Nothing like running back injuries to whip fantasy owners into a frenzy. Especially during the bye weeks.
Several running backs were banged up in Week 5, paving the way for backup running backs to make a name for themselves in the coming weeks. Get that mouse and pointer finger ready for the waiver wire this week.
In an injury nobody saw coming (/sarcasm), Joseph Addai pulled him hamstring against the Chiefs. Addai probably started in some leagues this week with a decent matchup and some studs (Peyton Hillis, Ray Rice) on bye. He did nothing to help his owners in a pinch, however.
Addai’s injury does clear the path for rookie Delone Carter, who scored a touchdown in relief of Addai against the Chiefs. Carter was touted this summer as an impressive runner with breakout potential this season should something happen on the depth chart in front of him. He passed Donald Brown and moved up to the No. 2 spot behind Addai during the preseason and may get his shot at a starting job with Addai sidelined.
Next three weeks for the Colts: @ Cincinnati, @ New Orleans and @ Tennessee. Not the most generous of schedules, but Carter could be useful in a pinch. In deeper leagues (14 to 16 teams), consider adding Donald Brown as well.
Joseph Addai [RB, Colts]
Joseph Addai went down hard on a running play in the first quarter and limped off the field with an angry expression on his face.
Addai did not return to the game yesterday and was replaced by Delone Carter and Donald Brown. According to reports from ESPN, Addai could be out anywhere from one-to-three weeks. Addai will have a MRI performed on the injured hamstring which should be able to provide a better timetable.
Ryan Mathews [RB, Chargers]
Ryan Mathews was in and out of the game all day after straining his calf in the first quarter and then aggravating that injury during the fourth quarter.
The bye week comes at a great time for the Chargers, who also lost Mike Tolbert to a concussion during the Denver game. Mathews is on track to return to the lineup when the Chargers come off the bye week.
Mike Tolbert [RB, Chargers]
Mike Tolbert didn’t play after halftime because of a concussion.
Concussions usually knock players out at least one week. But because the Chargers have a bye this weekend, Tolbert should be able to pass the concussion tests before the next game. Check back on his status next week.
Brandon Jacobs [RB, Giants]
Jacobs’ injury is reportedly a sprained MCL, which could keep him out until past the bye week as well. Ahmad Bradshaw will probably pick up a few more carries in the struggling Giants run game — also missing starting center David Baas — and D.J. Ware is in line to get a few touches when Bradshaw needs a rest.
Bradshaw never has been a player able to stay healthy, either, so there could be an opportunity here for Ware. In deeper leagues, I even would keep an eye on Da’Rel Scott. With Bradshaw healthy, though, he is going to receive the lion’s share of work in this backfield while Jacobs is out.
LeGarrette Blount [RB, Buccaneers]
Bucs coach Raheem Morris hinted Monday that he doesn’t anticipate LeGarrette Blount (knee) playing Sunday against the Saints.
Bad news for Blount and his owners, as it would be a decent matchup for Blount this weekend. The Bucs likely will rely on Earnest Graham and Kregg Lumpkin in the backfield. Graham would be a decent option in deep PPR leagues as a flex play with Blount out.
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