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September 19, 2013

Fantasy forecast: Rough days for running backs

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Bush has been one of Detroit’s key offensive weapons, so if he does play you should probably have him in your lineup. The cupboard is also fairly bare behind him, but it still seems less than guaranteed Bush will be out there.

Atlanta running back Steven Jackson is out for this week and, according to NFL.com, the next two to four weeks with an unspecified injury, believed to be a thigh injury. Coach Mike Smith seemed to echo that sentiment, saying “it’s short term. Don’t know if that’s two or three weeks”

Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling are expected to see more action in Jackson’s absence. Last week Rodgers received more playing time, but didn’t exactly come up big — he rushed for just 17 yards on 11 carries. Snelling only had two carries, but he did rush for 19 yards and a touchdown. So, it’s hard to tell who will be the primary back. It’s really somewhat hard to endorse either one of them at this point.

And in Green Bay rookie Eddie Lacy has been ruled out for Week 3 with a concussion suffered last week against Washington. James Starks stepped in and excelled for the Packers, rushing for 132 yards on 20 carries. That performance was Green Bay’s first 100-yard rushing performance since Oct. 10, 2010.

The Packers play the Bengals this week, who are ranked 26th vs. the run this season and were 21st in 2012. Starks is owned in 56 percent of Yahoo! leagues and could be a valuable waiver wire addition.

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After a week which saw Tom Brady look ready to pull fans out of the stands to see if they could catch passes better than his receiving corps, the Patriots appear likely to be without their top target for another week.

Media reports yesterday suggested that the Patriots were leaning toward holding Rob Gronkowski out at least another week following offseason back and forearm surgeries. It is believed that the team would like to see Gronkowski get some more practice time before putting him out there in a game.

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