Week 8 is over and done with and the last of the big bye weeks is here. Jamaal Charles was the big winner during a heavy running back day racking up 177 yards. Darren McFadden continued his torrid pace with 111 yards and LaGarrette Blount ran wild with 120 yards as he staked his claim on the RB1 slot in Tampa. Gore, Jones-Drew, and Foster all had nice days as well.
Six teams are going on bye including Denver, Tennessee, St. Louis, San Francisco, Washington, and Jacksonville. Concerning running backs this leaves you without Knowsho Moreno, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, and Maurice Jones-Drew. This is the prime time to shop for running backs that will carry you into the playoffs.
Here are your week 9 fantasy football keepers and sleepers for the 2010 NFL season:
1) Matt Forte – Been a while since you heard this guy’s name after he got off to a torrid start. He’s been relatively quiet since then but this week’s matchup is just too good to pass up on. The Chicago Bears are taking on the Buffalo Bills and their last ranked run defense. The Bills are allowing a staggering 5 yards per carry and almost 190 yards per game. Combine that with Forte’s break away ability and you should be in for a nice game.
2) LaDainian Tomlinson – Last week’s game was a disaster that will soon be forgotten by New Yorks faithful. LT is going to go nuts on the Detroit run defense because I think Rex Ryan will be a little hesitant to let the game be decided by Mark Sanchez’s arm. Stafford and company will win the game but it will be close and LT should top 100+ yards with a TD or two.
3) LeSean McCoy – For whatever reason people draft McCoy later and then even now people are hesitant to use him. Vick is still a running threat and I think he still runs a decent amount, although with more sliding and less diving. McCoy will generate a nice game against a shaky Indy run defense. The combination of Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy should not be underestimated.
4) Ryan Mathews – Hold the press, don’t trade him yet. Gates is banged up and I think San Diego finally let’s their prized running back run loose. Phillip Rivers will continue to sling the rock and decimate the pass defense but Mathews gets 2 touchdowns here plus some nice yardage. I expect a high flying, high scoring, and high yardage game here.
5) Ray Rice – I know Rice has been somewhat of a disappointment but I think he still has a lot left in the tank. He’s got that going for him and the Baltimore offense is just as good as the Baltimore defense. Rice will have a very nice second half of the season starting with his performance against the Miami defense.
1) Donald Brown – I picked him for a sleeper 2 weeks ago and he didn’t play. That sucked. Now with Hurt being hurt and Addai still ailing from the shoulder injury, I think it’s time for the UConn product to show some moxie running against the Philly defense. Modest yards and a TD are in store but this might be the opportunity Brown has been waiting for. I think he makes the most of his chance and Addai isn’t rushed back.
2) Michael Bush – Look the Raiders are going to running the ball, a lot. McFadden and Bush make a nice combo and Bush is the goal line back. He’s getting little respect right now and can be found on the wire. Bush will end up leading the way with McFadden as Oakland rolls through Kansas City and Al Davis nearly has a heart attack when they board the plane to leave at 5-4.
3) Tim Hightower – Beanie Wells is hurt and if you are in a pinch then Hightower should get you at least ten points with small yardage and a TD. With Derek Anderson throwing the Cardinals will actually be able to keep up with the deflated Vikings so the run game should be decent for both teams (ADP = 150 yards).
4) MarShawn Lynch – Seattle is undefeated at home and the Giants will make some mistakes. I predict the Seahawks winning and in the process Lynch will be used to eat up the clock. I think he can easily get around 75 yards and a touchdown… maybe more. Justin Forsett won’t take many touches and Leon Washington is an afterthought. Lynch is the RB1 and he plays like it here.
5) BenJarvus Green-Ellis – The law firm has 6 touchdowns on the season and is floating around the waiver wire. Belichick seems to not mind using him (which is odd for him). He’s not going to be effective like last week’s 112 yard performance but I think it’s safe to say he’ll get some nice yardage and a score against Cleveland in what should be a blowout. If you can snag him for the long haul then go out and pick him up.
That’s the week 9 running backs you need to know. Good matchups win these tough bye weeks so choose wisely when replacing a player that is out. As always thanks for reading and feel free to leave some feedback, read my other articles, or visit www.babybluemonkey.com.