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NFL Running Backs in Contract Year 2013
People familiar to fantasy sports know that contract years can play a major role in predicting a big year from a player. This years notable "contract year" running backs include: Darren McFadden: When he stays healthy, he's a monster. The question is if he can actually play out an entire year. The Raiders are ditching the zone-blocking scheme of last year and are going back to a scheme that will allow McFadden to be the key to the offense. He will have to be amazing, especially with unproven Matt Flynn at the helm, for the Raiders to win games. Expect a big year from McFadden while crossing your fingers that he avoids the injury bug. Maurice Jones-Drew: Last year was certainly a disaster for MJD. First his attempt to hold out ended up as a failure, then he got a LIsfranc foot injury knocking him out for the majority of the season, and just recently he gets in a fight at a bar. I doubt that management is going to extend him a new offer and he is likely playing for a new contract with another team. While he is still not practicing, expect a motivated year from him to try and make the Jaguars look stupid for not extending him. Rashard Mendenhall: He couldn't get the multi-year contract that he wanted so is playing on a one year deal with the Cardinals. This is his chance to prove he can handle the RB1 load again. His main competition is Ryan Williams, who cannot seem to avoid injury. Now with Carson Palmer at the helm, the Cardinals offense may be in for a revival this season. Expect a healthy dose of run to keep pressure off Palmer and to utilize their new first round draft choice left guard Jonathan Cooper, who is known for his run blocking. Ben Tate: The famous Arian Foster handcuff has not been able to showcase his skills as a RB1 as Foster has proven to be a pretty dependable back. Fumble issues have also lowered Tates opportunities to handle the rock in crucial situations. However with an extra year of experience, and another year of pounding for Foster, Kubiak would be wise to give Tate some extra carries this year to keep Foster fresh for the playoffs. Marcel Reece: Marcel had a big year last year filling in for McFadden while he was injured. It would be wise for anyone drafting McFadden to handcuff him with Reece in the later rounds. Reece has proven he can be productive if given the carries and targets. If McFadden goes down early and Reece is able to start for a majority of the year, he could be in line for a big payday next year. Joe McKnight: McKnight likely won't be able to get many carries with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Mike Goodson all ahead of him on the depth chart. I would not draft him in any leagues. He will likely be used for special teams. Scroll through the pictures and highlight videos with the arrows. Photos by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images, Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel, Al Bello/Getty Images.
NFL Week 14 Preview
With lots of great NFL football on this week as the playoffs approach, let's make some picks! Steelers vs. Bengals The Bengals have had the division lead for the entire season behind QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green but the Steelers are always a dangerous team come the end of the season. Ben Roethlisberger just seems to know how to win tight, important games, and I'm not sure the same can be said about Dalton. However, the game is in Cincinnati, so I'll give it to the home team. Bengals 31, Steelers 23. Titans vs. Jets Rookie Marcus Mariota has been solid for the Titans recently, but WR Brandon Marshall is having one of the best seasons of his long career and his partner Eric Decker have given Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick lots of be happy about. The Jets are playing for a playoff spot while Tennessee's season is virtually over. I think the Jets' D and their hot offense is too strong for the rookie QB. Jets 23, Titans 13. Cowboys vs. Packers Two teams that have struggled more than others thought they might this season match up in Green Bay. The Cowboys will again be without Tony Romo. Both teams had crazy wins last week with the Pack winning on one of the most improbably Hail Mary plays of all time. While neither team has had a good season, I'm giving it to the home team in a beat down. Packers 31, Cowboys 17. Do I have it right? What do you guys think? Enjoy the games! @Starbell808 @karencorchado @BrookieyElba @ValerieAlissaPa @Link4TW @sanazsanaz @TravisBeck @Shippudenguy21 @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @KyleBerke @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91 @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @addri @ChrisStephens @AniBreo @VeronicaArtino @TomasVasquez @oct6eg10 @Darlin972 @ALEXCAMACHO @GabrielaAlvarez @strawhatblakley @Silver925 @RyanGraham96 @brolyxxrborn @martinesquivel @TiffanyPerez @PASCUASIO @ShoMoPayton @mackenzieorr186 @EvanYannetti @RaulGamboa @in4mtoxic006 @PaulFotiadis
Winners and Losers of Week 5
Winners: 1) 49ers - Run Game - Once again the Niners established the run and dominated the line of scrimmage on the offensive end. They are no longer depending on Kaepernick to make big plays and have wisely run the rock with Gore and Hyde to beat up their opponents. 2) Giants - Defense - It looks like the Giants defense is back and this team is starting to once again resemble the Giants of old where their pass rush and power run game dominated opponents. 3) The Cowboys - Dez Bryant - The Cowboys once again utilized the power run game with Demarco Murray but the big highlight of the night was Dez Bryant's amazing catch that set up the win for the Cowboys. Yes the Cowboys need the run game established, but if they want to win these close matchups they will need Dez to step up and he certainly did Sunday. Losers: 1) Eagles - Secondary - Although the Eagles won their game against the Buccaneers, they are being exposed every week in the secondary where they give up huge play after huge play. It's only a matter of time before their inept secondary costs them close games. 2) Jets - QB Situation - The QB situation in New York is a mess and this is a perfect example of why you need a franchise QB. Geno Smith is not the answer and look for the to go after a QB this draft. 3) Bears - Mistakes - The Bears defense is not as good as most people probably remember and it certainly doesn't help that they make a ton of boneheaded mistakes and turnovers. They can't afford to make these mistakes - certainly in their division.