Jan 6, 2012
RUNNING BACK - SIT ‘EM
Cedric Benson (Cincinnati Bengals) @ Houston
Cedric Benson was one of the few Bengals who didn’t struggle against the Texans when the two teams met in Week 14. The Cincinnati running back ran 21 times for 91 yards though he failed to reach the end zone. However, consider that 42 of those yards came on one run. The other 49 came on 20 carries, which was good for a 2.5 average yards per carry. The Texans were the second-strongest team against the run from a fantasy standpoint this season, giving up an average of just 11.5 fantasy points per game. Houston gave up just one rushing touchdown to a running back in its last nine games, and the Texans only gave up three rushing touchdowns to running backs at home all season. That doesn’t bode well for Benson, who only scored one rushing touchdown in the final five weeks of the regular season.
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Brandon Jacobs (New York Giants) vs. Atlanta
While Ahmad Bradshaw was out of the lineup with a foot injury running back Brandon Jacobs filled his role well for the New York Giants. That included a 101-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14. When Bradshaw returned Jacobs saw his touches and production fall considerably. In the final three weeks of the regular season Jacobs combined for 91 yards and no touchdowns. The Atlanta Falcons are good against the run, too. The Falcons are giving up the sixth-fewest rushing yards per game (97) as well as the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs (13.4). Even if Jacobs were to receive more than 15 touches, which is unlikely unless Bradshaw were hurt again, he still wouldn’t be a good play against the Falcons this week.