With my Week Three Running Back Rankings now out, we have seen a couple players who went from small blips on the fantasy radar to having true fantasy value. The two guys I am talking about are the Bears Michael Bush and the Bills C.J. Spiller. Bush's value was only as a handcuff at best, with the possibility of getting some goal-line carries. But with Matt Forte now out with an ankle injury, Bush finds himself as a possible RB2 this week against the Rams. Spiller has been beyond lights out. With Fred Jackson out, Spiller has now amassed 292 rushing yards off a mere 29 carries. He should easily light it up again this week against the Browns.
On the flip side, what the hell is going on with Chris Johnson? As a guy who I had pegged as a bounce-back candidate in the offseason, he's been playing like a waiver wire flop. He's averaging a beyond awful 1.1 yards-per-carry average and his offensive line seems to have forgotten how to run block. If Johnson has another poor outing against Detroit, who has given up 4.5 yards per rush this year, Johnson will be sliding down the rankings even more next week.
Ryan Mathews owners will finally get a chance to plug him in after missing the first two regular season games. Lucky for the Chargers because Ronnie Brown and the rest of the Chargers' backfield has been inept at best. Even though owners might be hesitant, you almost have to plug Mathews in as an RB1 against the Falcons, who just gave up over 100 rushing yards and 2 scores to Willis McGahee on Monday night.
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