As always the running backs stole the show in fantasy football. Lets see what transpired in Week 9.
Ryan Matthews: 9 carries for 42 yards with 1 fumble along with 1 catches for 18 yards. Matthews left this game with injury once again as his rookie season has had very few positives. I wont say it again but….what the hell…I warned you!
Arian Foster: 27 carries for 127 yards and 2 TD’s along with 4 catches for 70 yards. The guy is having a ridiculous year. No doubt he is the best fantasy football value of the season and he is perfect for this system. Salute to those who nabbed the guy.
Adrian Peterson: 15 carries for 81 yards with 1 TD along with 4 catches for 63 yards with 1 TD. Peterson had a very good game without truly busting out in the yardage department. The fact the Vikings fell behind which forced them to go to the pass is the primary reason for the low rushing output. Still Peterson scored twice and he continues with another fantastic season.
Jonathan Stewart: 5 carries for 30 yards with 1 fumble. Stewart left the game with a concussion which serves as the icing on the top of the cake of a truly horrendous season. One of the worst values in fantasy football without a doubt.
Peyton Hillis: 29 carries for 184 yards with 2 TD’s and 1 fumble along with 3 catches for 36 yards. Hillis won this game on his own against the Patriots yesterday and if Arian Foster is the best draft value of the year, than he is the best free agent pickup of the year. Hillis is a PPR dream and the guy has pretty much done it all as far as running the ball, scoring TD’s, and catching balls. Just a tremendous out of nowhere season.
Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis: 9 carries for 14 yards. I dont like Green-Ellis due to the fact he doesnt get enough opportunitis and he doesnt catch passes. Danny Woodhead split carries for 54 yards and I like him a whole lot more. Either way both guys have little value.
LeGarrette Blount: 13 carries for 46 yards. This was not the encore we anticipated for Blount off his outstanding performance last week. What really annoying if the fact that Carnell Williams got 8 carries here. I dont understand why coach Morris is still putting him out there when we can all see he is done. Hold onto Blount for now to see if he gets the increase in touches but right now its looking like his performances will be volatile.
Michael Turner: 24 carries for 107 yards with 2 TD’s. Turner is a TD heavy owners dream as he always seems to hit paydirt when given the chance and he is running like the big time power back we love. Like I have said many times before, Turner wont catch passes but he is the rare non PPR guy on paper who ca still succeed in that league.
Matt Forte: 14 carries for 49 yards along with 3 catches for 12 yards. Its looking more and more like Forte’s rookie season was fluke. The new Mike Martz passing offense is taking away his chances to tote the ball and he is not catching enough passes to make a difference. Against the sad sack Bills rush defense, this kind of output is a joke.
Fred Jackson: 8 carries for 16 yards with 1 TD and 1 fumble along with 5 catches for 20 yards. Jackson is very similar to Forte in that they are only for PPR leagues and they havent done well in even those formats. CJ Spiller continues to breath down his neck so there is limited upside here.
Ronnie Brown: 9 carries for 59 yards with 1 TD along with 5 catches for 40 yards. I have always had a soft spot for Ronnie Brown and its games like this that show you what he can do. The Dophins have gone away from the run lately which is not who they are but with the game Chad Henne had yesterday, look for more chances for Brown going forward.
Ray Rice: 23 carries for 83 yards along with 7 catches for 97 yards. You got the vintage Ray Rice game here but he needs to do more of this to justify his top four draft spot. Half of Rice’s games have not helped his fantasy football owners but this is the type of performance he can give during any given week.
Jahvid Best: 16 carries for 48 yards along with 5 catches for 40 yards. Typical game for Best who hasnt run the bal l well but has done great at catching it. He is too dependent on the big run to get his rushing totals but hopefully he bulks up in offseason to be better served carrying between the tackles next year. Until than he is only a PPR option.
LaDainian Tomlinson: 15 carries for 55 yards along with 6 catches for 34 yards. Tomlinson has cooled off some in the rushing department but he is keeping himself relevant with his catches. I still feel he will wear down when the fantasy football postseason arrives so be careful here.
Ahmad Bradshaw: 19 carries for 57 yards and 2 TD’s along with 4 catches for 35 yards. Bradshaw has played great all season and he even got two goal line carries that he cashed in on. Great sign going forward that he can be trusted in those situations and Bradshaw overall has been just as good as any runner in football.
Marshawn Lynch: 11 carries for 48 yards. When Lynch first got into the league, he was a very good receiver. The last two years or so however, Lynch has faded from that mode of attack. The trade to Seattle was supposed to get him back onto the fantasy football landscape but he continues too sit in oblivion.
LeSean McCoy: 16 carries for 95 yards along with 3 catches for 8 yards. McCoy didnt score and had his worst receiving game of the year but he still made an impact. Thats the sign of a top notch fantasy football runner of which McCoy certainly is.
Jamaal Charles: 10 carries for 53 yards along with 5 catches for 47 yards. I cant stand this Thomas Jones stealing carries from Charles anymore. It is beyond ridiculous now. Jones got 19 carries that yielded only 32 yards. Todd Haley has done a great job turning the Chiefs around but he is being so stupid when it comes to this. I honestly think that if Charles got 20 carries a game, he would yield top 5 runing back numbers easily and maybe even top three.
Darren McFadden: 17 carries for 89 yards with 1 fumble along with 4 catches for 25 yards. If you were an owner than decided to wait on running backs in your draft and took Darren McFadden and Arian Foster late, well cheers to you. McFadden has been tremendous and he is fully realizing the potential that we all saw in the guy.
Brandon Jackson: 13 carries for 42 yards with 1 TD along with 4 catches for 26 yards with 1 TD. Jackson had a nice game here but so did everyone on Green Bay. He wont play Dallas every week so dont go grabbing the guy. He is not worth the trouble.