The Shonn Green Aberration
Week six came and went with a big surprise, Shonn Green was actually an NFL running back! Against an overmatched Colts defense Shonn Green rumbled for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns giving many of his fantasy football owners a big boost and an even bigger surprise. Before we get all excited thinking that Shonn Green has finally become the back he was meant to be we should remember that he has done this before. In 2011 Green rushed for 88 yards and 3 touchdowns in week 13 to save his season. He followed that up with a 129 yard 1 touchdown effort to save an other wise dismal fantasy football season. Unlike last year, this season Green’s best performance occurred while there is still hope of trading him off and I suggest you do just that! His next three opponents are the Patriots, Dolphins and Seahawks; all of which are top 6 in the league against the run. It is going to tough sledding for the next few weeks so sell Green while he is still riding high on his week 6 performance.
Can any of the Cardinal’s Running Backs be Trusted?
As expected the Arizona Cardinals came out in week 6 with a time share between LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell with a tiny bit of Alfonso Smith sprinkled in. Smith was a non-factor and Stephen-Howling looked like the 3rd down back he was born to be. The Real winner had to be William Powell who managed to gain 78 yards on 13 carries adding one reception for 8 yards. Nothing too impressive on paper but he definitely looks like the best option going forward. If you are desperate you could certainly do much worse from a fantasy football standpoint especially when you factor in the upcoming bye weeks.
Jordy Nelson and James Jones
The new dynamic duo in Green Bay helped light up the scoreboard catching 5 of Aaron Rodgers 6 touchdowns on Sunday night. Jordy Nelson snagged 3 touchdowns besting James Jones’ 2 but both clearly had great fantasy football outings in week 6. Going forward it would seem Jordy Nelson could be Aaron Rodgers number one target even after Greg Jennings comes back from his groin injury. As far as James Jones goes it would appear he has gotten over his inconsistent nature that plagued fantasy owners in the past. There is an air of flukiness to his game as he has yet to have a big game from a yardage standpoint but as long as Greg Jennings is out and as long as James Jones keeps on scoring he is a number 2 fantasy football wide receiver in all formats.
Dallas Running Back Conundrum
The Dallas Cowboys literally got off to a running start Sunday afternoon as both Demarco Murray and Felix Jones gashed the previously vaunted Baltimore run defense to the tune of 185 yards on 32 carries collectively. Felix Jones had a very nice 22 yard scamper for the duo’s only rushing touchdown of the day. Unfortunately, just as Demarco Murray started to live up to his draft day value he went down with a sprained foot. Murray had one carry in the second half before being pulled as a precaution. Good thing too as a Monday morning MRI revealed ligament damage in that sprained foot. As a result Demarco Murray has already been ruled out for week 7 making Felix Jones the hottest waiver wire add of the week. Grab him if you can especially if you own Murray, the Cowboys face the Panthers in week 7 so the getting should be good. Lets not forget that Darren McFadden had a “standard Sprained foot” last season which seemed to never heal. Felix Jones is a must add this week and Phillip Tanner should be kept on your radar.
Which Bills Running back Should I Start?
With the right match up, I say both! One could look at this 50-50 timeshare as very frustrating or one could look at it from a positive point of view. Both Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller are top 10 when they have the back field to themselves (which could happen any week) When both running backs are healthy they cannibalize each other’s value but both can be used as a 3rd running back. Since both players have such great potential if the other player should go down and both can be counted on for roughly 50 yards and at least a chance of a score both players have a underrated value.
Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III has been an unstoppable force in all but one game this season. The one exception is when he took a huge hit against Atlanta in week 5 and left the game. A Quarterback who can run like this can be fantasy football gold if he can stay healthy. I’m thinking that big hit may have been the best thing that could have ever happened to the Rookie quarterback’s fantasy value. Perhaps he has learned to step out of bounds or slide when danger is imminent. If you own him he is a must start in all formats but make sure you have a solid backup in place should the unthinkable happen.
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