As much as fantasy football is about getting a bunch of elite players on your team, knowing when to start and sit players is probably the most important aspect of managing any fantasy team.
Even premiere players need to ride the bench when the matchups aren't in their favor.
Adrian Peterson has a poor day once in awhile. So does Arian Foster. Every running back does, depending on the defense they are facing.
Here are three running backs who need to find a spot on the bench this weekend.
Michael Turner (Atlanta Falcons)
They aren't getting the same attention that the 49ers are getting. They don't play with the same intensity as the Ravens.
Either way, the Houston Texans are one of the top five defenses in the NFL this season.
They allow just 16.3 points per game, lead the NFL in total defense and are ranked fourth against the run.
It's just not a good day to start anybody on the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
Turner has seen the ball more and more each week, so his total yardage has improved recently. This week, that will likely take a shot south.
Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams)
Steven Jackson is actually putting together the best season of his career. It has gone unnoticed, due partly because of the poor play of the team.
His 4.7 yards per carry average is the best of his career.
However, that doesn't mean that he should get a start this weekend.
The Rams face off against the 49ers, who are currently ranked as the top team in the league against the run.
It doesn't matter who your running back is, if they are playing the 49ers then they should probably find the bench.
Michael Bush (Oakland Raiders)
Michael Bush has stepped in to take over for injured Darren McFadden in Oakland. Thus far, he has been outstanding.
This weekend, he faces a Miami team that many are sleeping on.
The Dolphins have won three of their last four, and only lost by one point to Dallas on Thanksgiving.
There sudden change of play has come primarily on the defensive side of the ball. It all starts in the trenches.
The Dolphins have actually been one of the best teams against the rush this year, allowing just 3.7 yards per carry for opposing backs.
It may not be one that jumps out on paper, but Bush needs to take a seat this weekend.
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