Arian Foster, Texans –
There's a line from Pulp Fiction that's not suitable for a family website but is entirely appropriate here; if you know the film, it's what The Wolf says right after Jimmy exclaims, "I can't believe this is the same car!" Foster will get to see the Colts again, but more 33-carry days against a defense that loses its run-stopping strong safety in the first quarter are unlikely. And then there's Gary Kubiak's quick hook. Foster looked great, yes, but let's not start... um, getting overly excited just yet.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants –
Bradshaw looked pretty good as the Giants' new go-to back. Especially noticeable was his presence (and subsequent TD run) in the goal line offense. Brandon Jacobs lurks, but so long as Bradshaw stays healthy and productive he's going to be a very nice fantasy contributor.
Shonn Greene, Jets –
So much for that 20-carry a game starting gig; Greene struggled against the Ravens and put the ball on the ground as well, leading to a whole lot of LaDainian Tomlinson. Greene will bounce back, but he's on a significantly shorter leash now.
LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets –
LT stepped in and delivered 78 combo yards against the Ravens; with Greene struggling with ball security issues, Tomlinson's role in the Jets' offense will only increase.
Darren McFadden, Raiders –
Run DMc produced his best effort since the second game of his rookie season—against the Titans, no less. At minimum he's secured a share of the workload even after Michael Bush returns; at best, he's finally delivering on the hype.
Brandon Jackson, Packers –
With Ryan Grant out for the year, Jackson takes over as Green Bay's feature back. He looked okay against Philly and since he's the third-down back anyway there is cautious optimism he can handle the gig seeing as the Pack is primarily a passing team. However, don't be surprised if John Kuhn steals some more goal line looks.
Fred Taylor, Patriots –
The Patriots can run the football; their problem, from a fantasy perspective, is that they generally use four or five guys a game to do so. Taylor was far and away the most effective member of New England's RBBC; until he fumbles or Bill Belichick changes his mind, Freddy has some fantasy value.
C.J. Spiller, Bills –
Spiller was supposed to be the focal point of a bad Bills offense; the "bad" part was correct, but "focal point" should result in more than 11 touches—and should definitely lead to more than 14 combo yards. It's back to wait-and-see mode for Spiller.
Justin Forsett, Seahawks –
We knew Forsett was in a committee; we just figured his superior productivity (60 yards on 10 touches) would lead to a larger share of the workload. Instead, Pete Carroll managed to work not one, not two, but three other ineffective backs into the rotation. Forsett slides until Carroll sees the light.
Peyton Hillis, Browns –
If he hadn't put the ball on the ground, Hillis might have carved out a larger share of the workload and earned an even bigger jump in the rankings. As it stands, if he can hang on to the football he looks to be the Browns' choice at the stripe.