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RB Report

Getting a current, short and long term vibe on the various running backs, be it the flat out starters or the dreaded committee options...

Four sell-high candidates: Michael Turner, Willis McGahee, Beanie Wells, Jackie Battle

Let's caveat the first entry by noting Turner faces a Panthers defense allowing the most fantasy points to running backs this season. And yes, he currently stands 10th in fantasy scoring among all fantasy runners. However over his last three games, Turner is averaging only 2.75 per carry (53-146) and we saw how his legs wore down as last season rolled on. If you want to try and milk one more week out of him, so be it, but the clock is ticking...

Even those of us that were high on McGahee entering the season have been blown away by his expanded role and subsequent production in the Broncos offense. It's interesting that the former Ravens touchdown vulture has only one rushing touchdown on the season to go with three 100-yard games. It's also ironic that he could be squeezed in the red zone now that Tim Tebow is taking over at quarterback. Tebow is often compared to Cam Newton and we have seen how the distribution of short yardage carries in Carolina is decisively in the mobile quarterback's favor. McGahee remains the lead rusher, but his upside could be capped and the downside greater in weeks he cannot top the century mark...

Wells continues to post solid numbers. He is running hard. I get the desire to hold, to consider Beanie part of your long-term plan. Perhaps this is just my personal bias - albeit objective; no, I'm not a Michigan alum - but I am simply leery that it continues. From the Cardinals offensive issues to Wells' track record of ailments, I would be taking his current value out for a spin on the trade market front and see what I can get, especially if I have RB depth and need help at another position.

In every league I am in, Battle was the highest priced waiver wire pickup. Considering his 100+ yard effort last week and the Chiefs lacking a lead runner following the injury to Jamaal Charles, I get the interest. But everyone looks good against the Colts run defense; see Jones, Thomas. You cannot pass on opportunity and there have been few free agent RB options to grab this year, but I don't see Battle's straight-ahead style ultimately being a home run hit. Since the Chiefs are on a bye, his stock won't drop. Look to move him between now and week 7 for a more a secure RB option...

Four I like more than normal this week: Cedric Benson, Ryan Torain, Isaac Redman, James Starks

Like I said, the Colts run defense turned Jackie Battle into a household name among fantasy owners and allowed the decrepit Thomas Jones to average 5.5 yards per carry last week. Benson is coming off his least productive game of the season, but as long as he continues to avoid getting suspended by the NFL, he should easily allude Colts defenders. If Benson finally gets Goodelled by the NFL's commissioner, Bernard Scott steps in as a RB2...

The biggest concern for owners of Torain and Tim Hightower this week is not having their guys face the Eagles 30th ranked run defense, but whether Mike Shanahan deems one of them the alpha back this week. After watching the bruising Torain put a hurting on the Rams defense and come out of it without breaking anything of his own, he seems like the guy to start. Right, Mike???..

Fine, Redman was not exactly the hot property many hoped he would be last week with Rashard Mendenhall sidelined. There were cramping issues, a Jonathan Dwyer sighting and a stout Titans stout run defense. Now he faces the Jaguars and Las Vegas has installed the Steelers as a heavy favorite. Sure, the Jaguars front-7 is much improved and they are 10th in the NFL against the run, but the Steelers likely build a large lead, leading to plenty of carries in the second half. Mendenhall is iffy to return and not needed this week. Redman is at least flex worthy, if not low-end RB2. If Mendenhal is inactive, even Dwyer could be a flex factor by week's end...

Simply put, the Packers should roll the Rams, a team that cannot stop the run. With a second-half lead, the Packers should be running the ball often and likely will not feel compelled to expose their oft-injured veteran Ryan Grant to unnecessary carries. That leaves Starks, who is averaging a healthy 4.4 yards per carry. Bye week RB2 option, why not.