There’s some pretty big movement this week in the RB rankings, with the injuries to Brian Westbrook & Donald Brown wreaking some havoc. Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
- Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee
- LaDanian Tomlinson – San Diego Chargers – vs. Oakland
- Kevin Smith – Detroit Lions – vs. St. Louis
- Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
- Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – at Detroit
- Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – vs. Cleveland
- Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
- Steve Slaton – Houston Texans – at Buffalo
- Ronnie Brown – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
- Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Denver
- Marshawn Lynch – Buffalo Bills – vs. Houston
- Thomas Jones – New York Jets – vs. Miami
- Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – at Indianapolis
- DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
- Ryan Grant – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
- Joseph Addai – Indianapolis Colts – vs. San Francisco
- Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Carolina
- Brandon Jacobs – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
- Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Marion Barber – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
- Knowshown Moreno – Denver Broncos – at Baltimore
- Ricky Williams – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
- Darren Sproles – San Diego Chargers – vs. Oakland
- Julius Jones – Seattle Seahawks – at Dallas
- Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills – vs. Houston
- Jamal Lewis – Cleveland Browns – at Chicago
- Michael Bush – Oakland Raiders – at San Diego
- Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
- Tim Hightower – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Carolina
- Mike Bell – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
- Tashard Choice – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
- Shonn Greene – New York Jets – vs. Miami
- Brian Westbrook – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
- I know the Eagles are trying to sell everyone that Brian Westbrook is going to play, but I’m just not buying it. From what has been described from his concussion, there is maybe a 1% chance of him playing against the Giants and even that may be an optimistic number. I’ll leave him on the bottom of the rankings, just in case, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend using him.
- Obviously, if Westbrook is out LeSean McCoy gets a huge boost in value, vaulting into the Top 20. He’s a must use in all formats.
- It appears that Beanie Wells will finally get his chance to be the main back in Arizona, so I simply flipped him with Tim Hightower.
- Donald Brown is not expected to play this Sunday, so he falls off the list completely. In turn, it means more touches for Joseph Addai, edging him up a few spots.
- LaDanian Tomlinson has shown that old jump in his step of late and a favorable match-up should allow him to produce like the player of old. While he hasn’t produced like fantasy owners had hoped, for one week he is one of the best options available.
- Chris Johnson has been among the best running backs in the game, part of which stems from the Titans inability to pass the football at times this season. He has a tougher match-up against the Jaguars, but I’d look for him to continue to chew up the yards and hopefully find the end zone at least once.
- The Arizona Cardinals are one of the best running defenses in the league, which forces DeAngelo Williams down the rankings for the upcoming week.
- Pierre Thomas has a favorable match-up, but a glut in the backfield doesn’t allow him to be ranked too highly. With Mike Bell and Reggie Bush likely to share in the touches, he’ll like have a good game, but not a great one.
- The Jets once vaunted defense has taken a huge hit with the loss of nose tackle Kris Jenkins. Look for Ronnie Brown & Ricky Williams to take advantage of that sudden void.
- While Darren Sproles may not be the best starting option considering that he will share carries with LT2, chances are the Chargers beat the Raiders in a rout. That should lead to plenty of carries for Sproles, who is a solid FLEX option in all formats.
- Was Sunday night a coming out party for Beanie Wells? It’s not like he had an overly impressive performance (and still showed fumble troubles), but he saw some carries at least. For now I’m still holding him down in the rankings, but if indications come during the week that he is going to be the main back, he’s going to quickly rise, with Hightower dropping down.
- If Leon Washington is out for this week (and early reports are that his season is over), Shonn Greene has the potential to make a huge impact. He should it on Sunday, rushing for over 100 yards and scoring 2 TDs.
What are your thoughts? Who was left off the list? Who should be higher? Who should be lower?
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