My loyal readers, this article is coming straight from the heart. If you were banking on Frank Gore to lead your playoff charge down the stretch, you and I share the feeling of the fractured hip blues. Under regular circumstances, hasty decisions make for poor outcomes. However, this is a do or die situation. It’s close to playoff time and for some bigger leagues, this is could be the last regular season matchup of the year. That being said, I’ve prepared a shotgun array of running backs that are worthy of being picked up as soon as possible. Remember, these are desperate times so it necessary to clear room for all possible starters. You will probably have to cut ties with your backup QBs, reserve WRs and that backup TE that you really like but in all likelihood are never going to use.
Brian Westbrook: This is obvious for all Gore owners. Westbrook showed he still has some life left in his 31 year-old legs by rushing for 136 yards and a TD last week in relief of Gore. Westbrook’s biggest attribute is that he is fresher than a Subway Club Sandwich. Coming into last week, Westbrook only had 5 carries on the season so he isn’t his usual banged up self come this time of year. He must be at the top of your list of pickups whether you owned Gore or not.
Anthony Dixon: Even with Westbrook being the main guy in San Fran now, Dixon will still see his fair share of carries (14 on Monday), especially on the goal line where he got his TD against the Cardinals. If Westbrook is already taken, Dixon is a tolerable option.
Mike Goodson: The fact that this guy is still only owned in 48% of all Yahoo! Leagues is mind-boggling. Goodson has 400 total yards in his last 3 games and is averaging over 5 receptions a game. Goodson is basically the entire Carolina offense at this point and needed to be added to your struggling team yesterday.
LeGarrette Blount: The Tampa RB puts up pretty mediocre numbers but his biggest assets right now are that he has definitely established himself as the main back in Tampa along with his upcoming schedule. Except for this week, Blount will face run defenses like Washington (26th ranked run defense), Detroit (24th), and Seattle (22nd).
Bernard Scott: The backup Bengal RB has had no real fantasy value all year but that could turn around a bit in these last few weeks. The Bengals’ season is clearly over with a 2-9 record so now is the time to start assessing plans for next year. Cedric Benson’s contract is up at the end of the year and if he asks for too much or is offered more in free agency, the Bengals should want to know what they have in the 26 year-old Scott. If the Bengals want to really do things right (obviously not guaranteed), they’ll give Scott more game time and carries to see what he can do.
Toby Gerhart: Adrian Peterson’s ankle appears to be fine but the Vikings may not want to push it if they see their season as being a wash. Look for Gerhart to see an extended role in the offense for the rest of the season even if Peterson gets near full strength. Gerhart like Peterson, is a vicious runner who doesn’t shy away from contact so he’ll definitely rack up those hard to get yards near the goal line. His 22 rushes for 76 yards and a TD could be a premonition for the end of the year.
About the Author
Written by John Buffone
John was born in Rural Valley, Pennsylvania. He attended Clarion University and received a degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism. He currently hosts "The Sports Zone with John Buffone" on AM 1380 WTYM in Kittanning, PA. John is also a sports columnist for the Kittanning Paper and a contributor to Examiner.com, and CatholicSportsJournal.com.