Week Sixteen Analysis: Over the last six weeks, Michael Turner has averaged 13 carries for 38 yards, and he's fallen below 18 yards in half of those games. However, while he's turned into an industry punch line, we simply can't ignore the fact that he's now scored a short touchdown in five straight games. Detroit is a neutral matchup in terms of yardage, but they've given up seven rushing scores in their last four games, including three to the equally pathetic Beanie Wells last week. Turner's probably going to tally another touchdown, but it's a game of Russian roulette, so you're on your own.
Week Fourteen Analysis: Michael Turner has averaged just 51 rushing yards in his last seven games, and Jacquizz Rodgers is closing in on a 50-50 timeshare. Fortunately, Turner has scored in four of his last five games, and he pounded this same Carolina defense for a season-high 103 yards earlier this season. Turner also added a 60-yard touchdown reception in that game, which you might as well erase from your memory, because that kind of lightning never strikes the same plodder twice. Still, three straight starting backs have eclipsed 125 rushing yards against Carolina's bottom-five run defense, and they've given up a touchdown per game over their last six, so Turner's a viable option.
Week Eleven Analysis: Last week Michael Turner managed just 15 total yards against a Saints defense that was giving up a league-worst 195 combo yards per game to the position. And with that, you can officially never trust him again. Turner's now scored one time in his last four games, and fallen short of 70 combo yards in four of his last five. Arizona has given up just four touchdowns to opposing backs through nine games, and Adrian Peterson is the only opposing back who's topped 90 rushing yards. If he couldn't cash in on his most favorable matchup of the year, how can you possibly expect Turner to do anything in a difficult matchup?
Week Ten Analysis: While Michael Turner is probably the most plodding back in the entire league, he continues to benefit from a passing game that requires extra attention and puts him in regular scoring range. He's now hit pay dirt in five of his last seven games, and is coming off his second 100-yard effort of the year. Sunday he draws one of the most favorable matchups of the week, as New Orleans is giving up a league-worst 195 combo yards per game to opposing backs. The Saints have also given up nine touchdowns and 5.3 yards per carry to opposing backs through eight games, so find a way to get Turner in your lineups.
Week Nine Analysis: With his career sputtering to an end, Michael Turner is going the way of Jerome Bettis. He's failed to score in back-to-back weeks, which is devastating for a guy whose only redeeming value comes from touchdowns. In the three games he's failed to score this season, Turner has daggered fantasy owners with rushing totals of 32, 33 and 58 yards. Fortunately, despite giving up just 3.8 yards per carry, Dallas has ceded four rushing scores to opposing backs in their last three games. The yardage will be mediocre-at-best, but Turner has a fair shot at hitting pay dirt this week.
Week Eight Analysis: In six games prior to his bye, Michael Turner averaged just 14 carries for 60 yards, so his fantasy value has become more dependent on touchdowns than ever. Fortunately, he's scored in two thirds of his games, but you're playing with fire with guys like this—in the two games Turner didn't score, he gave owners just 32 and 33 yards. The Eagles have only given up two touchdowns and 3.8 yards per carry to opposing backs through six games, so needless to say, this is not the kind of matchup that favors Turner.
Week Six Analysis: We may have been a tad hasty in sounding the death knell for Michael Turner's career. Through five games, Turner's yards-per-carry average is right in line with his career numbers. Turner has scored in four of the first five games of the year, and this week he faces a Raiders defense that has given up 214 yards-per-game on the ground and five rushing touchdowns in two road games this season. Still, Turner is a pretty ordinary runner, but playing with an incredibly potent passing game, Turner is going to continue getting opportunities.
Week Five Analysis: Michael Turner has always owned Carolina's deplorable run defense, so his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season came as no surprise last week. However, Turner also notched the first receiving touchdown of his career, and his career-high 68 receiving yards were more than his previous 11 games combined. Blind squirrel, meet nut. Turner has now scored in three straight games, but he'll be hard pressed to continue that momentum in Washington. The high water mark for opposing backs against the Redskins is 83 rushing yards, and they've only given up two rushing scores in four games. Passing yards come so easily against Washington, there's little reason to run. Turner might need a goal line opportunity to find a score.
Week Four Analysis: At his point, Michael Turner looks like he's running in quicksand…. while wearing snowshoes… with Rosie O'Donnell on his back, while she's popping Jessica Simpson's backne. And her drive thru. Moreover, Turner hasn't reached 20 carries in his last seven games, and last week he only out-carried Jacquizz Rodgers 14-to-10. With all that said, the aerodynamically challenged Turner has found the end zone in back-to-back games, and he's scored 11 times in his last seven meetings with Carolina. The Panthers are a bottom-tier run defense that just gave up 113 yards and a pair of scores to Andre Brown, so it's as good a matchup as Turner will get all year.
Week One Analysis: Jacquizz Rodgers has already established himself as the most dynamic, efficient and versatile back in Atlanta, but Michael Turner will retain his starting job for the time being. Turner topped 3.6 yards per-carry just once in the Falcons' final seven games of last season, and with Rodgers' role expanding and the team tilting pass-heavy, the veteran is fading into matchup-play status. Kansas City ranked 26th against opposing backs in rushing yardage last year, and they struggled against similar plodders like BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Michael Bush, Shonn Greene, Willis McGahee and even Lance Ball. Turner should be a relatively safe play this week.