Ryan Matthews: Matthews is one of the most untrustworthy running backs in the league and had his head coach Mike McCoy fuming at the end of last week’s game for not staying in bounds and letting the clock wind down. Even with all the negativity in a three-week span Matthew’s has put up respectable numbers (over 10 points twice) and might have done even better if he didn’t get hurt in week five against the Raiders. Now Matthews has the perfect match up to get back on his head coach’s good side while satisfying his fantasy owners as he takes on Jacksonville’s defense that rankings dead last against the rush.
Knowshon Moreno: The man that once was labeled an injury-prone draft bust seems determined to shed that outlook as he has been bulldozing his way to fantasy football greatness (averaging 21.5 points the last three games). Of course, come Sunday all eyes will be on Peyton Manning as he returns to Indy. But with the Colts’ defense allowing 4.6 yards a carry to opposing running backs, expect Moreno to steal some of the spotlight as he has another game where he fills up the stat sheet.
Arian Foster: Going against a resilient Chiefs defense with an undrafted rookie slated to start at quarterback might scary some fantasy owners so much that might be think about benching Foster. While this is highly unlikely, still for those that are skeptical on how Foster’s day will go keep in mind even though his team has been on a losing streak he has averaged 162 total yards in the last three games. Also, if there is a weakness on the Chiefs defense it’s against the rush, where they are yielding 5.1 yards a carry. So don’t fret; even if the Texans get their tail whopped again Foster will still come up big for his fantasy owners.
Frank Gore: Gore hasn’t put up eye popping numbers this year as he has only went over 15 points just once this season. Going up against Titans defense that is giving up 4.4 yards a carry might just be what Gore needs to have a breakout game. I know the Titans defense has looked good this season but ever since Jake Locker went down this team has been on the decline. The defense just got decimated by Marshawn Lynch last week (27.50 points) so I expected Gore to pound through for a big day.
Trent Richardson: Richardson hasn’t had much of an impact since joining the Colts with a glum average of 52.5 total yards a game while averaging a lowly 8.25 points. Things don’t look like they’re getting any better as he goes toe-to-toe against the Broncos who have the best rush defense in the league. Unless Richardson gets a goal-line touchdown expect another disappointing game with him racking 50 or 60 yards once again this week.
Stevan Ridley: Finally Ridley had the big game (23.00 points) everybody’s been waiting for, although it was against a Saints defense that is giving up five yards a carry. So go ahead, throw Ridley back into your starting lineup — but be warned he’s going up against a Jets defense that is only giving up 75.7 rushing yards a game. Also don’t forget Ridley was only averaging 4.7 fantasy points before last Sunday, so think twice before starting him.
Zac Stacy: When Stacy put up 79 rushing yards against the horrendous Jaguars in week five he become the outright starter, and had some fantasy owners that where desperate for a running back racing to grab him off the waiver wire. Well if you started him last week he didn’t disappoint putting up a respectable nine points. Now going up against the Panthers and their fourth-ranked rush defense it might be wise to sit Stacy this week, or at least don’t expect his first touchdown, as Carolina has only giving up three so far this season.
Jacquizz Rodgers: Before the Falcons bye week Rodgers had a big game finishing with 17.80 points. This might interest some fantasy owners in starting him as he goes up against the winless Buccaneers. Something else that might intrigue you is knowing ever since Steven Jackson went down Rodgers has averaged 71 total yards and 10 fantasy points a game. However, proceed with caution, as Rodgers is sharing the ball with Jason Snelling who gets most of the goal-line touches.