Running Backs1. Arian Foster vs Buffalo – Bills have given up 6 yards per rush this year. Ben Tate is out, which means Foster could get more carries late in the game. That’s all you need to know.
2. Lesean McCoy @ New Orleans – Denver’s running backs carried the ball 39 times for 222 yards and a touchdown against the Saints. That’s Ronnie Hillman and Willis McGahee. Wait and see what McCoy can do if he gets the touches.
3. Matt Forte @ Tennessee – Titans have given up 22.3 points per game to opposing running backs. Forte’s carries are picking up with nearly 20 per game in his last three.
4. Trent Richardson vs Baltimore – Ravens have given up 27 points per game to opposing running backs in their last three games.
5. Ray Rice @ Cleveland – In nine career games against the Browns, Rice has just four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving), but he’s still Ray Rice. Start him.
6. Marshawyn Lynch vs Minnesota – The Vikings have been giving up some big games to running backs, including 39 fantasy points to Tampa Bay in Week 8.
7. Doug Martin @ Oakland – Martin had the most all-purpose yards in the NFL In October. This dude is on a roll. I’m expecting a big game from him.
8. Alfred Morris vs Carolina – Panthers have become better against the run in their last three games, allowing just over 10 points per game.
9. Willis McGahee @ Cincinnati – Bengals have given up four touchdowns to opposing running backs in their last three games.
10. Adrian Peterson @ Seattle – Peterson is too good to worry about the matchup. With more than 120 yards and a touchdown in each of his last two games, Peterson is the best back in the league right now.
11. Ahmad Bradshaw vs Pittsburgh – Listed as questionable, but just as he did in Week 8, I expect him to get the majority of the carries.
12. CJ Spiller @ Houston – Spiller is averaging 6.6 yard per carry in his last two games. He has twelve carries and double digit fantasy points in each of those games. He’s bound for a long touchdown eventually, which he hasn’t gotten since Fred Jackson’s return.
13. Darren McFadden vs Tampa Bay – The Buccaneers have given up a rushing touchdown in five of their last six games.
14. Reggie Bush @ Indianapolis – The Colts have given up an average of seven points per game in their last two games, but I’ve still got faith in Bush to turn it around. He hasn’t found the end zone in either of his last two games and I would bet on that trend changing in this game.
15. Fred Jackson @ Houston -
16. Rashad Jennings vs Detroit – Maurice Jones-Drew is still out. I think Jennings is a better back than his 2.9 yards per carry.
17. Jonathan Stewart @ Washington – 34 touches in his last two games compared to DeAngelo Williams’ 13 (no catches).
18. Mikel Leshoure @ Jacksonville – Leshoure was banged up banged up earlier in the week, but was cleared after Thursday’s practice. Expect an average game from Leshoure. It’s hard for him to explode when Joique Bell is coming in and taking all of the snaps in passing situations.
19. Alex Green vs Arizona – Only ranked here based purely on touches with over 20 touches in his last three. While I expect that number to stoop to maybe 17-18 in Week 9, anticipate 8-9 fantasy points from Green.
20. Michael Turner vs Dallas – Sigh. Turner is Turner. I really wish they’d give Jacquizz Rodgers more carries. He’s the better running back. Turner has averaged 2.6 yards per carry in his last two games. That’s just not very good.
21. Donald Brown vs Miami – He’ll be back to his 17 carries a game status in Week 9.
22. Pierre Thomas vs Philadelphia – Thomas is averaging 4.4 yard per carry. I’m confident in his skill set and think he will play well filling in for Darren Sproles. I wouldn’t be surprised if they leave Thomas as the lone back in these games, only taking him out at the goal line. He’ll get 17-22 touches.
23. Isaac Redman @ New York Giants – The Giants have kept running backs in check this year in terms of fantasy, but you can run on them. They’ve allowed 4.6 yards per carry on the ground in 2012.
24. Chris Johnson vs Chicago- I think that we see the early-2012 Johnson in this game. Chicago has shut down the run all year, and I wouldn’t expect Johnson to change that, even with his nice performances in the last two weeks.
25. Felix Jones @ Atlanta – Listed as probable with a knee injury. Bottom line: If he scores he’ll have a decent game, but I expect this game to be pass, pass, pass, pass, run for the Cowboys. Little to no upside to Jones, it’s just the way he’s built.
26. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs Denver - Still getting the carries, but hasn’t scored since Week 3. I’m definitely concerned.
27. LaRod Stephens-Howling @ Green Bay – You should never feel stable playing a Cardinals running back. I think Stephens-Howling will do more in the receiving game then on the ground in this game.
28. Joique Bell @ Jacksonville – Bell has 11 touches last week, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he matches those numbers again.
29. Andre Brown vs Pittsburgh – A touchdown in each of his last two games. Looks like the goal line back in the Meadowlands.
30. James Starks vs Arizona – Packers want to get Starks the ball more in Week 9. We’ll see what they mean by that on Sunday, but I think 10 touches would be optimistic.
31. Jacquizz Rodgers vs Dallas – As I mentioned above, I think Rodgers should be getting more carries than he is as of now.
32. Daniel Thomas @ Indianapolis – There’s no trend with Thomas’ touches but if he does touch the ball 10 times, it usually pays off.
33. Justin Forsett vs Buffalo – Ben Tate is out for this game, and likely longer. Forsett is a nice deep play against the Bills’ permeable run defense.
34. Michael Bush @ Tennessee – Bush has a great matchup, but he has just 13 carries in his last three games combined. Forte is the every-down guy in Chicago.
35. Mark Ingram vs Philadelphia – Darren Sproles will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. Who knows how the Saints backfield will work after Thomas. I think Chris Ivory will be the better running back when they see him on the field next to Ingram.
36. LeGarrette Blount @ Oakland – Look for around 7-8 touches per game from Blount, but with the goal line carries now in Martin’s hands, Blount has little to no value.
37. Ronnie Hillman @ Cincinnati – 14 carries for 86 yards in Week 8. That looks great…until you found out he was playing the Saints. However, Hillman is clearly the backup. He’ll get a few carries here and there.
38. Robert Turbin vs Minnesota – Strictly a backup, but Turbin has looked good as of late. A decent desperation play in PPR leagues.
39. DeAngelo Williams @ Washington – Just thirteen total touches in the last two weeks. Don’t expect much from Williams.
40. Vick Ballard vs Miami - Completely expect Brown to assume his full role this week. Ballard shouldn’t be owned at this point in most leagues.
41. Montario Hardesty @ Tennessee – If you’re going with a backup to Richardson, Hardesty is your guy.
42. Chris Ivory vs Phialdelphia – See Ingram, Mark.
43. William Powell @ Green Bay – Cardinals didn’t even give Powell a chance to show if he had the “hot hand” last week, as he had zero touches. I would assume that changes this week.
44. Mike Goodson vs Tampa Bay – Four touches for 22 yards in Week 8 just about sums up his season. He’s been very productive when he gets chances with 7.4 yards per carry, but not getting enough chances at this point.
45. Mike Tolbert @ Washington – Pray and hope for a touchdown if you’re rolling with Tolbert in Week 9. He has a total of six points in the four games that he does not have a touchdown.
46. Chris Rainey @ New York Giants – Should get a few carries here and there with Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer expected to sit.
47. Phillip Tanner @ Atlanta – Jones is banged up, and it’s not
48. Baron Batch @ New York Giants – See Rainey, Chris.
49. Jason Snelling vs Dallas – Scored his first touchdown of the year last week. Don’t expect that to become an every-week thing. All of his points come through the air; just seven carries on the year.
50. David Wilson vs Pittsburgh – If you’re playing Wilson then I hope for your sake that you’re in a 25 team league. With Bradshaw and Brown healthy, you’ve got no hope.