Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
A backup running back's duties are mainly to spell the starter when he needs a breather and "just in case" he gets seriously injured, as they sometimes do in the NFL, it's the job of the backup to carry the load.
Justin Forsett, the understudy to Julius Jones in Seattle, has been excellent in the role.
Following a chest injury to Jones in Week 10, Forsett has been a starter for three weeks. In Week 11 he ran for 123 yards and a score and added five catches for 26 yards (20 fantasy points). Week 12 Seattle got way behind the Minnesota Vikings, but Forsett still got his points, this time by catching eight balls for 80 yards and a short TD run.
On Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, Forsett carried the ball 22 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns for 28 fantasy points, the most of any player in the seven one o'clock games. And not bad for a free-agent pickup (Preseason Average Draft Position of 282).
Forsett's total was matched by Marshawn Lynch's understudy Fred Jackson of Buffalo who totaled 116 yards from scrimmage and also scored twice. Forsett was started in just 21% of all leagues while Jackson was started in 25% of his teams.
Behind Forsett and Jackson were two better known and highly productive running backs - Steven Jackson (23-89-1 for 19 points) and Ricky Williams (27-115-1 for 18 points).
Then Chris Johnson put on his uniform for a late afternoon start. Johnson had been spectacular of late and Sunday was no different. He became just the third player in history with six consecutive games of 125+ yards rushing. Johnson finished the day with 154 yards, one TD (an 85-yard sprint), 32 yards receiving and contributed 35 fantasy points.
Tight end Antonio Gates led all receivers with 29 points on 118 yards and two touchdowns. Behind Gates on the leaderboard were two Thanksgiving Day receivers - Donald Driver (7-142-1) and Miles Austin (7-145-1) who each posted 26 fantasy points.
Likewise, Aaron Rodgers (28-for-39 for 348 yards, 3 TDs) and Tony Romo (18- for-29 for 309 yards, 2 TDs) lead all quarterbacks with 25 and 21 points on Thursday, until Brett Favre took the field against Chicago at 4 p.m. Favre took apart the Bears going 20-for-31 for 256 yards and three touchdowns...in the first half! He finished the game with 392 yards, three TDs and 29 fantasy points.
Philip Rivers also had a good day, going 21-for-28 for 317 yards and two TDs (23 points).