Come and gone. Week 6 is over with and there have been some interesting running back situations out there worth taking a look at. First a recap of week 5, there were several studs this past Sunday. The most outstanding was Matt Forte with 166 yards and 2 scores followed closely by Michael Turner (140), Cedric Benson (144), Chris Johnson (131), and Michael Bush (104). With the good comes the bad as the NFL leading rusher, Arian Foster, was banged up and didn’t play the second half. MJD tweaked his wrist and LeSean McCoy played with a broken rib (albeit good). I would monitor a few of these players and also noteworthy is the trades and their affected outcomes. MarShawn Lynch is making his debut with Seattle and the Browns have just traded Jerome Harrison to the Eagles for Mike Bell.
That was the past and this is the present, so let’s take a look into the future, onto week 6 and the juicy matchups available. Watch the Oakland Raiders and how they manage Darren McFadden (if he returns), keep an eye on the Jets situation as Shonn Greene ran well but LT is fifth overall in rushing yards (yeah!). There are a few running teams on byes this week, specifically Carolina and Cincinnati. If you own Williams or Benson you’ll have to look elsewhere. Also on bye is Arizona and Buffalo (which is disappointing because your players won’t be rushing against them!).
If you are in a pinch and need to pick up a player for byes then concentrate on the sleeper section. If you are looking to buy low for a trade or need to bolster your lineup then look at the keeper section.
Here’s the 2010 fantasy football week 6 keepers and sleepers for running backs:
1) Arian Foster – Don’t’ get rid of him if you got him and if you don’t then try and trade for him. Texas had a monumental S-U-C-K game last week and I’d expect a rebound and a continued run towards the playoffs.Foster is going to be instrumental in this run and he’s an absolute must own. Once Schaub gets Owen Daniels, Jacoby Jones, and Andre Johnson back to full health I would expect the ‘Ëœol Texans to get some monster air and ground yardage. Grab him if you can.
2) Maurice Jones-Drew – Has been super mediocre so far. This is all the more reason to make a grab for him if you can. Jacksonville is a stunning 3-2 and in good position to make a nice run for the playoffs. MJD is still the best player on the team (well, maybe after Trent Edwards — that was a joke). I would look for more clock eating gaming stalling drives from a Jaguars team that doesn’t have many weapons in the passing attack. MJD is still a top 5 back and will show it down the stretch.
3) Jahvid Best – Detroit is good. Not great but good. This team is still rebuilding but one thing is clear, Jahvid Best is the undisputed number one running back. The turf toe injury slowed him a little bit but not the extent that McFadden was out last year. The Lions have a competent passer (not great but good) in Shaun Hill and they still boast a top three receiving threat (though he might not play this weekend). If it’s possible to buy low on Best now I would snag him. He should put up some dazzling numbers and they face the shaky run defense of the NY Giants.
4) Peyton Hillis – He’s it in Cleveland. Look this week’s matchup isn’t great but Hillis put up 100+ against a stout Baltimore run defense earlier this season. So propose a trade for him now while the buy low is LOW and reap the benefits this week and the rest of this season. Jerome Harrison is out of the picture and Mike Bell is the handcuff. I would expect Hillis to get 25-30 touches per game. He’s bound to break off a decent run or two every game behind an underappreciated offensive line.
5) Felix Jones – I’ve never been a big Jones fan but word on the street is that Taschard Choice is out of the picture and Barber is going to be relegated to #2 duties. Jones and the rest of the Cowboys will be gunning for a playoff spot and that should mean increased offensive numbers. With Barber out of the way I think Jones could get 15-20 carries per game and their next game is against a questionable Minnesota run defense (both Greene and LT did well Monday night).
1) Michael Bush – Quick, stop reading and go grab this guy (OK wait, finish this article then grab him). I found him sitting on the waiver wire in a couple of leagues. He’s back and he’s the primary back with McFadden Banged up. In his first full time gig this year he got 104 yards and a score. Very nice. Bush and the undervalued Raiders take on the very angry San Francisco 49ers team that hasn’t found its passing game yet. I can see Bush duplicating his week 5 numbers here as Zach Miller grabs some decent yardage too.
2) MarShawn Lynch – He’ debuts for his new team and Pete Carroll has already stated that Lynch will be given a big role in the offense starting week 6. He’s floating around the waiver wire and you should be able to snag him before this Sunday. Seattle’s defense should keep Cutler and company from a blowout and that means the run game will be established on both sides. I think Lynch will have a big game with about 80-90 yards rushing and 2 TDs.
3) Ryan Mathews – Don’t act like you are surprised. Here he is for the 6th week in a row. He’s positively going to destroy St. Louis for eleventy billion yards and 12 touchdowns — OK maybe not quite that many but there is a good (great) chance this game will get out of hand quickly and Rivers won’t need to throw for over 400 yards again. In steps Ryan Mathews to reclaim his RB1 title in San Diego once and for all.Ã’ I’m calling 200 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs.
4) Donald Brown – UConn runner Brown has been in Addai’s shadow his whole short career. That ends this Sunday as the Colts square off against the Redskins. Joseph Addai is banged up and what’s his name (Hurt) is a one hit wonder. Brown should be given plenty of opportunity to run the ball and produce some decent yardage.I think he gets one TD beyond 20 yards and about 75 yards total. Good bye week material.
5) Ryan Torain – He’s the guy in Washington if you missed that little snippet. Torain is a good solid runner and should get some nice yardage against a subpar run defense. McNabb will throw but Indy’s pass defense is much better than its run defense, expect Shanahan to know that. I’m guessing around 150 yards and 2 TDs.Guaranteed.
There you go folks. Death, Taxes, and the 2010 fantasy football keepers and sleepers running back picks.Three things you know are going to happen — Also visit www.babybluemonkey.com so my page views go up, I will eventually get around to updating the site. Give me a break, in MBA school, full time government employee and a full family at home…