Each week we at FFSpin.com scour the injury reports and analyze the box scores to offer up some players that are destined for fantasy success but could be available on the fantasy waiver wire. Four offenses (Kansas City, Oakland, NY Giants, and NY Jets) are averaging over145 rushing yards per game. On the flip side, the worst rushing attacks (averaging less than 90 rushing yards per game) can be found in Seattle, Arizona, Detroit, Dallas, and Denver.
In week ten there aren’t many top flight RB options that owners will need to replace. Injuries in Green Bay and New Orleans, have resulted in pedestrian running games. Rookie Ryan Mathews has battled injuries all season and the Chargers have employed a committee approach which has limited the individual fantasy upside of Mathews, Tolbert, and Sproles.
At the start of the season not many would have predicted that among the four teams on BYE for week ten, the Raiders would boast the best rushing attack. Darren McFadden's breakout season has led to Oakland ranking in the NFL in rushing with an average of 162 yards per contest. McFadden owners have limited options if they are looking to the waiver wire, but Mike Goodson (Carolina) might be worth considering as he has been named the starter for a favorable matchup with Tampa's 30th ranked rush defense. DeAngelo Williams (foot sprain) and Jonathan Stewart (concussion) appear likely to miss this week.
Now that we’ve hit the half way point of the NFL season, its worth analyzing the remaining NFL schedule to determine which teams face defenses that have been shredded by opposing RBs and which formidable rush defenses should be avoided if you have a legitimate alternative.
Best remaining RB schedules: Kansas City, San Diego, San Fran, Dallas, Detroit
Worst remaining RB schedules: New England, Cleveland, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Cincinnati
Rotoworld.com points out that Mike Goodson (Carolina) is worth using as a matchup play - and week 10 versus Tampa qualifies as a matchup to target.
FFToday.com is expecting Baltimore's Willis McGahee to be worth using as a flex play based on his success in the red zone.
BrunoBoys.Net recommends adding Reggie Bush now if available as he is targeting a week eleven return.
CBSSports.com recommends adding veterans Clinton Portis and Chester Taylor for the stretch run.
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If you are desperate for a one week replacement, Mike Goodson might be your guy. It appears that he will get the start for Carolina by default in week ten amidst a rash of injuries to the Panther backfield.
It’s worth noting that Goodson is probably a one and done scenario with DeAngelo Williams expecting to return in week eleven.
Don't cut anyone with long term value in order to add a one week band aid like Goodson. The second year running back from Texas A&M has spent most of his time on special teams but in week 9 was pressed into the offense following Jonathan Stewart's first half concussion. Goodson (6'0, 212 pounds) carried 9 times for 29 yards and added 3 catches for 18 yards. With rookie QB Jimmy Clausen under center, Carolina might lean on Goodson. Conversely defenses may key on Goodson. He could produce low end RB#2 numbers if he gets 15-20 carries against a generous Tampa defense allowing 24 fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.
The coaching change in Dallas could signal a lot of personnel moves and most notably additional playing time for Tashard Choice. Including Choice more in the game plan is a very real possibility as a way to jump start a Dallas run game that ranks 31st (76 yards/game). Choice hasn’t had a carry since week three but what they have been doing clearly has not been working so he could in line to get a large piece of the workload going forward. The 1-7 Cowboys would be wise to audition some of their talent for 2011. The 25 year old RB out of Georgia Tech averaged an impressive 5.5 yards per carry in limited action last season. Barber has had two straight injury plagued seasons and Felix Jones, despite being one of the more dynamic open field runners, has yet to carry the ball over 15 times in a single game. He is dynamic, but there is something missing there as well.
Michael Turner owners and those with a roster spot available would be wise to add Jason Snelling. He remains one of the better backup RBs in the league. The 4th year RB from Virginia hasn't topped 10 carries since week 3 but would become a top 10 fantasy RB option if Turner's groin injury resurfaces. Snelling has 66 carries for 280 yards (4.2 YPC) and 22 catches for 125 yards. In a week 2 start against Arizona, he flashed his dual threat ability with 24 carries for 129 and 5 catches for 57 yards. Snelling is a must have Turner handcuff for now with upside potential that makes him attractive in keeper and dynasty leagues.
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