Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart left Sunday night's game with a right knee contusion.
Insight: He is questionable to return in a game which is getting out of hand for the Panthers. Carolina is short-handed in the backfield with Fozzy Whitaker and DeAngelo Williams already on the sidelines. Darrin Reaves and Mike Tolbert are the remaining options, though they will likely throw the ball the rest of the way.
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard scores twice in Bengals victory.
Insight: He did not total huge yardage, with 47 yards on 14 carries and seven yards on one reception, however, he made fantasy owners happy with his two scores. Jeremy Hill continues to see snaps (7 rushes for 39 yards and 1 TD), which may be the only roadblock for Bernard moving forward. He still remains a borderline RB1.
Description: Jacksonville running back Toby Gerhart is not going to be much value if the Jaguars continue to get down by big numbers.
Insight: Gerhart rushed just nine times for 32 yards. The Jacksonville situation doesn't figure to get better with a rookie quarterback, but at this point Gerhart's trade value is minimal so keep him and hope Blake Bortles turns the team around.
Description: Titans running back Bishop Sankey outshines Shonn Greene Sunday.
Insight: Both backs received 10 carries, but Sankey was far more productive with his 61 yards, compared to Greene's 33. Greene did manage a garbage time, one-yard touchdown. However, we could be seeing the start of the Bishop Sankey show right before our very eyes.
Description: Indianapolis running back Ahmad Bradshaw has become a valuable fantasy asset because Andrew Luck seeks him out near the goal line.
Insight: He's caught three touchdown passes this season, all from inside the 10-yard line.
If Bradshaw can stay healthy, he'll be the primary pass receiver out of the backfield and he runs as well as Trent Richardson. It's just you can't overwork him.
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson finishes with 18 carries in Week 3.
Insight: He received the bulk of the rushes, as Pierre Thomas was given only eight carries. However, Thomas vultured a one-yard touchdown. Robinson did finish with 69 yards, and looks like the back who will receive the majority of carries moving forward.
Description: Vikings running back Matt Asiata has poor game versus New Orleans.
Insight: He had 12 rushing attempts for only 35 yards, and it is evident how much Minnesota is missing Adrian Peterson. Asiata did chip in three catches for 36 yards, but it was not enough as the Vikings fell to the Saints. Backup Jerick McKinnon was also unable to make his presence felt, totaling eight yards on four touches.
Description: Giants running back Rashad Jennings rushed 34 times for 176 yards and a touchdown agains the Texans.
Insight: The 34 carries is exactly the same number Jennings had in the first two games combined. Fantasy owners loved the production and amount of carries, but his continued success greatly depends on Eli Manning's continued development in the west coast offense.
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray continued to be the focal point of the Dallas offense in Week 3.
Insight: Murray rushed 24 times for 100 yards and a touchdown. That makes 75 carries for 385 yards and three touchdowns in three weeks. Fantasy owners love the production, but part of them is just waiting for Murray, who has a lot of past injuries, to get hurt.
Description: Browns running back Terrance West finds end zone in Week 3.
Insight: He split the reps with Isaiah Crowell. West finished with 12 carries for 36 yards and the score, as well as two receptions for five yards. Crowell chipped in with 11 rushes for 55 yards and a touchdown, making both backs fantasy relevant, until Ben Tate returns from injury.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed just 11 times for 36 yards in Week 3 against Detroit.
Insight: Did Lacy forget he's supposed to be a fantasy stud? A first-round selection on draft day? After a fumble on the second play from scrimmage (which was returned for a touchdown by the Lions' Don Carey) and being tackled for a safety in the second quarter we saw too much of James Starks (eight carries).
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy left Sunday's game against the Redskins after suffering a helmet to helmet hit on his second carry of the game. UPDATE: McCoy has returned to the game after doctors cleared him of a concussion.
Insight: It took McCoy a few minutes to get up, but he did jog off the field. Shortly afterward, it looked like McCoy wanted to come back into the game, but team doctors were arguing with McCoy, likely telling him he has to go through the concussion protocol. In the meantime, Darren Sproles' value continues to go up.
Description: Chargers running back Danny Woodhead was injured in the first quarter of the game with Buffalo and was taken off the field on a cart.
Insight: Woodhead had gained a yard on a run when he was injured. It appears he injured an ankle. Donald Brown should be in for a busy afternoon now that Woodhead has joined Ryan Mathews on the sidelines.
Description: Texans rookie Alfred Blue is expected to start on Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: Foster will miss the game due to a hamstring injury. Blue rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries against the Raiders in Week 2. It appears that Blue has moved ahead of Joanthan Grimes, who rushed for nine yards on three carries in Week 2, on the depth chart.
Description: Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro had a coming out party on Sunday against the Browns.
Insight: Although Justin Forsett started, Taliaferro saw the majority of reps. He tallied 91 yards on 18 rushes and a touchdown. Taliaferro is definitely worth a waiver, if he has not been picked up already. Forsett, to his credit, played well, rushing 11 times for 63 yards. However, he remains the third down back.
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis received the first rep with the starting lineup at Friday's practice, but Jamaal Charles (ankle) received the next two according to ESPN.
Insight: This is a headache for fantasy owners. It appears that Jamaal Charles is a true game-time decision. Owners of both Charles and Davis need to have a Plan B, and the situation is made more difiicult by the 4:25pm ET start for Kansas City.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) has been limited in practice this week, but most think its just managing the issue, nit a major problem and he'll be ready to go Sunday.
Insight: Bell has carried the ball 25 times over the first two games, but has fumbled the ball once in each of the first two games. It doesn't matter how well you run, if you put the ball on the turf, you won't get many opportunities.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was added to the injury report because of a thigh injury and was kimited in Friday's practice leaving doubt about his availability for Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Pierce will still likely get the majority of the carries against the Browns on Sunday as Justin Forsett looks to only be a change-of-pace back. Check back Sunday morning to see if he is active or inactive.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday in limited fashion and was limited again on Friday.
Insight: Although this is good news, that he's out there at all, there is still a reasonable chance that Charles will not play this week against the Dolphins. Charles owners should make a plan B as he's 50-50 at best..
Description: Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams (thigh) was inactive for last Sunday's game and is questionable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh
Insight: Jonathan Stewart would carry the load for the Panthers with Mike Tolbert used in short-yardage situations if Williams is a no-go. As always its hard to start any of the Carolina running backs.
Description: Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey somehow manufactured a respectable night from the Thursday night disaster.
Insight: Starting running back Doug Martin wasn't available and Rainey managed to combine for 105 yards from scrimmage. Considering the ugliness of the 56-14 massacre, his owners have to be grateful for double-digit points.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was added to the injury report because of a thigh injury.
Insight: Pierce will still likely get the majority of the carries against the Browns on Sunday as Justin Forsett looks to only be a change-of-pace back. Check back on Friday to see if Pierce practices. He is a borderline RB2.
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart (ankle) returned to Thursday's practice.
Insight: Gerhart had Wednesday off and returned to practice in limited fashion on Thursday. Week 3 is a great matchup for Gerhart, playing the Colts' weak rush defense, but Gerhart has managed just 50 yards on his first 25 carries behind the poor Jaguars offensive line.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.
Insight: Charles participated in warmups, spent some time with the team trainer and then joined the position drills. Charles was even "cutting through cones." That would suggest that Charles does not have a high-ankle sprain at all. Although this is good news, there is still a reasonable chance that Charles will not play this week against the Dolphins. Charles owners should make a plan B.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB
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Description: The Cardinals placed running back Jonathan Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his season.
Insight: Dwyer's wife is accusing Dwyer of head-butting her after she refused his sexual advances according to ESPN.com. Dwyer also allegedly "punched her in the face the next day" and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com also reports that the Cardinals are investigating Dwyer's mental health after he sent his wife a suicidal text message with a picture of a knife. He will not play again this season and should be immediately dropped.
Description: Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he will use both Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon in Sunday's game against the Saints according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Turner added that he might use one back over the other if someone gets a hot hand. Asiata will have the first opportunity to get the hot hand as he will more than likely be the starter. Asiata gained 99 yards on 21 touches against the Patriots last week, but it might be difficult for the 27-year-old to reproduce those numbers. Asiata is the safer start this week, but McKinnon is the better add long term.
Description: Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey has a chance to start again on Thursday against the Falcons.
Insight: Starting running back Doug Martin will try to give it a go, but if in pregame warmups it is decided Martin cannot play, the Buccaneers will turn to Rainey, who gained 167 yards on 32 touches against Atlanta in Week 11 last season. The Falcons defense does not look much better this year as it has allowed 284 yards and five touchdowns to opponents' tailbacks so far this year. Rainey is a borderline RB1 in Week 3 and must-start if Martin is out.
Description: ProFootballTalk reports that it should not be a surprise if the Vikings reverse their decision to activate running back Adrian Peterson for Week 3.
Insight: That means Matt Asiata has a decent chance to start again against New Orleans. He rushed 13 times fo 36 yards and caught five passes for 48 yards with a touchdown versus New England in Week 2. In a pinch, he is a viable FLEX or RB2 option in 12 or 14 team leagues.
Description: Profootballtalk reports the Vikings could still reverse the decision to reinstate running back Adrian Peterson.
Insight: Although it is extremely unlikely Minnesota releases Peterson like Baltimore did to Ray Rice, the call for Peterson's head in the press will not be ignored. The governor of Minnesota is calling for "All Day" to be suspended and Radisson suspended its sponorship of the Vikings due to Peterson's indictment for child abuse. Do not drop Matt Asiata yet as there is at least a 50/50 chance that Peterson will again be inactive in Week 3.
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas has yet to produce from a fantasy perspective in 2014.
Insight: With Mark Ingram going down, Thomas should now see a ton of touches, especially in the passing game. With the Saints 0-2, and coming home, expect Thomas to be involved in the screen game, as well as finally beginning to put some solid fantasy numbers together.
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson figures to see more touches with the injury to Mark Ingram.
Insight: After finding the end zone in Week 1, Robinson was held in check Sunday against the Browns. He will most likely lead the team in carries during Ingram's absence, but will not be a major target for receptions. Robinson is a RB3/4 for now.
Description: New England halfback Shane Vereen was outshined by fellow back Steven Ridley during Week 2.
Insight: Another season, same story for the Patriots. Owners never know which running back is going to get the majority of the reps. Vereen managed only six carries for 40 yards and one catch for no yards on Sunday. Vereen should get back on track at home against Oakland, during Week 3. Consider him a RB2.
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was given 15 rushing attempts with DeAngelo Williams sidelined, but could only manage 37 yards.
Insight: At least he scored - from two yards out. That's a good sign for a team with a running quarterback in Cam Newton and a fullback-type back in Mike Tolbert. Williams is questionable for next week as is Stewart's fantasy value.
Description: Fantasy owners can't be happy with Lions running back Reggie Bush over the first two weeks of the season.
Insight: Bush has a total of 96 yards from scrimmage over the pair of games and backup Joique Bell is getting more rushing attempts than he is. Perhaps Bush's knee is more sore than he's let on to the public. This is a shared situation with a quarterback who likes to throw 650-700 times a season.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB
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Description: Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer vultured a touchdown on Sunday in the team's 25-14 victory over the Giants.
Insight: Dwyer is no more than backup option, but he will continue to see goaline carries for the Cardinals. He did manage nine carries for only 31 yards and the score during Week 2. Consider Dwyer a RB4/5.
Description: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson is still getting a similar workload as C.J. Spiller though he's yet to taste the end zone.
Insight: The 33-year-old Jackson is a solid all-around runner and pass receiver and usually gets more touchdown opportunities than Spiller to keep him fantasy-worthy. Without the touchdown advantage his fantasy value as a starter is questionable.
Description: Titans running back Shonn Greene was unable to build on a strong start to the season, against Dallas.
Insight: After registering 71 rushing yards in Week 1, Greene only managed five carries for 40 yards in Week 2. He is still the lead back in Tennessee, however owners should continue to expect inconsistent play. Greene is no more than a flex/RB3 option moving forward.
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart played through his ankle injury during Week 2's loss to Washington.
Insight: While Gerhart played, he was completely inneffective (7 carries for 8 yards and 2 catches for 9 yards). Jacksonville continues to be a rebuilding team, but if they want to compete in any games this year, they will need Gerhart to be their workhorse.
Description: Chargers running back Danny Woodhead should quickly gain fantasy value with the injury to starter Ryan Mathews.
Insight: Donald Brown may still get more rushing attempts than Woodhead, but Woodhead is the better receiver and should have more fantasy value. Sunday, Woodhead rushed eight times and caught four balls for 59 total yards. Woodhead totaled 1,034 yards from scrimmage and eight TDs last season.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball has 25 touches in Week 1, but only 15 last Sunday.
Insight: Ball totaled 89 yards from scrimmage, which is certainly respectable, but didn't get into the end zone. We need him to be more like Knowshon Moreno was last season to validate his high fantasy selection.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden had the backfield all to himself in Week 2 with Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined and produced mediocre results.
Insight: He rushed for 37 yards and a score and caught two balls for 31 yards.The tailback posted double-digit fantasy points (12) for the first time since Oct, 27 last season and just his third time in the last 14 games he's played dating back to 2012. It's likely MJD will reutrn rendering both useless in fantasy leagues.
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy was better in Week 2, posting 71 yards and a score on 19 rushing attempts, but he's still not playing up to expectations.
Insight: The Rams offense is trying to find its way under the direction of quarterbacks Austin Davis and Shaun Hill. Stacy should continue to get the bulk of the rushing attempts, he's averaging 15 per game, but that's less than he got as a starter last season, so his upside may be a bit more limited.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte had a tough night against San Francisco's front seven, rushing for just 21 yards, on 12 carries.
Insight: Forte couldn't break loose receiving either, catching five balls for just 15 yards. We'll chalk this one up to a defensive game plan designed to stop the two healthiest threats - Forte and Martellus Bennett. Forte will face a tough Jets defense, ranked third in yards allowed, in Week 3, so be prepared for more of the same.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson finally showed a bit of life Monday night against the Eagles.
Insight: Richardson ran for 79 tough yards and totaled 95 from scrimmage. Still, when it was time to put the ball in the end zone, the Colts went to Ahmad Bradshaw who caught two short touchdown passes.
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is getting his 20 carries, but has yet to break out for the big fantasy numbers.
Insight: This could be the "new reality" caused by the addition of Darren Sproles, who has become too valuable to keep off the field. We will keep on top of McCoy's usage moving forward to see if he continues at this new, lower, production level. McCoy is averaging 108.5 ypg from scrimmage this season versus 134.1 in 2013.
Description: Eagles running back Darren Sproles had another productive weekend, posting 178 combined yards and a touchdown.
Insight: We are now seeing how coach Chip Kelly envisioned using the back along with his star tailback LeSean McCoy. Sproles' fantasy owners can start him each week as a reliable fantasy option. Through the first two weeks he's already totaled 263 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns
Description: Bad news for Texans running back Arian Foster's fantasy owners as coach Bill O'Brien said he needed to do a better job spreading the workload, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: He carried the Texans' offense in Week 2 rushing 28 times for 138 yards and a score and could have posted more if the Texans hadn't called off the dogs. He's totaled 55 rushing attempts over the first two weeks which extrapolates to 440 rushing attempts over a 16-game schedule and the injury-prone back has zero chance of surviving that.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell continues to get more work than Reggie Bush, but there is a major concern for fantasy owners.
Insight: Bell has fumbled the ball once in each of the first two games, though he recoved the miscue in the season opener. It doesn't matter how well you run, if you put the ball on the turf, you won't get many opportunities.
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis should be a solid fantasy option over the next 2-3 weeks while starter Jamaal Charles is dealing with a high ankle sprain.
Insight: Davis totaled 105 yards from scrimmage (79 rushing) and two touchdowns. Hopefully for Charles owners, they were wise enough to handcuff the two backs. The Chiefs next play Miami, New England and San Francisco.
Description: Kansas City star RB Jamaal Charles has the dreaded "high ankle sprain, according to Lindsay Jones of USA Today.
Insight: High ankle sprains can vary, but fantasy owners should realistically figure 2-3 weeks. The Chiefs have a solid backup in Knile Davis who rushed 22 times for 79 yards and a pair of scores as Charles' replacement on Sunday and will carry the workload while Charles is sidelined.
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram, who rushed 11 times for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Browns in Week 2, will miss about a month due to a hand injury, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Ingram was producing solid fantasy numbers while sharing time with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson. Robinson figured to do most of the running with Thomas as the pass receiver for the next month. it will be interesting to see which one gets the most work and has the most fantasy value.
Description: Early reports on Kansas City star RB Jamaal Charles' left ankle injury are that its been termed "mild" according to Jason La Canfora of CBS.
Insight: Charles will have an MRI on Sunday, but he's likely to miss at least one game. The Chiefs have a solid backup in Knile Davis who rushed 22 times for 79 yards and a pair of scores as Charles' replacement on Sunday.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown against the Dolphins in Week 2.
Insight: Spiller is still not the focal point of the Buffalo rushing attack as Fred Jackson and Spiller each had 12 carries, but Spiller proved Sunday that he is the bigger splash player. He will be boom or bust all year long but his ceiling is much higher than Jackson's.
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram rushed 11 times for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Browns in Week 2.
Insight: Similar to Graham, Ingram was not featured early on in the game, but after some struggles on offense, Sean Payton turned to Ingram. The running back rushed eight times for 39 yards and a touchdown in the second half. After two weeks, he looks like the best Saints back to have on your fantasy team.
Description: Browns running back Terrance West rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown in Cleveland's victory over New Orleans in Week 2.
Insight: In his first career start, West started slow but turned it on in the second half. He scored the touchdown in the third quarter. He is someone to try and grab or hold onto until Ben Tate proves he can stay healthy.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell had twice as many touches in Sunday's game against Carolina than Reggie Bush.
Insight: Neither running back was very productive on the ground, but Bell caught six passes for 61 yards. He also rushed for 36 yards on 10 carries. Bush gained 26 rushing yards on six carries and caught two passes for six yards. At this point, Bell has just as much value as Bush does because it looks like they will truly share the backfield this season.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill gained 94 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches in Week 2 against the Falcons.
Insight: Hill did not get much playing time in Week 1, so it was great to see him get on the field. With a huge lead, the Bengals featured both Bernard, who had 32 touches, and Hill. The rookie will likely continue to improve as the season goes and clearly has more value than just a handcuff back.
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard gained 169 yards from scrimmage and scored a rushing touchdown on 32 touches.
Insight: Bernard had an incredible 19 touchdowns in the first half with 16 carries for 52 yards. The running back was not exactly efficient as that averages out to 3.25 yards per carry, but fantasy owners love the fact Bernard has turned into a work horse. He mostly maintained that pace in the second half. Bernard is a top fantasy running back in any format.
When Tucker asked Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis about how touches would be split, Lewis said, "A smart guy would say Gio gets a little bit more." Good news for both Bernard and Hill fans, who are curious as to how the workload will be shared. We expect Bernard to get about 16-18 touches a game, which puts him close to 300 on the season, and Hill will get between 10 and 14 carries. Bernard will be featured much more in the passing game.
Description: Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was at his best today, rushing 29 times for 167 yards and a score.
Insight: Great news for Week 2, but you have to be fearful of the oft-injured Murray seeing 30 touches a game. Jump for joy about the excellent fantasy numbers, but hope for a little better balance next week, so he will survive to help you at fantasy playoff time.
Description: Titans rookie running back Bishop Sankey was nowhere to be found in Week 2 against Dallas.
Insight: Sankey rushed the ball just two times for three yards. The Titans only tried running the ball 11 times including twice by quarterback Jake Locker. Shonn Green appears to be the only back option in Tennessee.
Description: Minnesota backup running back Matt Asiata isn't Adrian Peterson. OK, you already knew that.
Insight: Still, he wasn't horrible even in the 30-7 blowout. He managed 36 yards rushing and 48 yards and a touchdown receiving for a solid double-digit afternoon. Rookie Jerick McKinnon was not a factor.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was the workhorse running back for the Patriots Sunday, getting 25 rushes for 101 yards to just six carries for Shane Vereen.
Insight: The even better news is he scored a touchdown and didn't fumble the football. It appears the feature back could be different from week to week and neither Ridley or Vereen is going to be an every game RB1.
Description: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno left Sunday's game against the Bills holding his left elbow. UPDATE: Will not return
Insight: It looked like Moreno may have hyper-extended his left elbow when he placed his left hand on the turf as he was falling to the ground. Damien Williams will share carries with Lamar Miller if Moreno is unable to return.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) is not expected to play in Week 2 against the Rams according FOX's Jay Glazer.
Insight: Coach Lovie Smith was adamant all week that Martin was not benched in the Week 1 loss. The coach also reassured the media that the Buccaneers would stay committed to the running game. Apparently it really was an injury keeping him out of the end of the season opener. Bobby Rainey jumps up in value.
Description: Browns running back Isaiah Crowell could see an increase in carries on Sunday against the Saints as starting running back Ben Tate is out with an injury.
Insight: Obviously, Terrance West is the best player to start in the Browns backfield, but Crowell saw the field in Week 1 even with Tate starting. Crowell rushed for 32 yards on five carries and scored two touchdowns. He is worth keeping an eye on, but it would be somewhat of a leap of faith to count on Crowell producing that kind numbers again.
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will be the starting running back this week against the Lions.
Insight: DeAngelo Williams is inactive with a thigh injury. Stewart rushed for just 20 yards on nine carries in Week 1. There is also a possibility Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker will get carries on Sunday. Plus, going against a tough Lions front seven, Stewart is a risky play even in the Flex.
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate is inactive against the Saints for Week 2.
Insight: Tate suffered a knee injury against the Steelers in Week 1. On Friday, Tate hinted that he is hoping to return after the Browns bye week, which is Week 4. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will get the carries for Cleveland against New Orleans.
Description: 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore will be the No. 3 running back during the second half of the season according to CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Lattimore is supposed to return to practice in Week 7. He will not be pushed into the lineup right away, but if he continues to progress, Lattimore has a great shot to overtake rookie Bruce Ellington for the No. 3 back.
Description: The NFL confirmed that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could face league discipline under the league's personal-conduct policy.
Insight: Peterson is already not playing on Sunday against the Patriots, and he could possibly miss more games. This is a disaster for Peterson owners. Matt Asiata will start in Week 2. Pick him up before Sunday.
Description: ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky expects rookie running back Bishop Sankey to "gradually grow" into a more important role on offense.
Insight: Sankey is further down the depth chart than we initially thought. Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster had 15 and nine carries, respectively. Sankey had six carries for 25 yards. Even Leon Washington was invovled and only had two fewer touches than Sankey did. The rookie is worth having on your bench because he will continue to get more reps but do not put him in your fantasy lineup this week.
Description: The Broncos defense expects Jamaal Charles to get "a lot of touches this week," according to denverbroncos.com
Insight: One would hope as Charles only touched the ball 11 times in Week 1. Chiefs coach Andy Reid admitted this week that was a mistake. The Denver defense looks better than last year but Charles is still a clear RB1 for Week 2.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) is expected to play in Week 2 against the Rams according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Coach Lovie Smith was adamant all week that Martin was not bench in the Week 1 loss. The coach also reassured the media that the Buccaneers would stay committed to the running game. Martin is a RB2 this week.
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings have deactivated Adrian Peterson for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Insight: A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted Peterson on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. There is no other news about how long he will be out at this point. Matt Asiata will likely be the starting running back for Minnesota this week, and Jerrick McKinnon will receive some carries as well.
Description: FOX 26 reports Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Houston for reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Insight: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the arrest stems from "the disciplining of a son with a switch." ESPN would not confirm if it was indeed Peterson's son on Pardon the Interruption. It is unclear whether Peterson will play on Sunday and if not, it is also unclear who the starter will be, Matt Asiata or Jerrick McKinnon.
Description: Seahawks running back Christine Michael (hamstring) has missed the first two days of practice this week and we await Friday to see if there is any chance he'll be ready to go in Week 2.
Insight: The second-year back went into training camp with a ton of buzz, but Marshawn Lynch remains the workhorse after resolving his contract issues and Robert Turbin will be his backup at least until Michael is healthy.
Description: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 2 due to the injury.
Insight: Moreno was a workhorse in Week 1 with 24 rushes for 134 yards. Outside of a 37-carry game against New England last season, Moreno had not run the ball that much since dec 2012. We loved the results, but we hope his workload stays at around 18-20 carries so he can make it through a 16-game schedule.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball has 25 touches in Week 1 which should make his fantasy owners smile.
Insight: Ball didn't havce a great day, but 83 totals yards and a touchdown is solid work. Backup C.J. Anderson saw just four rushes and Ronnie Hillman was inactive. Peyton Manning's running backs are always a good value and Ball should continue to produce double-digits every weekend.
Description: Running back Jonathan Stewart could be a viable fantasy option if DeAngelo Williams can't play Sunday.
Insight: Williams is dealing with a thigh injury and missed the last two practices. The one thing the Panthers have is depth at running back. Stewart, Mike Tolbert, and Fozzy Whittaker can carry the load if Williams is inactive. Stewart rushed nine times and caught three balls in Week 1.
Description: Browns rookie running backTerrance West has at least two games to show fantasy owners what he's got.
Insight: West ran for 100 yards on 16 carries in relief of injured starter Ben Tate against Pittsburgh last Sunday and will have at least two more weeks with Tate sidelined to win coaches and fantasy owners over.
Description: Browns RB Ben Tate will not play in Week 2 due to a knee injury and according to Mary Kay Cabot, Browns beatwriter for Plain Dealer is targeting a Week 5 return.
Insight: Tate has always been a bit fragile and hopefully fantasy owners handcuffed Terrance West. West and backup Isaiah Crowell will have two weeks to display their talents. Heading into Week 2, only West is a viable fantasy option.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson was a disappointment in Week 1, rushing just six times for 20 yards.
Insight: An even worse sign is Richardson played 29 snaps and backup Ahmad Bradshaw was out there for 44 plays. Hopefully, the Colts won't fall behind the Eagles in Week 2 and Richardson can get equal time.
Description: Indianapolis running back Ahmad Bradshaw proved to be a valuable asset in the season opener with five catches for 70 yards to go along with 15 yards on the ground.
Insight: It appears that Bradshaw will be the guy in passing situations and the two-minute offense and Trent Richardson will be the primary runner. If Bradshaw can stay healthy, of course. He was limited in Thursday's practice, but is expected to be ready to go in Week 2.
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush is dealing with knee soreness, but was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Insight: That's an upgrade from Wednesday and bodes well for his being ready for Sunday's matchup against Carolina. The Panthers held Tampa Bay to 14 points and 113 yards on the ground and will be a good test for the Lions' running game.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce carried the load Thursday night with 22 rushed for 96 yards and one reception for seven yards.
Insight: Many fantasy owners had jumped on the Justin Forsett bandwagon, but Pierce's active night will slow that parade to a halt. Forsett caught four balls for 16 yards and had eight carries for 56 yards. It appears the Ravens are still figuring out the backfield mix.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) returned to practice on Thursday.
Insight: This isn't a surprise as Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith called the injury minor. The bigger concern, however, is Martin's seemingly short lease with Smith. Plus, at less than 100 percent, Martin is a low-end RB2.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster said the heavy workload will continue in Week 2.
Insight: Foster led the league with 27 rushing attempts in Week 1 and also had two catches. New head coach Bill O'Brien has made it clear that he will use Foster as a work-horse back. With the Texans visiting Oakland this week, Foster may lead the league in carries again for Week 2.
Description: Browns head coach Mike Pettine implied running back Isaiah Crowell is more of a power back than fellow rookie Terrance West.
Insight: Pettine told cleveland.com that Crowell is "a guy that, if you polled (defensive backs) and said, "Hey, do you want to make a list of guys that you want to tackle?' I don't think he makes that list. He can square up. He runs very low to the ground." With Ben Tate out 2-4 weeks, West will start this week against the Saints, but Crowell could see some substanstial action as well. Crowell scored two touchdowns in Week 1.
Description: Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is pleased with the way running back Andre Ellington's foot responded to Monday night's 18 touches.
Insight: "A lot less sore than he though he was going to be," Arians said according to azcardinals.com. "It's much better than we hoped." Elllington missed practice on Wednesday, but he should get limited reps by Friday. As long as Arians keeps feeding Ellington the ball, which he should, plug Ellington into your lineup.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy did not practice Wednesday, instead watched from the sidelines.
Insight: Lacy is working through the concussion program. he seems to be on the road to a return for Week 2, but its a situation which requires more information. James Starks is the handcuff for Lacy owners should the starter not be able to go against the Jets in Week 2.
Description: Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Bernard Pierce would remain a big part of the offense.
Insight: Don't know if we should really buy this. In the same press conference, Harbaugh said Pierce was benched for fumbling and then denied that fact. Justin Forsett looks to be the Ravens go-to back at least this Thursday against Pittsburgh, but the long term starting job will be probably determined by the hot hand. As frustrating as Pierce has been the last season-plus, it would probably be the smart move to hold onto him at least one more week.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (foot) survived Week 1 without his foot inury getting any worse.
Insight: He's back in a walking boot as he tries to get ready for Week 2. Ellington admitted he wasn't as quick as normal. "I had some quickness going from right to left, but it was a little harder going from left to right," he said after the game. Fantasy owners who jumped on Jonathan Dwyer came up empty in Week 1.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (foot) is active for the season opener.
Insight: Despite all the rumors, including one that had him out 4-6 weeks, Ellington is in the lineup. He will likely be limited in some capacity so fantasy owners should start someone else if possible.
Description: Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor indicated Monday that he will continue to share the running back duties between Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno according to the Miami Hearld.
Insight: Both backs played well in the victory over New England on Sunday. Even though he didn't start, Moreno played on early downs while Miller played in passing situations. Moreno and Miller are both worth owning; we target Moreno as a RB2 in a 12-team league and Miller as a possible flex option.
Description: XTRA 910 Arizon'a Mike Jurecki reports the Cardinals plan to work out Andre Ellington (foot) "hours before kickoff".
Insight: It appears Ellington is a true game-time dicision. If you were still planning on starting Ellington, running back Jonathan Dwyer is really your only other option. Even if Ellington plays, he will likely be limited in some capacity. Start someone else if possible.
Description: The Baltimore Ravens announced they are releasing running back Ray Rice.
Insight: In the wake of the TMZ elevator video, the public have been calling for Rice's head. Our guess, he never plays another down in the NFL. This could also have huge implications for Roger Goodell's tenure as commissioner. As for fantasy, Bernard Pierce is the starter in the Ravens backfield, but Justin Forsett took over the role after Pierce's fumbling issue in Week 1. We would like to see how Week 2 on Thursday goes, but based on Pierce's performances last season and in Week 1, we guess Forsett is the best option out of the Raven backfield.
Description: On Monday, head coach Andy Reid admitted it was "negligence" to only give running back Jamaal Charles 11 touches in the Week 1 loss to the Titans.
Insight: It was nice to see a head coach take blame for something, especially in public, but it is still worrisome that feeding Charles the ball would not be Reid's No. 1 priority every week. Hopefully the mistake is corrected in Week 2, but with the Chiefs going to Denver, it might be hard to keep the game close enough to let Kansas City use Charles and the running game enough to satisfy fantasy owners.
Description: Yahoo Sports Dan Wetzel reports on Twitter that the Ravens might release Ray Rice after TMZ released the video of him knocking out his then fiance and dragging her out of an elevator.
Insight: There does not seem to be much of an alternative at this point. There is a lot of blame to go around in this situation, but NFL players along with fans are calling for his head. Terrance Knighton of the Denver Broncos tweeted that he should be banned from the NFL. Rice is eligible to return in Week 3, but we will see if that actually happens.
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart sprained his ankle on Sunday and will be limited in practice this week.
Insight: Gerhart owners received a scare when Eagles defender Fletcher Cox dragged Gerhart down from behind on a play. We will monitor his status all week but Gerhart should be fine to start against the Redskins in Week 2.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill played just 10-of-67 offensive snaps in the Bengals' Week 1 victory to the Ravens.
Insight: The widely heralded rookie running back from LSU was not as involved with the offense as anticipated. Cincinnati played a pass-first approach on Sunday, which was surprising and led to fewer opportunities for Hill. Meanwhile, Gio Bernard owners are extremely pleased as he played on the other 57 snaps. Hill should see more time as the season progresses, but owners will have to take the wait-and-see approach.
Description: Jets running back Chris Ivory played 30-of-70 offensive snaps in the Jets' Week 1 victory over the Raiders. Chris Johnson barely had more playing time with 33 offensive snaps.
Insight: Even though Johnson out-touched Ivory 18 to 10, it is really looking like the workload is going to be split right down the middle. The duo, along with Bilal Powell, averaged 7.4 yards per carry. As much as the Jets would like to give quarterback Geno Smith more responsibilities, this team is going to be a run-first offense. Both Johnson and Ivory are worth stashing away on the bench.
Description: Steelers starting tailback Le'Veon Bell showed fantasy owners everything they wanted to see Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Insight: Despite having LeGarrette Blount scavenge a short touchdown run in the first half, Bell was huge with 109 yards and a score on the ground and another 88 yards receiving on seven catches. This is not a shared situation.
Description: Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno showed everyone why he was brought to South Beach.
Insight: Knowshon Moreno wasn't the official starter at tailback, but he showed fantasy owners he's the guy to have rushing more than twice as often as Lamar Miller (24-11) and posting 134-yards and a score..
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate left Sunday's game against the Steelers due to a knee injury and is questionable to return.
Insight: Tate was hurt on a 25-yard run in the second quarter. He looked fine when he left the field but has not returned. Rookie Terrance West is now the Browns No. 1 back. With the game looking like a blow out at half time, Tate might not even return if he could.
Description: Bills backup running back Bryce Brown is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Insight: It is clear now, at least for Week 1, that Doug Marrone will feature C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon. As the week progressed, it sounded like Jackson would get the most carries, Dixon would be featured in goal-line situations and Spiller would receive the best opportunity to catch passes and return punts and kick offs.