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Week 8 Choose or Lose: Running Backs

Running backs like Lamar Miller came out and made a statement this past weekend. Most of the star running backs have failed to be productive or they’ve been injury plagued this season.

Which running backs will make or break it for your fantasy teams this week? Let’s find out in this week’s choose or lose.

CHOOSE

CHRIS JOHNSON VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS

Chris Johnson is a running back that no one has mentioned since he left the Jets. CJ2K is quietly among the top three rushers in the NFL right now and has rejuvenated his career in Arizona.

Johnson has more than 100 rushing yards on less than 2o carries in two out of the last three weeks. He’s been very productive and now takes on a Browns defense that is currently 29th against opposing running backs.

DOUG MARTIN VS. ATLANTA FALCONS

Doug Martin was sub par last year after making a big splash his rookie season. The former Boise State running back is fully healthy and looking dangerous. Martin was great last week against a Redskins run defense that has been solid so far this season.

Martin is a big part of the Bucs offense and he’s a PPR beast. This week the Bucs take on the Falcons who are 29th against opposing running backs, this could be a huge outing for Martin.

ANTONIO ANDREWS VS. HOUSTON TEXANS

Antonio who? Yes, Antonio Andrews has essentially won the Titans running back over Bishop Sankey. The Titans haven’t been very effective running the ball lately but Andrews has been getting a solid number of touches.

The Texans just allowed Lamar Miller to run roughshod over them and Andrews could eventually end up in the endzone at least once.

The Texans are now 25th in the league against running backs after last week’s horrible effort. Antonio Andrews could be worth picking up since he’s only owned in 31 percent of fantasy leagues.

LOSE

DARREN MCFADDEN VS. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

After last week’s performance against the Giants, Darren McFadden may have earned himself the starting spot at running back.

McFadden is the Cowboys best threat to run and catch passes out of the backfield but that might not help him against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks are 2nd in the league against opposing running backs, so if you have other options it would be best to bench McFadden this week.

CARLOS HYDE VS. ST. LOUIS RAMS

Carlos Hyde has some talent and should be the 49ers running back of the future. However, Hyde has clearly struggled the last couple of weeks because of a foot injury. The injury is supposed to be similar to a stress fracture in his foot which isn’t good for fantasy owners.

With Hyde unhealthy and Reggie Bush back into the fold, look for other options since the Rams have a tough front seven and the niners have O-Line issues.

ON THE BUBBLE

CHARCANDRICK WEST VS. DETROIT LIONS

Fantasy owners must have breathed a sigh of relief this weekend after a solid performance from Charcandrick West. This week West has another favorable matchup against a Lions defense that is 20th against running backs.

West will probably have a good game but there’s always a chance this could be a fluke since the Chiefs really don’t have much of a passing attack. If the Lions actually load the box with seven to eight defenders, West might struggle.

EDDIE LACY VS. DENVER BRONCOS

Eddie Lacy is another big name running back who has under performed mightily this season. This week’s matchup doesn’t look great against a great defense like the Denver Broncos but Denver is surprisingly 18th against opposing running backs.

The Packers might have to establish a running game against a team that won’t make it easier against Aaron Rodgers. If the Packers maintain a balanced attack and get Lacy the ball, there’s a chance he could have a big game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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