The Bad Guy’s Starts of the Week
Here are The Bad Guy’s starts of the week for Week 5. All of these guys make for great bye week replacements and should also be considered top 15 options at RB. Don’t be afraid to get them in your lineups over some bigger name guys.
Rashard Mendenhall RB Steelers - With starting RB Willie Parker out for Week 4 with a bad case of turf toe, Skokie’s own had the game of his career this past Sunday night against the Chargers. Mendenhall ran for 165 yards on 29 carries and two TDs. The Niles West HS graduate was able to get the Steelers’ running game going for the first time all season, something that FWP had failed to do as he averaged just over 3 yards per carry (way down from his career average of 4.3 YPC). As I am writing this, Parker’s Week 5 status is unknown, but even if he plays, I still think Mendenhall has to be in your lineups. Pittsburgh heads into Detroit to take on a Lions defense that is allowing over 120 yards on the ground, and there should be plenty of carries to go around. There is also no way that Parker is 100% come Sunday, and after carrying the Steelers in Week 4, I’m excited to see what Mendenhall does for an encore in Week 5.
Glen Coffee RB 49ers - Frank Gore is again expected to sit out this week as he continues to recover from foot injuries, which means that Glen Coffee should get another full slate of carries in Week 5. The third round pick out of Alabama had a decent week 4, compiling 106 total yards – 74 on the ground and 32 through the air. Coffee has a great match up this week as the Falcons come to town, and while their defense looks pretty solid on paper, they have yet to show that they can stop the run. Atlanta is allowing 136 rushing yards per game, meaning that Coffee could be in for a field day on Sunday. You can definitely expect another 100 total yard day from the rookie RB, and I’d be surprised if he didn’t find the end zone at least once.
Knowshon Moreno RB Broncos - With news that Correll Buckhalter will miss some time with a sprained ankle, Moreno automatically becomes THE man in Denver. The first year stud out of Georgia had been splitting carries with Buckhalter, but will now be carrying the load for at least the next couple weeks. Wit that being said, Moreno faces somewhat of a tough task this week, as the Patriots and their 11th ranked rush defense visit Invesco Field at Mile High. New England is allowing less than 100 yards a game on the ground, but with the job all to himself, I still believe that Moreno will be able to produce on Sunday.