LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers - Moving Up
24 carries, 198 yards rushing and four touchdowns against the Raiders in week six. Finally, over the last two weeks, LT has rejoined us and taken back his throne as the top running back in football, fantasy or otherwise. Tomlinson is on his bye this week and then the Chargers will host Houston in two weeks.
Ronnie Brown, Dolphins - Moving Up
South Beach LT continues to blaze like the Florida sun. His complete game of rushing and receiving is the only one rivaling LT at this point in the season and he has become the lone bright spot on a dreadful Dolphins team. This Sunday the Patriots defense will be focused like a laser on Brown, but new England has traditionally struggled against the Fish in Miami and they will be coming off their big win over the Cowboys, adding credence to the classic letdown scenario against winless Dolphins.
Larry Johnson, Chiefs - Moving Up
Though it took 31 carries, Johnson managed to crank out 119 yards and a touchdown in a home game against the toothless Bengals defense last week. He gets Oakland in week seven (see LT’s performance in week 6) and then a bye before his schedule becomes difficult again.
Shaun Alexander, Seahawks - Moving Down
I don’t even own Alexander this year and his precipitous decline bothers me still. This guy was an untouchable ffl icon just two short seasons ago, now he’s in a race with the polar ice caps to see who can melt faster. Against a suspect Saints defense on Sunday night, Alexander carried 14 times for 35 yards and no scores while someone named Leonard Weaver, who Seattle uses as a fullback, gained 40 yards on three carries while catching four passes for 53 yards.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota - Moving Up
Man-child continues to dazzle in his first year. Despite Chester Taylor getting 22 carries (two more than the rookie), Peterson blew up the Bears vaunted defense, gaining a Vikings record 224 rush yards and three touchdowns, while also adding 32.0 yards on four kickoff returns. His impressive performance willed the Vikings to a 34-31 victory and puts Peterson as the front runner for Rookie of the Year.
Reggie Bush, Saints - Moving Up
It’s about the touches, stupid. As the Saints offense starts to slowly lift off the tarmac over these last couple of weeks, Bush is getting an increasingly mad amount of touches each game. He didn’t score a touchdown against the Seahawks last week, but his 97 yards rushing (on 19 carries) combined with his six catches for 44 yards adds up to a healthy point total in most standard scoring leagues, and even more in PPR formats.
Thomas Jones, Jets - Moving Up
Jones has started to round into the type of franchise back the Jets had been hoping for, evidenced by his 130 yards on 24 carries against the Eagles in week six. Further help could be on the way should the Jets pull the trigger on the inevitable switch from weary-armed Chad Pennington to young Kellen Clemens in week seven.
Laurence Maroney, Patriots - Moving Down
Doesn’t it feel like Maroney’s never coming back? With Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk filling in admirably, New England seems in no hurry to rush the talented runner back from his assortment of ailments.
Cedric Benson, Bears - Moving Down
Benson actually played his best game of the season last week, given he was going up against a testy group of Vikings run stuffers, grinding out 67 yards on 18 carries and catching two passes for 18 yards. It’s still not enough for his price tag and lofty draft status.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars - Moving Up
In keeping with the RB Resurrection theme this week, Maurice Jones-Drew, one of last season’s most compelling fantasy backs, continued his bust out for another consecutive week, pounding and zipping around the Texans defense to the tune of 125 yards on the ground (on only 12 carries) and two touchdowns, while adding four receptions for 59 yards in the Jaguars 37-17 victory. Why are the Jags not giving Jones-Drew a minimum of 25 carries per game at this point? Is there some sort of hidden Marques of Queensbury rules that Jack Del Rio is trying to adhere to in order to make it a fair fight for the opposition? The only thing limiting MJD from carrying the Jaguars into the playoffs is the Jacksonville coaching staff. We shall see….
Lamont Jordan, Raiders - Moving Down
Down deep most of us knew Jordan’s great start to the 2007 season was too good to be true. He’s been too consistently disappointing over his career to think he had turned the corner. Sure enough the sore back started to surface a few weeks ago and it has gotten nothing but more troublesome with each passing week. He’s scratching out decent performances, like last week’s 42 yards rushing combined with six receptions for 46 yards, but nothing like the dominant performances the first month of the season.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers - Moving Up
The Green Head (Italian translation for Testaverde) effect on the Carolina offense not only help restore Steve Smith’s luster as a No.1 receiver (10 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown), but helped foster space for the talented Williams to break a 75 yard run en route to 121 rushing yards and a touchdown on only 10 carries. Maybe it’s the start of something special for the Panthers running attack and for fantasy football, then again, with John Fox’s mind-boggling loyalty to veteran DeShaun Foster (17 carries for 43 yards in the same game), maybe not.