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All Raiders –
The Saints Defense managed to bottle up Michael Turner last week and he’s a lot better than Marcel Reece; so he is sitting for my teams but I could see a fantasy owner starting him and getting decent results. That’s more of a gut call than anything. Other than that, I am getting all of my Raiders out there including Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brandon Meyers, Denarius Moore and Carson Palmer. I’m expecting a big game through the air as the Raiders try to keep up. They just might abandon the running game which is part of my reasoning for keeping Marcel Reece on the bench.
Reggie Bush –
Look I know he was benched last week and I am aware that his numbers have been declining over the past few weeks but I think this prime time Thursday nighter is when Reggie Bush reasserts himself. The Buffalo Bills are dead last against the run making this a very inviting matchup.
Felix Jones –
Feels kind of gross having Felix Jones in the “start em’ category but the Cleveland Browns defense is pretty bad against both the run and the pass. Felix Jones has been contributing on both ends lately and Demarco Murray should sit out at least one more game. Felix Jones has amassed 400 yards from scrimmage since week 6 on 85 touches. Not amazing production but he should prove serviceable. I have been burned before by Felix Jones but I think he is safe play this week for those in need of a running back.
Ryan Mathews –
He hasn’t looked good in the last few outings and this Broncos defense is rather stout against the run yielding just 98.3 yards per game opposing running backs. I think Peyton Manning comes out guns blazing in this one forcing the Chargers to play catch up. If you have any other viable options consider letting Mathews ride the pine in this one.
Matt Forte –
Second week in a row Matt Forte makes this list but once again, the match up warrants the recommendation. The 49ers are tough as nails and with Jay Cutler likely out this week those 49er’s linebackers will be able to focus most of their attention on Matt Forte. He has the skills to overcome the match up but he sure didn’t get it done against the Texans last week. Let him sit if you can afford to.
Torrey Smith & Joe Flacco –
Joe Flacco on the road is never good. Throw in a match up against the top ranked Pittsburgh pass defense and you have a recipe for disaster. I don’t feel good about starting any Baltimore Raven aside from Ray Rice. If you have no better options available to you put them in but temper expectations.
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Vick Ballard – Thursday night should easily be won by the colts giving Vick Ballard ample opportunity to assert himself as the lead dog in this somewhat muddles backfield. Donald Brown may suit up tonight but should not steal too many touches but don’t be surprised if Delone Carter steals a few of the goal line looks. Either way start Ballard with confidence, the matchup with the Jaguars 27th ranked rush defense certainly warrants high expectations.
Malcolm Floyd – Opposing passers have failed to eclipse 300 yards though the air only 3 times this season! Those passers who failed were Brady Quinn, Tony Romo and Christian Ponder. Phillip Rivers is better than all three of them making Malcolm Floyd a must start against the league’s worst pass defense. He may not get the touchdowns (I expect Antonio Gates to get those) but he will rack up yardage.
Jonathan Dwyer / Isaac Redman – Check the injury reports first but if both are playing, both are start-able against a terrible chiefs run defense (22nd in the league currently) The Pittsburgh Steelers should be up big in this one and running the ball in the second half making both running backs viable fantasy football options this Monday night.
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Rashad Jennings – The match up looks promising on paper so this is a bit of a gut feeling. I just cannot trust this Jacksonville offense. I get feeling Indianapolis gets rolling in this one forcing Jacksonville to abandon the run early limiting Rashad Jennings touches.
Matt Forte – This Texans defense is good, I mean really good. They rank 2nd in the league against the run and 4th against the pass. As multi dimensional as Matt Forte can be this matchup may be to much for him to overcome. If you own him odds are you’re starting him but don’t expect big things this week.
Steven Jackson – I usually like running backs coming off the bye week but in this case poor Steven Jackson is walking into the lion’s den. The San Francisco 49er’s are stout defensively and should have their ears pined back coming off of their own bye week. I would be surprised if Jackson eclipses 50 yards in this one especially when you factor in his current time share with Daryl Richardson. Let him ride the pine in week 10.
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