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Tuesday, November 09, 2010




Running Backs

C.J. Spiller, Bills - After shunning major needs at quarterback and left tackle, the Bills targeted Spiller at No. 9 overall last April -- and promptly excluded him from their first-half offense. With just one score and five carries per week, Spiller is now owned in just over half of all CBSSports.com leagues. In a down week for running back options, he's worth picking up in hopes that he'll see a few more looks with Roscoe Parrish out for the season.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Mike Goodson, Panthers - The Bucs surrender the fifth-most fantasy points and the second-highest yards per carry to opposing backs, so the Panthers' Week 10 starter has value. DeAngelo Williams (foot sprain) is aiming for a return this week, but there's still no indication from the team that it will happen. With Tyrell Sutton (ankle) also banged up, Goodson could end up seeing 15-20 touches at Tampa. This is a backfield picture to track throughout the week.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play

Tashard Choice, Cowboys - One can only hope that interim coach Jason Garrett opts to play his best players instead of rewarding seniority as Wade Phillips did in the backfield. There have been whispers of an expanded role for Choice over the past few weeks, and it may finally come to fruition with the coaching change. If Felix Jones is going to pass "protect" like he did in Green Bay, Choice could even end up with double-digit touches per week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Jason Snelling, Falcons - With the bye weeks coming to a close, Snelling is still owned in just 45 percent of all CBSSports.com leagues. After proving last season and again early this year that he's good for borderline RB1 production as a fill-in, that number should be at 100 percent in leagues of 12 teams or more. Michael Turner owners should have learned from last season that they need Snelling on hand the rest of the way as insurance.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Derrick Ward, Texans - Arian Foster owners are in the same category as Michael Turner owners. Foster is arguably the most valuable running back property in fantasy, and he needs to be protected the rest of the way with a handcuff. Ward is averaging a highly effective 6.6 yards per carry and 8.3 yards per reception as Foster's backup.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Clinton Portis, Redskins - Keep expectations low on Portis. He's already practicing this week, but coach Mike Shanahan doesn't expect him to play until he returns to football shape. When he does return to game action, Portis will likely go back to the third-down timeshare role that he was settling into before the separated groin. Ryan Torain, who practiced fully on Monday, will remain the primary early-down back.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Javarris James, Colts - The Colts had no problem using Donald Brown all over the rest of the field, but they twice turned to James to punch it in at the goal-line in Philly. James would defer to Joseph Addai or Mike Hart should they make a reappearance this week. The status of both players remains up in the air, however, leaving James as an option in touchdown-heavy leagues against the Bengals.

Recommendation: Worth a look in TD-heavy leagues

Tyrell Sutton, Panther - It was Sutton -- not Mike Goodson -- who first came on in relief of Jonathan Stewart (concussion) against the Saints. Sutton was forced to leave with an ankle injury of his own, however, and coach John Fox offered only that he was "day to day." The Panthers aren't crazy about using Goodson on early down,, so Sutton would be worth a look if he returns to practice by Wednesday or Thursday. Keep an eye on DeAngelo Williams' (foot sprain) status as well.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play

Long-Term Fliers: Javon Ringer, Anthony Dixon, Deji Karim, Bernard Scott, Kevin Smith, Keiland Williams, Chester Taylor, James Davis

The best of the handcuffs and high-upside roster stashes.

Cut Bait: Marion Barber, Cadillac Williams, Marcel Reece

Fullback Reece should be dropped in all leagues with the Raiders on bye.

Hold Off: Danny Ware

Ware was only the game for 13 carries and 66 yards last week because the Giants were up 35-0 by halftime. He'll be glued to the bench again in Week 10.


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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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