The Minnesota Vikings are a mess and they have only one star player on their offense. Amazingly, people thought the Vikings should trade Adrian Peterson to help them in the future, but ESPN reported on Nov. 2 that former Vikings’ star Herschel Walker, who they got in a huge trade 25 years ago, said Minnesota needs to hold on to their star. Here is a look at the start 'em or sit 'em options for running backs in week nine.
Eddie Lacy: There are rumors out of Green Bay that the Packers want to limit the touches that Lacy gets in a game to keep him healthy. He has averaged 24 times for the last month, but Green Bay is only talking about cutting down to about 20 touches and he should still be able to pound out yards with that. Chicago is a tough team, but he should still play well.
Alfred Morris: Last week, Washington barely ran the ball in the second half and Morris still almost broke 100 yards. He is having a silent, but quality season. Some owners might be leery of the Chargers run defense this week, but Morris is the workhorse on this team and is who they turn to the most. Run with him.
Le’Veon Bell: Despite a tough outing against the Oakland Raiders where Bell only ran for 24 yards he still scored a touchdown. This week, he gets a nice break against the New England Patriots, a team that gives up 110 rushing yards a game. This will be a big week for the rookie.
C.J. Spiller: Maybe the most disappointing running back of 2013 is CJ Spiller. He was a huge target in the fantasy football drafts and has done nothing to warrant the first round pick that he earned in most leagues. He will play this week, despite ankle problems, but has a high of 77 yards over the past five weeks and has only one touchdown on the season. Keep him benched.
Steven Jackson: He is back for the Atlanta Falcons, but with the team missing their two best receivers, Jackson and tight end Tony Gonzalez are all that is left. Jackson won’t find any holes with the receiver deficiency and only ran for six yards in his first game back. Carolina has a great defense, so expect nothing from Jackson.
Trent Richardson: When Cleveland traded Trent Richardson to Indianapolis, everyone thought they were crazy. Now, Richardson isn’t even the best running back for the Colts. His best game this season is a 60 yard performance and he has a total of two touchdowns. He has a nice matchup this week, but he will still lose carries to Donald Brown and is no better than a flex player.