Week 1 was relatively quiet on the injury front, so the vast majority of fantasy owners should still be in good shape in the running back department. Fred Jackson was the big name to go down with an injury to his LCL and he could miss eight weeks. C.J. Spiller is going to be an elite guy while Jackson is down and is likely a must-start back while F-Jax is on the mend.
Let's look at some other news:
Ryan Mathews is looking like he'll be a question mark for Sunday against the Titans. If he doesn't go, fantasy owners certainly won't have enough confidence to roll the dice on either Ronnie Brown or Curtis Brinkley after neither player topped 12 rushing yards.
Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. This is obviously fantastic news for his value, but it's going to be tough to start him. Jonathan Dwyer will likely get more carries this week and this could be the last week he has any sort of value. For what it's worth, Mendenhall is a much better player to own.
Daniel Thomas will be held out of Sunday's game against the Raiders. Reggie Bush should see a featured load while Lamar Miller will likely get his first action as a pro. If you can get Bush on the cheap, go for it. He was able to muster up 4.9 YPC on his 14 carries against the Houston defense. He might go off in a big way -- considering he's on the Dolphins.
Adrian Peterson got 17 carries and if he's able to keep that workload, he'll have tremendous value as a running back one. He averaged 18 carries per game over the last two seasons. Toby Gerhart is not a must-own player.
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