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Tuesday, November 06, 2012


Running Backs

Vick Ballard, Colts - Donald Brown didn’t see a single carry after his surgically-repaired knee flared up on Saturday and again early in Sunday’s game. Brown is officially “day to day,” but it’s unlikely that he will work out the swelling and inflammation on a short week. Ballard is fantasy’s No. 10 back over the past three weeks. He has a good shot at matching last week’s 19 touches against a Jaguars defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tailbacks. 

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues. 

James Starks, Packers - Starks got the Week 9 start after taking increased reps in practice. He handled the majority of the early-down carries while Alex Green worked as the passing-down specialist in a tandem attack. Coordinator Tom Clements suggested the Packers will continue with the same approach coming out of the Week 10 bye. Starks is an ordinary talent, but he now has the opportunity to handle double-digit touches every game for the next month.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Marcel Reece, Raiders - Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are both sidelined by high ankle sprains against a Ravens defense allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing backs. Although Reece will likely form a committee attack with Taiwan Jones, coach Dennis Allen confirmed that the latter’s ball-security remains a concern. It’s telling that Jones saw just one carry and one target with the McFadden-Goodson duo out for the majority of last week’s game. Reece has just one carry all season, but he’s going to be on the field as the tailback on the majority of passing downs. A potential RB2 option in PPR formats, Reece has cleared 50 yards in three of the past four weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues. 

Isaac Redman, Steelers - Coming off a career game in the win over the Giants, Redman has a fine matchup against a Chiefs defense allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing backs. The problem with relying on Redman as a RB2 option is that Jonathan Dwyer (quad) has a “strong chance” to return while Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) is “questionable” for the Monday night game. The Steelers backfield is likely headed back to a full-blown committee attack for the rest of the season.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Joique Bell, Lions - The Lions’ passing-down specialist is averaging 10.2 touches for 59.2 yards over the past four games. “He's done nothing but reward that confidence that we've had in him,” said coach Jim Schwartz. "He's a talented guy and he has very good run instincts, and it's difficult for the first guy to bring him down.” Bell has carved out a significant role in the NFL’s only offense averaging 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards. 

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues. 

Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons - Rodgers’ fantasy upside is capped by his meager 8.2 touches per game and inability to run effectively between the tackles. The matchup is right for flex value in Week 10, however, against a Saints defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Shane Vereen / Danny Woodhead, Patriots - Vereen has averaged 50 yards in two games since taking over the backup role from an injured Brandon Bolden, who did not participate in bye-week practices last week. Meanwhile, Woodhead is averaging 62 yards per over the past four games; he’s the preferred option in PPR formats. Both players are worthy of flex consideration against a Bills defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing backs. The Pats’ ground attack has friendly matchups versus the Colts and Jets in Weeks 11-12 as well.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Mark Ingram / Chris Ivory, Saints - Looking better than he has all season, Ingram is coming off his heaviest 2012 workload and most yards from scrimmage on Monday night. Active for just the third time this season, Ivory actually led the backfield in touches versus the Eagles. There’s little upside here in the Saints’ four-man committee which takes a backseat to the passing offense most weeks. Darren Sproles (hand) is reportedly aiming for a return as soon as this week against the Falcons. 


Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Lance Dunbar, Cowboys - DeMarco Murray is expected to miss one more week with his foot injury. Dunbar unseated Phillip Tanner from the backup role last week, rotating with Felix Jones for 26 yards on eight carries. Although he has a shot at double-digit touches at Philadelphia, Dunbar remains a shaky flex option for Week 10.

 

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Taiwan Jones, Ronnie Brown, Peyton Hillis, Shaun Draughn, Bernard Pierce, Evan Royster, Robert Turbin, Toby Gerhart, Andre Brown

The Raiders haven’t trusted Jones’ ball-security since muffing a shaky pitch from Marcel Reece on an early-season reverse. Reece is clearly the preferred option on passing downs, though Jones could see 8-10 touches on early downs at Baltimore this week. … Brown remains a flex option in PPR formats. … Jamaal Charles (neck) practiced on Monday, leaving Hillis and Draughn without value for Week 10. … The rest of the list should be handcuffed to their feature back counterparts going forward.

Cut Bait: Phillip Tanner, William Powell, Cedric Peerman

Tanner has been bypassed by Lance Dunbar. … Powell has been an afterthought after fumbling three weeks ago. … Peerman doesn’t have a role with Brian Leonard back in the lineup.


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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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