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NFL fantasy football: 3 RBs to rescue your team

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Bye weeks: Cowboys, Rams.


Redskins at Eagles: The Eagles rank fourth in yards, the Redskins fifth. The Eagles rank 31st in yards allowed, the Redskins 27th.


Jets at Bills: If a game has no fantasy value, does it make a sound? Bills RB Fred Jackson is the best option, but the Jets’ run defense is No. 1.


QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks: He has nine touchdown passes in the last four games. The Vikings have allowed a league-high 21.

RB Frank Gore, 49ers: In their last four games, the Saints have allowed 464 rushing yards and five touchdowns to running backs.

WR Torrey Smith, Ravens: He’s a big-play receiver, and the Bears have allowed the third-most yards per reception in the league.


QB Andy Dalton, Bengals: His hot hand has gone cold, and he has seven turnovers in the last two games. His season-low five points came against the Browns in Week 4.

RB Stevan Ridley, Patriots: The Panthers have allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards to running backs and two rushing touchdowns.

WR Jordy Nelson, Packers: Not only is the quarterback situation a problem, but the Giants haven’t allowed a touchdown pass to a wideout in three consecutive games.



QB Tony Romo: 128 yards, TD

RB Reggie Bush: 105 yards rushing

WR Antonio Brown: 104 yards


QB Matt Ryan: 172 yards, TD

RB Rashad Jennings: 88 yards rushing, 19 yards receiving

WR Cecil Shorts: 42 yards

Updated: November 13, 2013 12:52PM

It has been a terrible year for rushers. Injuries always
play a role, but this season has been unique because of the top talents who have been flat-out bad. C.J. Spiller, Ray
Rice and Trent Richardson were regarded widely as
top-10 running backs, but they haven’t sniffed the top 10 in running-back scoring.

Spiller has been bothered by an ankle injury for much of the season, but even after his long-awaited breakout game, he plummeted back to earth last week. Rice, who suffered a hip injury early this season, has been hurt by shoddy blocking and his own tentativeness. Richardson, who missed practice time with an ankle injury before having his worst game of the season Sunday, has looked worse with the Colts than he did with the Browns.

None is more than a flex play, if you have to play one
of them at all. And they’ve put you in a precarious position at this time of year: picking off the scrap heap to fill spots slated for a No. 1 running back.

But there’s hope. Several running backs are emerging and might be available in your league. Here are three:

Andre Brown, Giants: David Wilson (neck) is out for the season, Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) is hurt and Peyton Hillis is ineffective, so Brown is the Giants’ lead back. In his first game since returning from a broken leg, Brown rushed 30 times for 115 yards and a touchdown Sunday. He emerged unscathed and has a favorable schedule ahead, starting with the Packers and Cowboys the next two weeks.

Andre Ellington, Cardinals: Though he continues to share carries with Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington is the better play. He’s averaging 7.2 yards on 54 carries (slightly skewed by an 80-yard touchdown) and has more agility and burst than Mendenhall. He also has a favorable schedule. The Cardinals’ next two games are against the Jaguars and Colts, who rank 32nd and 26th, respectively, in run defense.

Rashad Jennings, Raiders: Filling in for Darren McFadden, Jennings totaled 107 yards in a tough matchup Sunday against the Giants. He had 176 total yards in a relief role the week before. Jennings had 20 touches in the two losing efforts, and he figures to stay involved without a lot of talent elsewhere. McFadden isn’t out for the season, but his history suggests either a long recovery or another injury ahead.


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