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The Danario Scenario

Tuesday, October 19, 2010




Running Backs

Danny Woodhead, Patriots - Meet the Pats' new lead back. Woodhead played 51 of 76 snaps against the Ravens compared to 24 for BenJarvus Green-Ellis and two for Sammy Morris. Woodhead is now being used in two-receiver packages, and his touches have gone up by the week. The Pats will continue to mix and match based on opponent and game momentun, but Woodhead is now the best bet for touches and yards in this backfield. He may have RB2/flex value the rest of the way in PPR leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Chris Ivory, Saints - Sporting an impressive power/speed combination, Ivory took advantage of Pierre Thomas' absence and an awful Bucs run defense to rack up 175 yards in Week 6. Those numbers are gone, however, as we head into Week 7. Thomas (ankle) has a chance to return this week, and Reggie Bush (leg) will return the following week, putting a serious dent in Ivory's fantasy potential. Ivory is worth carrying in all leagues, but fantasy owners would be foolish to expect a repeat of last week's "perfect storm" performance against the Browns.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Donald Brown, Colts - Due to a lingering hamstring injury, Brown is unowned in half of all CBSSports.com leagues as the Colts head into their bye week. Joseph Addai is expected to undergo more testing on his injured shoulder, and the Colts may have to scale down his role in Week 8. Brown should be back to full health just in time to take on a greater share of the workload.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

James Starks, Packers - As Adam Levitan pointed out Tuesday morning, the fantasy buzz for Starks is out of control considering he hasn't played football in two years. The Packers still haven't seen him in pads, and he's not expected to be active on game days this week or next. He's talented enough to be worthy of a stash in deeper leagues, but don't expect a fantasy impact before Thanksgiving.

Recommendation: Worth a stash in deeper leagues

Earnest Graham, Buccaneers - Cadillac Williams is sitting on a completely useless 2.5 yards per carry average, and Kareem Huggins (ACL tear) is done for the season. Graham is not expected to miss any game action with his own hamstring injury, and he's averaging a stellar 7.8 yards per touch. He could be next in line to eat into Caddy's workload.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers - The Bucs kept talking up Blount as a candidate to take on a larger role, but he was deactivated in Week 6. It turns out they simply don't trust him to play in pass-blocking situations. He'll suit up this week, but his role is negligible in the short term.

Recommendation: Worth a stash in 12-team leagues

Deji Karim, Jaguars - Karim managed just three yards on three carries Monday night, but he played ahead of Rashad Jennings as Maurice Jones-Drew's primary backup. Owners of a disappointing MJD will want to carry Karim over Jennings as the "handcuff."

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Derrick Ward, Texans - What happened in Tampa? It could be that Ward simply fell out of shape after signing the big contract. He's back in shape now and flashing his old Giants form with TDs in three consecutive games. Ward isn't a threat to Arian Foster's production, but he's a fine handcuff.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Long-Term Fliers: Jerome Harrison, Keiland Williams, Kevin Smith, LeRon McClain, Mike Hart

Harrison is basically a poor man's LeSean McCoy. He'd fill the same role if McCoy goes down. ... Williams is one Torain injury away from feature back duty. ... Jahvid Best reportedly has turf toe issues in both of his feet. ... McClain is only worthy of a roster spot if Willis McGahee is traded Tuesday.


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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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