Montee Ball – Knowshon Moreno was a beast on Sunday night running to the tune of 224 yards on a monster 37 carries (shout out to those of you in points-per-carry leagues), but it led to him sustaining a bone bruise to his right leg. The Broncos have said it is not considered serious, but in all likelihood, Moreno will be held out at least for this next week. Enter Montee Ball who, despite a costly fumble against the Pats, will be likely to see a good majority of work for the Broncos. As mentioned last week, the Broncos lost McGahee last year and didn’t likely forget it. This injury will likely be treated with kid gloves, as Peyton Manning trusts Moreno more than any of the other backs in pass protection and Denver will not want to jeopardize Moreno’s availablilty for the playoffs which the Broncos are a shoe-in for. As stated Ball will likely be leaned on more, but the team will likely institute a rotation. He is currently available in 50% of leagues.
Benny Cunningham – Say it isn’t so. Zac Stacy, a candidate for fantasy’s top pick up of the year, suffered a concussion this week, and the Rams have been mum on the availability of their workhorse for this next week. The signs suggest it could go either way and rational owners should probably be hoping that he is held out this week rather than playing and possibly sustaining another concussion and missing any games during that fantasy playoffs. Benny Cunningham came in for Stacy and ran for 109 yards with a TD. Stacy owners should grab Cunningham in the event that Stacy is held out. He is currently available in 96% of leagues.
Nate Burleson – He was very much missed by Stafford and company in the Lions’ offense and put up 77 yards, a TD, on 10 targets this last week. He is a reliable safety valve for Stafford when teams roll on Calvin Johnson. He is a better play in PPR settings or deeper leagues. He is currently available in 76% of leagues.
Rod Streater – As mentioned last week Matt McGloin has been an upgrade for Rod Streater, who is a strong possession receiver, but not a burner like Denarius Moore. He grabbed 5 receptions for 93 yards this week and appeared to be McGloin’s go-to guy. He gets a solid match up this Thanksgiving against the Cowboys. He is currently available in 86% of leagues.
Ladarius Green – Green is built in the mold of a Jimmy Graham, and before anyone goes too crazy, I mean he is 6’6” with 4.4 speed, a rare combination at the TE position. The heir apparent to Antonio Gates, has made some strides late in the season, and the Chargers are showing signs of letting him loose. He is still going to play behind Gates for the so he is best added in 2 TE leagues or in keeper leagues because is huge. He is currently available in 99% of leagues.
Miles Austin – He didn’t dazzle upon his return this week, but was on the field for large portion of the offensive plays, which is good considering that he is coming off of a hamstring injury. He is best added as a stash as his involvement in the offense hasn’t been there, but his production in the past gives enough incentive to wait and see. He is currently available in 58% of leagues.
Dennis Johnson – Before owners get too crazy, Gary Kubiak endorsed Ben Tate as his starting running back and will only spell him with Johnson. That’s all well and good, but Kubiak also said that he left Johnson in this last week because he looked so good running the ball. The point is that Kubiak will likely give Tate another chance to run with the job, but playing through sore ribs in an impact sport like the NFL can take a toll. Owners should grab Johnson as a flex play or as a stash to see if the Texans decide to finally rest Tate or he sustains further injury. He is currently available in 86% of leagues.
Matt Flynn – If for nothing else, Flynn could be added as a sentimental add, because last time he played the Lions as a Packer he threw for 480 yards and 6 TDs. He will be the starter for the Packers this week and possibly week 14 against Atlanta, both of who are weak against the pass. Most owners going into the playoffs won’t want to run with Flynn in week 14 though unless you’re in a 2 QB league. He is currently available in 98% of leagues.
Michael Crabtree – Owners should not be expecting Crabtree to hit the ground running in his return as he will likely see a snap count this week when he is tentatively expected to return. However, gambling owners wanting to hold him for the playoffs could look to grab him now. His week 14 and 15 matchups against the Seahawks and Bucs are awful, but in week 16 he would face a horrible Falcons secondary. Owners willing to sit on him could gamble big, but sometimes it pays big. He is currently available in 70% of leagues.
Bilal Bowell – Chris Ivory sprained his “upper and lower” ankle as it was put and will had an MRI Monday, though no results are out just yet. Regardless of the results, Bilal Powell should be picked up in most formats. He was likely dropped in a number of leagues due to an uptick in carries ceded to Chris Ivory, but if Ivory misses any significant time there is little depth behind Powell who could see every down duties. He is currently available in 61% of leagues.
Others to watch: Julian Edelman (61% of leagues), Tim Wright (83% of leagues), Chris Ogbonnaya (70% of leagues), Donald Brown (59% of leagues), and Jacob Tamme (98% of leagues).
About the Author
Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.