Week 7: RB Roundup
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Week 7: RB Roundup

We take a closer look at the current and future running back scenarios

Chicago Bears

Matt Forte (starter); Michael Bush (handcuff); Michael Ford

Current scenario: Forte may not be scoring fantasy owners many points on the ground this season, but he's making up for it in the air. Through six games, Forte has 33 receptions for 244 yards putting him on pace for 88 receptions for 641 yards. Owners in PPR leagues have to be excited to see all these extra points nobody expected from the passing game. Backup Michael Bush has been a non factor all season, so Forte owners have nothing to worry about. The only thing stopping Forte this season is an injury.

Future scenario: The Bears have a nice match up against the Redskins in week 7. Looking beyond this week is a couple of tough games against the Packers, Ravens and Browns. Other than these three games, Forte has some very nice match-ups the rest of the season. If Forte has to miss time, Bush will slide into the starting role. Bush is a top 24 RB should Forte miss time and is an obvious handcuff.

Green Bay Packers

Eddie Lacy (starter); James Starks (handcuff); Johnathan Franklin; John Kuhn

Current scenario: Lacy became the third Packers back to rush for 100 yards this season. After going 43 consecutive games without a 100 yard rusher, it is a bit of a surprise to see three different backs hit the century mark. The Packers seem to be losing players right and left, leaving few veteran options on the the field for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. For Green Bay to continue to win they're going to need a strong ground game and Lacy is just the back to get the job done. Backup James Starks missed Green Bay's week 6 game due to a knee injury. Starks is due back this week against the Browns.

Future scenario: The Packers have been running the ball better as of late, but this could become more difficult with the loss of wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones. If Rodgers struggles in the pass game then Lacy and Starks will likely have difficulty running the ball against as opposing defenses stack the box. Keep an eye on things in Green Bay this weekend as the Packers host the Browns.

Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson (starter); Toby Gerhart; Matt Asiata

Current scenario: The Vikings backfield has been a one man show all season. Adrian Peterson has been a solid start nearly every week this season and this trend should continue all year. There's nobody in a Vikings uniform who can challenge Peterson for playing time. The only drawback to Peterson comes at the quarterback position. With Cassel under center, opposing defenses can focus more on the run game, which could cause some issues for the backfield.

Future scenario: Peterson is on pace for 300+ carries for 1,500+ yards and double digit touchdowns. With numbers like these, fantasy owners would be crazy to sit him. You would also be crazy to think anyone else in this backfield would hold any fantasy value. The only way Gerhart becomes fantasy worthy would be an injury to Peterson requiring him to miss playing time.

Detroit Lions

Reggie Bush (starter); Joique Bell/Mikel Leshoure (handcuff); Montell Owens

Current scenario: When healthy, Bush has been a must start this season. In his first season in a Lions uniform, Bush has proven to be one of the best fantasy backs in the league. Through six games the former Miami Dolphin is on pace for more than 1,000 yards rushing, 50+ receptions and nearly 700 yards receiving. If Bush can stay healthy, he can be a valuable fantasy back the remainder of the season.

Future scenario: Owners looking to handcuff Bush should consider adding Joique Bell. When Bush has missed action this season it was Bell who got the call and he performed well. If you're looking for a bye week fill in then move on as Bell and Leshoure have done little to nothing when Bush has been active.