Monday, October 22, 2012

What to do With Maurice Jones-Drew

Yesterday afternoon there were just two games that kicked off at 4:25 EST, the New England Patriots hosting the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland's own MJD.  On just his second carry of the afternoon, Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a foot injury that landed him on the sideline and crutches for the rest of the game.  The extent of the injury is currently unknown but fantasy owners need to take action right away and fear for the worst.  Backup Rashad Jennings (22% owned Yahoo) finished the game taking 21 carries for 44 yards and a TD while adding 7 catches out of the backfield for 58 more yards.  He is probably the 1st guy you should look to add just because he is one of the few "starting" RBs left on waivers.

The Arizona Cardinals figured out how to rush the football yesterday against the Minnesota Vikings and it was all LaRod Stephens-Howling (15%) who took 20 carries for 104 yards and a TD while catching 4 passes for 45 yards.  It was William Powell (40%) who got 13 carries last week and took them 70 yards against the Bills, but he was limited to just 4 carries this week.  Be careful when adding either guy!

Alex Green (55%) of the Green Bay Packers is another starting RB option that is likely available but his upside is very limited.

Obviously at this point in the fantasy season, there are few running backs available on waivers, but owners will have a few stashed on their benches.  With another 4 teams on BYE weeks, owners will be without C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ray Rice and Arian Foster in Week 8.  Maybe you can work a deal for one of the Buffalo backs or the law firm himself, while on their BYE weeks!  If these owners won't move them, look for other trades as well.

It is important to remember that YOU CAN NOT REPLACE MAURICE JONES-DREW! 


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