DeMarco Murray went to the injury report yet again, leaving his fantasy owners scrambling to the waiver wire for potential replacements. He is not expected to play against Carolina this Sunday, at the least.
In 12-team leagues, that leaves slim pickings to choose from. Ditto for rosters that allow eight or more bench spots. Owners will have to make some tough calls and pick a flier on a back who may only get ten carries.
Let us sort out the trash and find the treasures that will translate to fantasy victories. Between strong matchups, garbage point opportunities and being part of a running offense, there’s more gold on the waiver wire after first glance.
William Powell: Owned in 38 Percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues
With Kevin Kolb sidelined with a chest injury, where will the Cardinals get offensive production? I never thought I would say those words.
In all seriousness, the ball won't get into Larry Fitzgerald's hands itself. That's where William Powell comes in. The feature back in Arizona could get as many as 25 carries depending on how they fare early against Minnesota.
Fantasy production or not, that's as good of an opportunity you'll find on the waiver wire.
Daryl Richardson: Owned in 32 Percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues
The Rams spark plug at running back seems to have a solid game when nobody in fantasy circles is talking about him.
After a solid 99-yard performance against Miami's top-ranked rush defense, he has an even better matchup at home against Green Bay. He has been splitting carries with Steven Jackson as of late, not an easy feat to accomplish.
That's because Richardson is that good. Don't sleep on a running back who Jeff Fisher has confidence in; those guys usually run to fantasy dividends.
LaGarrette Blount: Owned in 28 Percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues
If You Had to Replace Murray, Who Would You Start?
Blount has taken a timeshare out of Doug Martin's carries in Tampa Bay, becoming a touchdown vulture inside the ten-yard line. He has a touchdown in his last two games. Considering he was in Bucs coach Greg Schiano's doghouse at the beginning of the season, that's great fantasy progress.
Martin may be getting more touches, but he hasn't strangled the starting job from Blount just yet. Expect Tampa's backup to get his chances.