LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers – Moving Up
Better late than never. In the Chargers week thirteen 24-10 triumph over Kansas City, Tomlinson played like the lightning bolt on his helmet had struck him in the arse, showing an elite form that had deserted him through most of 2007, rambling for 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and even added three receptions for 20 yards for good measure. Welcome back you ol’ dominating sonofagun.
Brian Westbrook, Eagles – Moving Down
This is no knock on B-Dub, losing the top spot to Tomlinson after his fabulous week thirteen. Westbrook was very good in his own right last Sunday, rolling up 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground while adding seven receptions for 46 yards in the Eagles disappointing 28-24 home loss to Seattle.
Steven Jackson, Rams – Moving Up
A healthy Jackson feasted on a terrible Falcons defense last Sunday in his climb back up the running back rankings, recording a total yards masterpiece (96 rushing, 71 receiving) with a touchdown in the Rams 28-16 win.
Adrian Petersen, Vikings – Moving Up
Petersen returned from injury with a roar against Detroit, busting sick moves on the Lions defense en route to 116 yards and two touchdowns on only 15 carries. Petersen’s productive stat line, despite sharing virtually equal touches with Chester Taylor, is a testament to his great talent.
Joseph Addai, Colts – Moving Down
Peyton Manning isn’t the only who’s been affected by the recent rash of injuries along the Indianapolis offensive line. The production just hasn’t been there for Addai in recent weeks.
Willie Parker, Steelers – Moving Down
Parker was downright chronic in his fumbling in the Steelers Sunday night battle against the Bengals, losing two fumbles and having the game officials rule in his favor on at least two other ball-slips. It was surprising Mike Tomlin didn’t bench him to prevent further potential harm to the team’s cause.
Justin Fargas, Raiders – Moving Up
Fargas continues to baffle fantasy football observers this season with his highly productive play after years of lengthy injuries and frequent on-field disappearances. His week thirteen stat line of 33 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown against the once-proud Denver Broncos defense is still hard-to-fathom given the many frustrating campaigns he has teased fantasy owners with in year’s past.
Fred Taylor, Jaguars – Moving Up
Taylor has been coming on strong down the stretch of the 2007 season after a primarily dormant September and October. Taylor outplayed his younger, faster backfield counterpart, Maurice Jones-Drew, once again, tallying 104 yards on 14 carries in the Jaguars 28-25 loss to division-rival Indy.
Ryan Grant, Packers – Moving Up
Grant has demonstrated a proven ability to run between the tackles all season, but showed a surprising explosiveness on Thanksgiving Day by uncorking a 62-yard scoring sprint up the middle against the Cowboys in the Packers 37-27 loss.
Adrian Petersen, Bears – Moving Up
Particularly in PPR leagues, Petersen delivered in his first week as the full-time back in the Chicago backfield after Cedric Benson went on Injured Reserve in week 12, gaining 67 yards rushing and 82 yards receiving on seven receptions in the Bears 21-16 loss to the New York Giants.
Ron Dayne, Texans – Moving Up
Dayne has quietly performed well as the primary back for the Texans. In week thirteen, he gained 86 yards and a score on 18 carries with three catches for 25 yards in Houston’s 28-20 loss to Tennessee.
Travis Henry, Broncos – Moving Up
Henry only gained 49 yards on 15 carries in Denver’s 34-20 loss to Oakland, but his two short touchdown runs certainly made him a worthwhile start for fantasy teams vying for playoff spots in the critical week thirteen.