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Quarterback Quandaries

Tuesday, November 04, 2008



RUNNING BACKS

Ryan Torain, Broncos - The Stash-Man cometh. With Michael Pittman and Andre Hall out of the season, the roster stash has gone from luxury to necessity in Denver. Mike Shanahan has referred to Torain as a Terrell Davis-like talent, which is high praise indeed. Even better, he's calling the rookie his healthiest running back on the team, which means he's going to get the rock Thursday against the Browns. Although Selvin Young will also be involved, expect a significant role for Torain the rest of the season.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

Ray Rice, Ravens - Is Willis McGahee going the way of Edgerrin James? The veteran can't shake his ever-increasing injuries while the rookie keeps impressing. Coach John Harbaugh expressed confidence in Rice and stated that he will have a larger role going forward.

It's going to be tough to sit a promising young talent averaging close to 8.0 yards per carry over the past two weeks, so expect Rice to keep rolling.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs - With Kolby Smith out of the season and Larry Johnson suspended until at least Week 11, Charles makes for a nice one-week start against the Chargers. Johnson's post-suspension role is an open question, so Charles could maintain value going forward. The rookie speedster won't be a 20-carry back, but he could be used as a poor man's Chris Johnson later in the season.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Cedric Benson, Bengals - Benson's rebirth is legit. I can't believe I just typed it, but it's true. Benson is running with confidence and authority for the first time in his career, and he now has a 100-yard game under his belt as proof. It's worth keeping in mind, however, that Benson has a bye this week before taking on Philly, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore the next three weeks.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Selvin Young, Broncos - Because Young never gets into the end zone and has a hard time staying healthy, I prefer Ryan Torain in the Denver backfield. The rookie is hardly a sure bet going forward, so it makes sense to gamble on Young as well. Young may be a better choice in PPR leagues, but Torain has the higher upside.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Derrick Ward, Giants - We keep recommending him as a weekly flex play, and Ward keeps producing. As sure bet for a few receptions and 50+ total yards weekly, Ward makes for a better play than several of the fickle starters around the league.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Kevin Faulk, Patriots - As usual, keep an eye on the status of LaMont Jordan and Sammy Morris. In the meantime, I prefer Faulk to Benjarvus Green-Ellis because of his role in the passing game.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues


WIDE RECEIVERS

Greg Camarillo, Dolphins - Despite being a waiver wire recommendation for over a month now, Camarillo is still owned in just a third of all leagues. That percentage is sure to go up this week after Camarillo's 11-catch, 111-yard effort in Denver. Expect 5-6 receptions and 50+ yards per game, and you won't be disappointed.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

Mike Walker, Jaguars - It's a weak group of wide receivers on the wire, so stashing Walker makes more sense than reaching for an underwhelming WR5. Coach Jack Del Rio said last week that he expects a Week 10 return for Walker, and he could be in line for a significant role if Matt Jones' suspension kicks in soon.

Recommendation: Monitor in 12-team leagues

Shaun McDonald, Lions - McDonald isn't an exciting option, especially with the change at quarterback. Still, he's coming off two straight games with at least five receptions and 60 yards.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Mark Bradley, Chiefs - It was a rash of injuries, not lack of talent, that caused the Bears to dump Bradley early this season. The Chiefs swooped in and may have gotten themselves a steal. Bradley has nine catches for 107 yards the past two games, and his offensive role is increasing weekly. Against the Bucs Sunday, he also threw one of the most impressive non-quarterback passes you will ever see.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Roscoe Parrish, Bills - After the Jets game, it's obvious that Parrish has taken over as Josh Reed's replacement in the Bills offense. Parrish offers much more playmaking ability than Reed ever did and could be a desperation WR3 for a couple more weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues


TIGHT ENDS

Tony Scheffler, Broncos - Out since Week 5 with a groin injury, Scheffler has been dropped in quite a few leagues. With waiver wire tight end options growing sparse, it's time to pick up Scheffler and gamble that he will be ready to play come Thursday night. At the very least, he makes for a nice stash for Week 11 and beyond.

Recommendation: Should be owned 12-team leagues

Brent Celek, Eagles - Celek will never again rack up 131 yards in a game, but the athletic pass-catcher could see an increased role going forward. Monitor L.J. Smith's status this week and consider picking up Celek if L.J. struggles to practice.

Recommendation: Monitor in 12-team leagues


TEAM DEFENSE

Jaguars - Slippery-mitted Daunte Culpepper has been a dream fantasy matchup for years now. Put him in a Lions uniform after a year away from the game and drooling ensues.

Jets - After harassing Trent Edwards all game in Week 10, the Jets return home to face a struggling Rams offense that could be starting their fourth-string running back. This game has spot-start written all over it for the Jets defense.



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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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