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No.2's Performing Well

Ronnie Brown's high quality performances should continue.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - If you are like me, you always want to draft the dominant, 25-carry, running back. But this year many teams have gone to the "shared" backfield and you were likely forced to pick at least one of your running backs from the latter group. Funny thing, though, they've been pretty good through the first five weeks

Let's look at the perceived "No.2" and see what they've done.

Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami - Brown started the season behind Ricky Williams, but it's all Brown's job now. He seems completely recovered from his 2007 knee injury and has put up spectacular numbers the last two weeks. His five touchdown, 113 rushing yard Week 3 was followed up by 125 yards and a score this week. He and the Dolphins are in Houston next Sunday so the high quality performances should continue.

Steve Slaton, RB, Houston - Slaton started the season behind Ahman Green, but go sit in the corner if you thought Green would make it through the mid-point of the year without being sidelined by injury. The West Virginia product is ranked 14th in RB fantasy points and has shown that he can catch the ball too. Expect him to continue to play at this level.

Julius Jones, RB, Seattle - When Maurice Morris went down with an injury, Jones stepped up with back-to-back 100+ yards performances. The game this Sunday against the tough New York Giants was to be expected, but he'll get back to helping your fantasy team this week against Green Bay.

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee - He is ranked 17th at the position, despite giving up a lot of short-yardage situations to LenDale White (four of five TD runs were from one yard out). Guess he won't get many easy ones this year, but with his speed he can score from 30 yards out almost as easily.

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas - Despite sitting behind Marion Barber III (ranked seventh), Jones is 12th on the list and has scored touchdowns in four of the five games. He might actually be the better of the two running backs who came out of Arkansas this year.

Le'Ron McClain, RB, Baltimore - He wasn't even the No.2 back at the start of the season, he was third behind Willis McGahee and Ray Rice, but it's McClain getting all the points. He has four touchdowns over the past three weeks against the likes of Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Upcoming games against Indy, Miami, Oakland, Cleveland and Houston should provide for more short yardage TD opportunities.

Michael Pittman, RB, Denver - Pittman started the season with four TDs in the first three games and will likely see even more playing time with the injury to Selvin Young (strained left groin).

Tim Hightower, RB, Arizona - He isn't getting a lot of work, but Hightower is getting the short-yardage carries and making the most of them. He has five TDs including two last week against a good Buffalo defense. Expect more of the same in the coming weeks. He is ranked 28th on the fantasy points list for running backs.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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