Ranks reax: Don't overrate CJ2K, D-Jax 

November, 9, 2011
I'm writing this on Wednesday but with an eye toward Thursday, because on Friday, a lot of unhappy fantasy owners will ask some variation of the following question: "Wait, there was an NFL game last night?" Why yes, there was -- ahem, will be -- and based on the Week 10 rankings, I'm expecting big things from San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his top two running backs as well as from Michael Bush on the Oakland Raiders side.

First of all, most of you can wait until Sunday morning to finalize lineups, but I am aware that in some leagues, they lock after the first game begins. Well, the first game is Thursday until Week 17, when many of you will have already started talking fantasy baseball (or, we hope, fantasy hoops!). But I have to admit that quite a few of these Thursday tilts don't have much surprise fantasy appeal. For example, how many Seattle Seahawks will you trust against the Philadelphia Eagles (Dec. 1)? Any Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh (Dec. 8)? How about those Jacksonville Jaguars in Atlanta ((Dec. 15)?

Michael Bush
Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireMichael Bush showed last week (19 carries for 96 yards, two catches) he can handle a starter's workload.
But this week, there are many decisions, and I think they begin with Bush. As of this writing, Raiders starting running back Darren McFadden, a star when healthy but not regularly healthy enough to be a full-season star, has not been officially ruled out for the game. That could change any minute. Regardless, I don't think he will play through his foot injury. McFadden last saw significant work in Week 6. Bush is arguably one of the top two or three handcuff running backs around, owned in nearly all leagues, and as we saw in Week 9, he's fully capable of handling a large rushing load. In fact, Bush has four double-digit fantasy performances this season. Meanwhile, the Chargers aren't particularly adept at stopping anything, making Bush a solid RB2 option this week.