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The Shot Caller's Report - RBs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 3
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Running Backs

Start 'Em:
Running Backs Who Will Outperform Relative To Their Draft Position And Recent Hype

Julius Jones v. STL
J2 had a spectacular outing against the Gold Diggers last week, and the Hawks are playing the passive Lambs this Sunday. Without Maurice Morris to steal carries, there’s no reason to think that Jones will put up anything less than top ten numbers. Start him with confidence.

Thomas Jones @ SD
Thomas Jones has had solid if unspectacular two games to start. The Bolts are pacing their All-Pro nose tackle Jamal Williams in hopes he makes it through the season, and the line is leaking a bit as a result. Jones should put up high RB#2 numbers, possibly borderline RB#1.

Reggie Bush @ DEN
The light has come on for Reggie or the Saints have figured out how to use him. Either way, he’s been productive for owners relative to his ADP, especially, as expected, in PPR leagues. Look for the Bush to find holes in the Broncos iffy front seven. He should put up top twelve numbers.

Chris Johnson v. HOU
He’s for real, and he’ll light up the Texans, owners of the worst ff run defense. Some online rankings have him in the teens—no, he’s top ten material for certain. This week might even see Johnson score his first rushing TD.

Michael Turner v. KC
Only 42 yards last week after 200+ in week one; it could be an up-and-down year for the Spontaneously Combusting One with a rook behind center. With KC going in the wrong direction, this will be an up week for Turner. Start him as your RB#2 with confidence.

Chester Taylor v. CAR
AP has a sore hammy and his backup is very capable of putting up big numbers. The Panthers are good against the run, but Frerotte poses more of a passing threat than T. Jackson. You could do much worse than Taylor at RB#2 (unless Purple Jesus miraculously heals himself—at this point it ain’t out of the question).

Bench 'Em:
Running Backs Who Will Under Perform Relative To Their Draft Position And Recent Hype

LaDainian Tomlinson v. NYJ
The big toe, a clever little lever dangling off the end of the foot, often forgotten except when stubbed or weathering the odd fungal infection—also a key pivot point for the mass momentum transfers so vital to LT’s greatness. He says it’s getting better, which it might be, but anyone who saw him the last week knows something’s amiss. Toes don’t heal very quickly. Sproles and Hester might get the bulk of the touches against the Jets. Even if he plays, LT won’t put up anything close to LT numbers.

Clinton Portis v. ARI
He’ll get the carries but as I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t think Campbell can take the pressure off. Portis will put up RB#2 numbers at best against the very good (hey, it’s early in the season) Cards.

Larry Johnson @ ATL
The dude complained about getting yanked while averaging under two yards a carry against the Raiders last week. Said he was mystified by the benching—yep, right up there with Stonehenge, dark matter, and Miley Cyrus’ enduring fame. Aye mios dios. You can run on the Falcons but Larry Johnson can’t with Pigpen behind center.

Darren McFadden @ BUF
Even if he plays, the Bills are too tough. Let’s see what the Bush kid can do.

Ryan Grant v. DAL
The Cowboys bottled up Westy on the ground last week, and an injured Grant is no Westy. Drafted as a low-end RB#1 in deep leagues, Grant won’t even be passable as a middling RB#2 this week.

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