…Hallelujah!

Hey everyone!  Chris Johnson’s back!  Thanks, in part, to a matchup against the second worst run defense in the league, Chris Johnson ran for 195 yards with a pair of TDs.  He should have had two more TDs too, but Jamie Harper has been getting in the way recently.  If only Johnson was playing an even worse run defense this week.  Wait…he is?

Chris Johnson and The Titans will host The Indianapolis Colts this week in a matchup that is sure to witness a run-heavy approach from both teams.  Both Johnson and The ColtsVick Ballard are must starts this week.

After a few relatively quiet weeks, a well-rested Willis McGahee fresh off of his bye week should put up excellent numbers against The Saints on Sunday Night Football.  Although LeGarrette Blount failed to get into the mix as he had the previous week, Doug Martin still had a nice game against The Saints last week and McGahee should fare just as well if not better.

If you need a plug-in for Arian Foster or Ray Rice, who are both on bye this week, Alex Green could be in line for his best opportunity of the season this weekend when The Jaguars travel to Green Bay.  Green has touched the ball 20+ times in each of the last two weeks without much to show for it, but The Packers will likely be able to run up the score early in this contest leaving them plenty of time to run the football and run out the clock.  Look for Green to get at least 80 yards on the ground this week and maybe even find the end zone.

If LaRod Stephens-Howling is on your fantasy team, this is the week to sell high on him.  He faces the stingy 49ers defense on Monday night and still has William Powell hoping to steal some extra carries away from him.  His schedule does get a tad easier after this weekend, but it’s hard to rely on a Cardinals RB this year.

Another RB you should keep away from your starting roster this week is Mikel Leshoure.  After struggling on Monday night against The Bears, he won’t find the road any easier when The Seahawks travel to Detroit.  On the plus side, at least he doesn’t seem to have any real competition for carries at the moment, but The Lions have some offensive concerns this season and playing The Seahawks isn’t going to alleviate them at all.

Then there’s Steven Jackson.  Jackson has less than 100 yards more than Daryl Richardson despite having twice the carries this season.  Jackson has also only found pay dirt once this season.  Still, in most cases you start him because he’s going to get carries, but against The Patriots, a team that never takes their foot off the gas even when they have an impressive lead, Jackson is in a terrible situation.  If you desperately need a RB, he might get you 6-8 fantasy points, but his damage is far more likely to be done in the passing game than it is on the ground.

  1. J says:
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    What do you make of the Vikings as a rush defense? Great all year, then inexplicably lets LSH go wild last week. What does that mean for Doug Martin tomorrow night? I’m debating on him or R Jennings in a 0.5 PPR league.

  2. Loudon

    Loudon says:
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    Doug Martin has the better chance to score because his offense is more potent, but Jennings is more likely to break 100 all-purpose yards this week. I would still start Doug Martin in your scenario, I think. If The Jaguars get down early, they might not run the ball very often.

  3. Comatose says:
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    I’m trying to sell high on Chris Johnson. Proposing a trade to a dude straight up for Marshall, with Jordy and A. Brown as his other WRs. Worth it? Fair?

    My team:

    Vick, Schaub
    Forte, Peterson, CJ, A. Green
    Colston, Bowe, T. Smith, Andre Roberts
    Daniels, Bennett
    Zuerlein
    49ers, Broncos

    Cheers!

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Comatose, I definitely think that trade is fair given their current value. I also think Chris Johnson has worked some things out with his demons or whatever was holding him back and he’ll be at least slightly more reliable moving forward. With your team, I think I would hold onto CJ personally, but that’s more because I think you have 4 solid WRs already and that gives you some room to gamble with CJ.

  4. Kevin says:
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    PPR league 3 WR, 1 W/R, 2 RB…who do I start between these guys?

    Sidney Rice, Britt, Lance Moore, Ridley, Forte, Alex Green, Donnie Avery, Rashad Jennings

    Thanks

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Kevin, Moore, Britt, Avery, Forte, Ridley, Jennings.

      For the record, both Rice and Green (the 2 I eliminated) have decent upside this week so they’re decent options as well, but the 6 players above are the ones I’d go with.

  5. eltoo says:
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    Unfortunately, despite the title, I have to start LeShoure this week…
    With Ray Rice on a bye, I’m left with LeShoure, and was planning on bringing Powell of the bench, but after last week I think that’s where he’ll stay.

    Waiver options in my league (PPR):
    D Brown
    D McCluster
    K Hunter
    J Starks

    Any hope in there? I was hopeful for Kendall, but Gore is already back and will have 11 days between games…

    Thanks

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @eltoo, I don’t think any of those players are better than Leshoure this week, but if you have a player you could part with easily, Brown would be a good pickup. He practiced yesterday and he’ll likely retake the starting job before long in Indy.

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