So you drafted Steven Jackson and you're in a bind now that it's looking like he isn't playing? Not to worry. There are plenty of guys who you can plug in his place who can hold down the fort until he returns. The production won't be the same, but your vacant running back spot won't be a liability.
Whether these guys are on the waiver wire or you have to make a last-minute move to acquire them, these backs are worth a shot. Here are three players you can feel confident replacing Jackson with in Week 2.
Let's start with the guy directly replacing Jackson. Cadillac Williams took over the work load last week and rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries. When he's healthy, Williams can take on the feature back role and shine.
This week he takes on the Giants, who were less than impressive last week against the Redskins. With Jackson down, Williams is going to take over his carries and produce in his place.
Forget running back by committee. Tim Hightower is going up against his old team after getting 25 touches last week. The Redskins showed exactly who their feature back is going to be and the heavy workload means big things for Hightower this week.
The Cardinals aren't going to be able to stop the Redskins this week and Hightower could be in for a 100-plus yard day. Funny things happen when a player squares off against his old team, and if Hightower gets anywhere near 25 carries this week, watch out.
There are so many weapons on the Packers that it can seem like too many people are involved in the action to entrust faith in a guy like James Starks. As we saw in the opener though, everyone on the team is subject to seeing a big day.
Starks is a huge asset when the Packers get within striking distance. They play the Panthers this week and Starks could easily find the end zone, which would make it worth your while to start him even if Ryan Grant takes over the run game.