After weeks of us saying that it is hard to pick up a running back that you can count on this late in the season, we have stumbled upon the week of waiver wire running back! Injuries a’plenty and finally a couple of backfield option that might actually help you don’t the stretch.
Brian Westbrook, RB, San Francisco 49ers – Once a fantasy superstud but largely forgotten this season sitting behind the surprisingly durable Frank Gore, Westbrook proved this weekend that he still has some left in the tank. The 49ers offense runs through Frank Gore but with Gore for the rest of the season with a broken hip (look for him to rehab in Port Charlotte FL) look for Brian Westbrook to put up respectable numbers do the stretch. Westbrook has a decent schedule coming up too so he should be your number one target this week.
Toby Gerhart , RB, Minnesota Vikings – It looks like Peterson is going to play this weekend even with his injury, but if you own AD you should own Gerhart as well. Peterson was already losing some carries to the rookie (not many) but there will most likely be a timeshare situation this week if AD is not 100%
Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions – Kevin Smith is out….again and Jahvid Best has been nicked up since draft day. This leaves Maurice Morris and the last man standing in the Detroit running game. Don’t count on Morris to save your season but he might stop a leak if you really need help.
Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas Cowboys – Marion Barber is one of those players who only knows one speed, FULL. This leads to very few full season and 2010 looks to be following the same path. Barber hurt his calf in the second half of the Thanksgiving tilt against the Saints. Felix Jones will get the lion’s share of the workload initially, but Jones has not been the most durable back in the world either so choice is one play from being the starter. Look for Choice to get some time on the field and if history is any indicator, he will make the most of his opportunity.
Blair White, WR, Indianapolis Colts – White is not the go to guy on the Colts, in fact he usually only see the field in 4 receiver sets, but the way the Colts have been playing this season, they are using a bunch of those! With Dallas Clark no where to be found, Blair also seems to be one of Peyton’s favorite redzone targets as of late. He is not going to catch 10 balls for 140 yards but he might go 3 catches for 25 and a TD on a regular basis.
Danario Alexander, WR, St. Louis Rams – We talked about Alexander after his first big week and like many injury plagued players before him, he took his potential and packed it in his injury bag and sat on it for the next several weeks. But Alexander is back and everything we said about him in October is still valid. Big body, freakish athlete, good target for Sam Bradford.
Joel Dreessen, TE, Houston Texans – Dreesen has taken Owen Daniels’ place as Matt Schaub’s third favorite set of hands. Schaub has had a lot more trouble finding time to look for Andre Johnson downfield this season, this has lead to him looking for help from his TE. Since Daniels is out, that guy is Dreesen. When it comes to low second tier tight ends, Joel will produce as well as anyone else. Decent option if you need help.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams – As rookie fantasy QBs go, Bradford has been rock solid. He doesn’t make big mistakes, he moves the offense and he hits his receivers. Best of all, he is probably still available in your league because no one believes in rookie quarterbacks. He will continue to put up 15+ points a game and that my friend, can win a fantasy championship.