Four new running backs make their way into tier 1 this week. Frank Gore (vs JAX, 3rd for RB’s) coming off a 22-point game, Knowshon Moreno (vs WAS, 2nd for RB’s) with a touchdown for four weeks running, Reggie Bush (vs DAL, 15th for RB’s) who has been deadly when Calvin Johnson is play, and Eddie Lacy (vs MIN, 1st for RB’s).
With six teams on bye this week, RB’s start looking dicey in tier 3. I expect high variance in this group. DeAngelo Williams still doesn’t get goal-line carries. Zac Stacy, while looking strong the last three weeks, faces SEA (28th for RB’s). Mike James will have his first NFL start against a hot CAR defense (19th for RB’s). Steven Jackson returns for the first time since week 2 (vs ARI, 24th for RB). Lamar Miller is tragically in a time share in Miami with Daniel Thomas.
Tier 2: Alfred Morris, Le'Veon Bell, Fred Jackson, Stevan Ridley, Darren McFadden, Darren Sproles
Tier 3: Giovani Bernard, DeAngelo Williams, Zac Stacy, Joseph Randle, Maurice Jones-Drew, Mike James, Pierre Thomas, Steven Jackson, Lamar Miller
Tier 4: Christopher Ivory, C.J. Spiller, Andre Ellington, Rashard Mendenhall, Jacquizz Rodgers, Roy Helu, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Brandon Jacobs, DeMarco Murray
Tier 5: Joique Bell, Willis McGahee, Bilal Powell, Brandon Bolden, Peyton Hillis, Daniel Thomas, Mike Tolbert, Kendall Hunter