Ronnie Brown, Dolphins - Moving Up
For three weeks, Brown has been tearing up the league even if the Dolphins cannot get a win. Losing Trent Green is not a positive but then again Brown should continue to provide a valuable service as a pass catcher with a new quarterback anyway. Brown has easily outscored every other RB in the league but ongoing he has more risk than Tomlinson or Addai.
Edgerrin James, Cardinals - Moving Up
James has been very consistent this year and now that Kurt Warner is taking over, the offense should move better and the defenses will not be able to load up as much against him. He may not have monster games, but James doesn't throw in any clunkers either.
Travis Henry, Broncos -Moving Down
All the questions swirling around Henry's legal situation from testing positive for marijuana (allegedly) means that Henry could be gone in the blink of an eye. Or he could stay. The NFL is expected to rule in one to four weeks but for now, Henry has to drop some in the rankings if only because of the risk he carries. If he is cleared, he may rise more since he has been running well this year but with if the NFL comes down on him, Henry is gone for the year.
Laurence Maroney , Patriots - Moving Down
Already missed two games with a groin injury of some unknown severity, Maroney has to slide down because of the risk that he carries every week - will he play? Plus Sammy Morris has been a more than capable fill-in and the guy more likely near the goal line to score. It all points at exactly what every Maroney owner should fear - a unclear injury situation and another option for the Pats in Morris.
Jamal Lewis, Browns -Moving Down
Lewis drops a few down not because of the foot injury that made him leave the game last week but because the Browns upcoming schedule is a killer and he needs an easy home game in order to look good. He just won't get nearly enough of them to warrant ranking higher.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars - Moving Up
Jones-Drew finally had one of his patented long touchdowns last week which is encouraging enough to merit a move up but that was only one game and realistically it was just one play. But the promise is there for more to happen this year and at least we have finally seen something this year that resembles 2006.
Selvin Young, Broncos - Moving Up
With all the question marks and uncertainty swirling around Travis Henry, Young moves up a little just because he may become the starting tailback in Denver and that mostly will happen if a couple of guys in the NFL headquarters decide against Henry in his appeal of a drug policy violation. Young has run strongly and could be nearly as good as Henry if allowed to be the full-time back but this is Denver and Shanahan has other options he could turn to in addition to Young.
Vernand Morency, Packers - Moving Up
Morency played pretty well against the Bears and is being reintroduced into the offense after missing the earlier season. His role as a pass catcher in particular makes him fantasy relevant. The Packers appear consigned to having a committee backfield so expect to see several marginally significant Packer running backs for the rest of the season.
Najeh Davenport, Steelers - Moving Up
Scored twice this last week and while he will never challenge Willie Parker for much playing time, Davenport is making a case for himself to be used more at the goal line and to give the Steelers comfort in knowing they can turn to someone else besides Parker.