Week 10: RB Roundup
DeMarco Murray; Joseph Randle; Phillip Tanner; Lance Dunbar
Current scenario: Dallas as a team has failed to rush for 100 yards since week three when Murray himself ran for 175 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Last week Murray returned to action for the first time since missing a couple of games due to a knee injury. Unfortunately the third year man out of Oklahoma was a fantasy bust, carrying the ball just 4 times for 31 yards. Murray did receive nearly half of the Cowboys' carries, so one has to take these numbers with a grain of salt. If Dallas is going to run the ball just 9 times then none of their backs will be fantasy worthy.
Future scenario: With Murray back in the fold, Dallas' running game should improve. Murray was running the ball well before missing time due to a knee injury. When Murray was out, the Cowboys turned the ball over to Joseph Randle, so one might assume he is Murray's handcuff. That is until you see Lance Dunbar had more carries than Randle in the Minnesota game. Owners looking to secure a backup to Murray in case he misses time once again will need to keep an eye on how Randle and Dunbar play this week against the Saints.
New York Giants
Andre Brown; Brandon Jacobs; Peyton Hillis; David Wilson
Current scenario: To say the Giants backfield has been a mess this season would be an understatement. After eight games, the Giants have had four different backs lead the team in yards at the end of a game. The lack of a consistent running game has hurt not only the Giants' offense, but fantasy owners as well. With some luck the Giants will return from the bye with a game plan to turn things around and help out our fantasy teams.
Future scenario: This week the Giants return from the bye week to host the Oakland Raider and their sixth ranked run defense. New York is hoping running back Andre Brown will return to action and bring some stability to the backfield. Brown claims his leg is fine and he is ready to go. We'll have to wait and see just how many touches Brown receives to determine when and if he'll be fantasy worthy.
LeSean McCoy; Bryce Brown; Chris Polk
Current scenario: The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the top run games in the NFL this season. As a team, Philadelphia is rushing for more than 145 yards per game. A major contributor to the team's success has been LeSean McCoy. After nine games, McCoy is the second leading rusher in the league averaging over 86 yards per game. The only drawback thus far has been a lack of touchdowns, but that all could change with a couple of trips to the house next week. McCoy is the only back worth starting at this point. Bryce Brown has done little this season and won't be of much use unless McCoy misses playing time.
Future scenario: Philadelphia heads to Wisconsin this weekend to face a Rodgers-less Packers team. Without Rodgers, Green Bay struggled to move the ball last week. If the same holds true this weekend, we could see McCoy with carries galore as the Eagles look to run out the clock. In two weeks Philadelphia will be home again for a rematch of their week one victory over the Washington Redskins. In that game LeSean McCoy ran for 184 yards and a touchdown.
Alfred Morris; Roy Helu; Darrel Young
Current scenario: Through the first half of the season, Alfred Morris is the league's third leading rusher, averaging nearly 86 yards per game. In addition, Morris has five rushing touchdowns; if they would give him the ball on the goal line, he would be in double digits already. Morris seems to do all the hard work and none of the glory as head coach Mike Shanahan continues to use Helu and now Young when Washington is deep in the red zone. As a fantasy owner, this is something you're going to have to live with and just hope Morris can punch in a few before Helu or Young get the chance.
Future scenario: The Redskins play Thursday night this week against a Vikings team that has allowed the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Then in two weeks Washington heads to Philadelphia, where they'll look to avenge their week one loss to the Eagles. In that game Alfred Morris carried the ball 12 times for 45 yards -- both season lows.