It’s getting to be that time of the season; fantasy owners are making their final pushes for the playoffs, and younger legs are making their way up NFL depth charts. Kendall Hunter had an impressive preseason and has done a very nice job of backing up Frank Gore. Now it’s his time to shine as Gore finds himself battling another injury late in the season; much to every fantasy owners’ chagrin. Even if Gore finds a way to play this weekend and going forward, Hunter will be at least a valuable flex option. The 49ers have to be well aware of Gore’s injury history, so with their commanding lead in the NFC West, there’s no reason to keep force feeding him the ball.
With Knowshon Moreno’s season done and Willis McGahee battling a hamstring injury, Lance Ball will see plenty of carries. John Fox seems to have figured out that his best offense is to run the ball in a multitude of ways and limit Tebow’s throws. And there’s no way he’s going to hand McGahee the ball 25+ times a game, even when he is healthy. So Ball will have his chances. He may not have breakaway speed, but with Tebow running the read-option, he’ll definitely get his share of wide open running lanes. If you need a running back for the stretch run, Hunter would be my 1st option, but I’d have no problem settling for Ball.
QB – Carson Palmer – OAK – He plays the Vikings.
WR – Denarius Moore – OAK – He plays the Vikings.
WR – Laurent Robinson – DAL – I really wish the Cowboys would use him more when Austin and Bryant are healthy. Romo looks really comfortable throwing it his way and letting him make a play.
WR – Vincent Brown – SD – If Floyd misses another game, Brown could be huge again.
WR – Damian Williams – TEN – He’s been performing much better than Washington lately.
WR – Harry Douglas – ATL – Keep an eye on Julio Jones’ injury.
RB – Reggie Bush – MIA – Doubt he’s available, but if he is, scoop him up.
TE – Ed Dickson – BAL – He’s been very inconsistent, but maybe this is a sign of things to come.