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Maurice Morris, Detroit (Vs Carolina)
Its been the worst kept secret in the NFL this season: Carolina can not defend the run. Since Jahvid Best and Jerome Harrison went down, Maurice Morris has benefited the most from their absence. Morris has averages of 5.6, 4.5 and 4.6 yards per carry in his three games as the Lions starting running back, while carrying the ball 9, 13 and 10 times in those games.
With Keiland Williams' role undermined with the signing of Kevin Smith (who only carried the ball four times last week at Chicago), expect Morris to get the bulk of the workload against a Carolina defense that is surrendering the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Projection: 15 carries, 72 yards, 1 TD, 2 rec, 15 yards
Roy Helu Jr, Washington (Vs Dallas)
Fantasy owners have been targeting this rookie running back out of Nebraska all year. Many people expected Helu to take over the Redskins running back position down the stretch, and Helu is doing just that.
After breaking out in Week 9 with 10 carries for 41 yards and 14 receptions (a Redskins franchise record) for 105 yards, Helu did everything in his power to become the starting running back for head coach Mike Shanahan. Of course, in true Shanahan fashion, Ryan Torain got the start at running back in Week 10.
Despite the snub, Helu led the Redskins in rushing again last week with 41 yards on only six carries (6.8 YPC). Going against the Cowboys, I expect Helu to get the majority of the workload, particularly in the passing game. It could be a bit of a stretch to expect 14 receptions from Helu this week, but you can expect a solid day's work from the former Huskers running back in Week 11.
Projection: 11 carries, 53 yards, 7 rec, 60 yards, 1 TD