Running Back Rundown

We have a sporadic internet connection here at 4th & Home headquarters today, so this week’s article is bit short, but there’s still enough info to get you through the first bye week.

Backfields to Watch

New England Patriots: Stevan Ridley carried the load for the Patriots again in week 4, with 10 carries for 107 yards and a TD. Benjarvus Green-Ellis also had a productive day with 16 rushes for 75 yards and a TD.  Ridley is by far the superior rusher in this backfield, but you can still expect BJE to at least get an equal number of carries for the time being.  Ridley has made Danny Woodhead essentially worthless from a fantasy perspective.  BJE is a risky RB2 against the Jets this week, and Ridley is a flex play.  Woodhead will likely be out with an ankle
injury, but isn’t worth starting anyway.

Read more of this post

Advertisements

Running Back Rundown

I’m going to mix things up a little bit this week and start off by discussing some of the top running backs that have been off to a slow start this season,  and there are quite a few of them.  Chris Johnson, Rashard Mendenhall, Frank Gore, and Shonn Greene were all drafted as #1 running backs and have been lackluster to say the least.

Chris Johnson, Tenseness Titans: CJ2K has to be the biggest bust of the fantasy season so far. This first round pick has a mere 98 rushing yards and 91 receiving yards, with zero touchdowns. The Titans having been winning games (2-1) and they’ve given Johnson plenty of carries (46), so what’s going on? For starters, Johnson was a hold out for almost the entire preseason, and had no time to mesh with the Titan’s new offensive coordinator.  The Titans eased him in week 1, with only 9 carries, and then he had a tough match up against Baltimore in week 2.  A breakout was expected last week against Denver, but that never materialized. This week the Titans have a soft match up against the Browns, and Johnson is claiming that he’s finally back in shape.  With Kenny Britt out for the season, the Titans are going to be relying even more heavily on Johnson. This week really should be a breakout for Johnson.  If it isn’t, it’s time to start worrying.
Read more of this post

Running Back Rundown

Wow!  It’s only week two and we’ve already got a bunch of banged up running backs and some big time position battles.  Lets cut to the chase…

Backfields to Watch

Miami Dolphins:  Remember when Daniel Thomas sucked this preseason, and Reggie Bush had backfield all to himself?  Well, after rushing for 107 yards in week two, Thomas is now looking like the new #1 back in Miami. That didn’t take long.  This is unfortunate for people (like me) who drafted Bush hoping he would be a starter for the first half of the season. This is going to be committee situation going forward, with Thomas being the more valuable of the two backs.  Thomas is an RB2 against Cleveland this week, and Bush is flex option.

Read more of this post

Running Back Rundown

Week 1 was all about the Quarterback, but there were still some of great running back performances around the league.  As a Steeler’s fan, I have to give props to Ray Rice who absolutely manhandled our defense.  Rice is the first running back to rush for 100 yards against the Steelers since 2009.  He was also the last person to do so in 2009.  Less impressive were the performances of first round fantasy picks Chris Johnson and Rashard Mendenhall.  Mendenhall and the Steelers should rebound in Seattle this week, but CJ2K has another tough one against Baltimore.  Here’s a rundown of the backfields and injuries to watch this week.

Backfields to Watch

Buffalo Bills:  The Bills stunned the K.C. Chiefs last week, with Fred Jackson rushing for 112 yards on 20 carries.  C.J. Spiller had a mere 16 yards on 5 carries, and a garbage time TD.  Jackson is the main man in the Buffalo backfield for the time being.  He’s an RB2 this week against Oakland.

Read more of this post

Running Back Rundown

Welcome to the first installment of Running Back Rundown. This weekly article will keep you informed of all of the latest running back related news and discuss how it will affect your fantasy team.  We’ll be on top of all the injuries, position battles, and committee situations that you need to be aware of.  We’re starting off this week with a look at some running back situations that you’ll want to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

Backfields to Watch

Buffalo Bills: Fred Jackson has the starting job locked up heading into the season. Despite his ineffectiveness, the Bills still want to get the ball in C.J. Spiller’s hands, but he’ll be nothing more than a change of pace back at the beginning of the season. Spiller should be on your fantasy bench and Fred Jackson is nothing more than a flex option on a lackluster Bills team.

Read more of this post

Post Draft Pick Ups

The season hasn’t started yet but it’s not too soon to take a look at the waiver wire and see what kind of talent is available.   Chances are you didn’t have the perfect draft and your team has some holes that need to be filled.  The following guys are available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues and could help you replace an injured player, give you a boost in weak stat category, or add some depth to your roster.
Read more of this post

Eric’s 2011 MLB Predictions

Like most of my fellow 4th and Home colleagues, I’m picking Boston to win the AL this year.  Utley’s injury makes the NL race a little more wide open and I’m going with the Brewers.   I’m also predicting that a MLB star will wind up on reality TV.

Read more of this post

National League Central Previews: Pirates

Today’s Focus: Pittsburgh Pirates

2010 Record 57-105, 6th Place NL Central

Baseball season in Pittsburgh,  that painful time that fills the void between the end of the Penguins post season run and the start of Steelers training camp. Coming off their record setting 18th consecutive losing season, the Pirates are likely extend their streak to 19 this year.  However, things are starting to look up a little bit in Pittsburgh these days.  Last season saw the call up of 3 of the organization’s top prospects, Pedro Alvarez,  Neil Walker, and Jose Tabata, to join Andrew McCutchen, who played his first full season in the big leagues.  All four players were productive last year and should continue to improve this year, especially McCutchen and Alvarez.  The Pirate’s ownership still refuses to spend money on big name (or even medium name, for that matter) free agents in the off season.  This winter they signed Lyle Overbay and Matt Diaz, who will platoon in right field with Garret Jones.
Read more of this post

National League Central Previews: Cubs

Today’s Focus: Chicago Cubs

2010 Record:  75-87, 5th Place NL Central

The Cubs look a lot different than they did on opening day of the 2010 season.  Derek Lee and Mike Fontenot were traded during the season, manger Lou Pinella resigned, and Ryan Theriot and Ted Lilly were gone after the season ended.  The Team picked up Matt Garza, Kerry Wood and Carlos Pena in the offseason but that’s not enough to get this cursed team into the playoffs.
Read more of this post

National League Central Previews: Astros

Today’s Focus:  Houston Astros

2010 Record:  76-86, 4th Place NL Central

After trading away long time Astros, Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman, last summer, Houston is looking to the next generation to lead this team.  Hunter Pence becomes the de facto leader of the team with 3 full seasons of solid play under his belt.  The Stro’s are also hoping their young corner infielders Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson can develop into productive major leaguers.  Johnson seems to be up for the challenge, he posted strong numbers after his 2010 call up, but Wallace may not be ready for prime time yet.

Read more of this post