Found September 25, 2013 on Fantasy Sports Locker Room:

It is tough to assess what it means from Week 4 given that James Starks, while replacing the injured Eddie Lacy, went down with an injury of his own but Johnathan Franklin got onto the field for the first time for Green Bay. He played in 43 snaps and carried the ball 13 times for 103 yards – becoming the second Packers RB in as many weeks to top 100 – adding three catches for 23 yards. It was a stellar performance from a back that many thought was on his way to flaming out. Then he lost a costly fumble on a failed fourth down conversion. Green Bay is off this week and should be healthy coming out of their bye so it will be interesting to see if Franklin’s elusiveness (he made five would-be tacklers miss and ranked second in PFF’s elusive rating for Week 3) in the backfield earned him more work moving forward, or if the fumble lands him squarely back in the dog house. Complete with a rock, paper, scissors contest the Denver run game was a revolving door this week. As expected, Knowshon Moreno led the backs in playing time but the gap wasn’t as significant as in Week 2. Moreno played 37 snaps compared to 25 for Hillman and 17 for Montee Ball. Hillman had played in just 2 snaps the week prior and it was safe to assume that he would be a non-factor this week, but that all changed on Monday night. How the distribution changes in any week appears to be a bit of a mystery, which isn’t uncommon with a John Fox coached team. LeGarrette Blount led the Patriots in carries and rushing yards this week but I don’t think that Stevan Ridley owners need to be concerned about him. Brandon Bolden, on the other hand, is another story. Bolden and Ridley each played 26 snaps and while Ridley received three more touches, Bolden did considerably more than him. Christine Michael recorded 4 missed tackles and 37 yards on 9 carries (15 snaps) in his first pro action. He is a guy to keep an eye on but he only played more than Turbin (I think) because of the score. Reprint last week’s Giovani Bernard discussion here. He saw the same number of carries as Green-Ellis (10) though the rookie’s four catches make him the backfield leader in workload, and was expressly more productive – totalling 99 yards and adding a score, while Green-Ellis went for 2.9 a pop and lost a fumble. Performances like this will continue to tilt the scale in Bernard’s favor, but in the meantime owners can make hay off of 15 touches from Gio. Michael Bush did score a short TD in an an otherwise woeful game (8 carries, 9 yards) but owners can’t be disappointed because Matt Forte got his score and continues to touch the ball plenty – 20 times this week. Forte went 4 for 4 on his targets this week after 11/11 in Week 2 he hasn’t let a pass thrown his way touch the ground this since Week 1 and in total has made 19 receptions on 21 targets, in addition to rushing for an impressive average. Chris Ogbonnaya did some damage as a receiver for the Browns and led their backs in snaps by a considerable margin, but newcomer Willis McGahee had double the next closest RBs carries (8 to 4) despite playing just 14 snaps. He’ll soon be the only back worth talking about in Cleveland. With Reggie Bush out, Joique Bell impressed on an almost assuredly season high 25 touches. Bush is due back on the field this week and we should see this number come back down into the 10-14 range, but, he could still be a viable flex player every week. There isn’t a lot that can be drawn from this week’s Colts RB distribution save that Ahmad Bradshaw certainly earned himself a share of the work with Trent Richardson. Watch the snap and carry counts in Week 4 as Richardson should increase his 28 snaps. Jacquizz Rodgers started and played more snaps than Jason Snelling (43 to 36) though the split was fairly even. Rodgers acquitted himself nicely rushing 18 times for 86 yards and is worth a look, given that Steven Jackson could remain out until Week 7. Snelling, who posted 111 total yards and a score on 15 touches remains the best fantasy option, though. With Mark Ingram out, Pierre Thomas increased his workload by eight touches over Week 2 while Darren Sproles’ actually dropped considerably. It won’t look that way every week but it should be noted that Thomas was targeted 6 times as a receiver as opposed to 5 for Sproles. Due to Chris Ivory’s hamstring injury Bilal Powell saw a monster workload against the Bills – carrying the ball 27 times and adding two catches. Ivory isn’t expected back quickly which means that Powell should be an every down back for the foreseeable future. Check my post on Monday for an assessment of David Wilson’s workload this week. It is just about the only positive for fantasy owners coming out of Sunday’s Giants game. At 14 touches to 12, Arian Foster and Ben Tate were relatively equal again. There hasn’t been a drop off in production either (if anything, it has been the opposite) so Foster owners should prepare themselves to contend with Tate all season. The post Touches and Targets Week 3: Running Backs appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

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