Montee Ball leads the running backs you need to think about moving on from, assuming you get appropriate value. Figuring out when to move on from a guy who you drafted highly or if a slow start is not what will come the rest of the season can be a difficult task. Bobby Rainey, Donald Brown and Knile Davis are guys who you should make a move on. They have roles that will make them people you fantasy owners should rely on.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaned on running back Bobby Rainey on Sunday and he rewarded the coaches trust with an impressive game. He had 144 yards on 22 carries. Doug Martin’s status will need to be monitored, but Rainey has been the more impressive as far back as last season. With the Buccaneers playing Thursday, Martin may remain a question mark, making Rainey a must add in all leagues. Rainey is the better runner and has been much more productive.
If the Jamaal Charles in your league didn’t have the foresight to back up his stud with his clear handcuff time to make them pay. Davis put up 80 yards and two scores on 22 carries. He also had 6 catches for 22 yards. Davis will be the bell cow while Charles is out. The Chiefs may be patient with Charles and make sure he is 100% before allowing him to return to the field.
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Sunday saw Ryan Matthews suffered an MCL injury Sunday. Donald Brown will garner a lion share of the work going forward. Danny Woodhead will get looks as well, but both should be useable especially in PPR formats. The Chargers go on the road this week against a 2-0 Bills team. I’m looking else for this week but would add Brown especially with a home game against Jacksonville in two weeks.
Pierre Thomas will be the guy in New Orleans. While I want to see what Khiry Robinson could do with a full workload, the Saints trust Thomas and can provide value on all three downs. I expect big things from Thomas in the coming weeks. Thomas saw an expanded role last season after Ingram went down and excelled in the role.
Khiry Robinson is a talented back that I think could do big things in an expanded role. While I would not start Robinson next week, adding him if he is available is a smart move. If he proves to be dynamic he could be used heavily until Mark Ingram returns, and likely after.
I wondered if I was crazy for ranking Montee Ball as low as I did in the preseason. I felt he was an average running back who would be fine but nothing special, even in the Peyton Manning offense. Thus far I feel good about my ranking. He has not be special in his first two games against marginal run defenses. If you can get top two round talent for him I say pull the trigger.
The talent has never been the question with CJ Spiller but injury bug has slowed him in previous seasons. After two weeks of production including a 102 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The time to see on Spiller is now. I would look to buy low on fantasy studs who have started slow.
I’m starting to worry about Zac Stacy. Last season even without quarterback Sam Bradford, Stacy was a monster. Week Two saw Stacy find the end zone which helped his fantasy numbers. With six games coming against Seattle, Arizona, and San Francisco, I would try and move him to an owner who thinks the best is still coming for Stacy.
Knowshon Moreno exited Sunday’s game against the Bills after suffering an injury to his left elbow. A frustrating blow for Moreno owners who had an impressive week one. Lamar Miller would likely get the majority of the carries if Moreno misses any significant portion of time. I would sell Miller to another owner on the premise of him being the “the guy”.
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