Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET – Stafford left the game with an injury and even though Shaun Hill is on this list and consistently performs as the back-up, the Lions would be sure to run more than normal. Leshoure really, to me at least, cemented his role as the lead back simply because they invested a high draft pick on him and can finally use him. That is why he was used heavily in his first game and considering he did really well with his opportunities (100 yards and a TD on 26 carries), I can’t imagine he doesn’t get the feature-back for as long as he continues to be productive. We are talking about an immediate playable guy in the flex and a potential RB2, make sure he’s owned in your league.
Lance Moore, WR, NO – I’ve really been on the fence about Moore for standard leagues. He’s always been a must own for PPR players but with Colston working the middle and Graham owning the red zone, he just hasn’t been consistent enough to ever be comfortable with starting with out the points for receptions. My attitude always was if I won’t play him, why own him? Well with Meachem gone, I expected Henderson to see more of an increase in targets and not really so much for Moore and the rest. I’m not convinced that I was wrong and that Moore can be a viable flex play or bye-week fill-in, which makes him someone that I actually would like to own. He isn’t widely available but 20% of leagues still have him available.
Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA – Early reports indicate that Reggie Bush is not likely to miss extended time. He might play Sunday but since Thomas got the goal line TD BEFORE Bush left the game, you can expect them to call Thomas’ number in place of Bush’s this week. I would have put Lamar Miller here in place of Thomas if Bush was going to miss a few weeks as I think Miller is the better player but on a short-term basis, they seem to trust Thomas more right now.
Tashard Choice, RB, BUF – Keep an eye on this and be cautious with this move because there are already talks of Fred Jackson wearing a special brace and playing against the Patriots in week 4 but that seems awful risky if Spiller is looking like a 3-4 week injury. Choice had 91 yards on 20 carries after Spiller left with a shoulder injury early in the game. Choice is going to wind up a top 20 RB behind this offensive line, which has been phenomenal this season. The holes have been wide-open in the running game and Fitzpatrick and the Bills are #1 in the league in sacks allowed with a measly one.
Shaun Hill, QB, DET – If we hear any good news by tomorrow night for Stafford’s week 4 status, you should cancel any claims to get this guy (unless you actually own Stafford yourself) but if you need a QB and Stafford doesn’t play… Hill has always been very good when given the chance. I think he might even be “safer” than Stafford after what I’ve seen this year, but you shouldn’t expect the same upside.
Andre Brown, RB, NYG – I’ll spare you too many stats and just say that after how this guy played on Thursday, Bradshaw better come back quickly if he like’s being the main-guy. New York is Brown’s third team in as many seasons but he was never given a chance in Denver or Indianapolis and has a real chance to blow up as a huge waiver wire acquisition on the season. I wouldn’t expect him to be an RB1 but if he keeps performing, he’ll split carries with Bradshaw when he comes back and could be a nice flex play. He should now be 100% owned.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN – Yea, I said it. I’m ready for this. He is going to have a couple of big games this year but do you really want to guess which weeks? I don’t. Tennessee racked up 437 yards in this game. CJ only had just 29! That includes his 5 yard reception too. Johnson carried 14 times and only had one decent run the entire game. If, in a shoot-out, he’s not going to be a factor in the offense then I can’t imagine he is a productive fantasy player at any point this year, apart from a couple long TDs that his speed are bound to give him on accident.
David Wilson, RB, NYG – Well, there goes Wilson’s chances at being a productive back this year… Brown did great and he just won’t be getting enough chances to retain any value before Bradshaw gets back.
Randy Moss, WR, SF – If he wasn’t going to be a big-time performer again, we’d know it by now. I was waiting until after he played a former team to make up my mind for sure, thinking they might try and look his way due to the added motivation but now the 49ers look human so I’m REALLY ready to drop Moss for good. Don’t worry, it’s why you took him in the 13 round or later!
Mark Ingram, RB, NO – As long as this team is struggling, it wouldn’t break my heart to drop the goal-line back. Pierre Thomas has been a much better player so far and Sproles finally saw a few carries this week two. I’m just finished waiting for this guy to have value.
Peyton Hillis, RB, KC – You should hold him a little longer but Charles saw a shocking 28 carries on Sunday. I know, I know, Hillis did get hurt early in the 3rd quarter. But you can’t really defend a guy that only saw 3 carries in the first half. Shaun Draughn wasn’t great either but he had his moments and now gets a chance to compete for the #2 job.