Ryan Mathews, Chargers –
If that was indeed a high ankle sprain it was a quick comeback for the rookie. Sure, Mike Tolbert had a 100-yard game and might swipe some goal line looks, but you'd have to be a real yahoo to dump the guy A.J. Smith traded up to get. The bulk of the carries will still be his.
Matt Forte, Bears –
The Bears can't run, and now they're not even trying to anymore. Forte still has value in PPR leagues, but the way the Giants dismantled Chicago's offense doesn't bode well for what's to come.
Michael Bush, Raiders –
Right on cue, Darren McFadden pulls a hammy. Bush was already working himself back into the mix prior to McFadden's injury; now he'll have a chance to do what Run DMc has been doing until McFadden is healthy again.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Patriots –
We'll try this again. With Fred Taylor nursing a toe injury the Patriots have split the backfield duties between BJGE for 15+ carries and Danny Woodhead (debuting on the countdown this week at #42) for third down work. It's been a successful recipe, and so long as BJGE doesn't fumble and Bill Belichick doesn't change his mind, Green-Ellis is a fantasy contributor.
Chris "Beanie" Wells, Cardinals –
Weren't the Cardinals supposed to be transitioning to a running team? Didn't Wells look pretty good in his first game back from knee surgery? Evidently Ken Whisenhunt didn't get the message, as Wells barely touched the ball last week even as Arizona's passing game crumbled. There's still upside here, but right now the Cardinals offense is in such disarray you can't trust anyone.
Justin Forsett, Seahawks –
Marshawn Lynch arrives in Seattle just in time for the bye week, which should give him enough time to learn the offense and start stealing touches from Forsett right away.
Brandon Jackson, Packers –
With Jackson unable to provide anything close to what Ryan Grant did, the Packers are eschewing the ground game—and when they do run, specifically in the red zone, it's John Kuhn getting the ball. There are already whispers that rookie James Stark will take another bite out of Jackson's touches when he comes off the PUP list.
Chris Ivory, Saints –
Ivory looked pretty good sharing carries with the utterly ordinary Ladell Betts while Pierre Thomas sat out with an injury—right up until the point where he fumbled again. If Thomas is down for any length of time, Ivory is the far better fantasy play; however, that could change quickly if he keeps putting the ball on the ground.