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The Backfield Report: Week 6, Reggie Bush, and Michael Cox


Since the season started I’ve done Tuesday rundowns of all the NFL backfield situations. I’m doing the same thing this week. Also, since I’m not omniscient, check out RotoViz’s Buy Low Machine and RB GLSP Projections. Here we go.

Lions RBs
You probably drafted Reggie Bush as your RB2, maybe RB3, right? He’s missed one game to injury, which sucks, but in the 5 games he’s played this season he’s averaged around 20 points for 3 of them and about 7 points for the other 2 in standard leagues. PPR leagues? Just add 4 receptions per games. That’s pretty good. Of course, we tried to tell you he’d be good. We tried here, here, here, and here. Some weeks he’ll play like an RB1. Some weeks he’ll play like an RB2/3. All weeks he should be started. Joique Bell? We told you to target him; we told you a couple of times. I guess he’s not always startable, but Bell’s value will skyrocket if Bush suffers an injury. If you’re a Bush skeptic, you probably want to acquire Bell before his next big week.

Browns RBs
Willis McGahee, Chris Ogbonnaya, and Bobby Rainey? I prefer Jim Brown. Am I supposed to pretend that these guys are actually consistent—or good?

Bengals RBs
Giovani Bernard looks like “Mini McCoy,” but he’s also got a lot of Danny Woodhead to his game. Regardless of what he does as a rusher (and I think he’ll have some weeks of rushing success), Gio will be a factor in the passing game most weeks. BenJarvus Green-Ellis? I hope you have better options. I’m counting down the days till Rex Burkhead gets some run. He could be effective as a pro.

Bills RBs
Here’s how bad Week 6 was for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller: Tashard Choice got 6 touches. Surprisingly, he didn’t totally Tashard himself.

Raiders RBs
Q: If you’ve won a fantasy championship within the last 5 years and Darren McFadden is on your team this year, should you start him every week?
A: Trick question. People who win fantasy championships know better than to roster DMC.

Chiefs RBs
2013: Jamaal Charles. 2003: Priest Holmes. 1993: Marcus Allen. In 10 years, I expect to see another awesome Chiefs RB whose real team fails to win a championship.

Panthers RBs
Based on the round in which you drafted him, you’re probably pleased with DeAngelo Williams. I prefer a healthy Jonathan Stewart. After being ignored by his offense in Week 1, Mike Tolbert has averaged 8.2 standard points/game. He’s not an RB1, but if you’re looking for cheap flex production then Tolbert may be the Waiver Wire Wonder for you.

Vikings RBs
Week 6 was rough personally and professionally for Adrian Peterson. He, the mother of his deceased son, and their families are on in our thoughts.

Steelers RBs
Le’Veon Bell: If you believe, now is the time to trade for him. I believe—big time.

Buccaneers RBs
Doug Martin: If you believe, now is the time to trade for him. I believe—that Mike Glennon is his QB. That seems relevant, but I’m not sure how.

Jets RBs
I said this last week: “I once interviewed for a book project a guy who repeatedly used this construction: “It made me want to vomit. It made me want to vomit on my vomit”—as in, “That band sucked so much it made me want to vomit. It made me want to vomit on my vomit.” Something about the Jets RBs in Week 5 brought that guy to mind. Maybe it’s the green in their uniforms.” Week 6 made me want to vomit on last week’s vomit.

Eagles RBs
LeSean McCoy plays for the Eagles. Bryce Brown is his handcuff. Get him on your team. Get him on your team. Get him on your team.

Packers RBs
Eddie Lacy has top-10 potential. Johnathan Franklin and James Starks have top-110 potential.

[And, now, it’s time for some poetic references.]

Ravens RBs
Ray Rice? Quoth the Raven: “Nevermore.”

Rams RBs
Daryl Richardson: I was right. I was right. I was (so) wrong. I was kinda right and wrong. Zac Stacy: I might be right. Do I contradict myself?

Bears RBs
Even Matt Forte’s down Week 6 produced double-digit points in standard leagues. As William Carlos Williams might say, this is just to say:

Matt Forte
he is delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Texans RBs
Arian Foster: Do not go gentle into that good night. One of the biggest regrets of my dynasty career is not rostering him on any team. Amazingly, that regret grows each season.

[Quoth the writer: “No more.”]

Jaguars RBs
Maurice Jones-Drew: If you know someone who thinks it’s 2007 . . . sell him MJD—and maybe the stock market. After all, the Jags are considering it. Jordan Todman: I believe. I think I believe.

Broncos RBs
Knowshon Moreno is the Dr. Evil of RBs.

Titans RBs
Chris Johnson—you’re a smaller version of 2003 Eddie George, except you have fewer carries, catches, and TDs. You’re killing Independent George.

Seahawks RBs
Marshawn Lynch: He’s either a buy, a sell, or a hold. You’re welcome.

Saints RBs
Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Travaris Cadet, Khiry Robinson, Jed Collins, Drew Brees, Deuce McAlister, Fred McAfee, Aaron Brooks, and Archie Manning. Just listing guys who have rushing production better than or not much worse than Mark Ingram’s in 2013. I know he’s injured—but does that even matter?

Patriots RBs
Raise your hand if Stevan Ridley was on your bench this week. I feel ya. As long as Shane Vereen is on the short-term IR, Brandon Bolden is my favorite Patriots RB (because of his versatility), but I have no idea what’s going on with this backfield. For one game at least, LeGarrette Blount didn’t destroy Ridley’s value. That’s a good thing. If Ridley can become consistent, he has the highest upside of these 3 guys.

Cardinals RBs
I guess Andre Ellington is a legit starting option, especially in PPR leagues. I wouldn’t want to start him (I hate small RBs), and he’s not on any of my rosters, so I’ll probably lose multiple championships to guys who totally relied on him all season. Rashard Mendenhall? Not much better than Tashard.

49ers RBs
Through 6 weeks, Frank Gore has 5 double-digit performances. The single-digit performance? At Seattle in Week 2. If you started him that week, that’s on you, not him. He’s the same ol’ old Frank Gore.

Cowboys RBs
DeMarco Murray: It was a question of when, not if.

Redskins RBs
Alfred Morris continues to straddle the line between perfunctory and satisfactory. If you have him, you’re starting him, but you’re never sure what you’ll get. So far, it’s an average of double-digit weekly production. You’ll take that, right?

Colts RBs
In my Week 2 report I said this: “I know he’s supposed to be great, but maybe Trent Richardson isn’t that good. Maybe he’s just a bigger-bodied Mark Ingram-esque talent on a team with no other RBs. That’s really what he was last year, despite his top-10 positional finish.” I haven’t seen anything in 2013 to make me think I’m wrong.

Chargers RBs
If you want to trust Ryan Mathews, I probably can’t stop you. Regardless of what Mathews does, Danny Woodhead is a startable fantasy asset, especially in PPR leagues. We like him. He’s like Shane Vereen, except not injured. He’ll maintain value because he’s useful in the passing game. Speaking of which, for at least Weeks 1-6, I was right.

Giants RBs
I don’t know what else to say except for what I’ve already said. It’s happening. Andre Brown won’t be back till Week 10 at the earliest. David Wilson has a serious neck injury. Da’Rel Scott is out with a strained hamstring. Brandon Jacobs (for now) is the #1 RB on the Giants, and he was awesome in Week 6, but his deal with the devil should expire soon and Michael Cox is the only other healthy RB currently on the roster. I bet that Cox—the next late-round Giants stud RB and a potential 2013 Wire Waiver Wonder—will finally see some action in Week 7. Cox is rosterable in dynasty leagues and maybe even redraft leagues. He’s only a Jacobs injury away from being the lead back. In case you forgot, Jacobs is a stiff 31-year-old with a TE’s body.

[The previous paragraph was written Sunday night. By Monday night, it was confirmed: The coaches have told Cox that he will play in Week 7. And, thus, what @MattFtheOracle had predicted months before came to pass. To quote Wayne Campbell, “it’s not just a clever name.”]  

Interested in WRs? Here’s my Week 6 WR Report.

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