BILAL POWELL, TOUCHDOWN MACHINE
These rankings encompass all major positions, and whether you’re in an easy living 10-teamer or ‘My team has no depth’ 14-player league, you’ll find who you’re looking for. I’ll even throw in some lesser known commodities for those in 20-team leagues.
If for some reason you don’t have a decent backup for Robert Griffin III, here’s a list of guys to consider (as of this article, RGIII was questionable to play). For everyone else, move on to the running backs section.
- Colin Kaepernick (CBSports.com: 72%, NFL.com: 26.1%) – He is still available in a good portion of leagues and now he faces the Patriots pass defense.
- Russell Wilson (CBS: 60%, NFL: 19.1%) – At Buffalo won’t be any easy game, but nothing has phased Wilson of late.
- Brandon Weeden (CBS: 25%, NFL: 2.6%) – The Browns have won two straight games. You don’t say that often. Weeden should be able to throw on the Redskins too.
- Sam Bradford (CBS: 44%, NFL: 10.2%) – The Vikings are a completely different team on the road, which should leave Bradford with a decent game.
- Jake Locker (CBS: 23%, NFL: 36.5%) – He’s still making a few bad decisions per game, but he does have a lot of options on his side.
- Brady Quinn (CBS: 3%, NFL: 0.1%) – This is the battle for the bottom of the AFC West. Quinn is starting, that’s all I’ve got.
- Kirk Cousins (CBS: 0%, NFL: 0%) – Well, if you have RGIII, why not go for his immediate backup to be safe?
There were a few minor injuries over weekend, most notably, Fred Jackson injuring his knee. Still, he shouldn’t have been a top RB for anyone. Other than that it was mostly clean, excluding any back spasms.
- Knowshon Moreno (CBS: 87%, NFL: 34.4%) – He was still being doubted before last Thursday’s dominant performance. All haters need to recognize. Moreno had 32 carries against the Raiders; they trust him.
- Bilal Powell (CBS: 27%, NFL: 4.6%) – Powell was my No. 3 option for a reason last week. He matched Shonn Greene’s numbers of 77 yards and a TD, and now he gets the Titans. He has four TDs in his last four games.
- David Wilson (CBS: 43%, NFL: 47.8%) – Sure, he just had an amazing game, but temper your expectations. That was against the Saints, and Ahmad Bradshaw is still playing. The Giants do have some nice matchups coming up, so you have to like him anyway.
- Vick Ballard (CBS: 81%, NFL: 36.2%) – Ballard continues to look better every week. Unfortunately, he gets the Texans this week. Fortunately, he gets the Chiefs in two weeks.
- Montell Owens (CBS: 19%, NFL: 1.1%) – It was impressive that Owens ran for 91 yards, but only had 14 carries. You’d think running the ball more would’ve helped in a defensive matchup with the Jets. He has a tough game with the Dolphins, so that YPC average may not be there.
- Joique Bell (CBS: 59%, NFL: 6%) – This guy makes plays, it’s as simple as that. Whenever he touches the ball something good happens. Bell also had seven targets, which may have something to do with the Lions being thin at receiver.
- Jacquizz Rodgers (CBS: 74%, NFL: 46.5%) – Slowly, but surely. Rodgers was on the field for 10 more snaps than Michael Turner against the Panthers. That will probably be the same scenario against the Giants unless Atlanta’s defense steps up.
- Alex Green (CBS: 62%, NFL: 19%) – He’s the last guy you want to trust right now in your backfield, but Green looked better against the Lions. However, he now has to worry about DuJuan Harris getting touches.
- Ben Tate (CBS: 58%, NFL: 54.5%) – He’s back from injury and looked good in his minimal touches on Monday night.
- LaMichael James (CBS: 4%, NFL: 1.4%) – Well, he got his carries and looked pretty good. If the 49ers decide to rest Gore in a couple weeks, James will be a gold mine.
- Robert Turbin (CBS: 18%, NFL: 0.7%) – Just in case Marshawn Lynch’s back doesn’t hold up. The Seahawks should be able to run all day on the Bills too.
- Tashard Choice (CBS: 2%, NFL: 0.4%) – With Fred Jackson out for the season, Choice becomes Spiller’s immediate backup.
There’s nothing really new in the receivers department on the wire. Dez Bryant owners are likely panicking with the possibility of him being out for the rest of the season, but that’s why you’re reading this.
- Danario Alexander (CBS: 87%, NFL: 27.9%) – One of my friends just told me he picked up DX from waivers last week, so he’s still here.
- Josh Gordon (CBS: 82%, NFL: 21.1%) – Gordon came out of nowhere and is now the best receiving option on the Browns. This week’s opponent, the Redskins, have one of the worst pass defenses in the league.
- Golden Tate (CBS: 66%, NFL: 18.5%) – Even in a 58-point performance, Tate came up with a dud. I’d forget about that, as he wasn’t really needed. Usually in road games, he is needed.
- Chris Givens (CBS: 53%, NFL: 5.6%) – While Givens received eight targets, he didn’t produce much. I like him to bounce back at home this week against the beatable Vikings.
- Rod Streater (CBS: 2%, NFL: 0.3%) – Streater led the Raiders in targets and has two straight good games. He’ll continue to see time on the field and now gets the Chiefs.
- Donnie Avery (CBS: 52%, NFL: 13.7%) – I’m not sure how much time Andrew Luck will have to throw, but the Texans defense is consistently not good against No. 2 WRs, that’s why he’s above Hilton.
- T.Y. Hilton (CBS: 84%, NFL: 40.3%) – The fall off last week was bound to happen. The good news is he’s had 100 yards in every other game for six straight weeks. Can the streak continue?
- Dwayne Harris (CBS: 0%, NFL: 0.2%) – The latest news is that Dez Bryant has a major finger injury and could be out for the season. Even if he he’s only out for a game, Harris will probably take Bryant’s spot while Kevin Ogletree stays in the slot.
- Kendall Wright (CBS: 45%, NFL: 2.5%) – Kenny Britt was dominant, but Wright still got nine targets against the Colts. With Antonio Cromartie likely on Britt all day, Wright may be used more.
- Alshon Jeffery (CBS: 14%, NFL: 2.9%) – He returned from injury and picked up 57 yards and a touchdown. With so much defensive attention going to Brandon Marshall, Jeffery will continue to find holes in the defense.
- Andrew Hawkins (CBS: 29%, NFL: 7.3%) – Due to injuries, Hawkins saw a bigger role once again and had eight targets with a touchdown. He’ll be used plenty again against the Eagles on a short week.
- Jason Avant (CBS: 1%, NFL: 1.2%) – I had Riley Cooper here last week, but after Avant’s ridiculous catch and 133 yards, he deserves a spot.
- Kris Durham (CBS: 0%, NFL: 0%) – Durham didn’t look good in his first game of the year, but he still had four catches for 54 yards on nine targets. Matthew Stafford’s options on offense are limited to say the least.
When a couple of tight ends owned by no one (Clay Harbor and Anthony McCoy) make it to the Top Five of the charts, you know something is wrong with the position. Mr. Dominant, Jimmy Graham, doesn’t even have over 10 Fantasy Points in his last three games. Let’s try and find the gems that will succeed in Week 15.
- Tony Scheffler (CBS: 3%, NFL: 0.6%) – I said it last week. Scheffler is going to fill in a lot for missing WRs and now Brandon Pettigrew is dealing with an ankle injury.
- Benjamin Watson (CBS: 4%, NFL: 3.2%) – The Redskins have struggled against tight ends all season and Watson should be able to find some room. He’s seen more targets lately.
- Dallas Clark (CBS: 45%, NFL: 6.1%) – Clark didn’t do much against the Eagles, but neither did the rest of his team. He should get better numbers against the Saints.
- Clay Harbor (CBS: 0%, NFL: 0%) – If Brent Celek misses any time, which is very possible, Harbor steps in. He looked just fine against the Bucs catching all six of his targets and a TD.
- Dennis Pitta (CBS: 50%, NFL: 17%) – If Dickson misses more time, Pitta will continue to be a viable Fantasy tight end.
- Tony Moeaki (CBS: 4%, NFL: 0.7%) – The Chiefs lost by 23 points to the Browns, you can’t blame Moeaki. He should post better numbers against the Raiders.
My defensive picks last week were a tad disappointing, but not a lot of defenses were all that great, unless you had the Seahawks. They single-handedly won Fantasy matchups with their performance. Let’s try and find you a defense that will do that for you this weekend.
- St. Louis Rams (CBS: 45%, NFL: 5.5%) They SHOULD be owned, but if not, they need to be picked up. Christian Ponder on the road? Check. Opponent: Vikings
- Detroit Lions (CBS: 36%, NFL: 65.6%) – The Lions defense has played tough for most of the season and the Cardinals were just beaten by 58 points. Where will their heads be? An offense that hasn’t scored over 20 points in nine straight games? Check. Opponent: Cardinals
- Tennessee Titans (CBS: 13%, NFL: 1.1%) – The Titans killed the Colts offensive line last weekend and should be able do the same against the Jets. Mark Sanchez on the road? Check. Opponent: Jets
*Stats up-to-date as of Dec. 10
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