Which running backs will put on the best performance this week? There are plenty of candidates, but we narrow it down to the ones who will have the absolute best performances.
Reggie Bush and the Dolphins are going up against the Titans, and that's good news for fantasy owners. The Titans have the 30th-ranked rush defense, giving up 273.4 yards per game.
Last week against the Bears, the Titans gave up 163 yards on the ground. The week before, they gave up 171 yards to the Colts.
The Dolphins have the 13th-ranked rush offensel. Bush has run for 534 yards, and while some of his carries have been taken away by Daniel Thomas, this is the week that he breaks out. The Titans have an awful run defense, and Bush will be ready to take advantage of it.
This may be foolish to say, but not starting Doug Martin this week would be the biggest fantasy mistake of the year. Martin is coming off a game where he rushed 10 times for 251 yards and scored four touchdowns. In the past two games, he's rushed for 386 yards and five touchdowns.
The Chargers do have a good run defense, having only given up more than 120 yards once this season.
But Martin is on a historic hot streak and he has the talent to keep it up. No defense, including the Chargers, can slow him down right now. He's playing better than any back. Don't look too deep into this. He must start.
With Brandon Bolden suspended, that means Stevan Ridley will get a lot more carries. He gets 45 percent of the rushing snaps, and that should only increase with Bolden out, especially because they have similar styles.
This is good news for those who own Ridley. The Bills have the 31st-ranked rush defense, giving up 169.5 yards per game. In their last matchup, Ridley ran 22 times for 106 yards and scored two touchdowns.
The Bills can't stop anyone on the ground, and Ridley will get a ton of carries. He will put up yards and scores and will be one of the week's best fantasy performers.
The Lions' Joique Bell has been getting a lot of carries in recent weeks. In the last two games, he has 27 rushes for and 98 yards. Not bad.
He's going up against a Vikings team that has given up seven touchdowns to opposing running backs in the past four games.
The Vikings are a team on the decline and the Lions will be primed to take advantage of it. If Bell continues to get more carries, he could have a breakout game this week.
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