With DeMarco Murray likely out for this weeks’ game against the Panthers (and possibly longer), Jones will probably be the number one waiver claim this week. Sure, the potential for a big game is there, no doubt, but honestly, so is the potential for disappointment. Since the day he was drafted, hopes were high that he would supplant Marion Barber, and give the Cowboys the lead back they hadn’t had since Emmitt Smith. That just never happened. Last year was Jones’ golden opportunity to breakout and become a top-10 running back. Unfortunately though, he was a disappointment all the way up to the injury that eventually catapulted DeMarco Murray into fantasy stardom. So, will Jones finally cease the opportunity, or burn fantasy owners once again?
Personally, I think you’ve got to give him one more chance; especially if you need a running back this week. However, I have to admit, if his match up was against anybody other than the Panthers, I wouldn’t want anything to do with him. Let’s not forget, the Cowboys have been far from successful in the running game this season. And even though they pounded out 227 rushing yards on Sunday, the Ravens aren’t exactly the run defenders they once were. Still, that effectiveness is enough to make me believe they can churn out similar numbers against the Panthers’ horrible run defense. So Felix, this is your last chance! I expect 100 total yards and a TD – pick him up and get him in your lineup.
QB – Josh Freeman – TB – Looks like he’s finally getting back to his 2010 form. Having Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams always helps. Plus, they get the pass-friendly Saints this week.
QB – Sam Bradford – STL – Played well in his first game without Danny Amendola. Has a nice matchup at home with the Packers this week.
QB – Christian Ponder – MIN – Continues to impress – even with another 2 turnovers on Sunday. With teams paying so much attention to Adrian Peterson in the red zone, Ponder has been taking advantage of 1-on-1 coverage with Harvin or Rudolph. I could see him ending the year with 25+ passing TDs.
WR – Josh Gordon – CLE – Mentioned him last week, and nothing has changed. He still didn’t draw many targets (4), but turned 1 of his 3 catches into another long touchdown.
WR – Brandon Gibson – STL – Took over as the number 1 target for Sam Bradford with Amendola out. Should continue to see a good amount of targets until he returns since he’s the only reliable receiver Bradford has.
WR – Stephen Hill – NYJ – Finally returned from injury and scored another TD. Like I mentioned in Jeremy Kerley’s profile last week, I expect Hill to lead the team in receiving the rest of the way.
RB – Montario Hardesty – CLE – Richardson is day-to-day with a rib injury, so even if he plays, I expect Hardesty to get his share of carries. Oh yea, did I mention the Browns play a Colts team that just let the plodding Shonn Greene rush for 161 yards and 3 TDs?
RB – Phillip Tanner – DAL – More powerful runner than Jones, so could get the goal line work – or even take over the carries if Jones disappoints.
RB – LeGarrette Blount – TB – Sorry Doug Martin owners, Blount just won’t go away. He’s scored a TD in 2 straight games, and has a good chance to make it 3 straight against the Saints this week.
RB – Daryl Richardson – STL – Just because I didn’t mention him last week doesn’t mean I’m done touting him. The tide finally seems to be shifting in Richardson’s favor after Sunday. Once again, he outperformed Jackson on less touches, but the split is getting much closer (11 to 12). Pick him up or try to trade for him – whatever is necessary.
TE – Brandon Myers – OAK – If you’re one of the owners fed up with Martellus Bennett or Dennis Pitta, you might want to make the switch to Myers. He leads the Raiders in targets on the season, and in the 4 games he’s finished (exited week 4 with a concussion) he’s averaged 5 catches for 67 yards.
TE – Joel Dreessen – DEN – For the first time all season, he caught more balls for more yardage than Jacob Tamme. Didn’t score on Monday, but the boost in targets is enough to expect bigger games to come.
DEF – Green Bay vs. St. Louis – Minnesota vs. Arizona – New England vs. NYJ – Oakland vs. Jacksonville – Dallas vs. Carolina
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