Fantasy football busts: RB - Week 5

by Tim Heaney on October 8, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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.

Fantasy football busts: Running backs

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2 or strong No. 3

  • A useful closer-type back, Brown has found the end zone in two of the last three weeks, though he hasn't shown too much explosiveness as the interior complement to Joseph Addai as evidenced by the rook's 3.5 yards-per-carry average.
  • Despite their 0-4 start, the Titans remain strong against ground workers. They boast the fourth lowest average of ground yards surrendered per game to the position (63.0). They're also tied for the third fewest rushing touchdowns allowed per contest to backs (0.25).

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3 or flex

  • Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
    J-Stew has a tough matchup
    J-Stew remains a key component of the Panthers' offense as a tandem back to starter DeAngelo Williams, averaging 4.5 yards per tote while averaging 1.67 red zone plays and 1.0 inside-the-5 utilizations per contest.
  • Unfortunately, he'll be tough to play against a 'Skins D that, while being somewhat generous in yardage allowed to the position, is tied for the third lowest average of scoring carries allowed to running backs per contest (0.25).

NEW - Leon Washington, New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • With the Jets shifting to the "hot hand" philosophy at tailback, Washington has more of a chance to contribute each week. Through the first four weeks, he's averaging 15.25 utilizations per contest, including 2.25 per game in the red zone.
  • While you should obviously boost Washington's value in point-per-reception leagues, you should be wary of his game against the Dolphins, who have given up the fifth fewest total yards to backs per game (106.8) and also rank near the top in total scores allowed to carriers (0.50 per outing).
  • The main issue with Washington's matchup: Miami has allowed only 5.00 receptions per game to this position, which could temper Washington's best skill.
  • History gives some hope to Washington. In two of his last three contests against one of New York's division rivals, he has combined for three rushing scores and eight receptions while averaging 6.4 yards per tote. His first '08 and '09 meetings with them saw him gain just 44 total yards in what was his typically limited workload, though.
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