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Week 11: RB Roundup

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

Atlanta Falcons

Steven Jackson; Jacquizz Rodgers; Jason Snelling

Current scenario: Steven Jackson appears to be healthy again and should receive the bulk of the touches each week. Jackson's workload will be greater when/if the Falcons are leading. While trailing, look for Jacquizz Rodgers to see even more action and take away a few of Jackson's touches.

Future scenario: Atlanta has two games remaining on the schedule in which they should be winning late in the game. The first comes this weekend against the Bucs (who just won their first game of the season Monday night against Miami) and the second in three weeks against the Bills. Aside from these two games, the Falcons are likely going to be trailing in the second half. While trailing Rodgers is more likely to be on the field as he presents more options for the Falcons out of the backfield. Down the stretch, Rodgers may be the better option.

Green Bay Packers

Eddie Lacy; James Starks; John Kuhn

Current scenario: Two weeks ago starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in the game against Chicago. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace finished off the game and got the start for last week against the Eagles. In the first series of last week's game Wallace suffered a groin injury, which resulted in third stringer Scott Tolzien finishing off the game. Amazingly enough (even with backup quarterbacks under center for most of the Packers' last two games), Green Bay's running game has not struggled. Against the Bears starter Eddie Lacy carried the ball 22 times for 150 yards and a touchdown. He followed up that performance with 24 carries for 74 yards against the Eagles. One might have expected a significant drop off as defenses key on the run, but Wallace and Tolzien were effective enough in the passing game to keep opposing defenses guessing. With Tolzien under center for at least one more game, look for Lacy to see another 20-25 carries this week against the Giants.

Future scenario: If you're an Eddie Lacy owner, you have to like the matchups coming weeks 14-16. Over this stretch Lacy and the Packers will face the league's 27th, 28th and 29th ranked run defenses. This should mean solid fantasy numbers for Lacy's fantasy owners.

St. Louis Rams

Zac Stacy; Daryl Richardson; Benny Cunningham

Current scenario: In a week of surprises one of the biggest came in the form of a 38-8 thumping of the Colts at home by the Rams. One key contributor to the Rams' success in that game was Zac Stacy. For the third consecutive game Stacy carried the ball 26+ times, making him one of the most consistent fantasy backs in the league. With starting quarterback Sam Bradford lost for the season, look for St. Louis to continue to rely heavily on the run game.

Future scenario: The Rams have a bye in week 11, so fantasy owners will need to look elsewhere for a starter this week. After the bye St. Louis will face the Chicago Bears and their 31st ranked run defense. Following the Bears game, St. Louis heads out west for two tough games against the 49ers and Cardinals. Stacy should have a good game against the Bears, but will likely struggle against San Francisco and Arizona. Of course if Stacy continues to get 26+ carries a week anything can happen, so fantasy owners should keep him in their lineup.

Remember to read all our columns for this week and use our Who To Start Rankings