Week 13 Running Backs

1 - Chris Johnson – TEN @ DET – Johnson running against the Lions defense isn’t just unfair, it’s borderline criminal. Lendale will soften up the 32d ranked rush defense and Johnson will put them away. Johnson has a burst of speed that will leave the lions defenders nothing to tackle this week.

2 - Ronnie Brown – MIA @ STL – Brown has been one of the stories of the year at running back in a year that the rookies have stolen the show. His return from the injured list to a place among the top running backs in the league is something Hollywood couldn’t have wr itten any better. He faces a Rams defense that spends a lot of time on the field and rapidly wears down. Brown and Williams will wear them down early just like Matt Forte and the Bears did last week.

3 - Adrian Peterson – CHI @ MIN – The phrase “throw the records out in this one” is well overused, but seems to fit this match up. The Bears give up less than 90 yards per game on the ground, yet every time Peterson plays the Bears he puts up big numbers. Look for the trend to continue this week with Peterson on the carpet at home.
4 - Joseph Addai – IND @ CLE – As Manning and the Colts start to fire on all cylinders, they get a match-up made in heaven for them, the hapless Cleveland Browns. Brady Quinn seemed to be their savior, but he’s gone for the year so the Browns are back to being the Browns. Look for Indy to go up early and pound Addai inside during the entire second half.

5 - Matt Forte – CHI @ MIN – Forte and the Bears go to Minnesota to face the Vikings and their 2d ranked run defense, so why is Forte in the top 10 with a bad match-up. He keeps getting better and better each week and not only does he put up solid rushing numbers, he’s one of the best pass caching running backs in the league, ranked 4th in receiving by running backs a nd 3rd in yards from scrimmage.

6 - Frank Gore – SF @ BUF – as frank Gore goes so does the 49ers offense, 5th in yards from scrimmage among running backs, facing a mediocre Bills run defense, but a Bills teams still without quality win in over 5 weeks. Gore is the security outlet for Shaun Hill and shows no signs of slowing down due to his age.

7 - DeAngelo Williams – CAR @ GB – Green Bay got eaten alive by Pierre Thomas and an injured Deuce McAllister on Monday night. Okay so some guy named Brees had something to do with it also, but the Panthers have shown the ability to run on anyone. Line them up against a 27th ranked Packers run defense and it’s more of the same from DeAngelo.

8 - Thomas Jones – DEN @ NYJ – Denver has trouble week after week with running backs, whether it’s keeping theirs healthy or keeping their opponents under 150 yards rushing. In come the resurgent Jets, Brett Favre and Thomas Jones. Cutler’s confidence ahs been shaken the last couple of weeks and it is showing in their time of possession. Jones will rack up good combined yardage as New York dominates the Time of Possession in this one.

9 - Maurice Jones-Drew – JAC @ HOU – The human bowling ball keeps knocking over defenses and a Texans defense giving up over 130 yards per game doesn’t look to put him in the gutter this week.

10 - LaDanian Tomlinson –
ATL @ SD – Tomlinson continues to be relevant in the fantasy running back arena. Even in a shabby loss to the Colts last week he put up over a hundred yards of total offense. Look for the Chargers to spread the field with Chambers, Gates and Jackson to open up rushing lanes for Tomlinson this week against a mediocre Falcon's run defense.

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