Sunday, October 25, 2009

Start them Sit them

Running Backs Edition

Start: Joseph Addai, Colts. Despite being overshadowed by Peyton Manning, and splitting carries with rookie Donald Brown, Addai has had a solid year – he’s on pace for about 1100 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s not seeing as many touches as he did in his best years as the Colts’ featured runner, but he’s making the most of the carries he gets, and he’s still getting a lot of work in the passing game. This week he has a great opportunity against the Rams. St. Louis has the league’s 26th ranked rushing defense (132.5 yards per game) and has allowed nine touchdowns on the year.

: Ryan Grant, Packers. Grant is pretty much the definition of an average fantasy back. He’s on pace for about 1100 yards rushing with 6 TDs, and another 40 catches and 300 yards receiving. Not bad, but he certainly hasn’t been anything to write home about (The Packers were even trying to upgrade before the trade deadline). This week, though, he gets the Browns, who not only have one of the league’s worst rush defenses, but have reportedly been ravaged by the flu. (One of the infected – pro-bowl defensive tackle Shaun Rogers).

Sit: Tim Hightower, Cardinals. Hightower has been a solid contributor, especially in PPR leagues, as he’s managed three touchdowns and 29 catches in Arizona’s five games. However, this week the Giants will be a tough matchup for Hightower and the Cardinals. The one positive, if you do need to start him, is that the Cardinals could easily fall behind early, allowing Hightower many opportunities to get involved in the passing game. He generally takes all the three-down work over his platoon-mate Chris Wells.

Sit: Glenn Coffee, 49ers. Coffee did a decent, if unspectacular job, filling in for injured Niners’ star runner Frank Gore. But it appears Gore is set to make his return this week, relegating Coffee to the bench, and to your fantasy bench as well.

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