Monday, September 26, 2011


Week 3 has come and gone and so lets check in on how all of the relevant fantasy football running backs performed throughout the games.

Cedric Benson:  17 carries for 64 yards.  Benson will be suspended for three games likely starting next week so start to get to know Bernard Scott who has some good matchups coming up. 

Frank Gore:  17 carries for 42 yards with 1 fumble.  Gore has not had a solid game yet and now he has an ankle problem.  Not what his owners were expecting that's for sure.

Maurice Jones-Drew:  24 carries for 122 yards along with 3 catches for 45 yards.  Its very impressive that Jones-Drew is running this well with the 8 man fronts he faces every week.  So far no concerns about his knee.

Adrian Peterson:  17 carries for 78 yards and 1 TD along with 4 catches for 19 yards.  The TD saved the day for a quieter day than usual for this horse.

Jahvid Best:  12 carries for 14 yards along with 5 catches for 74 yards.  Best just cant run the ball so far this season and the catches make him strictly a PPR option and not a great one at that.

Chris Johnson:  13 carries for 21 yards along with 4 catches for 54 yards.  Johnson has been disgusting this season.  I said it all summer throughout his holdout that he would be extremely rusty to start the season and boy has he lived up to that prediction.  He will come around but its taking longer than most believed.

Willis McGahee:  22 carries for 52 yards along with 3 catches for 2 yards.  Not a good game for McGahee who will go back to splitting carries with Knowshon Moreno next week.  That makes him fantasy football useless.

Daniel Thomas:  23 carries for 95 yards along with 3 catches for 27 yards and 1 TD.  Thomas has become the workhorse back for the Dolphins and he is clearly the man.  Lets hope you didn't drop him after Week 1 because he is really looking like a player.

LeSean McCoy:  24 carries for 128 yards and 1 TD along with 3 catches for 13 yards.  McCoy is getting workhorse carries which is great to see and  he is cashing in on the scoring chances as well.  Basically there is nothing to complain about.

Ahmad Bradshaw:  15 carries for 86 yards along with 5 catches for 53 yards and 1 TD.  This is the first impact game that Bradshaw has had this season so he is off to somewhat of a slow start.  Brandon Jacobs will continue to get goal-line carries so Bradshaw is best used in those that take part in PPR.

Ben Tate:  19 carries for 82 yards along with 1 catch for 8 yards.  It had to be disappointing to see that Tate didn't get in on all of the scoring in this game.  He still ran very well and is reminding many why he was a hot pickup last summer.

Mark Ingram:  9 carries for 38 yards and 1 TD along with 2 catches for -3 yards.  Ingram is still a bigger name than he is a player and that will continue with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas around.

Fred Jackson:  12 carries for 74 yards and 1 TD along with 5 catches for 87 yards.  Jackson is playing like a first round pick and at the very least he is the best fantasy football value this season to this point.

Ray Rice:  8 carries for 79 yards along with 5 catches for 83 yards.  Rice continues to be a beast every week and he did enough positive things in a gameplan that centered on the pass.  That my friends is a superstar.

Darren McFadden:  19 carries for 171 yards and 2 TD along with 3 catches for 7 yards.  If the fantasy football draft guides came out today, McFadden would be on every cover.  Man is he destroying everything in his path right now.  And to think he could be had in the second round in drafts this past summer. 

Shonn Greene:  15 carries for 59 yards along with 7 catches for 7 catches for 47 yards.  Greene once again didn't make an impact running but he was a total shock in the receiving game.  If this keeps up, I will criticize him a lot less.

Ryan Matthews:  21 carries for 98 yards and 2 TD along with 5 catches for 51 yards.  This is the production that those who reached for Matthews in round 1 last season expected.  He has been very good this season but I will reserve judgement until I see more.

Ryan Grant:  17 carries for 92 yards.  Grant was the feature back this week as James Starks took a seat.  This situation can change every week so it makes neither guy worth owning.

Matt Forte:  9 carries for 2 yards along with 7 catches for 80 yards.  No that rushing total was not a misprint.  Forte got nothing going in that respect but he once again was a beast in the receiving game.  The joy of PPR leagues.

Michael Turner:  11 carries for 20 yards.  This is the problem you get with Turner sometimes in that if he is stuffed in the run game like this, his day is a washout for his owners.  He just doesn't do anything in the receiving game for him to help in any other category.

LeGarrette Blount:  24 carries for 81 yards along with 1 catch for 13 yards.  Same story with Blount who also wont be much help in the receiving department. 

Rashard Mendenhall:  18 carries for 37 yards along with 3 catches for 9 yards.  You know its bad when you get bottled up by the Colts.  I cant say it will get any better for Mendenhall whose line is atrocious. 

Joseph Addai:  17 carries for 86 yards and 1 TD along with 1 catch for 2 yards.  Solid game for Addai who has had a hard time of doing that the last few seasons.  It will still be a rough go for him this season due to the stacked lines he will be facing each week.

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