At this point in the fantasy football season, you cannot afford one bad performance from any player. This list will help make sure that does not happen with your season on the line.
Running backs are generally the steadiest position in fantasy. The best players will continue to perform regardless of who they are playing. This means that Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch should be expected to have big days despite poor matchups.
In the most important fantasy week of the season, do not try to get clever by choosing good opponents. Pay attention to the matchup, but make sure you pick the best player on your team and hope for the best.
Here are some running backs that should be started even if they are questionable in your mind.
Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Over the course of the year, Stevan Ridley has been great. However, the inconsistency can drive a fantasy owner crazy.
Last week was a prime example, as he finished with only 23 rushing yards and a fumble. This equaled zero points in standard leagues.
However, he is not the first running back to have a bad game against the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, the Patriots essentially stopped running the football after falling behind early.
Ridley will not have to deal with either of those issues next week as his team faces the Jackonsville Jaguars, who have allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL this year.
If you survived the poor performance last week, he should make up for it with a good game next week.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
It is always scary facing the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The veteran team is solid against both the run and the pass, and it is usually leads to a bad game for opposing players.
However, BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been too good to bench.
In the last five games, the running back is averaging 108.6 yards per game with three scores in that time. He is also averaging 21.2 attempts, which gives him plenty of opportunity for production.
When a player is on this type of hot streak, it does not matter who he is playing. He will have another solid game.
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
Although the Oakland Raiders did shut down Jamaal Charles this week for 10 yards on nine carries, it is still one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.
The team allowed nine rushing touchdowns in the last six games, including a four-touchdown performance by Doug Martin.
DeAngelo Williams played very well in his last game against the San Diego Chargers, totaling 144 yards from scrimmage with a receiving touchdown.
If he can get close to the 22 carries that he received in Week 15, he will have a huge day against the Raiders.
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