Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Running Backs

Donald Brown, Colts - Formerly a first-round bust, Brown earned praise from team president Bill Polian as one of the Colts’ strengths after thoroughly outplaying Joseph Addai in Week 12. Brown is not only averaging a career-best 4.7 yards per carry, he’s also matched his career-high with three touchdowns in the past six games. Averaging 16.7 touches and 77.7 yards over the past three games, Brown has earned weekly flex status at the very least.  

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Toby Gerhart, Vikings - Gerhart racked up a respectable 12 fantasy points against the Falcons’ stingy run defense, which was about as much as Adrian Peterson could have reasonably expected. The latest report from NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora is that Peterson is unlikely to return as the starter in Week 13 against the Broncos. Gerhart would maintain low-end RB2 value under that scenario.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Maurice Morris, Lions - After initial reports to the contrary, it now appears that Kevin Smith’s ankle sprain was of the mild variety. There’s even a chance that Smith will suit up this week against the Saints, which would leave Morris without even flex value. Pick up Morris if you’re desperate, but don’t expect more than flex value at New Orleans.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Kendall Hunter, 49ers - The fourth-round rookie has shown plenty of play-making ability in small doses this year. In a run-heavy offense with an aging starter and a shot to wrap up a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs, Hunter is perhaps the most important handcuff in the league not named Ben Tate.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Montario Hardesty, Browns - Hardesty down-played the pre-game aggravation of his calf injury, suggesting he’ll be available for Week 13. Coach Pat Shurmur has indicated that he doesn’t want Peyton Hillis carrying the load in the backfield going forward. The Browns will reportedly move on from impeding free agent Hillis after the season, so it makes sense to see what they have in Hardesty in the final few weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Johnny White, Bills - Still worthless between the tackles, C.J. Spiller managed just 2.9 yards per carry in his first start as Fred Jackson’s replacement. White, a fifth-round rookie out of North Carolina, is a better inside runner than Spiller. Barely averaging 2.0 YPC with three different teams this year, Tashard Choice should be a non-factor down the stretch. White has a chance to siphon early-down work by Weeks 15-17.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Marcel Reece, Raiders - The most athletic fullback I’ve seen in the past 20 years, Reece was a jack-of-all-trades against the Bears, leading the team with five catches and 92 yards on seven targets. He’s only an option in PPR formats if Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore, and Jacoby Ford all sit out again in Week 13. Even then, Reece is more of a dice roll than a reliable flex play at Miami.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper PPR leagues.

Shane Vereen, Patriots - The second-round rookie has emerged as New England’s garbage man, totaling 15 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter of back-to-back blowouts. There should be more where that came from in this week’s matchup against the winless Colts, though Vereen is no more than a desperation fantasy play.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Hold Off: Tashard Choice, Evan Royster

Choice is a negative run waiting to happen. … Royster may have passed Ryan Torain on the depth chart, but he’ll need a Roy Helu injury to hit the fantasy radar.

Cut Bait: Jahvid Best, Fred Jackson, Delone Carter, Chris Ogbonnaya, D.J. Ware

Best and Jackson are out for the season. … Carter didn’t even see the field in Joseph Addai’s return. … Ogbonnaya is going to be unceremoniously dumped to No. 3 on the depth chart. … Ware hasn’t produced with Ahmad Bradshaw out.


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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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