If you need help at running back, you might actually be in luck. For several different reasons, RB turnover was pretty high this week. Options at other positions are not quite as attractive.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas – Murray is a definite add if he is still available in your league. He broke out for 253 rushing yards and a score, leaving fellow Dallas backup Tashard Choice in the dust. Felix Jones had been less than stellar as a starter, and I doubt Dallas will rush him back from his injury. When he does return, Murray will surely see an increased workload. I would grab Murray as a spot starter as long as Jones is out and hold on to him to see what develops.
Michael Jenkins, WR, Minnesota – Jenkins is a possibility if you need a spot start at WR. He had a big game and caught his third TD pass of the season. However, don’t get too carried away. His yardage totals were pretty poor before Sunday. On Sunday, his TD came in the fourth quarter with Minnesota playing catch-up.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh – Brown finally lived up to the preseason hype, going for 102 yards on seven catches. He has a favorable matchup in New England and could be a solid start if Hines Ward is out. If Brown has another big game, I would hold onto him.
Bernard Scott, RB, Cincinnati – Scott is unproven, but he is likely to get a start, assuming Cedric Benson serves his suspension this week.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati – Gresham should be a reasonable start against Seattle. Gresham had been playing fairly well going into a bye week and may be available in many leagues as a result of bye week drops. Jake Ballard is also returning from a bye and could be available in many leagues.
John Beck, QB, Washington – This is not a great week to find a QB. Beck had a good game on Sunday and faces a Buffalo team that has given up some pretty big QB point totals so far this season. Unfortunately, one game does not make a trend, so buyer beware. Matt Hasselbeck against Indy is also a possibility.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver – Willis McGahee may be due to miss some time with a broken hand. Consequently, Moreno could actually start this week. However, I still would not start him until he shows that he can produce, something he has not done so far this season.
Delone Carter, RB, Indianapolis – Carter was the only bright spot in Sunday’s game for the Colts. He went for 89 yards and a TD on 10 carries. Carter generally is viewed as having the most upside of the Indy backs. Joseph Addai appears to be re-injured, possibly giving Carter an opportunity.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver – At long last, Thomas finally played and was involved in the offense, going for 27 yards and a TD. Thomas will take some time and Tim Tebow is a wild card, but he has the raw talent to develop into a top flight receiver.
Roy Helu, RB, Washington – Tim Hightower is now out for the season. While its impossible to have any clue what Mike Shanahan will do at RB, he at least temporarily has one less option. Though I would guess Ryan Torain will remain the primary back, that could change at any moment.
Marshall has over ten years fantasy football experience and maintains a fantasy football blog over at Sunday Morning Legend (In My Own Mind).
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