There certainly is some significant fallout from Week Eight, isn’t there? Will Brian Westbrook be healthy enough to place? How far does Steve Slaton fall? Let’s take a look:
- Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Kansas City
- Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Washington
- Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
- DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
- Ryan Grant – Green Bay Packers – at Tampa Bay
- Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
- Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at San Francisco
- Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Tennessee
- Joseph Addai – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Brandon Jacobs – New York Giants – vs. San Diego
- Ronnie Brown – Miami Dolphins – at New England
- LaDanian Tomlinson – San Diego Chargers – at New York Giants
- Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
- Clinton Portis – Washington Redskins – at Atlanta
- Kevin Smith – Detroit Lions – at Seattle
- Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Denver
- Brian Westbrook – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – vs. Arizona
- Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – at Jacksonville
- Knowshown Moreno – Denver Broncos – vs. Pittsburgh
- Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – at Chicago
- Ryan Moats – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Julius Jones – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Detroit
- Marion Barber – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Carnell Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Green Bay
- Steve Slaton – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants – vs. San Diego
- Mike Bell – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
- Ricky Williams – Miami Dolphins – at New England
- Laurence Maroney – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Darren Sproles – San Diego Chargers – at New York Giants
- Tashard Choice – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Tim Hightower – Arizona Cardinals – at Chicago
- Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
- Ray Rice has been among the best running backs in the game this season. While he has a tough match-up against the Bengals rushing defense, he is one of the most productive backs in the passing game as well, allowing him to remain among the top ranked in the coming week.
- While the Saints have had a strong rushing defense, they have been prone to allowing touchdowns on the ground. That seems to be a perfect scenario for DeAngelo Williams, doesn’t it?
- If Donald Brown is out once again for Week 9, Addai’s value will increase. Keep that in mind as the week progresses.
- Benson, Johnson & Gore all have difficult match-ups, but all are too good to significantly downgrade for the week. They all remain RB1s and should be used with confidence.
- Will Pierre Thomas see the bulk of the carries for the Saints or will he be sharing time with Reggie Bush & Mike Bell? The Saints have shown no indication that they will give Thomas the lion’s share of the carries, which downgrades him a little bit more than he would’ve been if he were the main back.
- As long as Beanie Wells is the main back in Arizona, he is going to be a solid RB2 in all formats, especially against the Bears who are in the middle of the pack against the run. After Week 8, however, is there any guarantee that he’s going to be the main back? Hopefully we can get a better answer to that question as the week progresses.
- I know the Lions are bad, but does anyone really trust Julius Jones at this point? He’s a low-end RB2, but better served to be used as a FLEX and nothing more.
- Brian Westbrook is said to be on pace to play in Week 9, but who knows how big of a role he’ll actually play. For now, he’s better served to be considered a RB2.
- What does the emergence of Ryan Moats, who rushed for 126 yards and 3 TD, mean for Steve Slaton? It’s way too early to tell, but for now Slaton has to tumble down this list.
What are your thoughts? Who was left off the list? Who should be higher? Who should be lower?
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