Fantasy football busts: RB - Week 12

by Tim Heaney on November 24, 2010 @ 17:48:45 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 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise specified.

Fantasy football busts: Running backs

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

    Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones
    Matchup doesn't favor Jones
  • Dallas has upped their commitment to the run in the two games since Jason Garrett took over as head coach, and Jones has averaged 111.0 total yards, 3.00 receptions and 0.50 offensive scores per game in that time.
  • Jones (hip) is day-to-day but played through a hip injury in Week 11. He missed two days of practice this week but took part in walkthroughs and should carry his usual workload.
  • The Saints aren't a promising matchup for him. They have allowed 6.00 receptions to opposing backs per game - that could help Jones' stock in PPRs - but they've only yielded 121.0 offensive yards and 0.33 offensive scores to opposing backs per game.

Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Jackson has averaged just 41.7 ground yards along with 3.33 receptions, 27.0 receiving yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game. Many are starting him just because he's the main carrier in Green Bay, but he hasn't been anything to rely on.
  • That should continue in Week 12. The Falcons have allowed just 80.0 offensive yards per game to opposing backs and haven't yielded a touchdown against them. Green Bay probably will look to expose Atlanta's much shakier pass defense.

Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • The Dolphins' ground game has had rough swimming all year. Williams has averaged just 28.3 rushing yards and one reception per game. Their carrying woes will probably continue as long as enemies stack the box and test quarterback Tyler Thigpen's ability to beat them downfield.
  • Oakland has been formidable against backs, allowing just 73.3 rushing yards, 35.3 yards on 4.00 receptions and 0.33 total touchdowns per game to this position.
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