Eddie Lacey- I think this has to be the most obvious start of the week and I am so excited to watch this talented rookie EVERY week and you should be too. With the Green Bay Packers losing Jermichael Finley and star WR Randall Cobb for a majority of the season you can look to RB Eddie Lacy to be the first RB in my lifetime to have a major impact on the Green Bay offense. He is smart, strong, and faster than you would think for a man of his size. The Vikings have allowed the second most points to opposing RBs this season and Lacy even appears to be getting involved in the passing game as he had five receptions against the Browns last week. Aaron Rodgers will continue to give Lacy at least 20-25 carries a week and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets up to 30 something this week. With an Arian Foster-like workload I expect Lacy to be a top 3 back this week. Start him everywhere and anywhere.
Le’Veon Bell- I think the Bell start is really simple this week. He has had almost 20 carries in each game he has played this season for the Steelers. This week they go against a horrible Oakland defense that has allowed on average 19 fantasy points per week to each opposing running back in the last four weeks. They Raiders gave up five TDs in the last 4 games to running backs and I am 110% confident that Le’Veon Bell will add to this TD count. Though I don’t think Bell is deserving of a RB1 position in any league under 16 players I am positive he will remain at least a RB2 for the remainder of the season for any team or match-up.
Joique Bell (Last minute decision)- With another recent injury Reggie Bush was questionable for Sunday’s game against Dallas. However, he was recently listed as probably for the game. If he is somehow ruled out before the game though you are going to want to be holding onto Bell on your bench. We all remember how Bell played week three when Reggie Bush sat on the bench the whole game. 20 fantasy points through a TD and 140 receiving/rushing yards. Keep an eye out for the report on Bush! He is probable to play but you never know what could happen in one morning.
Zac Stacy- With Sam Bradford out for the long-term and an unreal Seattle defense in the way I don’t think Stacy is the ideal start this week. Though I love this talented young player you have to stop and realize that he is playing against the fourth best run defense in the league. Not to mention that without a big threat QB the Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will definitely be wise enough to focus more on Zac Stacy than second string QB Kellen Clemens. Although I am confident in suggesting everyone sit Stacy this week I wouldn’t be surprised if he found a way to well…surprise us!
Steven Jackson- The return of Steven Jackson isn’t looking as brilliant as some fantasy owners may have wanted in any trades or waiver wire transactions they made during his absence. His return on Sunday will be nothing. There is literally no way Jackson can score this week. Not only does he have to split carries with Jacquizz Rodgers but he also goes against an elite run defense that has allowed only two TDs to opposing backs all season. I hate having to say such a thing about a veteran back but go ahead and sit Steven Jackson this week in any league.