Fantasy Football Crystal Ball: Tashard Choice

Dan BentonCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2008

Yes, the fantasy season is winding down, but there are still playoff games to win and players to pick up from waivers. Now that you are guaranteed to face the best of the best, every little extra point you can get helps. With that said, there is one player sitting on a lot of waiver wires who could put you over the top.

You have a Choice—Tashard Choice, that is.

Choice wasn't on many fantasy radars before last week, even when Felix Jones was lost for the season. It took an injury to Marion Barber for Choice to have a chance to show his stuff, but he has made the most of his opportunities so far. However, with Barber receiving better news than expected, the question is whether Choice is a viable option for fantasy teams anymore, especially during fantasy playoff time.


Choice is a rookie fourth-rounder who carried the ball 19 times in the first 12 weeks, so there is scarcely a scouting report on him. Which is good, because defenses do not quite know how to size him up. Despite not having exceptional speed, Choice was a two-time ACC rushing champion and helped Georgia Tech have some of it most productive offensive season in its storied history. 

Choice reads blocks well and hits the holes hard. That was evident even when he was getting precious little playing time, ripping off runs of 15, 14, and 12 yards despite carrying the ball five, two, and five times, respectively, in those games.

Perhaps the best part about Choice is his pass-catching ability. The Cowboys would not have a problem with letting Barber be the exclusive RB, but they would prefer not to do that. Choice's ascension allows them to hold Barber back a bit, especially because they can regularly rotate Choice in for third-down situations.

Against perhaps the best defense in the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Choice confused them with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, catching five passes for 78 yards. That included a 50-yard reception that shocked the stout and stingy Steelers defense.  Choice's versatility makes it likely he will see plenty of opportunities even when Barber is fully healthy.

This week, Choice showed that he can be effective when splitting carries with Barber.  Choice carried the ball nine times for 91 yards and a TD.  He also caught four passes for 52 yards.

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