Running BacksNovember 2, 2016
It’s taken some time for the talented rookie from Cal to find his way on the field, because of injury, but Shane Vereen has taken over as Benjarvus Green-Ellis’s replacement. This week the Patriots face off against the Colts, and if you're in desperate need for some help in your flex position, Vereen should be good for some second half work, as he’s received against the Chiefs and Eagles in recent weeks.
The Patriots are known for not taking the foot off the pedal late in games with a big lead. This was the case against the Chiefs, when Vereen got a cheap touchdown at the end. It doesn’t really matter how a player scores, just as long as the produce in fantasy football, so nab Vereen off your waiver wire this week. We’ve seen Green-Ellis struggle with injuries this year, so if something should happen to him, Vereen is likely to see an increase in his role within the offense.
Donald Brown —
If the third year running back is still floating around on your waiver wire, it would be best to pick him up—even if Joseph Addai seems to be inching closer to more playing time. Don’t start Brown this week against the Patriots, unless we know for sure that Addai won’t be given an expanded role, but Brown is clearly the best running back for the Colts in recent weeks.
I talked about Vince Young last week, and he posted 400 yards passing against the Patriots as the Eagles fell way behind. Young should have another chance to start this week, as the Eagles head out to Seattle to play an early Thursday night matchup. If you’re in need of some help, in light of all the quarterback injuries in recent weeks, Young can help you put up respectable numbers.
In what is a slow week for wavier additions, Riley Cooper should be looked at as a possible WR-3 play if you’re in need. As long as Jeremy Maclin is down it appears the Eagles will look to Cooper as a starter. It was nice to see Cooper start off the game with a 58-yard reception against the Patriots, but he only finished with three receptions for 71 yards on the day.
For a game where Vince Young threw the football 48 times, this was a disappointment, but Cooper has put up two reasonable performances in the past two weeks. Stick him in the lineup if you're desperate.
As I talked about in our tight end rankings this week, Jermaine Gresham may go overlooked when compared to fellow second year tight ends Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and even Aaron Hernandez, but this kid is playing well. Gresham continues to mature and his role seems to be expanding in the offense, and Andy Dalton grows with confidence.
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