Ok, let’s see with this set of players I’d do a little elimination because starting from the bottom up you can easily eliminate Fargas and Cartwright they are both marginal backs on junk teams with nothing left to play for. The only hope here is that this game goes the route of Browns @ Detroit and both teams literally pick each other apart. I on the other hand have a feeling that his will be a stagnant low scoring game featuring defensive stats that are fantasy worthy but presenting only dismal to pedestrian offensive stats. If the two backs in question were the only two backs to choose from I would roll the dice with Cartwright, he plays on a more dynamic offense with a more seasoned and a progressively more confident QB in Campbell. The foundation in Oakland is too shaky to try to build you fantasy playoff future on. Moving beyond those two I would say that LT has the by far best chance to score, he is the most talented, experienced and motivated back out of the group and the Chargers have the most to play for, fighting for the first round bye heading into the playoffs. P. S. did you see what Brandon Jacobs did last week? That is a back with none of the speed or shiftiness of LT and he still shredded the Dallas D. As for Bell and Barber that is a tough call, without the committee situation in NO I would easily say Bell taking on the struggling Falcons but he is constantly splitting carries, there are just to many extended hands in NO to make anyone a star. Dallas is similar in their RB situation but at least in the Case of barber he is experienced, powerful and confident, plus the cowboys may have to fully reevaluate their commitment to the run after their pass heavy approach last week left them scratching their heads. In summary I guess I would have to rank your RB options for this week as follows.
LT, Barber, Bell, McCoy, Smith, Cartwright, Fargas
As far as your WR situation I agree that Boldin is going to be your number 1. The Bengals D has proven Itself to be functional if not “shut-down” in many cases, plus I think they will be approaching this game with added vigor in an attempt to learn from what the cardinals taught them last week and shut down the Vikings offense. KC is ranked 28th in the league against the pass and is allowing 251 yards and almost 2 TD’s on average through the air every game. If I were to roll the dice I would say that TO will have another outstanding game against the Chiefs. You may argue this point based on last week’s performance but keep in mind last week he was being covered the whole game almost exclusively by Derell Revis, one of if not the best cover corners in the league today. Against a soft pass D in KC I think TO will blow up this week. He is always going to be a risk based on the QB situation in Buffalo but he also offers the highest upside of any of the receivers you have the option of playing. Quick not as a last minute consideration you should see if Mike Wallace is still available in your league, with Hines ward out and the Steelers matching up against the browns he could easily be the guy to catapult you into the next round of your fantasy playoffs.
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