Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’m too old and married to have ever used Tinder. I hear the younger guys in my office quite often comparing conquests and potential… ummmm partners. Working at a company with a bunch of 20-something males, the topic comes up with some regularity. I like to think it’s sort of like the wavier wire for skanks, male and female alike. No worries peeps, ain’t no shame in being a super hoe! This is a judgement free zone, well unless you’re this guy. Then I ‘m judging the heck out of you. Anyway, much like the wavier wire you take to Tinder to fill a void missing from your life. You might be looking for a one night stand or a one week plug-in. [Jay’s Note: Isn’t that a type of air freshener? That’s a type of air freshener…] Maybe a potential suitor flashes a little skin to get your mind racing with possibilities. The same way a player buried on the depth chart can come in and flash a little potential. We’re all looking for something new, shiny, and better than what we have. With this in mind randy fantasy owners took to the wavier wire Monday and Tuesday looking for that potential stud running back to make their dreams come true. I just hope for you Tinder-roni’s that your potential hook-ups offer more than this week’s hot pickup Justin Forsett.

A lot has gone wrong for Forsett to be in this position. We all know what happened with the player formally employed as the Baltimore Ravens lead back. Well unless you live under a rock in a far corner of the earth. The more important narrative to Forsett’s value is the career hara kiri of Nick Cappozzi heart throb Bernard Pierce. After another dog poop like performance in week one from the man affectionately known as “This Guy Sucks” by many a fantasy owner. Going into last night Forsett found himself being touted as the starting RB of your Baltimore Ravens. We later found out he wasn’t.  My take on Forsett is this, he’s a JAG with what we thought was a good opportunity. Though his career YPC numbers aren’t bad, and he certainly has upside as a receiver, he’s still a 29 year old journeyman on his 4th team in four years. Guys like that typically don’t have great seasons at the running back position. This isn’t baseball gentleman and five ladies (thanks for the extra female reader Jennifer). Much of last week’s breakout was based on Pierce being taught a lesson, and I still think Pierce is the more ownable option going forward, and Thursday night’s game only further solidified my position. I’m still watching Lorenzo Taliaferro like a cyclops with a monocle, and think he may not be a bad stash going forward in 16 + team leagues and dynasty formats. Especially if both Pierce and Forsett fall flat in the coming weeks. With all of this said, Pierce came out on Thursday Night Football and handled the majority of carries (22/ 96 yards) as both he and Forsett (8/56) did very little until late in the fourth where they padded their stats. Forsett was more involved in the passing game for what it’s worth, catching 4 passes for 16 yards. The moral of this story is that sometimes that hottie on Tinder has the clap, and sometimes that hot wavier wire pick up is crap.

Knowshon Moreno – Man I should have known not to bet against the son of a member of 5% nation. I wonder if Knowshon’s dad knows Rakim? Yeah I know who cares. So back to football. Moreno went off going 24/134/1 and looking every bit the unstoppable force he was early last season for Denver. He’s yielding passing down duties to Lamar Miller, but Knowshon looked like a man possessed as he flatten the Patriots D time after time. If he’s on your wire grab him and he’ll be a high upside RB2 in all formats against Buffalo this week. Due to Miami’s lack of weapons in the passing game, I think there’s more than enough touches to go around to make both Moreno and Miller viable options going forward.

Terrance West – With Ben Tate out for at least week 2, West looks like a Handcuff fill in with a bullet. I could see T-West being relevant going forward, even if and when Tate returns. Let’s keep in mind that Tate has had durability problems his whole career. This is going to continue to open up opportunities for West to produce solid results, similar to his 16/100 performance in week 1. Let’s hope that Isaiah Crowell goes back to being a silversmith in an 18th century New England village and leaves the goal-line carries to West. His matchup against the Saints looks pretty good on paper. As the New Orleans D yielded 123 yards on the ground to Atlanta last week.

Carlos Hyde – I know, I know this game was a blow out early, well sort of. I just really like Hyde to over take Frank Gore sooner rather than later. Sure Gore had more than double the touches, but Hyde did more with his, gaining 50 yards and scoring a TD. If Gore goes down for any length of time Hyde could morph into a fantasy stud. Hyde him on your bench for now. Pun Point!

Joique Bell – After studying Bell and Reggie Bush on Monday the contrast was pretty striking. Bush looked slow sluggish and only effective in the passing game, while Bell looked like the powerful decisive runner the Lions need to compete in bad weather division games later in the season. They each got some goal-line carries with Bell converting on one of his. To me the answer of who’s the better back couldn’t be more obvious (Ding! Ding! Ding! It’s Bell). The playing time split is pretty even right now with Joique being on the field for 16 plays and Bush for 15, but it’s only a matter of time before some part of Reggie’s body pulls up lame.

Fuzzy Handcuffs – These guys are fun, fun, fun!, Not for everyday use but good to own and fun when they’re in the mix.  We may wish for a bit more run but in truth they’re probably good the way they are, splitting time and getting the most of their opportunities. Most of these handsome devils could probably be studs if given the chance.

Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
C.J. Spiller (15/3/3) Fred Jackson (7/3/3) Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon
Giovani Bernard (14/10/6) Jeremy Hill (4/0/0) Cedric Peerman
Ben Tate (injured) (6/0/0) Terrance West (16/0/0) Isaiah Crowell (vulture alert)
Joique Bell (15/1/1) Reggie Bush (9/6/6) Theo Riddick
Knowshon Moreno (24/0/0) Lamar Miller (11/5/4)
Shane Vereen (7/8/5) Stevan Ridley (8/2/2) Brandon Bolden, James White
LeSean McCoy (21/6/6) Darren Sproles (11/6/4) Chris Polk
Frank Gore (16/0/0) Carlos Hyde (7/0/0) LaMichael James
Doug Martin (injured) (9/2/1) Bobby Rainey (4/2/2) Mike James

Standard Issue Police – Whether you’re in the back of a squad car or sitting on the corner while the Po-Po search your whip you’re going nowhere. Do you know why? Because those things are locked on your wrists with a death grip. Much like those cuffs these running backs are firmly locked into their positions. Not for a lack of ability but because the starters are firmly entrenched in their roles. These backs could have value on any given week but more than likely you’ll need an injury to make these guys startable.

Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
Andre Ellington (13/5/5) Jonathan Dwyer (7/3/2) Stepfan Taylor
Steven Jackson (12/3/1) Jazquizz Rodgers (6/1/1) Davonte Freeman (2/2/2), Antone Smith
Bernard Pierce (6/0/0) Justin Forsett (11/6/5) Lorenzo Taliaferro
DeAngelo Williams(14/1/0), Jonathan Stewart (9/3/3) Mike Tolbert (7/4/2) Fozzy Whitiker
Ahmad Bradshaw (3/6/5) Trent Richardson (6/4/3) Dan Herron
Mark Ingram (13/1/1), Pierre Thomas (7/7/6) Khiry Robinson, Travaris Cadet
Chris Johnson (13/5/5) Chris Ivory (10/0/0) Bilal Powell
Maurice Jones-Drew (9/3/3) Darren McFadden (4/1/1) Marcel Reese, Latavius Murray
Le’Veon Bell (21/7/6) LeGarrette Blount (4/1/0) Dri Archer
Ryan Matthews (12/2/2) Danny Woodhead (6/1/1) Donald Brown
Zac Stacy (11/2/1) Benny Cunningham (5/4/4) Tre Mason
Shonn Greene (15/0/0) Bishop Sankey (6/0/0) Dexter McCluster
Alfred Morris (14/0/0) Roy Helu (4/3/2) Silas Reed

Duct Tape Cuffs – These are of the homemade variety you’ll use them in a pinch (i.e the starting stud goes down) but they’re always in your drawer (wavier wire) ready to step in and do their job. It may be to the bare minimum degree but they can buy you sometime.

Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
Matt Forte (17/9/8) Ka’Deem Carey (1/0/0) Shaun Draughn
DeMarco Murray (22/4/3) Lance Dunbar (0/3/3) Joseph Randle
Montee Ball (23/2/2) C.J. Anderson (4/0/0) Juwan Thompson, Ronnie Hillman
Eddie Lacy (12/3/3) James Starks (7/3/2) DuJuan Harris
Arian Foster (27/2/2) Alfred Blue (1/0/0) Jonathan Grimes
Toby Gerhardt (18/2/2) Denard Robinson (3/1/1) Jordan Todman , Storm Johnson
Jamaal Charles (7/4/4) Knile Davis (1/1/1) De’Anthony Thomas, Cyrus Gray, Joe McKnight
Adrian Peterson (21/3/2) Matt Asiata (2/1/1) Jerick McKinnon
Rashad Jennings (16/5/4) Andre Williams (5/1/0) Peyton Hillis
Marshawn Lynch (20/1/1) Robert Turbin (6/0/0) Christine Michael

Thanks for reading and Happy Handcuffing!

 

Don’t forget to send me all your Running Back Questions on twitter @ralphlifshitzbb.

  1. jcg says:
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    Need 3 RBs to start. Alf, J Bell, T West, Vereen, Spiller

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @jcg: Alf, Spiller, Vereen. Great options though, everyone is startable. Bell has the toughest matchup.

  2. kidbr9 says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS:

    Blount or Latavius Murray?

    I know there’s the whole season to go, but the reports of a RBBC in PIT seem to be waaaaay overblown…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @kidbr9: Agreed because Blount had two good games last season and everyone forgot who he was.

      It depends on the format re-draft probably Blount but Murray seems to have a chance at a solid roll because both the backs in front of him are petrified dog feces.

  3. DGrant says:
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    Ralph I’m in a real bind and need your help

    12 team standard
    Running backs choose two shonn Greene Doug Martin or Carlos hyde

    Wideouts choose 3
    K. Benjamin Crabtree Cobb J. Hunter

    Thanks man!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @DGrant: Cobb, Hunter, Benjamin

      Greene and Martin if he’s healthy and playing.

      • DGrant says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks Ralph! Much appreciated bud. I will continue bumping up your articles page views :)

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @DGrant: Thanks Bud! Much appreciated. I’m going to start mixing in a breakdown if goal-line touches next week.

  4. Scooter G says:
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    Excluding CJ Spiller do any of these backs gain considerable value in a league that awards 1 pt for every 10 kick or PR yards? Last year C Patterson finished as the top receiver in our league without doing much as a receiver because of the kick return yards… Any RBs like this?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Scooter G: Knile Davis, Latavius Murray, Jordan Todman, Cadet, Dri Archer. In that order….

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: De’Anthony Thomas, when he gets over his hamstring injury.

  5. Velocity_X says:
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    Need to pick one RB in a PPR: Gerhart, Ingram or West?

    I was probably going to sit Gerhart no matter what because o f the injury concern.

    • Velocity_X says:
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      @Velocity_X:

      Also worth noting that between Ingram and West, the backs are playing against each other, and both backs will be splitting carries a little bit. I like that Ingram was getting goal line touches last week, and although West is unproven, I think he can have a decent game. Cleveland did get burned by Bell week 1 though so many Ingram can repeat that.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Velocity_X: Hmmm tough call. I think West carries more of the load with Tate out but Ingram should be playing with a lead and should get more goal-line looks.

        Go Ingram

  6. SMLV1 says:
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    Stacy @TB or Moreno @BUF? Standard scoring.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SMLV1: It kills me to say it but Moreno. He looked majestic last week.

  7. Allan says:
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    Drop crowell for asiata with the peterson news?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Allan: Sure, and as the father of two I hope Peterson rots in hell if this is true.

  8. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Ingram to pick up Hyde?
    10 team standard
    Thx

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mike: Hell to the nizz-o. Ingram looked money

  9. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Is there any league with bigger dirt bags than the NFL?

    • Allan says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Nope. One of the problems is that these guys spend their lives getting whatever they want because of their athletic ability so they think the rules don’t apply to them. Too often they are right and it only reinforces that idea.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Allan: Plus PED’s and brain injuries.

        • Allan says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Update says it stems from disciplining his son with a switch. I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this. My dad used the belt on me because sometimes I was a little asshole who deserved it. But where is the line between child abuse and discipline?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Allan: With all due respect to your father that wasn’t okay when I was 11 in 1993. It’s even less acceptable now. There are plenty of ways to discipline without beating your kid with an object. He’s also a ripped up professional athlete. He should know better.

            • Chicken Dinner says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: He hit him with a switch. Never [email protected]Ralph Lifshitz: Your opinion is just that. An opinion. Relentless beating and a good whack are two different things my friend. In today’s over-sensitive, quick to judge, nose in your business, what about my feelings society things tend to get blown WAY out of proportion.

              • Chicken Dinner says:
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                @Chicken Dinner: Just saw the picks. Not just a good whack.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @Chicken Dinner: Yeah Let’s say I have a better understanding if the laws when it comes to child abuse than most due to my job and my father’s job, and you don’t get indicted for child abuse for a good whack. I give my son a good whack from time to time. Hitting a kid with a belt is always unacceptable.

                  • Chicken Dinner says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: So if your kid is still out of line after a spanking, perhaps even worse, what then? Chalk it up to “I tried my best” and let them run amuck?

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Chicken Dinner: yeah hitting him with a belt isn’t an option

  10. Jpburgh says:
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    .5 ppr league. Need two rbs from the following list and I couldn’t make up my mind off the rankings. Martin, Stacy, west, p Thomas, miller and Bradshaw. Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jpburgh: Play Thomas in any PPR setting. I’d go Stacy then Martin if healthy.

  11. Moe says:
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    who would you start this week ryan mathews vs seattle chris ivory @ green bay or joique bell @ carolina?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Moe: Matthews, Bell, and Ivory last.

  12. bryan says:
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    hey Ralph, would u drop Richardson, Ridley or D-will for ASIATA ?? 1/2 pt PPR leage

    Thanks,

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @bryan: No, not unless we’re sure that Peterson is out. Then D-Will

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @bryan: Yes it looks like Peterson might just be inactive pickup Asiata…NOW!

  13. Ian b says:
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    Need 2 rbs to start in ppr: Ellington, West, or Asiata?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ian b: I love West but he’s not really a receiving threat. I’d go Asiata and then Ellington.

  14. ron says:
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    i just traded marquise lee and carlos hyde for michael floyd in deep non-keeper PPR league. thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ron: Good trade, you got the best player and the only one with significant value for the next 14 weeks. With Hyde he needs and injury. Got to make that deal though. Good get Ron!

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