Complete Week One Player Rankings & Projections l More Sit & Starts
Week 4 is here and by this time you have hopefully snatched up all the breakout players and are starting to steamroll your way to a championship. If you are like me and you are still trying to hammer out the finer details of your roster, you can't go wrong with a couple of these sit and starts.
Last Week's Running Back Starts: Andre Ellington (10), Terrance Ganaway (14), Josh Harris (5), Doug Martin (25), Lennon Creer (16), Robert Clay (1), Bernard Pierce (11)
Grade: C. Ganaway's game was cut short by lightning and Ellington's by his own hamstring. Harris sputtered, as well did Clay and Pierce, which really hurt.
Last Week's Running Back Sits: Jeff Scott (4), Tauren Poole (1), Lance Dunbar (5), Adonis Thomas (15), Jasmin Hopkins (6)
Grade: A. Thomas did better than expected but everyone else laid an egg.
Start Em! Running Backs
Ray Graham, Pitt vs. Notre Dame
Last week the Michigan State Spartans struggled to run the ball on the Irish, but that is more a testament to their offensive line than Notre Dame's defense. Graham is one of the most dynamic running backs that the Irish will face all year, and he should be good for at least 100 yards and a score.
Lamar Miller, Miami vs. Kansas State
When Al Golden came to Miami, I immediately had thoughts of Miller becoming the Bernard Pierce of South Florida, and after rushing for 184 yards on the Buckeyes, Miller should find ample running room against K-State.
Darrell Scott, USF vs. UTEP
Last week Scott went off on lowly Florida A&M, but UTEP is not that much better. Scott seems to have finally asserted himself as the top back for the Bulls, and he should score multiple touchdowns against the Miners.
Matthew Tucker or Waymon James, TCU vs. Portland State
With Ed Wesley still gimpy, James and Tucker have taken the rushing load upon themselves, and have been doing quite well. James is more of a between-the-20's runner but is plenty strong enough to get in the end zone while Tucker seems to see a lot of the goal line touches. Both backs are solid plays against their Oregonian opponent.
Lance Dunbar, North Texas vs. Indiana
For those who have weathered the storm and hung on to Dunbar, now is your chance to play him. IU is nothing more than a glorified FCS team, and Dunbar should finally come unglued against them.
Robert Turbin, Utah State vs. Colorado State
Turbin has been quietly performing very well, having run for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the past two games (one of which was a near-upset of Auburn). Against the Rams, Turbin should continue his dominance. He should total 120 total yards and at least two scores.
Sit Em! Running Backs
Rodney Stewart, Colorado vs. Ohio State
Miami ran all over the Buckeyes last week but the Buffs are not as sturdy on the ground. Add to the fact that the game is in Columbus and the Buckeyes are mad after getting beat down in South Florida, and it is a recipe to bench the diminutive speedster.
Henry Josey, Missouri vs. Oklahoma
Sure Josey went nutso last week, but it was against Western Illinois. Missouri faces a much stiffer test in the top-ranked Sooners, and you can imagine once they get up on the scoreboard, the Tigers will not be running much as they try to catch up.
Marc Tyler, USC vs. Arizona State
Tyler slid back into the starting lineup with a great game against Utah, but then sputtered the next week against Syracuse. Against the Sun Devils, he will find it even more difficult to run and should also lose carries to Curtis McNeal and D.J. Morgan.
Anthon Samuel, Bowling Green vs. Miami (OH)
I really like Samuel even though he is in a pass-heavy offense and shares carries with Jordan Hopgood. However, against a stingy Redhawk defense, it is best to just let him rest.
Jahwan Edwards, Ball State vs. Army
My associate Chris Bennett is high on Edwards and for good reason, as he should boulder his way through relatively soft MAC defenses. However, the Black Knights are hardened athletes who will make it difficult for the Ball State offense to even see the field most of the game.
Branden Oliver, Buffalo vs. UConn
Anytime a guy is his team's workhorse, you gotta love him. Oliver ran for over 100 yards against Pittsburgh, but I don't see that type of production against the Huskies. They are a stout defense that will take Oliver out of the game.