Le’Veon Bell showed last weekend why, even in the golden age of passing records and rules favoring wide receivers, that the running back – at its best is the most influential in fantasy scores. Bell accumulated 223 total yards and 3 touchdowns. In standard scoring that is 40 points. Bell is multi-faceted and that is the key to his huge box score. He can score both rushing and receiving touchdowns.
We look at who can replicate the dominance at the running back position in the second week of the fantasy playoffs.
Jamaal Charles versus the Raiders – He’s put up quite a few monster fantasy scores over the year. In fact his timing could be ripe. Just last year in week 14, Charles totaled 158 yards and 2 touchdowns versus the Redskins. He had one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown. Remember when Tre Mason ripped the Raiders two weeks ago? Mason totaled 164 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, and a receiving score. In week 15 of the 2013 season against the Raiders, he totaled 215 yards and scored 5 times. Charles could again single handedly catapult teams into the fantasy championship game.
Matt Forte versus the Saints – Matt Forte has already gone over 1,500 total yards and picked up 9 touchdowns, a third of those being receiving scores. Forte has been a PPR scoring format dream. He’s caught 86 passes and is well on pace for 100. He faces the Saints, a defense which has taken a few steps back. Against the run they are 29th in the league, giving up the second most in rushing touchdowns with 15.
Le’Veon Bell versus Atlanta – Who better to duplicate a “Le’Veon Bell performance” than Le’Veon Bell himself. Somewhere Jimmy from Seinfeld is smiling in a weight room. We mentioned that New Orleans has given up the second most rushing touchdowns, first belonging to the Falcons who have allowed 17 rushing scores. Matt Forte is a similar back to Bell and he was able to pick up 157 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. It’s not out of the question that he may even out do last week’s crazy good performance.