Chris Wesseling

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There Goes That Man Again

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Running Backs

Roy Helu, Redskins - Taking over as primary runner in the second half of Week 2, Helu showed impressive explosiveness, elusiveness, and pass-catching ability as the offensive MVP against the Cardinals. Coach Mike Shanahan praised Helu’s “big-play capability” after the game, but suggested his role increased only because Tim Hightower got “a little bit tired.” Helu will enter Week 3 as Hightower’s change-of-pace, but this has a committee-attack feel over the long haul. Hightower is averaging just 3.73 yards per carry compared to Helu’s inescapable 6.91.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Delone Carter, Colts - Carter played just 14 snaps in Week 2 compared to 55 for Joseph Addai, but the rookie still carried the ball 11 times against the Browns. As Pro Football Focus points out, Carter has gotten the rock on 60 percent of his snaps thus far. That number will continue to grow after Carter showed impressive tackle-breaking power up the gut as the only player breathing life into the home crowd. By mid-October the Colts will have little to gain by adding to the wear and tear on Addai’s body in a lost season.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Dexter McCluster, Chiefs - Already playing a Reggie Bush-lite role in the Chiefs offense, McCluster will see extended snaps with Jamaal Charles done for the year. Through two games, he’s averaged an impressive 7.8 yards on 12 attempts as a change-of-pace option but also an embarrassingly low 2.6 yards per on nine receptions. With wide receiver eligibility, McCluster does carry value in PPR leagues. Just don’t expect much scoring in a Chiefs offense that has gone in the tank.

Recommendation: Should be owned in PPR leagues.

DeMarco Murray, Cowboys - There’s still no clarity in the Dallas backfield behind Felix Jones. Through two weeks, Murray and Tashard Choice both have three fantasy points. Murray has averaged 2.6 yards on eight carries versus Choice’s 1.1 average on eight totes. With Jones now playing through a slightly separated shoulder, this backfield split is one to monitor.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Tashard Choice, Cowboys - Choice has a reputation in fantasy circles as an underappreciated back with the potential for RB2 value if only he was afforded the opportunity for feature-back carries. The problem is that he hasn’t put that ability on tape since the 2009 season, and the Cowboys coaches have lost faith over the past year and a half. If Felix Jones misses time, Choice would likely split touches with DeMarco Murray.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Thomas Jones, Chiefs - Jamaal Charles’ season-ending ACL tear likely means that Jones will lead the Chiefs in carries this season. I can’t recommend him as any more than a RB4, though, as a step-slow runner in a committee attack for an offense that will struggle to move the ball and score points. I wouldn’t waste the waiver move or the roster spot in 12-team leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Javon Ringer, Titans - Chris Johnson found himself on the sidelines for one stretch against the Ravens, watching Ringer run with more authority and confidence. Ringer isn’t a threat once Johnson rounds into regular-season form, but he’s reclaimed the No. 2 job after an injury-filled preseason.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Toby Gerhart, Vikings - Last year’s second-round pick finally showed playmaking ability in Week 2, breaking loose for a 42-yard reception and a 31-yard run. If Adrian Peterson goes down, Gerhart will have RB2 value with his three-down skill-set. It’s hard to carry handcuffs through the bye-week crunch, but Gerhart does make for handy Peterson insurance.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Cut Bait: Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Leon Washington

Watch List: Steve Slaton, Le'Ron McClain, Jerome Harrison, Isaac Redman, Joe McKnight, Marion Barber, Montario Hardesty, Lance Ball, Jacquizz Rodgers


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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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