Good Fantasy Choice: With Felix Jones Out and Marion Barber Ailing, Take Tashard

Kyle WinslowCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 4: Running back Tashard Choice #23 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the football against the Minnesota Vikings at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 4, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

There's lots of flux in the Dallas backfield, with Felix Jones ruled out against the Broncos this week and Marion Barber recovering from an injury. So what does this mean for your fantasy team?

It means you have another good choice, and that's Tashard Choice. When Choice got a chance last season he put up great fantasy numbers, and with Marion Barber out last week against Carolina he put up 82 rushing yards and a touchdown. Not bad numbers at all, considering he split carries with Jones for three quarters.

But equally as important as his stats are his touches from the last game. He had 18 carries to Jones' eight and was the target of seven passes to Jones' one. Even before Jones left with an injury in the third quarter, Dallas was not afraid to use Choice extensively.

So even if Barber plays this week against Denver, look for Choice to get plenty of touches. Barber is listed as probable, but the team did sign running back Chauncey Washington from its practice squad as a precaution. If Barber's injury is lingering enough for the team to take this sort of precaution, it's pretty likely that he'll be used a little less than usual.

Barber is still a good start this week. The Dallas offensive line can seemingly get a good push against any defense, and although Denver is currently ranked seventh against the run, it's played three poor teams with less-than-spectacular running games. 

But if I had both Barber and Choice on my roster, I would start Choice. He will get plenty of rushing attempts regardless of Barber's status, and he should be much more involved in the passing game. And if there's any setback to Barber's injury, the upside for Choice is tremendous.