With the playoffs approaching, here is a running back wrapup of only fantasy football worthy running backs.
Michael Turner: 23 carries for 110 yards with 1 TD along with 1 catch for 4 yards. Turner did his thing as usual and he is a stud in TD heavy leagues. There really is nothing more to say on the guy that I havent already.
Arian Foster: 30 carries for 143 yards along with 9 catches for 75 yards. Incredible game for Foster who is now challenging Frank Gore for fantasy football running back MVP honors. Without a doubt Foster is the best value in fantasy football this season and the only worry I have is a possible wear down after such a heavy workload this season which he has never come close to before.
Chris Johnson: 7 carries for 5 yards along with 2 catches for 2 yards. Johnson cante be entirely blamed for this joke of a line as the Titans were down to Rusty Smith at QB. Who???? Exactly! There is genuine worry as far as I am concerned about what the QB situation will mean for Johnson going forward and I will do a feature on this tomorrow so check back at that point.
Adrian Peterson: 6 carries for 36 yards with 1 TD along with 1 catch for 34 yards. Another huge worry here as Peterson injured his ankle and never returned to the game. There has been no official announcement from the team about its severity but if its a high ankle sprain than we got trouble fantasy football folks who own Peterson. Hold your breath here as the timing cant be worse.
Brandon Jacobs: 14 carries for 87 yards. Jacobs deserves to be mentioned again now that he has been named the Giants’ starter but the story is the same here as he remains valuable in only TD heavy leagues.
Ahmad Bradshaw: 9 carries for 49 yards along with 4 catches for 34 yards. The flip side of Jacobs is how Bradshaw loses a ton of fantasy football value being the backup. The carries were on the short side and he didnt catch enough passes to make himself starter worthy. Those who invested here have to stay the course as you wont get anything for him right now and have to stay the course.
Maurice Jones-Drew: 21 carries for 113 yards along with 4 catches for 9 yards. Jones-Drew has been a terror the last month and a half and just in time for the fantasy football playoffs. He clearly is over the injuries from the beginning of the year and I pity those who go against him in the playoffs. Luckily for me the owner of Jones-Drew in my league didnt make the cut.
Rashard Mendenhall: 36 carries for 151 yards with 1 TD. Mendenhall was a monster here but I dont understand the Steelers giving him so many carries. That is a sure fire way to get him hurt and Mendenhall was not the picture of health in college. All of these carries could affect him in the fantasy football playoffs so be careful here.
Fred Jackson: 12 carries for 59 yards along with 5 catches for 104 yards with 1 TD. Jackson was running well until the Bills were forced to throw it when the fell behind. Still he once again did his part and has been a nice boost to those in need of running back help as we head to the playoffs.
Peyton Hillis: 26 carries for 131 yards with 3 TD’s along with 6 catches for 63 yards. If Foster is the best value in fantasy football this season, than Hillis is a close second. I get sick every week when I see he scored yet again as I missed out on him by one waiver priority spot. There is no doubt a good number of fantasy football titles will have Hillis on their roster.
Mike Goodson: 14 carries for 55 yards with 1 TD along with 8 catches for 81 yards. Despite Jonathan Stewart returning to start, Goodson shined for the third game in a row. In fact he was downright Fosterish. I adivsed picking him up last week, especially if you are involved in a PPR league and the results bear this out.
Jamaal Charles: 22 carries for 173 yards with 1 TD and 1 fumble along with 2 catches for 3 yards. I did a small feature on Charles’ game yesterday and so I wont back into it again but he was absolutely ridiculous. In fact Charles has been awesome in every game he has played in as he leads the NFL in yards per carry by a decent margin but he obviously hasnt received enough carries due to the annoying presence of Thomas Jones. The latter got 20 carries himself but head coach Todd Haley has got to stop with this sharing of carries if he wants to get the Chiefs into the playoffs. As a Charles owner, it is clear in looking at my team that when he has a game like this, my squad is unbeatable.
Darren McFadden: 8 carries for 2 yards along with 7 catches for 63 yards. Thats two truly disgusting rushing games in a row for McFadden and it just so happens those are the two games he played for me after I traded for the guy. The catches helped out as I ma in a PPR format but he needs to get back on track to help me get where I want to go as far as winning my league title.
Matt Forte: 14 carries for 117 yards along with 2 catches for 22 yards. Of course the guy I traded in order to get McFadden was Forte and I could have told you without even looking that he went for over 100 yards here. Forte is still very inconsistent and remains just for PPR now.
LeSean McCoy: 10 carries for 53 yards along with 8 catches for 67 yards. McCoy is a PPR dream but he has made a much bigger impact in the receiving game than the running game. Either way he is going to be a top 5 pick next season.
Ray Rice: 20 carries for 85 yards along with 7 catches for 47 yards. Rice has been light on the TD’s just like last season but he is doing what is expected of him this season with a little less of an impact. Please dont worry here.
Steven Jackson: 29 carries for 72 yards along with 1 catch for -6 yards. I watched Jackson closely this past Sunday and what I saw concerned me greatly. He looks like he has lost a step and he no longer plays on third downs which has virtually eliminated his receiving game. He has logged quite a bit of mileage so far so a decline cant be discounted. Still the team is playing better right now and he hasnt contributed to the cause which is scary to me and to his owners at this point.
Knowshon Moreno: 12 carries for 56 yards along with 1 TD and 1 fumble along with 6 catches for 62 yards. This is the kid of game that I envisioned Moreno having on a consistent basis this season but injuries ruined things. At this point he is worth using but the whole season has been a huge letdown with little debate.