The top 4 matchups this week have a lot of question marks concerning amount of touches and who will be touched inappropriately.

Arian Foster should get the majority of the carries against a bad Rams’ run defense, but it’s hard to know how much Ryan Moats or Chris Brown will cut into his work.  Thankfully Foster got 4 receptions last week so he won’t necessarily sit in passing downs.  The bad news is that Kubiak was a little frustrated with him in Thursday’s practice.  Kubiak is a little frustrating himself.

Laurence Maroney looks like he’ll continue to get the bulk of the work, especially after Sammy Morris fumbled.  Of course Belichick might try to prove his genius by lining up Welker at RB all game.  But we have to believe Maroney will get his opportunity and against Buffalo that’s an opportunity of a lifetime.

The Cleveland running back situation went from old, to good, to bluh, to wha? I want so badly to be able to tell you who will get the bulk of the work between Jerome Harrison, Chris Jennings, and Joshua Cribbs.  I have a bias toward Jerome Harrison because I think he’s the best back they have, but I can’t get into the mind of Mangini (I’m sure it’s a dark and desolate place).  I can see starting Cribbs as a WR #3, but that’s about it.

We all know the tale of Justin Forsett’s woe and despair as the change of pace back to Julius Jones. It looks like he’ll continue to share carries, but I do think he’ll start to get a few more than JJ.  Does that mean you start him?  No, but if you have a couple flex slots I think he’s worth the risk against a bad Tampa run defense.

Take a look at the numbers:

week15RushDchart

  1. David says:
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    I am looking to start Foster, Jennings, or Forsett at my flex. Any thoughts?

  2. Ian says:
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    I can’t see myself benching De Will, but I can’t see him having a good day either. Any way you recommend sitting him for Ganther, McCoy, Meachem, Bowe or Nicks?

  3. Jo says:
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    Ok Doc, I’ve asked this question before and you told me to start Britt over Grant. Now that my opponent has just score 50 combined points w/ Garrard and Clark going last night do you think it would be better to start Grant? I feel like he has more potential for a 20 point game then Britt. What are your thoughts?

  4. Jo says:
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    Or should Cribbs be my home-run guy? If he starts at HB and gets receptions + the chance @ a special teams return could yield a huge game… (this is PPR)

  5. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @David: I like Foster, but it’s close with Forsett.

    @Ian: I know what you are saying, but I think you have to stick with DWill. As long as they try to get him in space I think he can have a decent game.

    @Jo: I think Cribbs could be your homerun guy. Grant could get in the endzone, but I just don’t see him getting much yardage.

  6. Topps says:
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    Need 2, PPR: Megatron, RBush, Maroney. I’m leaning towards that order but I feel like I’m gambling too much in a match where I look like the favorite. What do you think?

  7. Jo says:
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    thanks, I think i’m gonna roll the dice on him

  8. Vargo says:
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    I am in a bad situation, and I need to figure out a back up plan. I have Harvin, but he might not make it to play. Which guy should I replace him with if he cant go (the following list is awful but its all I got to work with, no FA$ left to pick up someone)?

    Devin Hester
    Rock Cartwright
    Brandon Jackson

  9. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Topps: I really like Maroney this week. Both Megatron and Bush are both erratic, but have high ceilings. I’d sit Megatron. Dallas is weak against RB receptions.

  10. Vargo says:
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    or Dustin Keller

  11. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Vargo: Ouch, Hester doesn’t look like he’ll play. I’d go with Cartwright, but send Harvin some miracle migraine drugs.

  12. Vargo says:
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    @Doc: forgot to add Dustin Keller to that list…
    Cartwright or Keller?

  13. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Vargo: Keller, better shot for a TD unless you get return yardage.

  14. Jo says:
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    what does DVOA mean in the matchup chart?

  15. tenken says:
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    In a PPR league, would you start Olsen or Finley at TE? Finley seems like the obvious choice since the Ravens defend TEs quite well according to footballoutsiders, but with hester out, olsen might see a lot more passes coming his way. Well, either more passes or the ravens double him all game.

  16. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @tenken: Yeah, I’m not huge on either, but I like GB’s chances to score more than the Bears so I like Finley’s chances to get in the endzone.

  17. Niners says:
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    Am I benching Megatron for Meachem again this week?

    And I still can’t play Jamaal Charles over Ray Rice, right?

  18. Doc

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    @Niners: Megatron is a gametime decision. I’d go with Meachem. Yeah, you still need to stick with Rice. I think he’ll have another good game vs the week Bears rush D.

  19. Jo says:
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    last question, i promise:

    Pierre Thomas vDal
    or
    Ryan Grant @Pit
    ?

  20. cribby says:
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    Following your advice all season has given me an awesome group of running backs… but what 2 do I start out of Ricky Williams, Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, and Chris Johnson. Seems obvious to go with Peterson/Johnson but i just have to ask in case the matchups make it different.

  21. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Jo: No problem! I like PT.

  22. Doc

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    @cribby: Great group there! Yeah, AP and CJ are the clear winners. JC if you had a flex.

  23. ryan says:
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    PPR League and 10 yrds = 1 pt : Need 2 RBs and 2 WRs and a flex out of: Chris Johnson, Gore, Ryan Grant, Colston, B. Marshall, Driver, and Santonio Holmes

    Thanks guys.

  24. vinko says:
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    @Doc: D.Williams, Moreno, or PT? Also, i’m a bit thin on 3wr due to injuries – Fred Davis, Walter, or Avant? Thanks

  25. hideousmutants says:
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    Colston against Dallas or S. Rice against Carolina? (non ppr)

  26. stumanji says:
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    With Megatron questionable, who would I slide into my WR position if he doesn’t play: Housh, Cotchery, or Cribbs? Britt also available if you think he’s the best play.

  27. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @ryan: CJ/Gore/Colston/Marshall/Holmes

    @hideousmutants: I like Colston.

    @vinko: Moreno. Tough call, I like Davis a lot, but his yardage ceiling is low. With Maclin our Avant could have a good game. I like Avant.

    @stumanji: Cribbs. Worried about the weather in the Meadowlands or I’d go with Cotchery.

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