Alright, so everyone’s talking about Shonn Greene and with 32 carries for 161 yards and 3 TDs, why shouldn’t they be?  However, one week doesn’t mean anything when it comes to the overall skill of a player.  The Colts have one of the worst rush defenses in the league and with an early lead, there was plenty of time to hand off the ball and run out the clock.  Two of Greene’s three TDs came when the Jets were already up by at least 15 points.  In short, it was a perfect storm for Shonn Greene that likely won’t happen again this season.  Unfortunately for Shonn Greene owners, this season continues this week when The Jets face off against The Patriots.  The Patriots held Marshawn Lynch to 41 yards on the ground and no TDs last weekend which is a lot more like the numbers Greene owners have grown used to this year.

Speaking of Marshawn Lynch, he has an even more difficult matchup this week when he plays the 49ers on Thursday night.  It’s always hard to bench a guy drafted as high as Lynch, but if you have other options, this is the week to explore them.

On the other side of the ball in that game is Frank Gore who will likely have an equally difficult time with the Seahawks’ defense.  With his touches limited in the week 6 game against The Giants, Gore’s fantasy value is already on a bit of a decline, but don’t expect The Seahawks to do his stats any favors.  Coming off back to back 100+ yard weeks, Stevan Ridley managed just 34 yards against them.

If that Stevan Ridley performance was disappointing for your fantasy team, don’t worry too much; he should have a nice bounce back game this week.  The Jets won’t get out to the same early lead they did this past weekend against The Colts and with Brandon Bolden possibly missing some time, Ridley could be in line for one of his best games yet.

Do you need a silver lining to losing DeMarco Murray to a foot sprain this week?  Well, if you have his handcuff, Felix Jones, you should see another great performance from him this weekend against The Panthers.  What’s even better is this time he won’t be sitting on your bench.  Don’t count on him to continue his stretch of solid starts if Murray misses additional time, but for this week he’s a go.

Finally, with The Eagles, Chiefs, Chargers, Dolphins, Broncos, and Falcons all on bye, there are some big name running backs that will be forced to sit on your bench this week.  So who are some sleeper picks you might be able to rely on?

If Vick Ballard is still available, he’s one good option this week.  Last week was a disappointment, but a few costly offensive mistakes put The Colts down early and forced them to throw the ball.  That likely won’t happen when The Browns come to town.  Ballard could easily have Top 10 RB numbers this week if all goes well for The Colts.

Still need a RB?  LeGarrette Blount could be worth a start this week.  After amassing 58 yards on 7 carries with a score this past week, Blount has proven himself to be a reliable backup to Doug Martin.  Now clearly, Martin’s the guy, but against an easy Saints defense, there might be enough points to go around for both of them.

  1. Murph says:
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    Do you think Bount will overtake Martin at any point this season? What about Stewart over Deangelo for CAR? Quite a few messy backfields in the NFC south.

    • Loudon

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      @Murph, I think Stewart over Williams is a lot more likely than Blount over Martin this year, but that’s really more a question of injuries and such. Blount has been frustrating for Martin owners these past two weeks, but I don’t think that’ll continue throughout the season.

  2. elaw77 says:
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    Picked up Felix in one of my leagues even though I had 10th waiver priority (12 team league).

    I am resisting the Blount pick up because that would mean my Dougie’s value is trending down lol.

    Now to a very serious question:

    I am giving: JC, Donald Brown, and Witten
    I am getting: Vick, Mcgahee, and Alfred Morris.

    I think it’s a good trade for me…but I have the biggest man crush on JCSuperstar…so it’s very difficult for me to pull this trade.

    My roster:
    QB. Big Ben, Cutler
    RB. Foster, JC, DBrown, Leshoure
    WR. Maclin, Decker, ABrown, BMarsh
    TE. Rudolph, Hernandez, Bennett, Witten (Some dude dropped Witten…crazy…so I scooped him up)

    I get the feeling Morris and JC’s values will be about the same ROS. And there’s no point having 4 TEs on a team. What do you think?

  3. Loudon

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    I agree that it’s a good trade for you. Keep in mind both Vick and McGahee are on bye this week, but then again, so is Charles. Who knows how good Brown will be when he’s back and with 3 other TEs, you don’t really need Witten. In the end, I think this improves your team, but be prepared to be frustrated with Vick. He’s the type of player that will get you 10 points when you start him and 25-30 when he’s on your bench. Never fails.

    • elaw77 says:
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      @Loudon,

      Thanks! I needed to be reassured lol.

    • elaw77 says:
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      @Loudon,

      Also…I’m a Philly homer…so Vick can do no wrong in my eyes…just kidding lol

  4. DP says:
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    First place problems. Martin, Ridley or Morris for my flex? Leaning Martin. Also Antonio Brown or Britt for my Wr2? Thanks in advance.

    • Loudon

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      @DP, Martin for sure. Britt has the easier matchup, but Brown is the more reliable WR. I’m actually going to say Britt on this one just because I think the Titans will probably throw a good amount.

  5. Maz says:
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    My RBs are Forte, Lynch and Ridley. Normally I would sit Stevan Ridley but I think I’m going to start him this week against the Jets defense instead of Marshawn Lynch against the 49ers.

    Would this be the right decision? I’m assuming San Fran is gonna bounch back real hard after that embarrassment against the G-men last week and the pats should be in the red zone a lot so Ridley should get at least a TD and NYJ has shit rush defense.

    • Loudon

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      @Maz, I like your decision. It’s obviously a bit of a gamble, but Lynch against San Fran is an incredibly difficult matchup.

  6. Its My Vick In a Box says:
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    Dallas or TB D this week as my not so great Philly D is on a bye?

    • Its My Vick In a Box says:
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      @Its My Vick In a Box, Can also do Cleveland against Indi if that’s better?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Its My Vick In a Box, Cleveland’s probably your best bet out of those 3. Then Dallas.

  7. ItsMyVickInABox says:
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    RB Question, seeing as how my whole team in on a bye in my PPR league, I grabbed Redman for a flex. Looks like hes not doing well and Roto is saying Batch is the better option. You think Redman plays this week or toss him for Batch before its too late?

    • John Barleycorn says:
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      @ItsMyVickInABox, I don’t trust who will get the carries this week. I’d steer clear of the situation if possible.

  8. Mikey says:
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    More of a ROS question going forward. I’m short on RB depth (riding Ridley and second poor options) but strong at WR/TE/QB. I have Megatron and am considering moving him for either Charles or Peterson. Which of the two do you like better or should I stand pat with the Lions offense maybe turning it around?

    • Loudon

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      @Mikey, I would put AP slightly ahead of Charles. While I think Calvin still has the most value ROS, if you’re weak at RB and could get either of these guys, I’d say it’s a good deal for you.

  9. John Barleycorn says:
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    Would you start Ballard or Powell in a PPC/R league? If I can get 15+ carries, I’d be happy enough.

    • Loudon

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      @John Barleycorn, I would DEFINITELY start Ballard over Powell this week.

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