by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column). Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:
Chris Ivory – New York Jets
at Kansas City
Sure he is the “lead” back in New York, but how much does that really mean? After falling behind early, in part thanks to a peculiar game plan where they went pass heavy, Ivory turned 13 carries into 43 yards though his day was saved thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns. Of course, Kansas City is the only team in the league yet to allow a running back to find the end zone.
That’s not to say that Ivory won’t be able to pick up yardage, as the Chiefs have yielded 729 rushing yards. Still, would it really be a surprise if the Jets fell behind early once again? What about simply going pass heavy, for no real reason, in an attempt to establish new toy Percy Harvin?
One thing we’ve learned about the Jets this season is that they simply are a team to avoid, if possible. They are too unpredictable, and not in a good (aka frustrating) way like the Patriots, to trust.
Tre Mason – St. Louis Rams
at San Francisco
This really goes for all St. Louis running backs, but it was just a week ago that Mason was considered the darling of the waiver wire. This week it was a true running back by committee:
- Tre Mason – 7 carries for 32 yards
- Benny Cunningham – 4 carries for 27 yards
- Zac Stacy – 5 carries for 17 yards
With a tough matchup against the 49ers and the backfield a bit of an unknown, this is a situation to avoid. Mason could easily develop into a weekly option, but until he establishes his role as the lead back he can’t be trusted.
Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders
Oakland decided they needed to get Maurice Jones-Drew more involved, helping to lead McFadden to see just 12 carries (which he turned into 59 yards). While we still don’t understand why it isn’t Latavius Murray getting a chance, the fact remains that any lost touches is going to cap McFadden’s potential value.
With a date against the Seattle Seahawks next on the schedule, that certainly isn’t a good thing. As it is McFadden has rushed for more than 59 yards just once all season and has scored just 2 TD.
Going into Seattle, does anyone really expect him to put up a breakout performance?
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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