Fantasy football owners of Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy might have to search the waiver wire for replacements this week because the 24-year-old star suffered a concussion (via ESPN) during Sunday's game.
Injury to insult... RB LeSean McCoy left Eagles' 31-6 loss to the Redskins with a concussion.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 18, 2012
McCoy was on pace for another 1,000-plus yard rushing season and has also been a factor in the Eagles passing game with 40 receptions and three receiving touchdowns.
His all-around play makes him a valuable fantasy player, but if he has to miss a game or two late in the season, the waiver wire will be the best place to find a replacement, unless you want to make a trade.
Let's look at four running backs who could still be on your league's waiver wire.
Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Vereen was the No. 2 running back for the New England Patriots on Sunday and rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries, including a touchdown. He also had one catch for 11 yards.
He has three rushing touchdowns this season and has even been featured in goal-line situations.
The Patriots offense is almost a lock to score 35-plus points every week, regardless of the opponent, and with star tight end Rob Gronkowski suffering an arm injury on Sunday (via Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com), the New England rushing attack may become a larger part of the offense.
Only two of the Patriots' six remaining games are against quality opponents, so Vereen will have some favorable matchups toward the end of the season.
Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy's replacement on Sunday was Bryce Brown, who played very well, rushing for 35 yards on five carries.
Brown's impressive performance should earn him some more carries next week, even if McCoy plays. The Eagles cannot afford to give McCoy a full workload one week after suffering a head injury, so expect Brown to play an important role in the offense in Week 12.
His impressive size (6'0" and 203 lbs) also makes him a goal-line threat. Brown is likely still on your league's waiver wire, but since he will probably be a popular fantasy name this week, go add him to your team right now.
James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Starks has been injured for a lot of the year, but he played well in the Packers' 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
He ran the ball 25 times for 74 yards and also caught one pass for six yards. Green Bay doesn't run the ball too often because of their amazing passing attack, but they will need to have a more balanced offense to finish the season strong.
Starks' size makes him a goal-line threat, and as long as he's healthy, he should be a lock for 15-plus carries each game.
Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
Reece probably isn't available in your league, but if he is, consider adding him right away. He is replacing the injured Darren McFadden and has been phenomenal over the last two weeks.
He ran for 103 yards on just 19 carries in his team's loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and also caught four passes for 90 yards.
Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has throwing the ball a lot this season, and since he's targeting Reece out of the backfield, he will be a good option for fantasy owners in PPR leagues.
Reece is the top waiver wire pickup in Week 12 at the running back position.
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