As I write the Week 13 RB Fantasy Football Rankings piece for this week, it was much harder than usual to rank the guys past No. 10 this week. With so many question marks surrounding matchups, many players like Marshawn Lynch and BenJarvus Green-Ellis are going to have to rely heavily on their talents to get through a rough patch this week. But it isn’t all gloom-and-doom for most. There is one guy in particular who may have had his coming out party in Week 12.
The Falcons Must Give Jacquizz Rodgers The Ball Going Forward
Some will say Michael Turner’s 17 rushing yards can be attributed to the fact that the Falcons were going up against one of the top, if not the top, rushing defenses in the league in the Buccaneers. Even though he scored his 6th touchdown of the year Sunday, it’s very clear to myself and many others that the Falcons aren’t going to get deep into the playoffs, like so many other years, if they can’t establish a run game early. They did try their best in Week 12. But after it was obvious they were getting nowhere with Turner, they handed the reigns over to Rodgers and he was finally able to break out of his backup status. His 10 rushing attempts were the most since Week 3 and his 49 rushing yards were the most since Week 8. Not to mention he final broke the goal line for his first rushing touchdown of the year. Could this be a sign of things to come? That I don’t know. His 80 yard output in Week 8 against the Eagles had me duped into thinking the Falcons finally came to their senses, but he came back down in Week 9 against Dallas with 3 runs for 0 yards. Still, the team has to get Rodgers more involved. I think we may have seen a sign of that this past week. According to the Falcons’ official website, Rodgers played 31-of-60 snaps compared to Turner’s 23. So while Rodgers will never steal the starting job away from Turner, it’s clear he is slowly starting to cut into his snap count. And I’m hoping the coaching staff hasn’t forgotten the dreadful performance Turner put up in the first game against the Saints. As you’ll see by my rankings, I’m banking on Rodgers getting more and more work getting forward.
Also, make sure to check the rankings again between now and Friday to see if anyone has moved up or down due to latest news and injuries.
Raiders RB Darren McFadden was noncommittal regarding his status against the Browns. If he doesn’t play, bump Marcel Reece up. Even if he DOES play, it sounds like McFadden won’t have as big a role as initially thought. He drops a few notches.
DeMarco Murray has made strides in practice all week and appears very close to playing against the Eagles Sunday night. If so, he would be a low-end RB2, with Felix Jones getting knocked out of the rankings completely.
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