Fantasy Player Projections

 
Running Backs
RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1texansArian Foster

Arian Foster

121 rush yards, 2 rush TDs, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

The Titans have given up 150.3 rushing yards per game so far. The leading backs on those teams: Stevan Ridley, Jackie Battle and Mikel Leshoure. Now, that defense will try to stop Foster.

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2eaglesLeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

96 rush yards, rush TD, 5 rec, 45 rec yards

Two of McCoy's six 100-yard games in 2011 came against the Giants. He has somehow remained steady for fantasy owners this year despite the rest of the offense crumbling around him.

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3buccaneersDoug Martin

Doug Martin

105 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 35 rec yards

The Cowboys were able to key on the rookie running back in Week 3, holding him to 53 yards on 19 carries and two catches for 21 yards. The Redskins have allowed one rushing touchdown this season -- but in Week 4 Martin could score through the air, where the Redskins have allowed 10 touchdowns.

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4jaguarsMaurice Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew

112 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 24 rec yards

How bad is the Bengals' run defense? It allows 5.8 yards per carry, nearly a full yard more than the next ranked defense. MJD is arguably the best pure rusher in football, and after a lengthy holdout he's already closing in on the rushing lead.

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549ersFrank Gore

Frank Gore

105 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 20 rec yards

The Vikings stuffed Gore and the Niners in Week 3. Gore got 63 rushing yards on 12 carries, but he also coughed the ball up once. He had been a nice fantasy player up to that point, and despite facing the Jets in New Jersey in Week 4, Gore must remain active.

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6raidersDarren McFadden

Darren McFadden

85 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 35 rec yards

Just like Larry Fitzgerald and Jamaal Charles, Darren McFadden had the big game his owners had been waiting for in Week 3. He rushed for 150 yards at Denver in last season's opener, and the Broncos rank 13th against the run so far this season.

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7chargersRyan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

75 rush yards, rush TD, 5 rec, 40 rec yards

In his first action of the season, Mathews rushed for 44 yards on 10 carries in Week 3 against Atlanta. Chargers head coach Norv Turner said he's going to "look hard" at Mathews' fumbling issues, which could mean limiting the Fresno State product. Don't be scared off, though. Keep him active for Week 4.

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8chiefsJamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

85 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 30 rec yards

A breakout game by Charles allowed his fantasy owners to take a step away from the ledge. Against New Orleans Charles rushed for 233 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown run, on 33 carries. The numbers may not be quite so good against San Diego; Charles averaged 66 rushing yards in two games against the Chargers in 2010, with one total touchdown.

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9bengalsBenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

81 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 29 rec yards

The matchups have been there. The opportunities have been there. Green-Ellis just hasn't delivered, simple as that. If he doesn't produce against a Jacksonville defense giving up 4.4 yards per carry, it may be time to move on.

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10broncosWillis McGahee

Willis McGahee

110 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

A rib injury ended McGahee's day early against the Texans, who limited him to 12 carries for 36 yards. If he's healthy, he should do well against the Raiders, who rank 20th against the run.

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11ravensRay Rice

Ray Rice

81 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 23 rec yards

Ravens fans (and Rice owners) called for more touches for Rice after Week 2, and coach John Harbaugh obliged, riding Rice for 150 yards on 25 touches against the Pats. Rice could do just as much damage this week with far less effort.

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12seahawksMarshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

95 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Lynch came up two yards short of another 100-yard rushing game in Week 3 against the Packers. Before Monday night, Lynch had a franchise-record six straight 100-yard rushing games at home. Keep him active for Week 4 at the Rams, against whom he averaged more than 100 rushing yards and a touchdown in two games last season.

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13bearsMichael Bush

Michael Bush

68 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 24 rec yards

Bush will continue to lead the Chicago running game as Matt Forte takes care of his bum foot and will face a Dallas run defense that has been middle of the road.

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14saintsDarren Sproles

Darren Sproles

55 rush yards, 4 rec, 35 rec yards, rec TD

Opposing teams have gained 4.8 rushing yards per carry against the Packers. Sproles saw his first carries of the year in Week 3, but should see more opportunities in a game in which New Orleans should find running lanes.

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15vikingsAdrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

72 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 16 rec yards

The Lions allow less than 4.0 yards per carry, and last year kept Peterson under 100. In fact, take away his long run of 43 yards and Peterson gained just 35 yards on his other 16 carries in his only meeting against Detroit.

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16brownsTrent Richardson

Trent Richardson

49 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 34 rec yards

The Ravens have given up a lot more rushing yards and touchdowns (five) than fantasy owners are accustomed to seeing, but they still only allow 3.3 yards per carry. Richardson won't find easy yards here.

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17packersCedric Benson

Cedric Benson

81 rush yards, rush TD

The Saints have given up more rushing yards than any other defense. The Packers only found success last week when they committed to Benson and the ground game. Sounds like a match. Things are coming together for the veteran back.

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18lionsMikel LeShoure

Mikel LeShoure

61 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 19 rec yards

Leshoure's second full week may not be as rewarding as his debut. The Vikings allow just 3.4 yards per carry and are one of only a few teams not to have allowed a rushing score.

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19patriotsStevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

65 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Ridley had only 13 carries for 37 yards in Week 3 at the Ravens, but fantasy owners shouldn't be too worried. Chalk that up to an interesting game plan by Bill Belichick and Co. Keep Ridley active for Week 3 at Buffalo.

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20falconsMichael Turner

Michael Turner

75 rush yards, rush TD, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

Turner finally turned in a fantasy game worthy of an early-round pick. He trudged for 80 yards on 14 carries, with a touchdown. Jacquizz Rodgers remains the Falcons' best bet long term, but for now, keep Turner active against Carolina.

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21cardinalsRyan Williams

Ryan Williams

50 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

With Beanie Wells sidelined in Week 3, Williams took advantage of the extra carries, and he rushed 13 times for a career-high 83 yards against the Eagles. Williams is the more dynamic player and will get the bulk of the carries with Wells on IR.

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22ramsSteven Jackson

Steven Jackson

60 rush yards, 4 rec, 30 rec yards

A sore groin kept Jackson out of a full week of practice, but he was able to play at Chicago in Week 3. Unfortunately, the Bears limited him to 29 yards on 11 carries. He averaged 52 rushing yards in two games against Seattle last year, with one touchdown.

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23cowboysDeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray

63 rush yards, 2 rec, 23 rec yards

When is Murray going to catch a break? He's faced the Seahawks, Buccaneers and now the Bears -- all top-10 run defenses. Fantasy owners probably can't afford to sit him, but they should not expect a big night, either.

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24billsTashard Choice

Tashard Choice

55 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Once C.J. Spiller (shoulder) left Week 3 against the Browns, the Bills leaned on Choice, and the former Cowboy responded with 99 total yards. He could be a nice flex option against the Patriots if he gets the start.

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25jetsShonn Greene

Shonn Greene

70 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

Another relatively quiet afternoon for Greene in Week 3 against the Dolphins, with just 40 rushing yards on 19 carries. It's beginning to look like those guys who mocked you for drafting Greene were right. Consider grabbing Bilal Powell if he's available. Regardless, sit Greene against a tough Niners defense.

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26dolphinsReggie Bush

Reggie Bush

55 rush yards, 3 rec, 15 rec yards

Bush suffered a knee injury against the Jets and his status for Week 4 is up in the air. An MRI showed no structural damage, but fantasy owners should consider sitting him against an improved Cardinals defense.

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27redskinsAlfred Morris

Alfred Morris

70 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

The rookie running back out of Florida Atlantic University scored again in Week 3 against Cincinnati, rushing 17 times for 78 yards. It's clear head coach Mike Shanahan is sticking with Morris for now, and fantasy players should too. The Bucs have a tough run defense, but Morris and RGIII might be too much to handle in Week 4.

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28falconsJacquizz Rodgers

Jacquizz Rodgers

40 rush yards, 4 rec, 28 rec yards

Rodgers scored through the air against the Chargers Sunday, and he finished the day with five catches for 35 yards to go with 32 yards rushing on 10 carries. He's a flex option for his upcoming game against Carolina.

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29giantsAhmad Bradshaw

Ahmad Bradshaw

67 rush yards, 1 rec, 9 rec yards

Bradshaw is expected to play, but even if he is 100-percent healthy he won't be much of a factor in this contest. The Giants will deal the Eagles a heavy dose of Eli Manning and the passing game, and Bradshaw's workload may be reduced as he works his way back from injury.

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30texansBen Tate

Ben Tate

41 rush yards, 2 rec, 19 rec yards

As predicted, Tate's workload and production decreased in a game in which the Texans had to fight for four quarters. This week the Texans should have control of the game before the final quarter, allowing Tate an opportunity for mop-up yards.

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31jetsBilal Powell

Bilal Powell

35 rush yards, 3 rec, 22 rec yards

Powell led the Jets with 45 rushing yards on 10 carries and he could start biting into more of Shonn Greene's carries. Unfortunately, the Jets face the Niners defense this week, which means neither should have a good game.

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32panthersDeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams

40 rush yards, 2 rec, 12 rec yards

The Panthers just couldn't get their running game going against the Giants in Week 3. After a nice Week 2, Williams finished Week 3 with just 11 carries for 50 yards. With Jonathan Stewart uncertain, Williams could be the go-to guy again in Atlanta.

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33billsFred Jackson

Fred Jackson

35 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

There's a possibility Jackson (knee) could play Sunday, but even if he's able to it's doubtful he'll do much damage. The Bills will still likely lean on Tashard Choice while C.J. Spiller's shoulder heals.

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34broncosLance Ball

Lance Ball

35 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Ball started getting the ball more once Willis McGahee (rib) left the game against the Texans. Ball finished with seven carries for 16 yards and has become the favored backup to McGahee.

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35patriotsDanny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead

25 rush yards, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

Woodhead led the Patriots in rushing with 15 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown at Baltimore in Week 3. While he's not yet worth picking up in standard leagues, he's someone to remember once you get deeper into the bye weeks.

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36titansChris Johnson

Chris Johnson

41 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

For those wondering about Johnson, here's a telling stat: The Titans gained 437 yards of offense last week, with Johnson contributing 29 yards, or 6.6 percent. In 2010 he accounted for 32.1 percent of Tennessee's yards from scrimmage. Things aren't looking good this week against Houston's defense.

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37saintsPierre Thomas

Pierre Thomas

11 rush yards, 3 rec, 27 rec yards

Thomas leads the Saints in offensive touches, with 19 carries and nine receptions. The downside is that he is boom or bust for fantasy owners (110 rushing yards in Week 2, less than 20 in Weeks 1 and 3) and does not score.

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38panthersJonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

30 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

Stewart wasn't able to play in Week 3 because of an ankle injury. If he can't go again in Week 4, Mike Tolbert should see more touches again. Even if Stewart's ankle is healthy, he's really only worth a look as a flex for this matchup.

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39dolphinsLamar Miller

Lamar Miller

30 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

Once Reggie Bush went down in Week 3, Miller and Daniel Thomas started seeing more touches. While Thomas saw more action, Miller did more with what he was given. Either way, the Cardinals are a tough defense and no Miami back is worth starting.

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40cardinalsLaRod Stephens-Howlin

LaRod Stephens-Howlin

30 rush yards

With Beanie Wells on IR, Stephens-Howling now becomes the Cardinals' No. 2 back.

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41saintsMark Ingram

Mark Ingram

26 rush yards

Ingram's value to New Orleans diminishes when the Saints are involved in high-scoring shootouts. He is not the all-around weapon Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas are, and he has not yet shown the characteristics of a feature back.

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42panthersMike Tolbert

Mike Tolbert

25 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

With Jonathan Stewart sidelined with an ankle injury, Tolbert got three carries for four yards against the Giants. He could be in the same situation in Week 4.

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43chiefsPeyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis

25 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

An ankle injury ended Hillis' Week 3 against the Saints, but Jamaal Charles was doing most of the damage on the ground anyway. The Chiefs like using Hillis in short yardage situations, but he's nothing more than a flex option in Week 4.

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44ramsDaryl Richardson

Daryl Richardson

25 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

Even though Steven Jackson (groin) was limited and underperformed (29 rushing yards), Richardson had only five touches against the Bears. Things will be tough for the Rams' rookie again in Week 4 against the Seahawks.

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45dolphinsDaniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

25 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Thomas had a decent day in place of Reggie Bush against the Jets. He rushed 19 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, and he could see more time if Bush can't play in Week 4. Even so, the Cardinals have an improved defense, and while Thomas might be worth an add, he's not worth a start.

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46vikingsToby Gerhart

Toby Gerhart

23 rush yards, 1 rec, 9 rec yards

Gerhart has averaged just more than six carries per game this season, as the Vikings have been content feeding Adrian Peterson the lion's share of carries.

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47ravensBernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce

22 rush yards, 2 rec, 9 rec yards

The Ravens seem determined to save Ray Rice's legs for the postseason. Pierce got five touches in a close game last week and could see more if Baltimore puts this game out of reach early.

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4849ersKendall Hunter

Kendall Hunter

20 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

The Niners had no chance on the ground against the Vikings in Week 3, and Hunter got zero yards on four rushing attempts. His fantasy value still remains tied to being Frank Gore's handcuff.

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49giantsAndre Brown

Andre Brown

19 rush yards

Ahmad Bradshaw is medically cleared to play and will resume practicing with the offense this week. Read: Brown is a one-week wonder and it's time to discard him.

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50cowboysFelix Jones

Felix Jones

17 rush yards, 1 rec, 9 rec yards

Jones' stat-line from last week: one carry for minus-one yard. He continues to play a role in the Dallas passing game and on special teams, but this Cowboy's fantasy days are over for now.

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51raidersMarcel Reece

Marcel Reece

10 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

Reece caught four passes for 27 yards against the Steelers in Week 3, but fantasy owners should know he's more of a safety valve than the backup to Darren McFadden.

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52buccaneersLeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

15 rush yards

Blount still isn't a big part of the Buccaneers' offense now that rookie Doug Martin has become the starter. Blount is not worth owning in fantasy until Martin is injured.

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53giantsDavid Wilson

David Wilson

14 rush yards, 1 rec, 7 rec yards

We are still waiting for Wilson to dazzle us with his quickness and elusiveness. Yep, still waiting …

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54lionsKevin Smith

Kevin Smith

8 rush yards

Smith didn't touch the ball in last Sunday's loss to Tennessee. Not a single touch. The Lions have moved on from Smith to Mikel Leshoure; fantasy owners should do the same.

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55billsC.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller

0 rush yards

The third-year running back injured his shoulder after getting tackled against the Browns in Week 3. He scored a touchdown earlier in the game. But if Spiller can't play and Fred Jackson remains out, Tashard Choice becomes a nice flex option against the Patriots.

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56chargersCurtis Brinkley

Curtis Brinkley

10 rush yards, 2 rec, 10 rec yards

Brinkley had just three touches in Week 3, which is about what we should expect from him going forward, with Ryan Mathews healthy again.

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57seahawksRobert Turbin

Robert Turbin

10 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

The rookie running back was not a factor on Monday night against the Packers, and he likely won't be until Marshawn Lynch suffers an injury.

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58redskinsEvan Royster

Evan Royster

5 rush yards, 2 rec, 10 rec yards

Royster rushed twice for 21 yards and caught two other passes before injuring his knee in Week 3 against the Bengals. The injury is apparently not too serious, but Royster isn’t worth owning while Alfred Morris continues to shine.

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