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.
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.
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.