Top rushing tandems in the NFL


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The NFL has quickly turned into a passing league. If your team doesn’t have a franchise quarterback, your team is most likely going to be watching the playoffs from home. However, there are some teams that run the ball quite well. Which teams have the best running back tandems in the league?

C.J Spiller and Fred Jackson Are Historically Good

Fred Jackson ran for over 900 yards in only nine games last season. This season, he is averaging 3.7 yards per carry. That may seem below average, but that is mostly due to a recent injury that has been nagging him this season. In his last game against Tennessee, he averaged 7.9 yards per carry. If he is completely healthy, recent history suggests that he can easily hit an average of five yards per carry or more.

C.J Spiller has been electric all season. Through seven games, he is averaging 7.3 yards per carry. While that number is impressive, it is actually down from his season high of 10 yards per carry that he was averaging earlier in the season. If he continues to average more than seven yards a carry through the rest of the season, he will have one of the all-time best averages per carry in NFL history. He will be in a category with the likes of Jim Brown and other great running backs.

Alfred Morris And RGIII Set The Pace In Washington

Alfred Morris was a sixth round pick by the Redskins in the 2012 draft. So far this season, he has rushed for 717 yards. Morris has averaged 4.7 yards per carry with five touchdowns. For a sixth round pick, he has certainly surpassed expectations. What is even more amazing is that he was in a crowded backfield with the likes of Roy Helu and Evan Royster. His emergence shows that he will be a force for years to come.

RGIII was the higher profile pick among the two leading rushers in Washington. However, it is surprising that he would be among the top rushers in the league. Quarterbacks are typically known for their ability to pass the ball. RGIII has rushed for 476 yards with an average of almost seven yards per carry. He has also added six touchdowns on the ground. He has certainly been a great pickup for anyone who has him on their fantasy team.

Houston Can Run The Ball With Authority

There is no question that Adrian Foster is among the best running backs in the league. While he is only averaging around four yards a carry, he is a threat to break a big run at any time. Foster is also a great option out of the backfield to catch a pass or two as well. Foster has nine touchdowns on the ground and one through the air.   Read More…

Top 5 Fantasy Football players in 2012

Rice, Foster, McCoyFantasy Football is upon us, so I thought who wouldn’t want advice from a guy that got second place in his league last year.

1. Arian Foster, RB – Houston Texans.  Despite only coming in third in the Lensless Glasses Power Rankings in 2012 behind LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, Arian Foster comes in number one in my top fantasy football players this year, thankfully ESPN agrees with me. Despite starting off slow with a hamstring injury in his first three games in 2011 and sitting out the final game of the year, Foster still rushed for over 1,200 yards and scored 10 touchdowns while scoring double digits in 10 of his games.  Foster also adds legitimate receiving points with over 600 yards receiving last year.  The Houston Texans will rely on the running game more in 2012 since their passing game will take a small hit without a legit number two receiver next to Andre Johnson, who has had trouble staying healthy the past few years.  If Foster can stay healthy, there’s no reason he can’t put up even bigger numbers and help you win your fantasy league.

2. Cam Newton, QB – Carolina Panthers.  After being drafted first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, Cam Newton slides a spot in my 2012 top fantasy football players to number two overall, and jumps ahead of Aaron Rodgers as my top quarterback in 2012.  Last year, Newton came out the gates hot, passing for 854 yards in his first two games, but slowed down considerably with just over 228 passing yards per game.  Newton’s real value is his dual-threat ability.  He ran for 14 touchdowns, second most in the NFL and more than Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, and Ray Rice.  If Newton can maintain his rushing totals, avoids the sophomore slump and puts up huge numbers this year, you may be rockin’ bigger pearly whites than he does. And Alex Smith still thinks he can’t win games, pshhh. Read more…

2012 NFL player props: Top 10 value picks

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These picks are far from locks but if you are looking for value then you’re in the right spot.

10. 2012 NFL MVP – Odds to Win | Arian Foster 15/1

I think the Texans will be a team to watch this year; they have a great defense and Andre Johnson is healthy, for now. Arian Foster is arguably the most dynamic running back in football and if he ends up putting up the numbers like he did in 2010 (2,220 total yards and 12 total TDS) the Texans may very well make the playoffs, and Foster the MVP.

9. Who will lead the league in Receiving Yards? | Brandon Marshall 16/1

He’s not the number one value pick for this category, but he has great potential and even better odds. In his last season playing with Jay Cutler (2008) Marshall recorded 104 catches and 1,265 yards, good for 3rd and 7th respectively. I expect Marshall to have a huge year and it could earn you some nice green.

8. Offensive Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win | Doug Martin 14/1

While Andrew Luck (9/4) and Robert Griffin III (9/2) are the obvious favorites for the oddsmakers, Martin may very well be the one who has the most positive impact. Rookie running backs are often the ones to make the transition from college to pro look the most seamless, and as of now it appears Martin will get the starting job.

7. Who will lead the league in Receiving Yards? | Roddy White 18/1

With Julio Jones around Roddy White’s chances of winning this title are decreasing every year. White finished 2nd in 2010 and 8th last season, so while oddsmakers have this about right, the potential is certainly there. Without being able to double-team Roddy opposing defenses are going to give Matt Ryan’s number one plenty of opportunities this season.

6. Who will lead the league in Passing Yards? | Aaron Rodgers 11/2

Believe it or not Rodgers is listed behind Brees (9/2) and Brady (19/4) as far as potential for throwing the most passing yards. The Packers’ quarterback and fantasy football stud has never led the league in passing and this leads me to believe this is going to be his year. Read more here…

2012 Fantasy Football mock draft: 12 teams, standard scoring

Tom Brady went 7th overall in my first fantasy football draft of the 2012 seasonI recently had my first fantasy football draft of the 2012 season. While doing mock drafts online are great they can’t fully prepare you for the surprises of a real “live” draft. For one, without any computer rankings in front of them you will see a lot more reaches and surprising picks. Also depending on where you live, you can usually expert at least one “homer” pick. The results are posted below with my commentary on the best pick, worst pick, and my pick.

Before I get to the results I’ll give you an overview of the league:

  • 12 teams
  • No PPR
  • Pass TDs worth 6
  • Starting lineup: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR/RB, TE, K, D/ST (6 Bench)

Round 1

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Drew Brees
3. Arian Foster
4. LeSean McCoy
5. Calvin Johnson
6. Ray Rice
7. Tom Brady
8. Ryan Matthews
9. Cam Newton
10. Larry Fitzgerald
11. Matthew Stafford
12. Matt Forte

Best Pick: Ray Rice- Rice is going in the Top 3 – and I’ve seen him go #1 – so to get him at #6 is an absolute steal. I was hoping he would fall to me, but I was more than fine with Brady.

Worst Pick: Larry Fitzgerald- It’s hard to find a truly bad pick in the first round so I’m nitpicking here. If this was a PPR league I would be fine with Fitz, but I would have gone RB here especially with guys like Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden and MJD on the board.

My Pick: With passing touchdowns worth 6 points, getting an elite quarterback is paramount so even though QB is deep I was thrilled to land Brady at #7. Seeing Newton and Stafford go later in the first round only confirmed my feelings on the selection.

See the rest of the rounds here…