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The Shot Caller's Report - RBs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 4
9/26/08
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Running Backs

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

Marshawn Lynch @ STL
Lynch will run through, around, and over the Rams. While his yardage hasnít been impressiveóonly one 100 yard gameóheís already scored four touches and this week could very well put up the top five RB points youíve been expecting.

LaDainian Tomlinson @ OAK
Though LTís been held out of practice this week, his toe (has its own publicist now) appears to be somewhat okay if last weekís game is any indication. His ypc is very average, but he gets the goal line carries, and in this offense there have been plenty of those opportunities. Historically the Raiders havenít been able to stop him, though Iíd be surprised if he breaks 100 yards rushing.

Selvin Young @ KC
The Chiefs are at the bottom of the league in rushing (actually 31st but they can see it from there) and Young played well against them last yearóand this season they have a better passing game. Despite Shanahanís penchant for rotating RBs, Young will earn you the numbers worthy of the RB#2 you drafted (hoped) him to be.

Jonathan Stewart v. ATL
The carries arenít there but the TDs are. Jonathan Stewart hasnít yet take up the reins of the Panthers ground game as many thought he would (it still might happen), but his ability to get in the endzone has already yielded three scores. The Falcons wonít stop the trend. Stewart isnít ready to post bell-cow ff RB numbers yet, but a serviceable RB#2 this weekend he will be.

Steve Slaton @ JAX
A small, agile, edge runner, Slaton is exactly the type of RB Jacksonville has had a hard time containing this year (Chris Johnson and Joseph Addai). Heíll bust one or two big gainers and earn his owners high RB#2 numbers.

Michael Turner @ CAR
The Panthers defense, while not dominating and having locked down LT and AP already, might give pause to a Turner start. Not to worry. The Burner is leading the league in rushing and will put up at least high RB#2 pointsódonít expect another three td performance this week though.

Mewelde Moore v. BAL
Hail Mary Pick of the Week. Yeah, Mendenhall will start against the Ravens, and battering ram Davis will get some carries too, but Moore has had flashes of brilliance here and there in his checkered past. Perhaps heíll catch a few out of the backfield and surprise with a RB#2 performance. Perhaps.

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

Matt Forte v. PHI
The best rookie RB doesnít stand much of a chance against the Eagles impenetrable defense. They absolutely stoned Marion Barber, and will bottle up a Chicago running game that isnít balanced by a strong air offense. Heíll need a phenomenal outing just to perform as an adequate RB#2.

Larry Johnson v. DEN
Last week was an aberration. Heís toast. Donít start him even with Huard at quarterback.

Chris Johnson v. MIN
This has all the trappings of a low-scoring slugfest, which sees heavyweight LenDale White getting the bulk of the carries early on. Can Johnson take one to the house against a tired but good Vikes line late in the game? Expect maybe low-end RB#2 scores.

Willis McGahee @ PIT
Hard to run on the Steelers with no depth perception.

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