Fantasy football busts: RB - Week 9

by Bryce McRae on November 4, 2010 @ 16:00:00 PDT


In this article KFFL breaks down fantasy football busts of the week. Some high-level players will be included, because you need to know when is time to sit a player even though it may not seem appropriate. Primarily, however, we will address the midrange to low-end fantasy options that you rack your brain over each week. Read on to learn which of these players that you wouldn't want in your lineup.

Note: All statistical averages are from Week 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise specified.

Fantasy football busts: Running backs

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2

  • New England Patriots RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    A mistrial in Cleveland
    Green-Ellis is coming off his best game of the year when he ran for 112 yards on 17 carries (6.6 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He has scored four touchdowns in the last three weeks.
  • Cleveland is allowing 110.7 rushing yards and 0.33 rushing touchdowns per game. They're giving up only 4.3 yards per carry, which ranks around the middle of the pack.

Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Giants

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3, Flex or bench

  • Lynch carried just nine times for seven yards (0.8 yards per carry) last week and is averaging only 2.8 yards per carry since joining the 'Hawks three weeks ago. Forsett has seen his carries drop from 10 to nine to five over the last three weeks since Lynch joined. His YPC has gone from 6.7 to 4.6 and 2.2 in that time. He has caught six passes, though.
  • The Giants are giving up only 35.7 rushing yards and 0.33 rushing touchdowns per game over the last month. They're allowing only 2.4 yards per carry over the last month.
  • New York is giving up 5.00 receptions for 32.3 receiving yards to this position per game. They haven't allowed a receiving score to opposing backs in the last month.
  • There is sliver of hope, if Lynch or Forsett find more dump-off passes. Forsett is a decent pass catcher and could be on the field more, especially if Seattle has trouble with New York's pass rush. He might be used as an outlet more often. It's only enough to make him a flex play, though.
  • Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (concussion) has been ruled out, which means the Giants can focus more on stopping the run.

NEW - Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy value: Flex or bench 

  • Brown hasn't been able to get much done on the ground this year. He ran the ball nine times for only 16 yards (1.8 yards per carry) last week. He has 32 carries on the year for just 97 yards and one score this season. Even through the air, Brown was a disappointment last week with just two receptions for 13 yards.
  • Philly is giving up just 11.7 fantasy points per game to this position, tied for third fewest in the league. They're surrendering only 65.0 rushing yards per game and haven't allowed a score in the last month (three games). Opposing backs are averaging just 3.7 yards per carry against them.
  • Backs haven't had much aerials success, either. They're averaging only 3.33 receptions for 14.7 yards per game, though they have scored one touchdown in the last month.
  • Joseph Addai (neck) and Mike Hart (ankle) are both sitting out practice, still. Brown should be a priority addition to your roster given the possibility he logs No. 1 back carries. He's available in around 49 percent of leagues polled.
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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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