Monday, October 13, 2008

Top RBs for Week 6

Here are the Rbs -

Marion Barber - 173 combined yards, 1 TD, 11 catches - I knew Barber would be a great top five play this week, but the receptions really put him over the top. Only 45 of his yards came on the ground and even the TD came through the air. We often forget that Barber is a very good pass catching back. He can do it however they need him to - and they will need him to badly with Brian Johnson at QB and Romo out.

Correll Buckhalter - 178 combined yards, 1 TD, 7 catches - For all the knee surgeries and being behind Westbrook, turns out Buckhalter can produce when he needs to. Sitting Westy was the right thing to do and when he comes back from bye week, Buckhalter will likely take a back seat again. But given Westbrook's injury history and the fact he is fighting a rib injury that will probably linger, CB is a good guy to have on your bench from here on out.

Patrick Cobbs - 138 combined yards, 2 TDs, 3 catches - Who the hell is Cobbs? Well a fullback you will probably not see on a top anything list again all season. He had NO yards on the ground. He had two long passes. And he will likely just go back to blocking next week. But it's the Dolphins, so who knows? I wouldn't waste the roster spot.

Maurice Jones-Drew - 148 combined yards, 2 TDs, 2 catches - Here's the game I was waiting for. I had him as the #10 back this week and he more than fulfilled that promise. With Fred Taylor getting his bell rung, MJD had his chance to shine and produced better than he might have in the usual split. Taylor has the bye week to get right, so things should be back to split in week 8, but that matchup is tasty too - Cleveland.

Clinton Portis - 143 combined yards, 2 TDs, 1 catch - In many formats, Portis is at or near the top ranked running back over the course of the season so far. Not bad for a guy who is consistently undervalued in every draft I have ever done. Portis is a workhorse and even when his team struggles (see: Rams, St, Louis) he continues to churn forward. As the season goes on, his schedule looks harder and harder but the next two games (Cleveland and Detroit) look like fantasy heaven.

Just missed: Thomas Jones (78 yards, 2 TDs, 1 rec TD, 3 catches), Matt Forte (110 yards, 1 TD, 5 catches), Frank Gore (117 yards, 1 TD, 3 catches), Reggie Bush (67 yards, 1 TD, 1 rec TD, 3 catches) Warrick Dunn (133 yards).

Where are LT and AP? LT had 118 combined yards and three catches while Peterson got 106 yards total and a catch - and then fumbled twice. Not quite the Lions matchup we envisioned, huh?

WRs coming a little later.

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