Fantasy Player Projections

 
RUNNING BACKS
RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1New York JetsLaDainian Tomlinson
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 90 rush yards, 2 rush TD
Tomlinson has recorded double-digit fantasy points in his past four games, and he faces a Packers defense that has had trouble stopping the run lately. He is a viable option in all formats this week.
vsGreen Bay Packers
2St. Louis RamsSteven Jackson
4 rec, 40 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Double check Jackson's status this week -- he had two pins inserted into his left ring finger -- but if he can play he's a safe start against a Carolina defense giving up 128.5 yards per game on the ground.
vsCarolina Panthers
3Houston TexansArian Foster
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 110 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The Colts have not been good against the run, and Foster ran over them for 231 yards in Week 1. He is a strong option in Week 8.
atIndianapolis Colts
4San Francisco 49ersFrank Gore
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 90 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The Broncos are 30th in the league in rush defense and have given up 12 touchdowns on the ground, so expect another big game from Gore this week.
vsDenver Broncos
5Washington RedskinsRyan Torain
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 100 rush yards, 1 rush TD
That's two straight games with over 20 carries and 100 yards for Torain. The Lions' 27th-ranked rush defense gives him a good chance to extend his streak.
atDetroit Lions
6Tennessee TitansChris Johnson
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 80 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Johnson will be a weekly starter for as long as he stays healthy, but he has a tough matchup this week against a Chargers' defense that has given up the fewest yards per game in the league.
atSan Diego Chargers
7Kansas City ChiefsJamaal Charles
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 80 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The word "timeshare" drives fantasy players insane, but so far it has worked out pretty well in Kansas City. Both Charles and Thomas Jones have stayed productive on a weekly basis, despite the split carries, and are solid plays against Buffalo.
vsBuffalo Bills
8Oakland RaidersDarren McFadden
2 rec, 30 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
McFadden appeared to clear up the Raiders' backfield situation with his big performance in Week 7. The Seahawks are giving up fewer than 80 yards on the ground per game, but McFadden will still be a factor because he produces in the passing game as well.
vsSeattle Seahawks
9Dallas CowboysFelix Jones
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Jones outpaced Marion Barber for the third week in a row on the ground and through the air. With John Kitna now helming the offense, the Cowboys will look to emphasize the ground attack as well as the short passing game, which is perfect for Jones.
vsJacksonville Jaguars
10Denver BroncosKnowshon Moreno
3 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Moreno received all the carries in the Denver backfield last week and has scored in three of his four games this season. The 49ers have done a good job stopping the run in recent weeks, but Moreno should see enough touches to be productive this week.
atSan Francisco 49ers
11Jacksonville JaguarsMaurice Jones-Drew
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 70 rush yards
Jones-Drew got things going in the passing game last week, with five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. If he can remain productive through the air, he will have fewer dud outings going forward.
atDallas Cowboys
12Miami DolphinsRicky Williams
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Ricky Williams was the better back last week (11 carries, 48 yards), but neither he nor Ronnie Brown come highly recommended as fantasy options. The Bengals have struggled against the run, but this is still a timeshare.
atCincinnati Bengals
13Miami DolphinsRonnie Brown
80 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Brown had just 14 yards rushing against the league's best run defense. He should find more room against a Bengals' D giving up 118 yards per game. Still, a timeshare with Ricky Williams means limited upside. Brown
atCincinnati Bengals
14Kansas City ChiefsThomas Jones
80 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Both Jones and Jamaal Charles are just outside the top 10 for total rushing yards (13th and 11th respectively) and can be viable fantasy options, especially when the matchup is right. They go up against the league's worst run defense this week.
vsBuffalo Bills
15Minnesota VikingsAdrian Peterson
110 rush yards
Peterson should remain in your lineup anyway, but he may see even more touches if Brett Favre should miss Sunday's game with two fractures in his ankle.
atNew England Patriots
16Buffalo BillsFred Jackson
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 60 rush yards
Jackson received 23 carries last week to seven for C.J. Spiller, so there should be no confusion as to who the workhorse in Buffalo is. If the passing game continues to click, bigger holes should open up.
atKansas City Chiefs
17Cincinnati BengalsCedric Benson
70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Of the league's top 15 rushers, Benson is last with 3.9 yards per carry. He receives a ton of carries, but with the passing game finding its stride one has to wonder how long the Bengals can continue to run Benson into the ground.
vsMiami Dolphins
18Pittsburgh SteelersRashard Mendenhall
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 50 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The Steelers lessened Mendenhall's workload last week, giving him 16 touches after averaging nearly 25 per game. He should still be a good fantasy option going forward, but keep in mind that Mewelde Moore may get a few more carries.
atNew Orleans Saints
19Arizona CardinalsBeanie Wells
60 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The Buccaneers are 31st in the league against the run, so Wells is a decent play this week even though he is still sharing the carries witih Tim Hightower.
vsTampa Bay Buccaneers
20Detroit LionsJahvid Best
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 50 rush yards
Best has cooled off from his big first two weeks, but he has managed to stay productive in PPR leagues with 31 receptions. The Redskins defense hasn't been very good at stopping anything this season, so Best could return to form.
vsWashington Redskins
21Tampa Bay BuccaneersLeGarrette Blount
55 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Blount received a team-leading 11 carries last week, and after averaging 6.5 ypc in Week 8, he will likely see extended work again this week. The Cardinals are 29th in the league against the run, so Blount is a sneaky option this week.
atArizona Cardinals
22Arizona CardinalsTim Hightower
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 30 rush yards
Hightower has seen single-digit carries the last three weeks, but he has a nice matchup this week against a poor Buccaneers run defense. He is a decent option in deeper leagues, but hopefully his fumbling issues don't cost him the few carries he has seen.
vsTampa Bay Buccaneers
23Carolina PanthersJonathan Stewart
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 45 rush yards
Keep an eye on the status of DeAngelo Williams' foot sprain. Should he miss Sunday's game, Stewart would get a major boost to his fantasy value. As thing's stand now, he is still the lesser part of a timeshare in a middling run game.
atSt. Louis Rams
24Tampa Bay BuccaneersCarnell Williams
4 rec, 30 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Williams saw limited work a week ago and will likely be in a similar situation this week. He has a nice matchup against a porous Cardinals run defense, but look for a running back who is guaranteed more work.
atArizona Cardinals
25San Diego ChargersRyan Mathews
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 55 rush yards
Mathews had a disappointing performance a week ago, but he remains the top option in the San Diego backfield. Mathews does not have a great matchup this week, but he should see enough work to warrant a start in most formats.
vsTennessee Titans
26Seattle SeahawksJustin Forsett
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 45 rush yards
Forsett has assumed a secondary role behind Marshawn Lynch. He has a nice matchup this week against a Raiders defense that struggles to stop the run, but his backup role will limit his value to deep leagues.
atOakland Raiders
27New Orleans SaintsChristopher Ivory
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 35 rush yards
Ivory had 15 carries for the second week in a row, and though he gained just 48 yards, he is still the back to own in New Orleans as long as Pierre Thomas is out with an ankle injury. Keep in mind that the Steelers have the league's best run defense.
vsPittsburgh Steelers
28Green Bay PackersBrandon Jackson
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 40 rush yards
Jackson has put up decent yardage totals over the last three weeks, but he does not have a good matchup this week against a rested Jets defense that has given up just two rushing touchdowns. Use a running back with a better matchup.
atNew York Jets
29San Diego ChargersDarren Sproles
4 rec, 35 rec yards, 5 rush yards
Sproles has seen increased work in the passing game the last couple weeks, so he could provide some sneaky production this week if Ryan Mathews is unable to get going in the running game again.
vsTennessee Titans
30Carolina PanthersDeAngelo Williams
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 45 rush yards
Double check the status on his foot sprain before game time, but Williams has become a risky start even when healthy. He has yet to crack 20 carries or 100 yards this season, and has just one touchdown on the year.
atSt. Louis Rams
31Indianapolis ColtsJoseph Addai
50 rush yards
Addai's status for Week 8 remains undecided. Addai has averaged a touchdown per game against the Texans in his career, so do not be afraid to use him if he suits up.
vsHouston Texans
32New England PatriotsDanny Woodhead
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Brady isn't used to sub 200-yard outings, but he now has two in his last three outings. Even if Randy Moss wasn't catching the ball, he at least opened things up for the rest of the receiving corps. Brady should be played on a per-matchup basis.
vsMinnesota Vikings
33Dallas CowboysMarion Barber
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Once the Cowboys fell behind on Monday night, Barber was essentially ignored in the gameplan. He's worth stashing on the bench in deep leagues, ready to deploy in an emergency, but otherwise Barber provides little to fantasy owners.
vsJacksonville Jaguars
34Oakland RaidersMichael Bush
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 25 rush yards
Bush will likely play a secondary role this week behind a healthy Darren McFadden. The Seahawks are very good against the run, so plan on using a different option this week.
vsSeattle Seahawks
35Seattle SeahawksMarshawn Lynch
40 rush yards
Lynch received 24 carries last week, and though he ran for just 89 yards, he should see the majority of the carries this week. Lynch faces a Raiders run defense that is giving up nearly 140 yards per game, so he will be a viable option in all leagues.
atOakland Raiders
36New York JetsShonn Greene
35 rush yards
Greene is averaging just over 50 yards per game and has only scored once this season. He could be more involved coming out of the bye, but expect LaDainian Tomlinson to see most of the work again this week.
vsGreen Bay Packers
37Pittsburgh SteelersMewelde Moore
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Moore had his most productive game of the season last week, with four carries and four catches for 59 total yards. Coaches want to give him more touches to ease the load on Rashard Mendenhall, but likely not enough for any fantasy relevance.
atNew Orleans Saints
38San Diego ChargersMike Tolbert
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Tolbert has scored in four straight games, but he has received just five total carries over the last two weeks. Go with a player that is seeing more touches.
vsTennessee Titans
39Indianapolis ColtsDonald Brown
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 10 rush yards
Brown had time to heal during the Colts' bye week, but he remains questionable for Week 8. Monitor both his and Joseph Addai's status this week if Brown is part of your fantasy team.
vsHouston Texans
40New England PatriotsBenJarvus Green-Ellis
30 rush yards
Green-Ellis scored a touchdown in his fourth straight game, but ceded eight carries to Danny Woodhead. Green-Ellis' role is slowly diminishing, and will take a big hit once Fred Taylor (toe) is ready to return.
vsMinnesota Vikings
41Indianapolis ColtsMike Hart
15 rush yards
Hart could be the team's primary back this week if both Joseph Addai (shoulder) and Donald Brown (hamstring) sit out. Hart will be a decent option in most leagues if he winds up with the starting role.
vsHouston Texans
 
 
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