Week 11 Top 10 Running Backs

1 - Brian Westbrook -PHI @ CIN – Westbrook is a must start anytime he is healthy, but this week against the Bengals who give up over 130 rushing yards per game. Combine this with his receiving yards and he is set up to bounce back from last week’s performance to be a stud start this week.

2 - Frank Gore - STL @ SF - Gore and the 49ers line up against the Rams defense that gave up 149 yards and 3 touchdowns to Thomas Jones last week. Look for more of the same from Gore, especially considering that San Francisco has quarterback problems. Look for Gore to put up numbers similar to Jones did last week.

3 - Matt Forte - CHI @ GB – Forte lined up against the Titans 8th ranked defense last week and still put up solid rushing numbers and added good receiving numbers and a touchdown. This week against a Packers team that gave up over 200 yards of offense to Adrian Peterson last week, expect even larger numbers from Forte.

4 – DeAngelo Williams - DET @ CAR – Okay, this was the easy one, the only hard part was moving him down to fourth. He’s running against the Lions and coming off a season high 140-yard effort against the equally weak Raiders defense last week.

5 - Ronnie Brown - OAK @ MIA – Ronnie Brown has been the surprise of the season this year. Even though he had an off week last week, giving the bulk of the yards to Ricky Williams, keep in mind that half of Williams yards came on one play last year, and Brown is starting against the Raiders defense that gave up 140yards to DeAngelo last week.

6 - Michael Turner - DEN @ ATL – Turner has emerged as the beast he was advertised to be in the off-season. Against a Broncos team without a running back, that will be throwing early and often, that leaves a lot of time on the clock for Turner to rack up yardage.

7 - Marshawn Lynch - CLE @ BUF – Lynch has struggled the last several weeks. Look for him and the Bills running attack to get back on track against the hapless Browns defense. They gave up almost a hundred yards rushing to a rookie in his first start, a Fullback, and an injured second year player last week. That and the need Buffalo has to get its running game going for a playoff run nets Lynch a big week this week.

8 - Steve Slaton - HOU @ IND – Slaton has emerged as one of the premier three rookie running backs from this year’s class. Facing the Colts run defense will net him a solid week, especially if Rosenfels performs as poorly as last week. With more quarterback play like that, look for Slaton to shoulder the load.

9 - Deuce McAllister - NO @ KC – The Chiefs couldn't stop a college running attack, so look for big numbers out of Deuce this week.

10 – Tim Hightower - ARI @ SEA – Hightower has snatched the starting job away from an oft-injured Edgerrin James, and has emerged as a solid fantasy player in the process. The Seahawks have no passing attack, even with Matt Hasselbeck they still have no relevant wide receiver options. Again this gives Arizona more time of possession and once they establish their large lead, Hightower will rack up yards in mop up time.

Author: Derrick Staley
Email: staleys1920@hattywaiverwireguru.com

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