Everybody should check out the Week 2 QB matchup rankings, some interesting notes (including a reason to start Kyle Orton this week!) in there.
Rushing matchups are a little different because there are so many committees out there. Still, I’m not about to take the easy way out and just give you a blanket team matchup. That doesn’t help you make the tough choices when it comes time to fill out your fantasy football team’s starting lineup.
Here’s how I see the matchup rankings working out this week in the running back ranks. Remember, this list is based on matchups and is not a final ranking.
Week 2 Running Back matchups
- Adrian Peterson at Detroit – Best matchup of the week, but he could be pulled early if the game gets out of hand.
- DeAngelo Williams at Atlanta – Which Panthers team shows up in Week 2?
- Michael Turner vs. Carolina – Turner bounces back big this week.
- Fred Jackson vs. Tampa Bay
- Clinton Portis vs. St. Louis
- Chris Johnson vs. Houston – Concerned Johnson was overvalued in drafts. Not ready to pass judgment yet, but let the one-year wonder talks begin.
- Darren McFadden at Kansas City – Michael Bush takes away too many carries, but both backs could benefit against the Chiefs.
- Ray Rice at San Diego – Rice was solid last week, but pulled for TD runs by LeRon McClain and Willis McGahee.
- Correll Buckhalter vs. Cleveland – Broncos could unleash Knowshon Moreno this week.
- LenDale White vs. Houston – Let’s say Johnson is a one-year wonder destined for scat-back duty, what does that do to White’s value?
- Thomas Jones vs. New England – Shonn Greene’s return muddies this situation.
- Brian Westbrook vs. New Orleans
- Cadillac Williams vs. Buffalo – Cadi was a big surprise last week. He’ll keep it up until his talent gives way to his brittleness.
- Ryan Grant vs. Cincinnatti
- Julius Jones at San Francisco – I’ve been on the Julius Jones hype train all preseason.
- Brandon Jacobs at Dallas – There is no way Ahmad Bradshaw is the most valuable back on the Giants roster.
- Larry Johnson vs. Oakland
- Fred Taylor at NY Jets – Ugh, the Patriots have a good matchup. I wouldn’t start any of their backs though… Maybe Kevin Faulk in PPR leagues.
- Ronnie Brown vs. Indianapolis – C’mon Ronnie, you’re better than you were last week.
- Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Arizona – Rankings vs. Matchups shouldn’t matter when you’re talking about a player like MJD. Even if he can’t run, he’ll get plenty of looks in the passing game.
- Darren Sproles vs. Baltimore
- Willie Parker at Chicago – Like you would even think of starting him after last week.
- Steven Jackson at Washington
- Cedric Benson at Green Bay – Benson made a liar out of me last week by being good, but I have faith he won’t let me down in the long run.
- Frank Gore vs. Seattle – He’d be bumped up several spots in real rankings, as if you didn’t know that.
- Marion Barber vs. NY Giants
- Mike Bell at Philadelphia
- Jamal Lewis at Denver – Lewis’ heavily reported demise was heavily exaggerated.
- Jonathan Stewart at Atlanta
- Willis McGahee at San Diego
- Knowshon Moreno vs. Cleveland
- Michael Bush at Kansas City – Bush is only here because he’s “the backup” but in reality he should move up about five or six spots, and McFadden should drop five or six spots.
- Leon Washington vs. New England
- Derrick Ward at Buffalo – Cadillac Williams lit the lamp for the Buccaneers last week, but Ward was decent. Ward felt overvalued in drafts. I suspected he’d be the same back he was in New York, with only a couple more opportunities.
- Reggie Bush at Philadelphia – His value jumps a bit in PPR leagues.
- Ahmad Bradshaw at Dallas
What matchup did I miss? Do you think Michael Turner’s going to bounce back this week?