Joseph Addai, Colts - Moving Up
Addai has been the most consistent top tier back in fantasy football to this point in the season and his 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns (one receiving) over the Panthers pushes him ahead of LaDainian Tomlinson for the top spot of the ROS RB rankings after Tomlinson could not match Addai’s week eight effort, gaining only 90 yards on the ground with no touchdowns and one reception for one yard.
Brian Westbrook, Eagles - Moving Up
Usually running backs don’t fare well against the tough Minnesota run defense, but Westbrook, due to his most excellent RB skill set, found a way in week eight, putting in yet another signature, all-around effort of 46 yards rushing and a touchdown and another 46 yards and a score through the air. I’m giving him style points for the symmetry as well.
Willie Parker, Steelers - Moving Up
Parker gamely took advantage of his fantasy-friendly pairing against the paper-tiger Cincy defense in week eight, carrying 22 times for 126 yards and a touchdown and for his PPR owners he threw in two receptions as the cherry on the points sundae. A healthy return of Hines Ward to the receiving corps should open things up even further for Fast Willie down the stretch.
Reggie Bush, Saints - Moving Up
He’s not finding the end zone as much as he or his fantasy owners would like, but he continues to produce a large amount of yardage and receptions. As the New Orleans offense, particularly Drew Brees’ passing, continues to pick up steam, watch for Bush to find the end zone with more frequency in the back half of this season.
Brandon Jacobs, Giants - Moving Up
The Big Blue bruiser continues to run downhill and run over opponents, battering the Dolphins for 131 yards on 23 carries. Jacobs is hitting his stride just as the Giants defense is hitting their’s, making life difficult for New York’s opponents. The Giants week nine bye will give weary opposing tacklers a much-needed rest.
Thomas Jones, Jets - Moving Up
Based on the opponent, it wasn’t a great outing for Thomas Jones against the Buffalo Bills defense last Sunday, but his 70 yards rushing and five receptions for 34 yards made him a worthwhile start in week eight.
Kenny Watson, Bengals - Moving Up
Watson doing his best over the last few weeks to Wally Pipp Rudi Johnson into the dust bin of forgotten running backs past. Another gritty, overall effort, this week against a nasty Steelers defense, with 88 yards on 19 carries and five receptions for 26 yards in a losing cause for the Bengals. It definitely seems like Cincinnati has told Rudi to take his time trying to return to action.
Frank Gore, 49ers - Moving Down
The look on Gore’s face during the 49ers 31-10 home loss to the New Orleans said it all. He’s seen being increasingly frustrated by the team’s offensive ineptness, poor blocking and his own health struggles. The week eight loss to the Saints was a microcosm of the whole dismal 2007 campaign for Gore. As soon as he would start to reel off some impressive runs, after being stymied for a large part of the first half of the game, a defender would roll on his ankle and he would have to take himself out of the game, flapping his arms in disgust. It really does seem like the wheels have come off and Alex Smith continues to drag the offense down with him.
Stephen Jackson - Moving Up
A nice modest start for Jackson in his return to action, gaining 41 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries, while adding two receptions for nine yards in the winless Rams 27-20 loss to the Browns. The jury is still out on whether he can salvage this season or not. He won’t get many more set ups like the Browns defense at home for the rest of the year so we’ll see if he’s truly on the way back in a few weeks.
Lendale White, Titans - Moving Up
White continues his breakthrough season with an impressive 133 rushing yards on a clock-chewing 25 carries, helping the Titans grind out a 13-9 home win over the Raiders. White has established himself as the power back in the Tennessee rushing attack but could lose more touches to young up-and-comer rookie Chris Henry who has scored the last two weeks in a row since being activated.
Kevin Jones, Detroit - Moving Up
Jones continues the fantasy feel-good story of 2007 with another 100-yard rushing effort (and a touchdown) against the supposedly tough Bears defense last Sunday. This can’t keep up, right? Sniff, sniff…I think I smell another devastating injury that will derail all of Jones’ positive momentum about to arrive, yet again.
Selvin Young, Broncos -Moving Up
Young took full advantage of Travis Henry’s last-minute scratch off the Monday night roster, totaling 71 yards on 18 carries while catching six passes for 49 yards against the Packers last night, giving Broncos fans a tasty preview of life after Travis Henry, whose expected to lose the appeal of his pending substance abuse suspension on 11/5.
Kenton Keith, Colts - Moving Up
Keith has ably filled in for Addai, proving himself worthy enough to steal some carries from the Colts starting RB in recent weeks (six carries for 33 yards against the Panthers last Sunday). He’ll head for stardom should Addai miss any meaningful time this year.
Jesse Chatman, Dolphins - Moving Up
Chatman performed well in his first start since Ronnie Brown’s exit from the 2007 season, rushing for 79 yards and snaring three passes for 21 yards against a Giants defense that has dominated opposing offenses as of late.