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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 9

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS101
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS58
    7. REC TD1

    Charles finally had his 100-total-yards-and-a-touchdown streak snapped last week, though it was only because he didn't find the end zone. He's my non-Peyton-Manning MVP of the first half.

    1. 2
    2. Eddie Lacy
    3. Eddie
      Lacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS113
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    Lacy has brought the second dimension this offense has been lacking for years. He should be started regardless of matchup.

    1. 3
    2. Arian Foster
    3. Arian
      Foster
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS88
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS30
    7. REC TD0

    Foster had to leave Houston's last game because of a hamstring injury. The Texans say he will be a gametime decision for the Sunday nighter.

    1. 4
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS84
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS42
    7. REC TD0

    McCoy has been held in check for most of the last month, but I'm betting he gets back on track against the Raiders this week.

    1. 5
    2. Darren McFadden
    3. Darren
      McFadden
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS104
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS21
    7. REC TD0

    McFadden had 73 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries last week. The Eagles have done well against opposing running backs, but I'd still play him on Sunday.

    1. 6
    2. Le'Veon Bell
    3. Le'Veon
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS94
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS27
    7. REC TD0

    The Patriots have been torched by the run in all four games since losing Vince Wilfork to a torn Achilles' tendon. I'm expecting Bell to have his best game of the season to date.

    1. 7
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Marshawn
      Lynch
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS96
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    Lynch had a terrible game last week, running for just 23 yards on eight carries. The Buccaneers are surprsingly tough on running backs, ranking 19th in the league in points allowed.

    1. 8
    2. Ryan Mathews
    3. Ryan
      Mathews
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS81
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS36
    7. REC TD1

    Washington has been terrible defensively this year, allowing the third most fantasy points per game to running backs. You have to start Mathews if you own him.

    1. 9
    2. DeMarco Murray
    3. DeMarco
      Murray
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS74
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS39
    7. REC TD0

    Murray will be back on the field this week after missing two games. You'll want him active -- just keep in mind his injury history and don't be surprised if the Cowboys turn to one of their other backs to help run down clock.

    1. 10
    2. Giovani Bernard
    3. Giovani
      Bernard
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS66
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS44
    7. REC TD0

    Bernard has struggled of late, but the Dolphins allow the fourth-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 11
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Adrian
      Peterson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS86
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS23
    7. REC TD0

    No one should sound the alarm on Peterson, but it's worth noting that he has had 13 or fewer carries in each of the last three weeks.

    1. 12
    2. Alfred Morris
    3. Alfred
      Morris
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS97
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS11
    7. REC TD0

    Lost amid the disappointing season in Washington is the great campaign from Morris. He has 565 yards on 108 attempts, good for an average of 5.2 YPC.

    1. 13
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS72
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS35
    7. REC TD0

    The Packers have been tough on opposing running backs this year, but Forte's role in Chicago's offense should translate to a nice game on Monday.

    1. 14
    2. DeAngelo Williams
    3. DeAngelo
      Williams
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS80
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    Williams ran for 43 yards and a TD on eight carries before leaving last week's game. He's going to play this week, but his stock will take a hit with Jonathan Stewart returning this week.

    1. 15
    2. Chris Johnson
    3. Chris
      Johnson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS54
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD1

    The Rams have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to running backs, but shut down Marshawn Lynch on Monday. I think Johnson will have a nice day.

    1. 16
    2. Zac Stacy
    3. Zac
      Stacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS82
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Stacy rumbled for 134 yards against the Seahawks last week, but injured his ankle late in the game. He's scheduled to play.

    1. 17
    2. Bilal Powell
    3. Bilal
      Powell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS58
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    Powell had a rough game last week, but he carried the ball 10 times while Chris Ivory got just six carries. That could all flip again this week, even though I think Powell is the real lead back.

    1. 18
    2. Darren Sproles
    3. Darren
      Sproles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS27
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS52
    7. REC TD1

    Sproles was a surprise no-show against the Bills last week. He should be more involved against the Jets.

    1. 19
    2. Stevan Ridley
    3. Stevan
      Ridley
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS74
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS6
    7. REC TD0

    Ridley ran for 79 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries last week. He has quietly had a very nice season. Get him in your lineup this week.

    1. 20
    2. Fred Jackson
    3. Fred
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS46
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    Jackson ran for 45 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries last week, and could have the backfield all to himself again on Sunday.

    1. 21
    2. Ray Rice
    3. Ray
      Rice
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS57
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS28
    7. REC TD0

    The Browns have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to running backs, making Rice a strong play this week.

    1. 22
    2. C.J. Spiller
    3. C.J.
      Spiller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS62
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    Spiller has recovered from his ankle sprain and is good to go for Sunday. It's a huge lift for the Bills, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect much against the Chiefs.

    1. 23
    2. Lamar Miller
    3. Lamar
      Miller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS57
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    Miller had his best game of the season last week, running for 89 yards on 18 carries. The Patriots have been terrible against the run since losing Vince Wilfork, though. Yardage will be much tougher to get against the Bengals.

    1. 24
    2. Danny Woodhead
    3. Danny
      Woodhead
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS53
    7. REC TD0

    Woodhead is a solid play due to Washington's defensive struggles, but I think he'll be the one guy left out of the fun this week.

    1. 25
    2. Mike James
    3. Mike
      James
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS48
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS20
    7. REC TD0

    James ran the ball well against the Panthers last week, but he got just 10 carries with the Buccaneers in a hole early. He did catch four passes for 25 yards.

    1. 26
    2. Mike Tolbert
    3. Mike
      Tolbert
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS34
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Tolbert picked up a receving score last week, and he could be trusted as a flex play in deep leagues for one more week.

    1. 27
    2. Steven Jackson
    3. Steven
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS36
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS21
    7. REC TD0

    Jackson was silent in his first game back from a hamstring injury, totaling 13 yards from scrimmage on 14 touches. Carolina presents another tough matchup.

    1. 28
    2. Trent Richardson
    3. Trent
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS47
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Richardson has been a disaster since moving over to Indianapolis. Houston presents a decent matchup, as the Texans have allowed 17.8 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.

    1. 29
    2. Willis McGahee
    3. Willis
      McGahee
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS44
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    McGahee had another lackluster performance last week, running for just 28 yards on nine carries. He should be firmly planted on your bench.

    1. 30
    2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    3. BenJarvus
      Green-Ellis
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS43
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    He's gone two games now with fewer than four fantasy points scored. Given the six teams on bye this week, you may not have a better choice, and that's too bad.

    1. 31
    2. Pierre Thomas
    3. Pierre
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS38
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Thomas remains underappreciated by some in the fantasy community. He ran for 65 yards on 14 carries against the Bills last week and could be in for a large role again Sunday.

    1. 32
    2. LeGarrette Blount
    3. LeGarrette
      Blount
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS35
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Blount had 11 carries for 46 yards last week, but Stevan Ridley has come on strong over the last few weeks.

    1. 33
    2. Bernard Pierce
    3. Bernard
      Pierce
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS32
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS9
    7. REC TD0

    Pierce should not be considered a starter in this matchup with Ray Rice active.

    1. 34
    2. Daniel Thomas
    3. Daniel
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Thomas ran well last week, but got just nine carries. His role is too small to trust against a defense as good as Cincinnati's.

    1. 35
    2. Roy Helu
    3. Roy
      Helu
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Last week showed why you can't fall in love with a situational guy after a big game. I predict he'll be a non-factor again, but roll with him if you must.

    1. 36
    2. Joseph Randle
    3. Joseph
      Randle
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Murray is likely to make his return this week. That means Randle should be on your bench.

    1. 37
    2. Chris Ivory
    3. Chris
      Ivory
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Ivory got just six carries last week while Bilal Powell got 10. Ignore Ivory's 104-yard performance against the Patriots. It means nothing.

    1. 38
    2. Jacquizz Rodgers
    3. Jacquizz
      Rodgers
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS12
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Despite Steven Jackson's struggles, he still got 11 carries to just two for Rodgers. He cannot be considered a starter in fantasy leagues with Jackson around.

    1. 39
    2. Brandon Bolden
    3. Brandon
      Bolden
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS18
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Bolden had eight carries and scored a touchdown a week ago. He's the No. 2 back you want, but Shane Vereen should be back soon.

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