Sammy Morris —I talked about Morris’ return to the lineup last week and it’s worth expanding on with another game in the books. In Week 13, Morris was looked at 11 times, which was only three fewer than what Maroney saw.
This past Sunday, Maroney carried the ball 22 times and was targeted an additional three times. Morris, meanwhile, carried it only six times and was looked at a total of nine times.
Kevin Faulk was also in the mix in Week 14, racking up 13 of the team’s 47 RB looks. Although Maroney still appears to be unquestioned starter, don’t get too comfortable, especially considering Fred Taylor could be back any day now.
Advice: Morris should only be the lineups of desperate owners in very deep leagues. He’s worth holding as a handcuff to Maroney in standard leagues, but nothing more.
Shonn Greene —Greene was a hot add when Leon Washington went down for the season earlier this year, but the looks just aren’t coming for the rookie. Over the last five games, he’s been looked at seven, four, 11, 11, and six times, respectively.
Those aren’t big numbers, but they aren’t bad for a backup. Consider that the Jets are the league’s run heaviest team (at 59 percent run, they run it 7 percent more than the next closest team) and Greene is an injury to 31—year—old Thomas Jones away from seeing a majority of the 36 carries the team averages a game.
Think about how valuable Ricky Williams is now that Ronnie Brown is out of his way in Miami. Same concept.
Advice: Unless you’re in a very shallow league, Greene should be on someone’s bench. Sure there are only two—to—three weeks left in the regular season, but if Jones goes down this week, Greene is a must—start the rest of the way.
Arian Foster —I talked about Foster a bit on Twitter (@FDC_MikeClay) last week as a player who could be called upon should Gary Kubiak turn his attention away from Chris Brown or Ryan Moats.
Kubiak followed cue, providing Foster with a team—high 17 looks in the Texans’ week 14 game. Moats touched the ball 11 times and scored the team’s only rushing touchdown, while Brown carried the ball only three times. Foster managed only 34 yards on 14 carries, but did open some eyes with 54 receiving yards on four targets (four catches).
Advice: If you’ve been shuffling your bench spots between Moats and Brown, Foster is someone to add to the mix. He’s worth a bench spot for now, but I wouldn’t feel overly confident with him in my lineup until we see what his role is going forward.
Pay attention to what Gary Kubiak has to say this week. If he officially moves Foster ahead of Brown on the depth chart, he’s definitely worth a roster spot in most leagues and not the worst flex play in deeper formats.
Kenneth Darby —At this point in the fantasy season, your bench should be mostly filled with handcuffs who would make a huge impact should the player in front of them go down with an injury. Enter Kenneth Darby, who is currently the backup RB to Steven Jackson.
Darby is nothing spectacular on his own, but consider that Jackson leads the NFL in looks and touches and is responsible for 84 percent of the Rams’ rushing attempts this season. If he were to miss a week (he’s been on the injury report for weeks now), wouldn’t you want Darby on your side?
Advice: In all but the shallowest of leagues, Darby is a must own for Steven Jackson owners. In standard—to—deep leagues, he’s a player worth stashing on the bench if you have a spot.
Chris Jennings/Jerome Harrison —I touched on this committee last week, but that was after a game that saw Harrison "out—look" Jennings 21-7 in Week 13. It was a different story against the Steelers in Week 14. Jennings carried the ball 20 times and scored once to account for all his looks. Harrison meanwhile carried it only seven times for nine yards and was targeted three times.
Advice: The Browns running game has been awful this season and this unlikely to change regardless of who is carrying the ball. Jennings and, to a lesser extent, Harrison are worth consideration in deep leagues, but you don’t want to be starting either one of them.
Maurice Morris/Aaron Brown —Kevin Smith is out for the season, which means Maurice Morris and rookie Aaron Brown (likely in that order) take over. Smith is currently ninth in the entire NFL in looks, which means there are plenty to go around.
Morris has carried it 42 times this season, which is the second most on the team, and has been targeted 19 times. Comparatively, Brown has 21 carries and 11 targets to his name.
Advice: Morris has been battling injuries and it’s worth considering that the team could give the rookie Brown a shot to handle the majority of the looks, but until we hear or see otherwise, Morris is the player you want to claim on the waiver wire in all formats. Brown is worth a pickup for your bench in deeper leagues.
Brandon Jacobs/Ahmad Bradshaw —It should be surprising to see Jacobs name here considering that he is owned in all leagues, but this is more about Bradshaw, who needs to be considered in more. Very quietly, he has taken on a bigger load and has basically split the workload 50/50 with Jacobs over the last month.
In the last four games that both players were active, Jacobs has 51 carries for 205 yards and three TDs. He’s caught five of his seven targets for 97 yards and a score. Meanwhile, Bradshaw carried it 47 times for 175 yards and one score. He was targeted 10 times and caught seven for 73 yards. Clearly, Jacobs has been more of a fantasy asset thanks to the three additional TDs, but he’s done it on only one more look than Bradshaw.
Advice: Jacobs is still a must—start in all 12—team formats, but his value isn’t quite where it was a year ago. Bradshaw isn’t the worst flex option in 12—team leagues, but you shouldn’t feel too comfortable with him in there. He’s definitely worth considering in deeper leagues.
Julius Jones/Justin Forsett —After Jones saw 17 more looks than Forsett in Week 13 (25—to—8), it seemed that the veteran had earned his job back as the feature back. That was not the case in Week 14 as Jones was looked at only 12 times, while Forsett touched the ball 13 times.
Jones had one more carry and was more effective in the ground game than Forsett, but Forsett racked up 47 receiving yards on four targets (four receptions), while Jones managed only one reception on two targets for four yards.
Advice: There is no telling who will see more of the looks in Week 15 and beyond, but the most likely scenario is that they will split the workload down the middle. Neither should be treated as anything more than a flex play in 12—team leagues, but both should be considered in 16 team leagues.
Greg Camarillo —Camarillo’s production has been extremely inconsistent all season long and the constant rotation between him, Ginn, Bess, and Hartline does not make things any easier to predict. That said, Henne has looked his way 17 times over the last two weeks, which grabbed my attention and it should have yours as well if you’re scraping for WR help in deeper leagues.
10 of those looks did come in Week 13 when the team threw the ball an unorthodox 52 times (37 was their previous high on the season), but he was then targeted on seven of the team’s 29 pass attempts in Week 14, which was a team high. He caught all seven passes for 110 yards, which is a solid 18—point PPR effort.
Advice: Not the most reliable option, but Henne is throwing his way and this wouldn’t be the first time he made an impact in PPR leagues. The odds of him scoring are slim, but if you’re looking to fill that last WR slot in 12—team PPR leagues, Camarillo is likely one of the best options on your waiver wire.
Julian Edelman —Unlikely to make a significant impact as long as Wes Welker and Randy Moss are racking up the looks, but Sam Aiken was out with a shoulder injury in Week 14 and the rookie Edelman returned from his own injury. He was targeted only once in the game, but it’s always worth keeping the Patriots WR3 on your radar.
Advice: Really only worth a bench spot in deeper leagues at this point, but should also be considered as a handcuff for Welker owners.
Pierre Garcon/Austin Collie —Did you know that Pierre Garcon has been targeted 90 times this season? That’s more than Marques Colston, Devin Hester, Davone Bess, and Roy Williams.
In fact, over the last six games, Garcon has actually been targeted more than any other Colt, with three more than Reggie Wayne and five more than Dallas Clark. In that span, he saw 54 targets and caught 27 for 456 yards and two scores.
Clark and Wayne have more receptions and touchdowns, but Garcon has significantly more yardage. Nine targets a game is hard to find and it’s especially impressive considering he is the team’s third option in the pass game.
To a lesser extent, Collie is worth mentioning. He has a touchdown in each of the last two games and is up to six on the season. He’s averaging nearly seven looks a game, which is a healthy dose, especially considering who is throwing the ball to him. I’ve seen him dropped in a few leagues and that shouldn’t be happening.
Advice: Both are must owns in 12—team leagues. Garcon should be starting for someone and Collie is at least worth a bench spot.
Jason Avant/Reggie Brown —Jeremy Maclin is out a week or two, which cements these two into larger roles for the next, well, week or two. Maclin was seeing between six—to—nine targets each week and those need to be spread around. Maclin was out in Week 12 and the two combined for only six looks.
Avant by himself was averaging nearly that over the last four games. Most were disappointed with that effort and many people will be down on both of them going into Week 15. You shouldn’t be, especially Avant. The Eagles ran only 52 offensive plays against the Giants, which is their third lowest output of the season and ran the ball 5 percent more than they normally do.
Advice: The Eagles will pass the ball and they like to spread it around. DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek will get plenty of work, but there are still plenty of looks to go around. Expect six—to—eight looks for Avant in Week 15 and three—to—five for Brown.
Devin Aromashodu —Bless you! With 12 targets, eight receptions, 76 yards, and a score in Week 14, Aromashodu is sure to be a hot commodity on your league’s waiver wire for people desperately looking for WR help.
Should you get into the mix? I say yes.
Despite the fact that Devin Hester was inactive for the game, Cutler has campaigned for Aromashodu to see more work and the Bears are the third pass heaviest team in the league. His stock will take a hit if Hester is active in Week 15, but don’t be surprised if he is Cutler’s second, if not first, option.
Advice: If you’re looking for someone to take a chance on at WR in 12—team or deeper leagues, Aromashodu is your man. There is a lot of risk here, but the reward could be another game with double-digit looks.
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