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Thursday Night Football this week has quite the interesting RB matchup.  On one side we have Knowshon Moreno who hasn’t exactly been elite, but he has received 20 carries in each of the last two weeks and more importantly has not lost the football.  On the other side we have Darren McFadden likely to return from injury this week and Marcel Reece, who likely ruined a few fantasy seasons this past Sunday.  While it’s hard to recommend any of them this week, with Denver’s solid run defense and Oakland’s terrible one, I would give the green light to Moreno and bench the men in black.  If you’re in a PPR league, both McFadden and Reece become more intriguing options, but don’t rely on them for anything above a flex in that situation.

Come Sunday, there are all kinds of interesting matchups.  If Reggie Bush’s performance against The Patriots wasn’t enough to dissuade you from starting him this week, the fact he’s playing The 49ers definitely should.  Miami, however, is also quite good at protecting against the run leaving Frank Gore owners in a difficult spot.  Gore is still going to get the vast majority of carries so benching him might be a bit extreme, but if you have other solid options, Gore should be dropped down a bit in your own personal rankings.

There are also better fantasy matchups on Sunday.  The Titans take on The Colts in Indianapolis this week and that should certainly give Chris Johnson a chance to get back on his feet after the Houston game.  Vick Ballard may still be sharing the load a bit when The Colts’ offense takes the field, but he’s still a solid fantasy play against The Titans.  Both have a better than average chance of scoring this week and both should be in your starting lineups.

Bryce Brown owners who were lucky enough to grab him after McCoy went down can feel free to let it ride this Sunday when The Eagles travel to Tampa Bay.  With Nick Foles named the starter for the rest of the season, The Eagles are clearly content to work on rebuilding for next year and why risk McCoy’s health when Brown is doing so well without him?  Averaging 6.5 yards per carry, Brown should have another great week.  Luckily, the same can also be said for Doug Martin who was a bit of a disappointment last weekend, but should turn things around nicely against an Eagles defense that will pretty much let opposing teams do whatever they want these days.

It always comes down to Monday night though and that’s somewhat bad news for Stevan Ridley owners.  Ridley has a TD in each of his last five games, but that will likely change this week against Houston.  Arian Foster will be just fine as usual, but Ridley should struggle a bit in this game against a team that held Chris Johnson to 51 rushing yards, and that’s after he started being good again.

16 Responses

  1. mike says:
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    So you would bench Moreno for Sproles or Alex Green? If so, who do you start at flex?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @mike: Moreno would still be my start over Sproles or Green unless it’s a PPR. Then I’d rank Sproles a bit higher.

  2. Jimmy Sticks says:
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    SJax vs Buff or Leshoure vs GB?

    Thanks brah!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Jimmy Sticks: Leshoure got 84 yards and a TD against GB only a few weeks ago. He has also scored in each of the last 3 weeks. I like both of your options, but I think I’d rank Leshoure slightly higher.

  3. Mikey says:
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    Enjoying the new layout! Kudos.

    Based on your Ridley analysis: bench him in favor of Sjax in Buffalo?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Mikey: Absolutely

  4. Porkchop says:
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    Insightful review! Really curious how the lucky Moreno owners will fair this week! Myself included! :)

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Porkchop: I think Moreno will just be fine. He’ll be even better if Denver manages to post a nice lead early. Good luck.

  5. Heizenberg says:
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    Flex play this week… Ridley, Danario Alexander, Mike Wallace, or Jaquizz Rodgers. Thanks!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Heizenberg: Assuming Big Ben plays this week, I’d pick Wallace, but despite the matchup, Ridley would still be my next favorite option.

  6. george says:
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    Thanks for the help all season guys! So are you saying you would rather have forsett than tate on your bench? I picked up turbian because I imagined it to be a timeshare if foster goes out.

    Also having trouble at flex/rb . Can you pick 2rbs and a flex.

    Garcon, dwyer, brice brown, moreno, murray.

    Thanks.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @george: I think I’d still take Tate over Forsett for a bench spot, but that’s only for when The Texans have their playoff seed locked up.

      For yours 2RBs, I’d roll with Brown and Murray. The remaining players are all solid flex plays this week, but I think I’d go with Moreno and Garcon as a close 2nd.

  7. Guru from Kzoo says:
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    Great article as usual. I’m in the playoffs and I have a few good running backs to start this week. I’m in a PPR league and I’m wondering should I start bryce brown or CJ Spiller? I can play two Rbs and Trent Richardson is my starter and I have used Spiller the last few weeks. My thoughts are to continue with the Richardson/Spiller train. I get a little nervous with Chan Gailey as he has some kind of “man-crush” on fred Jackson. What are your thoughts?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Guru from Kzoo: Personally I would go with Brown over Spiller. Eagles are hinting that McCoy could be done for the season and against Tampa Bay, Brown should have his third really solid start in a row. Spiller’s a nice option too, but Both Richardson and Brown are top 5 backs this week in my opinion.

  8. Tyler says:
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    Im in a ppr league and in desperate need of advice. who should i start at my only flex position? and who at my wide receiver slots. i have three.
    WR: Julio jones, Austin Miles, Anquan Boldin, Cecil Shorts, Mike Wallace, and Josh Gordon

    RB: Shonn Greene and Montell owens

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Tyler:
      Julio Jones, Mike Wallace (looks like Big Ben is back), and Josh Gordon at WR
      For Flex – I’m gonna go with Shonn Greene

      Those would be my picks anyway. Good luck!

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