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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 2

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Maurice Jones-Drew
    3. Maurice
      Jones-Drew
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS101
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD1

    We've seen this script before. Jacksonville has terrible offense. MJD doesn't show up in a game or two early. MJD figures it out and has a great year. Don't worry about him.

    1. 2
    2. Arian Foster
    3. Arian
      Foster
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS84
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS48
    7. REC TD1

    Ben Tate was a more efficient runner last week, but Foster still had 24 touches, including six catches on eight targets. He'll be the bellcow as long as he's healthy, but coach Gary Kubiak has said he wants a more equal distribution this week.

    1. 3
    2. Doug Martin
    3. Doug
      Martin
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS121
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS47
    7. REC TD0

    The Jets shut down Martin, allowing just 65 yards on 24 carries. I fully expect him to bounce back this week against a softer New Orleans defense that surrendered 77 yards to Steven Jackson on 11 carries, though most of that was on one run.

    1. 4
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS121
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS45
    7. REC TD0

    McCoy absolutely eviscerated the Redskins, running for 184 yards and a touchdown. If he holds up, he could be the No. 1 player in fantasy.

    1. 5
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS110
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS43
    7. REC TD0

    Charles was on his way to a big day before leaving with a quad injury. He finished with exactly 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, but the best news came after the game when his quad injury was deemed minor.

    1. 6
    2. Reggie Bush
    3. Reggie
      Bush
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS63
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS70
    7. REC TD1

    As I said all summer, Bush and the Lions are a match made in heaven. It all started last week with 191 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. He'll easily have the best year of his career.

    1. 7
    2. Trent Richardson
    3. Trent
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS98
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS33
    7. REC TD0

    The Dolphins shut Richardson down last week, as he ran for just 47 yards on 13 carries. He'll show up this week, keeping the Browns in the game before the Ravens put them away.

    1. 8
    2. Ray Rice
    3. Ray
      Rice
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS68
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS59
    7. REC TD1

    Rice ran for just 36 yards on 12 carries, but he found the end zone and caught eight passes for 35 yards. He'll keep on getting 20-plus touches per game, giving him an awfully high floor.

    1. 9
    2. David Wilson
    3. David
      Wilson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS87
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS40
    7. REC TD0

    Well that couldn't have gone any worse. Still, the Giants have to rely on Wilson, who will redeem himself against the Broncos. If his owner in your league is getting jumpy, try to take advantage.

    1. 10
    2. DeAngelo Williams
    3. DeAngelo
      Williams
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS97
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS29
    7. REC TD0

    Williams had a nice showing against a strong defense, running for 76 yards on 16 carries (4.8 YPC) and catching three passes for 14 yards. He'll take advantage of a much weaker defense in Buffalo.

    1. 11
    2. Steven Jackson
    3. Steven
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS84
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS42
    7. REC TD0

    Jackson got just 11 carries, but he racked up 77 yards and also caught five passes for 45 yards in the opener. He'll be fired up to play his former teammates this week, and they know what he's capable of producing.

    1. 12
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS101
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    Forte totaled 91 yards from scrimmage and punched in a 1-yard touchdown run against the Bengals. He'll find a lot more room to operate this week.

    1. 13
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Adrian
      Peterson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS94
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS23
    7. REC TD0

    Peterson's boom-or-bust nature showed up again last week. He ran for a 78-yard touchdown on Minnesota's first play from scrimmage, but finished with just 93 yards on 18 carries. Of course, he scored two more times. The Bears present as tough a matchup as he'll see all year.

    1. 14
    2. DeMarco Murray
    3. DeMarco
      Murray
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS77
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS37
    7. REC TD1

    Murray quietly racked up 125 yards from scrimmage against the Giants last Sunday night, running for 4.3 yards per carry. He'll score his first touchdown of the season on Sunday.

    1. 15
    2. C.J. Spiller
    3. C.J.
      Spiller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS77
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS36
    7. REC TD0

    Spiller ran for just 41 yards on 17 carries, and his five receptions went for just 14 yards. It was troubling for his owners to see Fred Jackson rack up 107 total yards, but Spiller will give them a useful day this week.

    1. 16
    2. Stevan Ridley
    3. Stevan
      Ridley
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS93
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS17
    7. REC TD0

    Ridley found himself stuck on the bench after fumbling in the second quarter, but with Shane Vereen out until at least Week 11 with a broken wrist, Bill Belichick will have to go right back to him this week.

    1. 17
    2. Chris Johnson
    3. Chris
      Johnson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS81
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Johnson had just 70 yards on 25 carries, and wasn't targeted once in the passing game. The worry here is that Jake Locker could undermine the entire offense.

    1. 18
    2. Lamar Miller
    3. Lamar
      Miller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS74
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Well that wasn't quite the 2013 debut Miller and his fantasy owners hoped for. Luckily, Daniel Thomas isn't a real threat to become a workhorse. Miller will bounce back this week.

    1. 19
    2. Giovani Bernard
    3. Giovani
      Bernard
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS61
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS38
    7. REC TD1

    Bernard got just four carries in his NFL debut. Though his ceiling remains high, you can't start him until we see him take on a larger role in the offense.

    1. 20
    2. Darren Sproles
    3. Darren
      Sproles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS21
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS68
    7. REC TD1

    Sproles kicked off 2013 in a big way, catching six passes for 88 yards. He's a boom-or-bust guy who will go boom again this week.

    1. 21
    2. Ryan Mathews
    3. Ryan
      Mathews
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS56
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD0

    Mathews looked sluggish against the Texans, running for just 33 yards on 13 carries. He did have a 14-yard touchdown reception and is worthy of a flex start this week.

    1. 22
    2. Alfred Morris
    3. Alfred
      Morris
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS73
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS9
    7. REC TD0

    Morris had a dreadful night, fumbling on his first carry of the season and dropping a pitch that resulted in a safety. He saved his night with a touchdown, and should have a better showing against the Packers.

    1. 23
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Marshawn
      Lynch
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS58
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS11
    7. REC TD0

    Lynch had a brutal day against the underrated Carolina defense, running for 43 yards on 17 carries. It doesn't get any easier this week.

    1. 24
    2. Ben Tate
    3. Ben
      Tate
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS59
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS3
    7. REC TD0

    Tate looked good on Monday night, running for 55 yards on nine carries, but it'll be hard to trust him as a starter with a healthy Arian Foster.

    1. 25
    2. Ahmad Bradshaw
    3. Ahmad
      Bradshaw
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS80
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD0

    Bradshaw's value got a huge spike with Friday's news that Vick Ballard is done for the season. Like the Colts, owners should consider riding Bradshaw at RB2 or flex as long as he'll hold up.

    1. 26
    2. Daryl Richardson
    3. Daryl
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS64
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS37
    7. REC TD0

    The Cardinals have a good defense, but Richardson's performance left me feeling underwhelmed. I expect more of the same this week.

    1. 27
    2. Joique Bell
    3. Joique
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS40
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    As the goal-line back, Bell will cash in on the hard work done by Reggie Bush and the rest of the Lions' offense, just like he did twice last week. It doesn't make him a fantasy starter, but he's worth rostering if you can.

    1. 28
    2. Darren McFadden
    3. Darren
      McFadden
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS62
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    McFadden had just 48 yards on 17 carries and caught three passes for 18 yards. He remains a flex option, but the lack of burst from last year appears to have carried over to 2013.

    1. 29
    2. Bilal Powell
    3. Bilal
      Powell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS49
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS34
    7. REC TD0

    Powell is definitely the Jets back you want if you have to own one, but he won't factor into fantasy leagues until we get to the bye-week portion of the schedule.

    1. 30
    2. Rashard Mendenhall
    3. Rashard
      Mendenhall
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS64
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS11
    7. REC TD0

    The bad news: Mendenhall ran for just 60 yards against the Rams. The good news: He got 16 carries and will continue to be the primary ball carrier.

    1. 31
    2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    3. BenJarvus
      Green-Ellis
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS66
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Green-Ellis needs volume and short-yardage touchdowns to be effective. He got the score last week. He won't get one this week.

    1. 32
    2. Frank Gore
    3. Frank
      Gore
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS46
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS17
    7. REC TD0

    After struggling against the Packers, Gore won't find it any easier in Seattle. He'll fail to get to 50 yards for the second straight week.

    1. 33
    2. Eddie Lacy
    3. Eddie
      Lacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS56
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS4
    7. REC TD0

    Lacy predictably struggled in a tough matchup last week, but his owners will start to get nervous when he struggles again in a much more favorable draw Week 2.

    1. 34
    2. Fred Jackson
    3. Fred
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS36
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS18
    7. REC TD0

    C.J. Spiller was a first-round pick, but Jackson had the better Week 1, racking up 107 total yards. He may be able to carve out a decent fantasy role.

    1. 35
    2. Knowshon Moreno
    3. Knowshon
      Moreno
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS43
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Moreno got the starting nod last week, and it will likely remain that way until the Broncos trust Montee Ball in pass protection. Still, he isn't worth starting.

    1. 36
    2. Pierre Thomas
    3. Pierre
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS39
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS10
    7. REC TD0

    Thomas is probably the best pure running back on the Saints. Of course, that means nothing.

    1. 37
    2. Montee Ball
    3. Montee
      Ball
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS27
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS11
    7. REC TD0

    Ball was in the game late, but until he starts seeing regular time, he cannot be relied on in fantasy leagues.

    1. 38
    2. Danny Woodhead
    3. Danny
      Woodhead
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS15
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS21
    7. REC TD0

    Woodhead is not a viable fantasy option so long as Ryan Mathews and Ronnie Brown are in town.

    1. 39
    2. Isaac Redman
    3. Isaac
      Redman
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS33
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Given a chance to take the reins, Redman ran for nine yards on eight carries and fumbled twice. With center Marukice Pouncey out for the year, this is a situation you want to avoid until Le'Veon Bell returns.

    1. 40
    2. Donald Brown
    3. Donald
      Brown
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS31
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS4
    7. REC TD0

    Brown becomes Bradshaw's backup with Ballard out and we wouldn't be surprised if the Colts have to turn to him as the starter this season. He's a bonafide pick-up-and-stash candidate.

    1. 41
    2. Bryce Brown
    3. Bryce
      Brown
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS31
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Brown looked explosive in limited duty, and could be a flex play from week to week. This is not one of those weeks, though.

    1. 42
    2. Jacquizz Rodgers
    3. Jacquizz
      Rodgers
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Rodgers had just two carries and one target last week. This is what happens when the Falcons have a workhorse running back.

    1. 43
    2. Brandon Jacobs
    3. Brandon
      Jacobs
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    The Giants signed Jacobs on Tuesday as insurance, but you shouldn't be considering him in fantasy leagues.

    1. 44
    2. Chris Ivory
    3. Chris
      Ivory
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS23
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS7
    7. REC TD0

    Ivory touched the ball 10 times last week, but ran for just 15 yards. He should remain glued to your bench.

    1. 45
    2. Mark Ingram
    3. Mark
      Ingram
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS23
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Another year, another non-existent run game for the Saints. And it won't matter in real life. Stay away from Ingram.

    1. 46
    2. Daniel Thomas
    3. Daniel
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS22
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS9
    7. REC TD0

    Thomas may have picked up a one-yard touchdown run, but Lamar Miller is still the man in Miami. Thomas is worth rostering thanks to Miller's terrible Week 1 performance, though.

    1. 47
    2. Ronnie Hillman
    3. Ronnie
      Hillman
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS21
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS6
    7. REC TD0

    Hillman looks like he'll have his change-of-pace role all year, but that won't make him relevant in fantasy leagues.

    1. 48
    2. Mike Tolbert
    3. Mike
      Tolbert
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS18
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS2
    7. REC TD0

    DeAngelo Williams dominated the work out of the backfield, and ended up with a very impressive showing against the Seahawks. Tolbert's nothing but a depth guy.

    1. 49
    2. Bernard Pierce
    3. Bernard
      Pierce
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS17
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    So long as Ray Rice is healthy, Pierce will not be worth considering in fantasy leagues.

    1. 50
    2. Kendall Hunter
    3. Kendall
      Hunter
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS16
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Hunter simply doesn't get enough touches to make a fantasy impact. He's worth owning in case Frank Gore gets hurt.

    1. 51
    2. Knile Davis
    3. Knile
      Davis
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS14
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Davis carried the ball just four times for 12 yards. Short of a Jamaal Charles injury, he's nothing more than a handcuff.

    1. 52
    2. Jackie Battle
    3. Jackie
      Battle
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS13
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Battle picked up 21 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, but isn't of any consequence in fantasy leagues.

    1. 53
    2. Shonn Greene
    3. Shonn
      Greene
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS7
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Greene ran for 18 yards on four carries against the Steelers. Until further notice, he won't be getting enough touches to make a fantasy impact.

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