Let’s all pour one out for the Denver Broncos.
Peyton Manning lost his first game against a division opponent since signing in Denver. And it was to the Broncos’ arch nemesis Phillip Rivers and the Chargers.
San Diego had a huge game on the ground, whereas the Broncos struggled to get anything going running the ball at all.
Here are two options that will hopefully resemble the Chargers and help you finish out the fantasy year strong.
Stevan Ridley (NE)
Ridley has been in the doghouse lately due to fumbling issues, even getting benched for a game two weeks ago because of it. LeGarrette Blount has done a serviceable job essentially taking his carries, although he’s not immune to the fumbling bug either.
With Ridley, however, Bill Belichick may not have a choice but to rely more heavily on the back the Patriots envisioned as their number one going into this year. Now that Rob Gronkowski is out for the season, New England will have to grind out more yards on the ground. And though Ridley drew the ire of his head coach by coughing it up too frequently, he is talented.
Ridley has 7 TD’s on the year despite all of his troubles, and he’ll get a chance to prove himself once again this Sunday against Miami.
Benny Cunningham (STL)
Since having a breakout game in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears, Cunningham has come back down to earth the past two games with only six touches total. Zac Stacy is definitely the Rams number one option now and going forward, but Cunningham may get another chance to shine this weekend against New Orleans.
The Saints are unstoppable at home, but are simply a different team on the road. Cunningham is still averaging 6 yards per carry on the season, and the Saints have been much better against the pass than they have been against opposing ball carriers.
The Saints probably win this game, but the Rams won’t go down without a fight; most of that fight will take place on the ground.