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Start’Em: Justin Forsett a Waiver Wire Gem | NFL Fantasy Football Rankings

Oakland Raiders v Seattle Seahawks

The time has come for the Seattle Seahawks to start their best running back. Finally, Justin Forsett will be given an opportunity to produce as the starter and help fantasy football squads.

This opportunity has come about because of an unfortunate injury to Julius Jones last week against the Cardinals. In that game Jones injured his rib and went to the hospital with bleeding in his lung.

Forsett took over as the starter and went on to rush the football 17 times for 123 yards rushing and a touchdown. This production was excellent, especially when you consider that Cardinals were the 3rd best team against the run coming into that game.

Beyond Forsett’s solid rushing total’s, he is also very good out of the backfield as he’s totaled five receptions in each of his last two contest’s.

Justin Forsett Equals Steve Slaton?

Forsett’s skill set is very comparable to the way Steve Slaton played a season ago. When Slaton was on top of his game a year ago he was one of the top ten fantasy football running backs in the league.

Forsett may not be that good, but I fully believe he can be a top twenty fantasy back in the future. All he needs is an opportunity to show that he can handle the load and prove he can physically hold up to the challenge.

Fantasy Football Strategy

If Forsett is still a waiver wire option in your fantasy football league than I suggest you nab him up right now. This kid is an instant flex play option for this week, even if the Seahawks are playing the Vikings.

Minnesota’s run defense is still solid this season (9th in the league), but they are having problems dealing with runners that can get out on the edge. This is the reason why Ray Rice was able to gash this defense a few week’s back.

Chicago Bears v Seattle Seahawks

Not only has Rice had success against this defense but Rashard Mendenhall and Kevin Smith have found success as well.

Forsett probably won’t go over 100 yards rushing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he has over 100 total yards from scrimmage.

Next week Forsett has a great matchup against the Rams and is a no brainier start.

Reports out of Seattle are saying that Jones may be ready for that game but with his lung issue that is wishful thinking right now.

If Forsett has success in the next two week’s, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jones comes back and finds out that he’s lost his starting job. Reason being that Forsett is a better running back than Jones at this point in his career.

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