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The Tight End Crapshoot

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


Running Backs

Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers - The destitute man’s Jerome Bettis is still owned in less than half of Yahoo leagues. The Steelers are using the rest of the season as an opportunity for Dwyer to prove he can be the long-term solution at tailback with Rashard Mendenhall due to exit free agency in 2013. Not much of an asset in the passing game, Dwyer has low-end RB2 appeal versus the Chargers, Cowboys, and Bengals in the fantasy playoffs.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

 

James Starks, Packers - Starks showed more burst than he has all season on a 22-yard touchdown run against the Vikings, but his fantasy potential is capped by the timeshare with Alex Green. Both backs are averaging 13 touches per over the past two weeks. Starks is merely a flex option for Week 14 versus the Lions.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

 

Tuesday night update: The Packers are reportedly considering injured reserve for Starks after he sustained a knee injury in Week 13. Remove Starks from waiver list and add Alex Green just below Jonathan Dwyer. Green Bay will likely sign a street free agent, but Green is the feature back for the foreseeable future.


DeAngelo Williams, Panthers - With Jonathan Stewart nursing sprains to both ankles, Williams drew the start and produced his second-best game of the season at Kansas City. The bad news is that he saw just 12 carries with Cam Newton stealing the show. Only once all season has a Panthers back topped 15 rushes in a game. Williams’ upside is capped as a low-end RB2 versus the Falcons in Week 14.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Montell Owens, Jaguars - Maurice Jones-Drew is “very questionable” for Week 14 while Rashad Jennings is coming off a concussion. If both players sit out, special teamer Owens is expected to be the feature back with Jordan Todman and Richard Murphy as backups. Owens would be ranked in the 25-30 range against a Jets defense allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing backs.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Joique Bell, Lions - Bell is averaging an eye-popping 5.7 yards on 57 carries compared to Mikel Leshoure’s 3.8 on 157 totes. Leshoure isn’t going away as a move-the-chains sustainer, but OC Scott Linehan confirmed that Bell has earned more opportunities going forward. Bell remains an appealing flex option for Weeks 14-16 against the Packers, Cardinals, and Falcons.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

David Wilson, Giants - With Andre Brown out of the lineup, the Giants are once again using Ahmad Bradshaw as a workhorse. If history is any indication, Bradshaw’s high-maintenance feet will remind the coaching staff why that’s a bad idea. Wilson should be rostered by Bradshaw owners as a lottery-ticket handcuff.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Justin Forsett, Texans - Forsett out-played Arian Foster on an equal number of carries last week, topping 50 rushing yards for the third consecutive week. Even with Ben Tate healthy, Forsett has earned coach Gary Kubiak’s trust as the change-of-pace back. Foster owners should try to roster both Forsett and Tate, as the two would likely split touches in the event of an injury. 


Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Bernard Pierce, Ravens - Pierce is your weekly reminder to handcuff your stars unless you are willing to miss out on the next Bryce Brown. Coach John Harbaugh followed through on his pledge to increase Pierce’s role as a complement to Ray Rice, allowing the rookie to handle several drives on his own last week. Pierce has no fantasy value outside of a Rice injury.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Watch List: Robert Turbin, Ben Tate, Shane Vereen, Toby Gerhart, Evan Royster, Brandon Jacobs, Daryl Richardson

Pick up your handcuffs, drop your fifth receiver or backup quarterback.

Cut Bait: Rashard Mendenhall, Daniel Thomas


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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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