There are plenty of questions this week as you try to set up your lineup.
How far do you downgrade Marshawn Lynch due to his matchup with the 49ers? How good of an option is Reggie Bush against the Patriots? What should you do with Kevin Smith?
Let’s look at these questions and all the rest for the coming week:
- Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
- Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee
- LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
- Michael Bush – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- Reggie Bush – Miami Dolphins – at New England
- Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers – at Detroit
- Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. St. Louis
- Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
- Willis McGahee – Denver Broncos – at Buffalo
- Shonn Greene – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
- Roy Helu – Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
- Felix Jones – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
- Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
- Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
- C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills – vs. Denver
- Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
- Darren Sproles – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants – at New York Jets
- Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – at Cincinnati
- Kevin Smith – Detroit Lions – vs. San Diego
- Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Peyton Hillis – Cleveland Browns – at Baltimore
- Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – at Pittsburgh
- Kahlil Bell – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Ryan Grant – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
- Ben Tate – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Brandon Jacobs – New York Giants – at New York Jets
- Mike Tolbert – San Diego Chargers – at Detroit
- LaDainian Tomlinson – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
- Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Toby Gerhart – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
- Marion Barber – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
- Lance Ball – Denver Broncos – at Buffalo
Maurice Jones-Drew has had more than 100 total yards each of the past six weeks. Over that span, he has scored seven TDs, including four touchdowns in Week 14.
It would be hard not to love him this week regardless of the matchup, wouldn’t it?
Adrian Peterson rushed the ball 10 times for 60 yards in his return to the lineup, while Toby Gerhart got just two carries (though he had two receiving touchdowns).
Obviously, playing from behind helped to limit Peterson’s touches, but it’s clear that Peterson is healthy. Look for him to play a major role in his matchup with the Redskins, making him a clear-cut RB1.
It is Rashard Mendenhall’s chance to take on the worst rushing defense in the league, as he gets the Rams, who have allowed 153.4 rushing yards per game and 12 rushing TDs.
He hasn’t been tremendous this season, but you have to like him this week with your fantasy title on the line.
Who is going to benefit more from the matchup with the Buffalo Bills—Willis McGahee or Tim Tebow?
McGahee was only given seven carries in Week 15, though he took them for 70 yards (and the Broncos had to try to keep up with the Patriots). As a low-end RB1/high-end RB2, he should be a good play for the coming week.
It could be a down week for Michael Turner, as the Falcons could easily turn to an aerial attack to try to keep pace with the New Orleans Saints.
That’s not to say that he isn’t a usable option, but consider him a RB2.
Generally you would think taking on the Patriots could mean less rushing attempts, limiting a running back's value. With Reggie Bush, however, that’s just not the case, because he is just as dangerous (if not more so) in the passing game.
Look for Bush to be an important cog in the Miami attack with the potential to post significant numbers.
Does anyone truly trust Kevin Smith at this point?
He’s a RB2, but there are just too many question marks surrounding him to consider him a must-start option.
LeGarrette Blount has a good matchup, but he is coming off a terrible performance as he rushed the ball nine times for 21 yards.
Of course, before we say it is a positive matchup, Blount managed just 11 carries for 19 yards the last time he faced the Panthers in Week 13.
He has just 114 yards on 38 carries in his past three games. Does he sound like a good bet to lay your fantasy title hopes on the line with? He’s a RB2, at best.
Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams
Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams continue to take carries away from each other, hurting both of their fantasy appeals.
It’s just something that we all should have accepted by now.
Despite taking on the San Francisco 49ers, how do you downgrade Marshawn Lynch very far?
He has at least one TD in 10 straight games, including five touchdowns in his past three games. With the way he’s going, it is impossible to sit him down at this point.
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