Two matchups this week give us our Four RB Gems for Week 2.. Tampa Bay @ Buffalo and Oakland @ Kansas City.. While three of the running backs were impressive in week 1, we expect the 4th to produce big numbers at home this week.. For owners with any of these four Running Backs, we highly recommend that you start them this week..
Fred Jackson (RB-BUF) vs. Tampa Bay
*We like Jackson this week against a suspect, young Tampa Bay defense.. We ranked him #11 for the Week 2 RB Rankings.. Although Jackson's fantasy production will be in question once Marshawn Lynch returns from his suspension, until then, he is a must play almost every week.. Lack of depth at the running back position will result in a heavy work load for Jackson in Week 2.. Not to mention his ability to catch balls out of the backfield..
Projected Stats: 20 carries, 110 yards, 1 td, 4 receptions, 50 yards
Cadillac Williams (RB-TB) @ Buffalo
*Even though Tampa Bay has a crowded backfield, we like what we saw from the Cadillac last week.. He may not be able to make it through the entire season, carrying the load each week, but we like his chances of breaking out again this week.. As long as the game is close and Buffalo doesn't run off with it, Tampa Bay should stick to a heavy ammount of runnning the football.. He won't be much of a threat out of the backfield catching passes, but he's liable to get 15-20 carries this week..
Projected Stats: 15 carries, 65 yards, 1 td
Darren McFadden (RB-OAK) @ Kansas City
*McFadden's only 100 yard rushing game came against Kansas City and we like his chances to do that once again in Week 2... A suspect Chiefs defense should have McFadden owners licking their chops.. Michael Bush will again steal some of the carries away from McFadden, but we like
his chances of busting a couple big runs in this one.. Another great option out of the backfield, expect McFadden to get involved in Oakland's short passing game...
Projected Stats: 15 carries, 105 yards, 1 td, 5 receptions, 40 yards
Larry Johnson (RB-KC) vs. Oakland
*Good possibility of this game procuding two 100 yard backs.. A questionable Chiefs offense line is cause for concern, although, this game is at Arrowhead where the Chiefs should maintain somewhat of a home-field advantage.. If Matt Cassell is out for this one, LJ's stock rises quite a bit w/ Brodie Croyle back under center again.. Either way, Larry should get the ball early and often as Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley continues to try and figure out a true
direction for the team..
Projected Stats: 25 carries, 100 yards, 1 td, 2 receptions, 15 yards