RB watch: Frank Gore rested and ready 

November, 9, 2010
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Isn't it about time we say goodbye to the byes? Well, Week 10 is the final week for the annoying bye weeks, and while it's going to make many fantasy owners jump into action -- three top quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers) are off -- at least fantasy's most troubling position, running back, isn't deeply affected. You should be able to get a quarterback -- maybe Josh Freeman or Mark Sanchez -- on your waiver wire, even if you use him for just one week.

At running back, we'll be without awesome Oakland Raiders back Darren McFadden, but that's the only key back (unless you've been counting on a Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints or San Diego Chargers back in a deep league). It wasn't so uneventful in Week 9, when the bye week slate featured four of the top six running backs from ESPN average live drafts: Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Frank Gore and Steven Jackson. To some degree, however, each of these "sure things" from draft day has disappointed fantasy owners. Let's delve deeper here, looking forward for this foursome of fantasy monsters.

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans: I laugh when his owners whine about his production. Johnson currently sits 5th in (standard) fantasy scoring among running backs. OK, so he hasn't been the best player, but it was hardly a wasted first overall draft pick. Johnson has had three single-digit-scoring games, which is the basis for the perception of disappointment, but let's focus on the four games of 19 or more fantasy points. Now that Randy Moss is teaming up with Johnson and the Titans, I think Johnson has a legitimate chance to end up as fantasy's top player. That's right, scoring more than any quarterback, too. A season ago, when Johnson exploded for a 2,000-yard season, he didn't start out quickly. But he ran for 100 or more yards in each of his final 11 games, scoring 13 touchdowns in that span. I'm likely to rank him either first or second (behind Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings) consistently from here on out, but even if he remains as productive as he has been so far this season that should work just fine. Trade for him with confidence.

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