It’s that time of the week again; time to make sure you’re not playing a guy who is sharing too much of his team’s rushing load, or playing a guy in a RBBC that is dealing with an injury.
Whatever the case may be with RBBC’s, we cover it in this weekly column, as we help you prepare your final fantasy rosters for your week 14 fantasy football games.
Here’s this week’s look at the most unpredictable RBBC’s in the league:
Reggie Bush vs. Daniel Thomas (Miami Dolphins)
I’m still taking Bush of the two, as he’s had five touchdowns in his past five games, and his yardage has been solid. However, you can’t completely write off Thomas, as he’s had 13+ carries in three of his last four games. With a tasty matchup against a weak Eagles run defense, he could be a sneaky play.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Danny Woodhead vs. Stevan Ridley vs. Shane Vereen (New England Patriots)
The Patriots rested The Law Firm during a blowout last week, but he still scored a touchdown. BJGE has been pretty productive the past three weeks, and now that he’s healthy he should be a solid play once again this week.
Ray Rice vs. Ricky Williams (Baltimore Ravens)
Rice is clearly the guy every week, but Williams is dirt cheap and put up 76 yards and a touchdown last week. When the Ravens are running wild and up big, the guy is going to get the ball. That could easily happen again against a bad Colts defense this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Brandon Jacobs (New York Giants)
Bradshaw is more versatile and explosive, so he’s the pick here as he is near full health. He returned last week and looked OK against the Packers, so it will be interesting to see how he does against the Cowboys. Neither option is elite right now, but Bradshaw is the better option.
Don’t Even Bother…
Stay away from all Colts options, as it’s a three-headed horse and they’re facing a tough Ravens run defense. The same goes for all of the Chiefs running backs, as none have been overly dependable, and they face the Jets this week. If you must go with one, the versatile Dexter McCluster makes the most sense.
Kevin Smith’s status is shaky again for the Lions, while the guys behind him don’t offer much excitement. They’re facing a usually tough Vikings run defense, anyways, so bank on Detroit throwing a lot.
I’m not playing DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart against the Atlanta Falcon’s brutal run defense this week.
James Starks and Matt Forte are out for at least this week, giving Green Bay’s Ryan Grant and Chicago’s Marion Barber solid value with the ball all to themselves. Both backs have matchups that bode well for their fantasy prospects.
Adrian Peterson could be back this week, but he’s still at about 70-80%. If Toby Gerhart gets the call, he’s a solid RB2 against a weak Lions run defense, after posting quality numbers in week 13.
Mark Ingram is out this week, which means Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, and Darren Sproles all have value boosts. But realistically, Sproles is the only guy I’d touch.
Hopefully some insight on all of the tough RBBC situations helps you make the right call this week. Be sure to come back Sunday morning for a check-in on all of the big injuries for the week.