Thursday, September 27, 2007

Week 4 Fantasy RB Report

Arizona Cardinals
RBs: Edgerrin James , Marcel Shipp, J.J. Arrington
Injuries: None
Starter: Edgerrin James
Opinion: Edge had a tough week last week against a great Ravens defense, and it does not get any easier this week with Pittsburgh in town. WIth the QB situation in Arizona up in the air the Cards may rely more on Edge to get them yards, but the Pittsburgh defense has been stout all year. Whisenhunt and Grimm both are former Pitt coaches so they may know how to attack the defense, but Juaron is a great defensive mind and knows how to adjust. Tough match up for Edge this week.
Atlanta Falcons
RBs: Warrick Dunn , Jerious Norwood , Artose Pinner, Jamal Robertson
Starter: Dunn (60%)/Norwood (40%)
Opinion: Dunn is still getting the majority of the carries in this RBBC, but neither one has been a great option at this point. With the Falcons struggling, you may see Norwood get more carries in the future becuase he is the future of that team, but right now its anyone's guess who will get the carries. They have a tough matchup this week against Houston who has yet to give up a hundred yard game despite playing 3 good backs in LJ, Foster/Williams, and Addai. It won't be easy this week for the Falcons or their running backs this week.
Baltimore Ravens
RBs: Willis McGahee , Musa Smith, Mike Anderson, P.J. Daniels
Injuries: None
Starter: Willis McGahee
Vulture: Musa Smith
Opinion: Mcgahee had a good game against the Cards and almost went over a hundred yards for the first time this season. McGahee is getting very involved in the passing game, which is a plus for those you who took him in a PPR. Smith did not factor much in last week so that is good news for Willis owners. He is going up against a bad Browns defense this week, so look for a strong week for Willis
Buffalo Bills
RBs: Marshawn Lynch , Anthony Thomas, Dwayne Wright, Shaud Williams
Starter: Marshawn Lynch
Opinion: Lynch is clearly the man in Buffalo and has shown great potential. Lynch a good game against the Patriots who completely shut down LT the week before. Lynch will find it a bit tougher to run with Edwards at QB, but he is still a good option. This week he plays the jets who were dominated by Ronnie Brown last week. Lynch could have a very nice game this week against a soft Jet defense. The only thing keeping me from saying a great week is that the offense looked bad when edwards came in.
Carolina Panthers
RBs: DeShaun Foster , DeAngelo Williams , Nick Goings
Injuries: None
Starter: DeShaun Foster (50%) / DeAngelo Williams (50%)
Opinion: Foster got the bulk of the carries last week in Atlanta and made the most of it going over a hundred yards on the ground and getting a score. Foster also caught one pass for a score, while Williams was not looked to at all in the passing game. There has been not word yet as to if this was a move towards going more towards one back over the RBBC apporach. The Panthers will be without Delhomme for the game this weeka against the Bucs in a clash for the number 1 spot in the NFC South. The Bucs defense looks to be back on track after not allowing a touchdown last week to STL and stopping the run all together the week before against the Saints.
Chicago Bears
RBs: Cedric Benson , Adrian Peterson , Garrett Wolfe
Injuries: None
Starter: Cedric Benson
Opinion: The Bears have made the move from Rex Grossman to Brian Griese to spark something on offense, but if they dont get a run game going they will still be in a world of hurt. Benson has not looked good at all this year and has been fumbling the ball like he has butter on his fingers. They have a great matchup this week going against Detroit who was dominated on all sides of the ball by an Eagle team that had been struggling on offense.
Cincinnati Bengals
RBs: Rudi Johnson , Kenny Watson, Kenny Irons , Chris Perry
Injuries: Kenny Irons (ACL Out for the Year), Chris Perry (leg, out until at least October 14th), Rudi Johnson (Hamstring, doubtful for 10/1)
Starter: Rudi Johnson
Opinion: Rudi Johnson came out of last weeks game after being ineffective and hurting his hamstring. He is doubtful at the moment and his fill in is Kenny Watson, who actually looked good last week. They have a tough matchup this week with NE on Monday night and Rudi's status is in the air. If you can afford to sit him, I would.
Cleveland Browns
RBs: Jamal Lewis , Jerome Harrison, Jason Wright
Injuries: None
Starter: Jamal Lewis
Opinion: Lewis came back down to earth last week against Oakland. While Oaklands defense is not terrible it is not great either and Lewis should have had more yards. He will be hit or miss all year, more towards miss most times as the Browns offense is terrible. They may be without Kellen Winslow, which will only make things harder this week. They get the Ravens this week, who have dominated much better backs, play Lewis as a last possible resort (going with no back maybe a better option).
Dallas Cowboys
RBs: Julius Jones , Marion Barber III , Tyson Thompson
Injuries: None
Starter: Julius Jones 55% / Marion Barber III 45%
Opinion: The Backs had been splitting time almost evenly until last week when MBIII got double the amount of carries that Jones did and exloded with his chances. MBIII lookes to be the back that will carry this team although the Cowboys have not yet made the announcement. One good thing for JJ owners is that he has not been pulled from drives for MBIII when it has been his turn to run. If you ave MBIII he is a good option this week against a rocky STL defense, but Jones owners should look elsewhere.
Denver Broncos
RBs: Travis Henry , Selvin Young, Mike Bell, Cedric Cobbs
Starter: Travis Henry
Opinion: Henry had a tough week last week against JAX and has another tough week this week against INDY. Henry did finally get his first touchdown as a Bronco last week and Selvin Young only got a few opportunities and fumbled on one of them. Henry remains a solid option although he faces a tough defense.
Detroit Lions
RBs: Tatum Bell , Kevin Jones, TJ Duckett , Brian Calhoun, Aveion Cason
Injuries: Kevin Jones: Foot, TJ Duckett: Ankle
Starter: Tatum Bell/Kevin Jones
Opinion: They don't run the football. Last week they were down and barely ran, the week before they played a tough defense and abandoned the run entirely. Bell and Jones look to be splitting the limtied amount of reps with Jones getting goalline carries so far. They play the Bears, who are banged up, but they will look to pass and not run. I would stay away from this backfield if possible.
Green Bay Packers
RBs: Vernand Morency , Brandon Jackson , Ryan Grant, DeShawn Wynn
Injuries: Vernand Morency: Knee
Vulture DeShawn Wynn
Opinion: I thought this was the black and blue division? This is another NFC North team that just seems to have abandoned the run as they can't do it well. Morency is still out as of now and the Pack are looking at a three man RBBC. Ryan Grant was not good at ND so don't expect him to do much now, Jackson seems up and down, and Wynn got in the dog house after he pulled himself out of the game and cost the Pack a time out. Add to the fact that they are playing MIN in MIN and this matchup does not look appetizing to fantasy owners. Go with some one else if you got em.
Houston Texans
RBs: Ahman Green , Ron Dayne, Samkon Gado, Wali Lundy
Injuries: Ahman Green (Knee) Out Week 4
Starter: Ahman Green
Vulture: Ron Dayne
Opinion: Ahman Green has not practiced all week and is most likely out for this nice matchup against Atlanta. Ron Dayne is healthy and will get the start for the Texans with Samkon Gado seeing some third down carries. Atlanta has been a terrible defense this season and Dayne could have a very nice week.
Indianapolis Colts
RBs: Joseph Addai ,Kenton Keith, Kory Chapman
Injuries: None
Starter: Joseph Addai
Opinion: Addai is clearly the man and the Colts are not giving anyone else many touches. Good Matchup against Denver at home.
Jacksonville Jaguars
RBs: Fred Taylor , Maurice Jones-Drew , Greg Jones, LaBrandon Toefield
Injuries: None
Starter: Fred Taylor / Maurice Jones-Drew
Opinion: This has become a bad situation for fantasy owners. No clear cut guy and MJD has not done much with his touches. They have a BYE this week.
Kansas City Chiefs
RBs: Larry Johnson , Michael Bennett, Derrick Ross, Kolby Smith, Priest Holmes
Injuries: Priest Holmes: Neck (PUP)
Starter: Larry Johnson
Opinion: The Chiefs are terrible and Larry Johnson's stats are suffering for it. No one will respect the pass until the Chiefs make them so expect Johnson to have tough sledding in the future. They are going up against SD who has been suspect on the run, but the Chiefs are still bad and Johnson has shown his displeasure. You have to start him becuase he is LJ, right?
Miami Dolphins
RBs: Ronnie Brown , Jesse Chatman , Lorenzo Booker, Reagan Mauia
Starter: Ronnie Brown/Jesse Chatman (?)
Opinion: Brown finally busted out last week at NYJ. Hopefully Cam Cameron saw "what Brown can do for him" and will continue to run the ball and get Brown involved in the pass game as well. They play Oakland this week who has a decent defense, but brown should have another nice week.
Minnesota Vikings
RBs: Chester Taylor , Adrian Peterson , Mewelde Moore, Artose Pinner
Injuries: Chester Taylor: Hip
Starter: Chester Taylor / Adrian Peterson
Opinion: Taylor looks to be back this week and Childress has said that Taylor is the starter if he is healthy, but how can he keep AD off of the field. Peterson has looked great in his time as starter and should overtake Taylor as the "starter". They do have a tough game this week against the Pack and the uncertanty of playing time makes this week a bit of question.
New England Patriots
RBs: Laurence Maroney , Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, Justise Hairston
Starter: Laurence Maroney
Opinion: Morney has not put up the numbers that many thought he would, but its more about what the Pats are doing on offense thant maroney himself. The Pats have done a lot through the air and when they get up they have pulled Maroney so he does not get hurt. Maroney is had a good game against the Bills, but was pulled at the goalline for Morris. Fantasy owners are going to get real ticked at Bill real soon. They play Cincy this week so hopefuly he breaks one.
New Orleans Saints
RBs: Deuce McAllister , Reggie Bush , Aaron Stecker
Injuries: Deuce McAllister (Knee -IR)
Starter: Deuce McAllister / Reggie Bush
Opinion: The Saints offense took another blow this week with Deuce going down. While Bush is the starter getting the majority of carries, I don't think he is ready to do so. His best numbers came when Deuce had softened the defense. Expect him to have a rough year. They are on BYE this week.
New York Giants
RBs: Brandon Jacobs , Derrick Ward ,Reuben Droughns, Ahmad Bradshaw
Injuries: Brandon Jacobs: Knee (out 3-5 weeks)
Starter: Derrick Ward
Opinion: With Jacobs hurt, Ward will get the start again. Ward has looked very good in his time at RB and some say that Jacobs may be endanger of losing his job. Expect Ward to continue to get carries even when Jacobs comes back. They have a good matchup this week against a Philly defense that has not been very good.
New York Jets
RBs: Thomas Jones , Leon Washington
Injuries: None
Starter: Thomas Jones
Opinion: Jones finally got to play an average defense and showed he is still a good back. They play the Bills this week who are now without LB Paul Posluzny. They gave up over a hundred yards on the ground to Maroney last week, so expect Jones to have a good game.
Oakland Raiders
RBs: LaMont Jordan , Dominic Rhodes, Justin Fargas, Michael Bush
Injuries: Michael Bush
Notes: Dominic Rhodes has been suspended for the first four weeks.
Starter: LaMont Jordan / Dominic Rhodes
Opinion: Lamont Jordan has looked great so far in the season. Jordan finally looks like the guy that they wanted when they signed him as a free agent. It will be interesting to see what they do when Rhodes comes back from his suspension. They get Miami this week who let TJ go over a hundred and has not looked great on run defense. Expect good things from Jordan again. Next week Rhodes will be back in the mix so u may want to try and sell high.
Philadelphia Eagles
RBs: Brian Westbrook , Correll Buckhalter, Tony Hunt
Injuries: Ryan Moats (ankle) out for the season, Westbrook (Ribs-- Day-to-Day)
Starter: Brian Westbrook
Opinion: The Eagles offense exploded last week and the beneficiary was Westy owners. Westy had a doiminating day, but hurt himself once again and is listed as day-to-day. Westy owners are going to have to deal with this all season becuase the guy just gets hurt, but he is a warrior and will play. They have a nice matchup this week against the Giants and Westy is a must start.
Pittsburgh Steelers
RBs: Willie Parker , Najeh Davenport, Kevan Barlow, Verron Haynes
Injuries: None
Starter: Willie Parker
Opinion: Consistent, thats what FWP has been and will be. He will get you 100 yards pretty much every week. The PITT offense has looked very good so far this year and they have a nice matchup with Arizona this week. Expect FWP to get his 100 and maybe a TD or 2.
San Diego Chargers
RBs: LaDainian Tomlinson , Michael Turner, Darren Sproles
Injuries: None
Starter: LaDainian Tomlinson
Opinion: LT has had a tough start to the season as has the whole Charger team. They do play KC this week who have been decent on defense. The Chargers will come out fired up at home to try and show that they are back. I expect LT to turn it around like the number 1 back he truly is.
San Francisco 49ers
RBs: Frank Gore , Maurice Hicks, Michael Robinson, Thomas Clayton
Starter: Frank Gore
Opinion: Gore had a rough week last week against a very good Pit defense. The Niners offense will need to turn it around this week against a SEA defense that has been pretty good so far this year. SEA shut down Rudi Johnson last week, but that was at home where the have a huge homefield advantage. Gore should have a nice week this week.
Seattle Seahawks
RBs: Shaun Alexander , Maurice Morris, Alvin Pearman
Injuries: Alexander playing with a cast on his hand
Starter: Shaun Alexander
Opinion: SA actually had a tough time finding room to run last week against a bad CINCY defense. Chalk it up to every team has there day in my opinion. SA is still a solid option and with the way Hasselbeck is picking a part defense it will only get better for SA. He has a great matchup this week with a SF defense that has been run on all year.
St. Louis Rams
RBs: Steven Jackson , Brian Leonard , Antonio Pittman, Travis Minor
Injuries: Steven Jackson (Groin-- Out this week)
Starter: Steven Jackson
Opinion: SJax finally had a good week and now he has been lost for at least this week if not longer due to a groin pull. Brian Leonard will get the start against dallas, but expect to see Travis Minor in on some plays as well. Leonard was a RB at Rutgers before moving to FB and could surprise some people. Dallas has been run on this year so Leonard may be a good play.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RBs: Carnell Williams , Michael Pittman, Earnest Graham, Kenneth Darby
Injuries: Carnell Williams: Bruised Ribs (Questionable)
Starter: Carnell Williams
Opinion: Williams had a decent game against the Rams going until he was hit again on his ribs and promptly put the ball on the ground. Jon Gruden pulled him and Michael Clayton for fumbling and inserted Earnest Graham who ran for 75 yards on 8 carries and scored 2 TDS. Gruden has said that Williams is the starter, but expect it to be more of a RBBC with Graham, Pittman, and Williams all getting touches. If Caddy puts the ball on the ground again he will get pulled. They play Carolina and the game plan is to pass so this is not a good matchup this week.
Tennessee Titans
RBs: LenDale White , Chris Brown , Chris Henry
Starter: LenDale White
Opinion: Since the first game White has got the majority of the carries and has looked good. It looks as if White may end up being the starter after all. They have a BYE this week.
Washington Redskins
RBs: Clinton Portis , Ladell Betts , Rock Cartwright, Derrick Blaylock
Injuries: Clinton Portis (knee tendinitis)
Starter: Clinton Portis
Opinion: Portis looked great last week and there were complaints that Betts was in the game at the end of the game from fans and media. expect Portis to continue getting the majority of the workload and having good games. They have a BYE this week

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