Posted: 3:19 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
By Michael Gallagher
Week 1 was a little hectic in the world of running backs. or "cray cray" if you're into that whole brevity thing. Two quarterbacks, Michael Vick and Terrelle Pryor, sit in the top five for yards per carry and Pryor was leading the NFL in rushing before Monday.
There's a good chance that you're not pleased with your backs. Shockingly, of the top 25 flex scorers (RB/TE/WR), only four of them were running backs. Three of those four were "winners" for the week, and Adrian Peterson was already winning, so there's no need to anoint him. Here are this week's winners and losers along with a some injury notes:
LeSean McCoy - There was a tremendous buzz on Shady during Monday Night Football thanks to the torrid pace of Chip Kelly's offense. With a faster pace, that means more plays and subsequently more production out of McCoy. He posted a career-high 31 carries and was just a shade below his best rushing total with 184 yards.
There is a down side, though. Shady had to go to the bench on numerous occasions and had to rest. The training staff also had to stretch him out on the sidelines. While he could be in the running for the best back on per-game production, there is a little more of an injury concern. He's likely going to be a top-five back in every week in which he's healthy.
Reggie Bush - Before Shady's monster Monday, Reggie Bush was arguably the biggest RB winner. The USC product posted 101 receiving yards and 90 rushing yards in a win over the Vikings. He looks like a perfect fit with the Lions and his quickness is space is something that will definitely translate in their spread-out scheme. He's a guy that will be in the top 10 for PPR leagues until further notice.
Joique Bell - It wasn't all good news for Bush. He had to leave the game for some mild injuries a couple different times. That helped open the door for Bell, totaling five receptions for 67 yards to go with 25 rushing yards. The evidence was there that he would be the No. 2 back, and now the regular-season rotation reinforces that. He should be added in all leagues.
Knowshon Moreno - One thing in Denver is clear, the Broncos backfield isn't clear. Moreno led the Broncos with nine carries and added an RB-high three receptions. He looks to have the inside track for most of the snaps, but rookie Montee Ball projects to improve as the season goes on. Moreno is certainly worth an add, but he'll be a very tough player to plug into your starting lineup.
David Wilson - Perhaps there was no bigger loser than any other player. Wilson lost two fumbles against the Cowboys and the Giants benched him as a punishment. Coach Tom Coughlin did say the team is going to coach him up and Wilson isn't necessarily going to lose his job.
He also had just 19 yards on seven carries in the loss. The preseason was a totally different story. Wilson had a massive rise thanks to big-time numbers and Andre Brown breaking his leg. If you drafted Wilson, you have no choice but to wait it out unless you're going to get a must-start back in return.
Lamar Miller - Another player that built up some momentum in the preseason, Miller was a disaster. He had a pathetic three yards on 10 carries in the win. Although, the entire Dolphins team couldn't run the ball and totaled just 20 yards.
There was a sense of uncertainty for Miller entering the season. Despite Daniel Thomas looking like he plays with 10-pound cleats, the Dolphins keep giving him a chance. Thomas looked weak in the preseason, and his eight carries for 14 yards in Week 1 is nothing to write home about. Miller saw 36 snaps against the Browns and Thomas wasn't far behind with 32.
If you own Miller, his value took such a massive hit that you have to wait it out. The Dolphins have a friendly schedule and they only have one sub-par matchup until Week 9 -- the Ravens in Week 5.
C.J. Spiller - To be clear, the magnitude of being a loser is nothing compared to the others on this list. Fred Jackson saw 13 carries to Spill's 17, so there's just a little concern here. If you took Spiller, you probably spent a top-seven pick on him. He still should be viewed as an RB1 in almost any format, but the Bills don't seem like they're going to give him the ball "until he throws up." Unless his stomach is about as weak as Willie Beaman's.
Steelers backs- This is such a mess. LaRod Stephens-Howling is out for the year and LeVeon Bell's status doesn't seem to be improving. Essentially, it's "hands off" territory, but Isaac Redman is the guy you want.
Shane Vereen - He would have been a huge winner, but he has a wrist injury and could be out eight weeks. If you're in a 10-team league, you can consider cutting him, but only for a hot free agent.
That's really it for the injuries with backs. As mentioned above, Reggie Bush and Shady McCoy were dinged up, while Jamaal Charles also went to the locker room with a quad pull.
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|Standard League||PPR League|
|1||Adrian Peterson (@CHI)||Doug Martin (NO)|
|2||Doug Martin (NO)||LeSean McCoy (SD)|
|3||LeSean McCoy (SD)||Adrian Peterson (@CHI)|
|4||Arian Foster (TEN)||Reggie Bush (@AZ)|
|5||C.J. Spiller (CAR)||Jamaal Charles (DAL)|
|6||Steven Jackson (STL)||Steven Jackson (STL)|
|7||Jamaal Charles (DAL)||C.J. Spiller (CAR)|
|8||Reggie Bush (@AZ)||Arian Foster (TEN)|
|9||Trent Richardson (@BAL)||Matt Forte (MIN)|
|10||DeMarco Murray (@KC)||Trent Richardson (@BAL)|
|11||Matt Forte (MIN)||Ray Rice (CLE)|
|12||Maurice Jones-Drew (@OAK)||DeMarco Murray (@KC)|
|13||Alfred Morris (@GB)||Maurice Jones-Drew (@OAK)|
|14||Ray Rice (CLE)||Darren McFadden (JAX)|
|15||Marshawn Lynch (SF)||Chris Johnson (@HOU)|
|16||Stevan Ridley (NYJ)||Darren Sproles (@TB)|
|17||Darren McFadden (JAX)||Daryl Richardson (@ATL)|
|18||Eddie Lacy (WAS)||Alfred Morris (@GB)|
|19||Chris Johnson (@HOU)||Stevan Ridley (NYJ)|
|20||Frank Gore (@SEA)||Marshawn Lynch (SF)|
|21||Lamar Miller (@IND)||Lamar Miller (@IND)|
|22||DeAngelo Williams (@BUF)||Rashard Mendenhall (DET)|
|23||Daryl Richardson (@ATL)||Eddie Lacy (WAS)|
|24||Chris Ivory (@NE)||Frank Gore (@SEA)|
|25||Darren Sproles (@TB)||DeAngelo Williams (@BUF)|
|26||Rashard Mendenhall (DET)||Giovani Bernard (PIT)|
|27||Ryan Mathews (@PHI)||Ryan Mathews (@PHI)|
|28||David Wilson (DEN)||Joique Bell (@AZ)|
|29||Giovani Bernard (PIT)||Bernard Pierce (CLE)|
|30||Ben Tate (TEN)||Chris Ivory (@NE)|
|31||Ahmad Bradshaw (MIA)||Roy Helu (@GB)|
|32||Bernard Pierce (CLE)||Ryan Mathews (@PHI)|
|33||Joique Bell (@AZ)||David Wilson (DEN)|
|34||Vick Ballard (MIA)||Ben Tate (TEN)|
|35||Knowshon Moreno (@NYG)||Ahmad Bradshaw (MIA)|
|36||Mark Ingram (@TB)||Bilal Powell (@NE)|
|37||Isaac Redman (@CIN)||Da'Rel Scott (DEN)|
|38||Bilal Powell (@NE)||Fred Jackson (CAR)|
|39||BenJarvus Green-Ellis (PIT)||Pierre Thomas (@TB)|
|40||Montee Ball (@NYG)||Isaac Redman (@CIN)|
|41||Fred Jackson (CAR)||Jacquizz Rodgers (STL)|
|42||Bryce Brown (SD)||Mark Ingram (@TB)|
|43||Roy Helu ( @GB)||Knowshon Moreno (@NYG)|
|44||Daniel Thomas (@IND)||Justin Forsett (@OAK)|
|45||Danny Woodhead (@PHI)||Isaiah Pead (@ATL)|
|46||Jacquizz Rodgers (STL)||Knile Davis (DAL)|
|47||Da'Rel Scott (DEN)||Montee Ball (@NYG)|
|48||Isaiah Pead (@ATL)||Leon Washington (NYJ)|
|49||Knile Davis (DAL)||Bryce Brown (SD)|
|50||Pierre Thomas (@TB)||BenJarvus Green-Ellis|