Six stinkin’ teams. That’s how many are on a one-week siesta in Week 8. Several notable running backs including Arian Foster, Matt Forte, Ray Rice, Chris Johnson, Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and the master of the three-yard carry, Trent Richardson, will be riding fantasy benches. What RBs are must starts in this awful bye week? Here are three juicy names:
Fred Jackson, Buf – The venerable rusher is proving that age ain’t nothin’ but a number. Amazingly consistent this year, Jackson has reached double-digits in fantasy points in six of seven contests. Though dealing with a tender knee, he should venture into top-10 territory against a Saints D that’s allowed 4.6 yards per carry to RBs. Start him with confidence in any sized league.
Pierre Thomas, NO – Same game, different name, the PT Bruiser is ready to roll. Owners shouldn’t expect a 28-touch workload like he notched against Chicago in Week 5, but on roughly 12-15 touches, Thomas should inflict heavy damage. The Bills have defended the run admirably, giving up 4.1 yards per carry to opposing RBs. However, the Saints are unstoppable at home and given PT’s versatile skill set, he’s more than capable of roughly 75-85 total yards and a TD in Week 8.
Le’Veon Bell, Pit – The definition of ‘workhorse,’ Bell has been a beast of burden in three starts totaling 59 touches. Sensational a week ago against a stiff Ravens front line, he averaged over five yards per carry. His matchup this week isn’t favorable on paper. The Raiders have conceded a mere 3.7 yards per carry to RBs. Still, volume talks. On roughly another 20 touches, expect Bell to plow his way to 85-plus total yards and a TD.
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