Well, the Must-Starts have altered, it seems. Notably, the Big Five have changed into the Six Pack. Here they are:
- Arian Foster of the Houston Texans
- Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns
- Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders.
- Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans
- Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings
For the most part, these guys are consistent, but depending on game tactics and defenses, their production could vary — sometimes.
Now to the rest of the league:
Matt Forte/Chester Taylor (Chicago Bears vs. Miami Dolphins): RB3, but Chester Taylor seems to be the better bet, and could possibly be upped to RB2 soon. Mike Martz and Chester Taylor see eye to eye.
Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams (Miami vs. Chicago): RB3s or flex against this defense.
Javhid Best (Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys): Drop him to RB3 or flex, at best. When his athletic ability is blocked by the Buffalo Bills, you know he is no longer fighting. If Matt Forte can produce more than him, it’s troubling.
Marion Barber/Felix Jones (Dallas vs. Detroit): Revived themselves into RB2 status. Maybe.
Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens): Solid RB2.
Fred Jackson (Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals): Solid RB2.
Cedric Benson (Cincinnati vs. Buffalo): Solid RB2.
Ryan Torain (Washington Redskins vs. Tennessee Titans): Low-end RB2.
LaDanian Tomlinson (New York Jets vs. Houston Texans): Should be a RB1.
Marshawn Lynch/Justin Forsett (Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints): RB3 or flex.
Reggie Bush/Chris Ivory (New Orleans vs. Seattle): Solid run defense…RB2.
Michael Turner (Atlanta Falcons vs. St. Louis Rams): RB1/high-end RB2.
Steven Jackson (St. Louis vs. Atlanta): Solid RB1.
Javarris James/Donald Brown (Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots): RB3s, based on what I saw against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis/Danny Woodhead (New England vs. Indianapolis): RB2s.
Ahmad Bradshaw/Brandon Jacobs (New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles): Low-end RB1 for Bradshaw, solid RB2 for Jacobs.
LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia vs. New York): Low-end RB1.
Knoshown Moreno (Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers): High-end RB2.
LeGarrette Blount/Cadillac Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers): Solid RB2.
Frank Gore (San Francisco vs. Tampa Bay): RB1.
Jonathan Stewart/DeAngelo Williams (Carolina Panthers vs. Baltimore Ravens): RB3s or flexes, at best. They are far too undependable and injury-prone this season.