikings|
|22||Cedric Benson||@ Steelers|
|25||Shonn Greene||@ Redskins|
|26||Kevin Smith (I)||@ Saints|
|28||Steven Jackson||@ 49ers|
|29||Peyton Hillis (I)||Ravens|
|30||Mike Tolbert||@ Jaguars|
|33||Donald Brown||@ Patriots|
|35||Joe McKnight||@ Redskins|
|36||James Starks||@ Giants|
|39||Maurice Morris||@ Saints|