I get a kick out of all the folks in the fantasy sports industry who go absolutely berserk over making a right decision one week into the season. My best advice to anyone is be wary over the ones who beat their chest the most over one or more of their predictions. In my experience those are the ones who are overcompensating for a lot of very bad advice and trying to pretend like one good call outweighs all of the bad. Well it doesn’t work that way and most importantly we don’t work that way. Fantasy Alarm is about advising our readers/listeners/subscribers how to win championships. You won’t hear too much about the fact that we were advocating that Adrian Peterson would be ready for the start of the season as far back as June. You won’t hear about us telling everyone to watch out for Russell Wilson this summer. Nor will you hear about our week 1 predictions of Tony Romo, Sidney Rice or Stevan Ridley. All we do is win and guide our people to championships. That journey continues this week with our official Week #2 Rankings:
Is it wise to have one of the few teams with nothing to play for at the top of the rankings this week? The Texans are pretty much locked into their playoff position, so how much they will play their running back this week remains to be seen against the division rival Titans. Am I crazy to have a Buffalo Bill at the second ranked guy of the week? I would also like to take this time to apologize to Maurice Jones-Drew for doubting him all season long. Despite not having another credible player on the offensive side of the ball, MJD has put up an amazing season and I was dead wrong on him this year. Can Marshawn Lynch do it one more time? Can Toby Gerhart fill in for AP like he has most of the second half of the season? What should you expect from Chris Johnson in the last week of his worst season to date? This is all she wrote this week and why it is most important to read the running back rankings.
Who was that running back for Houston last week who looked like Arian Foster? Oh wait, it was ARIAN FOSTER! He looked like the guy lots of you drafted as the number one overall pick as the offensive line was just opening up gaping holes for both Foster and Tate to run through. This season's biggest surprise, Fred Jackson, will be back on the field, and should have another great game against the Redskins. The biggest performer of Week 7, DeMarco Murray, finds his way into the top dozen. Who will run the ball for the suspended Cedric Benson this week? Has Montario Hardesty completely taken over in Cleveland? With Willis McGahee out how high can Knowshon Moreno go? All of that and stay tuned to Fantasy Alarm for upcoming pictures of my big Twitter bet win in which Steven Jackson outperformed Jackie Battle. Looking forward to the pics Allen Sarvinas! And of course, don't forget the Week 8 rankings.
Ray Rice comes off of the bye and goes right to the top of the running back rankings as the Ravens have been absolutely rushing through the NFL and the Texans' defense hasn't been exactly stellar. As far as the rest of the league is concerned, we also have to realize that Fred Jackson is going to be a top ranked running back for most of the football season, as well as Ryan Torain being a top flight start for Week 6. I have also gained more respect for Maurice Jones-Drew than I had before the season started, as well as Jonathan Stewart. How will the absences of Brandon Jacobs, Joseph Addai and LaGarrette Blount effect your fantasy team? Running back starters are always hard to figure out while the bye weeks are in full effect so now more than ever you need to check out the Week 6 rankings.
He might be questionable on the injury report, but I think that Beanie Wells will not only play, but put up big numbers in Week 5. These rankings might look a little thinner than they have in previous weeks, but with the start of the byes, your depth just became a lot more important. Will this be the week that Chris Johnson gets it going? Will Arian Foster duplicate last week's performance and put a stranglehold on the job in Houston? Can Fred Jackson's magical season continue? Who carries the load in Denver this week? Be sure to check out this week's running back rankings before submitting your lineups.
The ever changing world of NFL running backs continues to run wild as we hit the quarter pole of the 2011 NFL season. The biggest story from last week was the emergence of the Dolphins' Daniel Thomas as a legitimate guy to have in your lineup on a weekly basis. How will the situation in Houston break down this week as coach Gary Kubiak seems to have given Arian Foster a vote of confidence for this week. Can Adrian Peterson and Darren McFadden continue their great starts? Will Chris Johnson and Rashard Mendenhall continue to struggle? How will Bernard Scott due in the absence of Cedric Benson in Cincinnati? Has Jahvid Best fallen out of favor with his fantasy owners? Look no further than Fantasy Alarm's rankings when you are setting your lineups each and every week.