With all the injury news over the past week or so, there are likely few good options left in your league. Hopefully, you pulled the trigger quickly last week on Toby Gerhart, Kevin Smith or C.J. Spiller if you are facing issues at running back. If they are still available, certainly jump on them. Smith would seem to have the best chance to be a consistent contributor — if he can recover from his own injury.
Spiller still has not shown that he is ready to be a primary ball carrier in the NFL. He certainly has the opportunity and the talent, but needs to put it all together. He is probably worth a spot on your bench to see how he develops and has the most potential upside of any back that may still be available in your league. The signing of Tashard Choice is also troubling for Spiller, given his familiarity with Chan Gailey. All-in-all, I would not want to have to rely on Spiller as a weekly starter down the stretch in fantasy football, so hopefully you have other options.
I’m still a Gerhart fan, but Adrian Peterson is expected to return at some point, making continued production for Gerhart a question mark going forward. I still think there is a good chance that we may see more of him to close out the season as Minnesota has no reason to risk additional injury to Peterson at this point.
Beyond these three, I’m not really seeing much to get excited about in fantasy football for the week. Matt Leinart managed to underwhelm even my very low expectations. I certainly would not entrust my fantasy season to rookie T.J. Yates, either, as he attempts to fill-in for Leinart. Just about any veteran, such as Alex Smith, Matt Hasselbeck, etc., would be better.
Here are a few more ideas for this weeks:
Roy Helu, RB, Washington – For at least the third or fourth time this year, a Redskins RB has wandered onto this list. Helu has been declared the “starter” in Washington, though it is unclear if Mike Shanahan actually knows what the word “starter” means. Nonetheless, it is likely that Helu will start at least this week. I would not expect spectacular numbers from him against a solid defense, but he is better than most other possibilities in a pinch
Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit – Kevin Smith may miss this week. If he does, Morris would seem likely to get the start. Morris is not a spectacular option, but he should at least command a reasonable number of carries and put up some points.
Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago – Knox has had two monster games in a row. Knox also appears to have developed chemistry with QB backup plan Caleb Hanie. With Kansas City and Denver the next two weeks, Knox has the potential to put up solid numbers.
Damian Williams, WR, Tennessee – Williams has quietly put up three touchdowns in four weeks and has been in the top 20 in WR scoring during that period. With several very good matchups the next few weeks (Buffalo, New Orleans, and Indianapolis), Williams could be useful in a pinch and may remain so going into the fantasy playoffs.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami – Shockingly, Moore has nearly cracked the top ten most productive fantasy QBs over the past four weeks. He plays against an Oakland defense that has been very QB friendly and he is only owned in a small fraction of leagues. He is no Superman, but he is surprisingly a reasonable emergency start this week.
Anthony Fasano, TE, Miami – Obviously there are not a lot of great TE options this week. Fasano has been around the top ten in TE scoring over the last month, though his scoring has come in bunches. He has a reasonably good matchup (Oakland) and a QB that has been solid from a fantasy perspective. If you just can’t bring yourself to stomach Fasano, you can go with standard waiver wire residents such as Ed Dickson or Jermaine Gresham, who are always capable of a decent game.
Kyle Orton, QB, Kansas City – Orton is likely to take over the starting job in KC. In spite of his struggles early in the year in Denver, I believe he is still a better option than many other current starters.
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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