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 Colts’ Vick 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.