The playoff push is here. It's time to start looking outside of the box to guys who can push you into the playoffs.
Obviously, it's your team and you're free to do whatever you want. Still, these players are at least worth a long look if you're looking to fill a hole at RB.
Okay, I need to make a quick point. Jamaal Charles is owned by more ESPN fantasy players than Maurice Morris. I understand that some people are in keeper leagues, but this shouldn't be the case. Charles has been on IR since Week 2.
Now, as for Morris. I know that the Saints are red hot, but they're still prone to giving up the occasional big play. Morris is capable of running and receiving, so he can get you points in many different ways.
The Lions will need to establish some offense outside of Calvin Johnson. Look for Morris to be one of the top players leading that charge.
Normally, I would only suggest Barber if you're in a spot where you're looking for a touchdown vulture. But a week ago, he went for 63 yards on only 10 carries.
Now, he didn't score a touchdown, so that's not a particularly special day. Still, it doesn't mean he's not worth a play.
As good as Matt Forte is, he's not a particularly strong player when the Bears are looking to score. More than that, without Jay Cutler, the Bears will need to run more. That opens up the door for Barber. It's not a coincidence that his best yardage day came the first game the Bears were missing Cutler.
With Adrian Peterson banged up and the Vikings well out of playoff contention, I can't imagine that they will be using him heavily, if at all on Sunday.
That's where Gerhart enters the picture. The second-year man put one in the end zone last week. That's certainly not a long shot this week.
The Vikings still have no choice but to run the ball. Christian Ponder is a rookie, his targets aren't very good and Denver's pass rush is vastly improving.