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While Adrian Peterson failed to find the end zone against the Chargers, he bounce back with two scores and over 100 yards playing the Buccaneers weak run defense. This week Peterson should have another solid day, as long as the Vikings can play a competitive game against the emerging Detroit Lions. Peterson has owned the Lions over his career, but this is a different team than the one he’s faced in the past.Still, Peterson should find his way to around 100 yards on the ground and a score as the Vikings will continue to feed him the football, even if they are down by more than a few touchdowns.

Beanie Wells @ Seahawks -

One of my sleepers coming into the season, Beanie Wells is off to a great start and is play the brand of football we hoped he would coming out of Ohio State. Many knocked Wells for his poor play in 2010, but the passing game was in shambles with a horrible quarterback situation and Wells came into the year with a bad knee. Expect Wells to role up another solid performance against the Seahawks struggling defense.

Chris Johnson vs Broncos -

While CJ2K didn’t have the kind of game fantasy owners expect, he was playing on of his few hard games on his schedule against the Ravens. What I like is that Johnson clearly was back to a normal workload and it looks like he’s coming out of the first two weeks injury free. This is big news for Johnson owners as concerns of health problems for a hold out player are usually foundout in the first few weeks back. Expect Johnson to get things going with his first strong performance this coming week as the Titans host the Broncos.

Matt Forte vs Packers -

It looks like Matt Forte is ready to have a career year in a contract season, but he should have a tough time breakout out for big numbers this week against the Packers. While the Packers are clearly having their issues vs the pass, they are still a respectable top five group against the run, so if Forte is going to play at a RB-1 level, he will have to get it done in the passing game.

Ben Tate @ Saints -

I have Ben Tate listed as a top twenty option this week as the Saints have struggled on defense and Tate has looked solid in his first two regular season games. Arian Foster will probably tweet that he’s going to play this week, but fantasy owners shouldn’t trust that he will be on the field, after he re-aggravated his hamstring against the Dolphins.

Tate posted over 100 total yards against the Dolphins and the Texans zone blocking scheme has had great success against the Saints in at least the past two preseasons. Look for Tate to get a feature back like workload as Foster and Ward may be on the shelf in this game.

Daniel Thomas @ Browns -

One of the surprises of week two saw the Dolphins bailing on Reggie Bush after two carries into their game against the Texans in favor of rookie Daniel Thomas. It’s not that Thomas doesn’t have the talent to un-seat Bush as the top option, but more that he struggled badly in camp, and it didn’t seem he would get much work, early on.

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For all the talk about Bush getting an opportunity to be the main in Miami, in the end it was simply that as the coaches failed to trust a running back that struggles to run in-between the tackles.

Mark Ingram vs Texans

I hope your not one of those owners that’s going to bail on Mark Ingram after a couple slow starts, because you’ll be hurting your team and helping someone in your league. Ingram hasn’t looked bad at all in his first two games, and has played against to of the better defenses in football.

For the next seven weeks, Ingram will have defenses he can take advantage of and I expect him to rush for at least 75 yards and a score against the Texans. Look for Ingram’s role to expand as we move deeper into the season.

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Last Updated Sep. 23rd

1 Adrian Peterson Lions
2 Ray Rice @ Rams
3 LeSean McCoy Giants
4 Rashard Mendenhall @ Colts
5 Chris Johnson Broncos
6 Darren McFadden Jets
7 Michael Turner @ Buccaneers
8 Maurice Jones-Drew @ Panthers
9 Jahvid Best @ Vikings
10 Matt Forte Packers
11 Peyton Hillis (I) Dolphins
12 Fred Jackson Patriots
13 Ben Tate @ Saints
14 Frank Gore @ Bengals
15 LeGarrette Blount Falcons
16 Mike Tolbert (I) Chiefs
17 Ryan Mathews Chiefs
18 BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Bills
19 Ahmad Bradshaw @ Eagles
20 Felix Jones (I) Redskins
21 Mark Ingram Texans
22 Tim Hightower @ Cowboys
23 Daniel Thomas @ Browns
24 Beanie Wells (I) @ Seahawks
25 Shonn Greene @ Raiders
26 DeAngelo Williams Jaguars
27 Cedric Benson 49ers
28 Marshawn Lynch Cardinals
29 James Starks @ Bears
30 Willis McGahee @ Titans
31 Jonathan Stewart Jaguars
32 Roy Helu @ Cowboys
33 Brandon Jacobs @ Eagles
34 DeMarco Murray Redskins
35 Dexter McCluster @ Chargers
36 Pierre Thomas Texans
37 Knowshon Moreno (I) @ Titans
38 Darren Sproles Texans
39 Thomas Jones @ Chargers
40 Ryan Grant @ Bears
41 Joseph Addai Steelers
42 Michael Bush Jets

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Comments (1)

  • JasonP

    If theres anyone in here that I need to drop let me know….Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you!
    QBs – T Brady, J Cutler

    RBs – R Rice, D Sproles

    WRs – V Jackson, N Burleson, J Maclin, J Simpson, E Decker

    TEs – J Finley, F Davis

    K – S Janikowski

    D – Eagles, DP D Bishop, S Lee,

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