Fantasy Football Week 1 Start 'Em: Running Backs

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This is a snippet from Christopher Price's weekly 'Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em' article.

This is a snippet from Christopher Price's weekly Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em article. You can follow Price at @pricetopher or you can watch his pretty hysterical and sometime utterly inappropriate vines over at his Vine account.

RB's Start 'Em

Stevan Ridley (New England Patriots)

Not only has New England Patriots' star running back Stevan Ridley (290 ATT, 1,263 YDS, 12 TD) made a name for himself, he's also coming into his third year at the professional level. As you may or may not know, a player's third year out of college is usually the tipping point in the NFL to exert full "beast mode" potential and I look for Ridley to do just that - especially against a Buffalo Bills defense guilty of giving up the third-most fantasy points to running backs on their home field, ranked 31st overall, allowing 145.8 yards per game on the ground. I mean, c'mon Buffalo... I know quarterbacks in the league who can't even throw for that many yards! **Place Mark Sanchez photo here**

David Wilson (New York Giants)

Allowing 125.2 rushing yards per game and giving up an average of close to 20 fantasy points per game on the ground at home, the Dallas Cowboys, ranked 22nd in stopping the run last season, will have their hands full stopping New York Giants' newest premier back, David Wilson (71 ATT, 358 YDS, 4 TD). Although his numbers don't jump out from last season, you've got to remember that Wilson is only in his second year out of Virginia Tech and weighing the entire load since the loss of both Andre Brown (73 ATT, 385 YDS, 8 TD) and Pro Bowler Ahmad Bradshaw (221 ATT, 1,015 YDS, 6 TD) to the... ummm... where'd he go again?! Ahhh, that's right, Indianapolis! Thanks again for that gem, fellas!

Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Doug Martin (319 ATT, 1,454 YDS, 11 TD) is a household name and fantasy badass, thanks to his rookie (yes, rookie) season last year coming out of Boise State. This season's crystal ball (no, don't ask me to look at it either... it doesn't like you... trust me... I just know, ok?!) shows that the future may be just as bright this year for the young back. Facing a New York Jets team ranked 26th last season in stopping the run, giving up 133.6 rushing yards per game, will only further help put Martin on a pedestal, as well. He made me look like a genius last season and I feel like the same will be said this time starting in week one this Sunday.

Nothing like sittin' back and allowing others to do the dirty work while you bask in the limelight... right, Chris Bosh? BOOM!!! FACE!!!


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