After both C.J. Spiller and Reggie Bush went down with injuries last Sunday, owners everywhere where in a state on panic. As far as Reggie Bush is concerned, there is no structural damage, and according to James Walker of ESPN.com, Bush might actually play this week, but it’s not a definite. C.J. Spiller on the other hand, is out indefinitely for 1-2 weeks. With these two leading the way for fantasy running backs, who can owners look to to fill their spots for week 4?
Mikel Leshoure– It’s obvious the Lions are over Kevin Smith, as evidence by his 0 touches last week, while Leshoure had 30 (26 rushes and 4 catches) for over 130 total yards and a touchdown. I am not predicting similar numbers week in and week out, however he seems to be their new go-to guy. Also, the Lions need the presence of a run-game if they want Stafford and the team as a whole to have another successful season, because at this pace they won’t. He is a hot commodity now, so get him while you can, he is currently owned in 37% and started in 6% of ESPN leagues, and started in 24% of yahoo leagues.
Jacquizz Rodgers– Although Turner keeps finding his way into the end-zone, it’s clear he is on the downward swing of his career. Rodgers, owned in 9% of leagues, keeps finding a way to insert himself into the Falcons high-powered offense. He’s extremely versatile with the catching ability, speed, and elusiveness, all things that make him a sleeper fantasy candidate. His production does seem to be increasing, and as long as that offense stays hot, he will start collecting more and more points.
Some Deeper Finds:
Tashard Choice: With Spiller out and Jackson likely to play (but still not 100%) Choice is a nice pick-up for owners who either Bills running back. Last week, after Spiller went down, Choice had 99 total yards on 22 touches. Even if Jackson does come back, expect Choice to do some damage himself.
Lamar Miller: With Bush questionable, and Thomas giving away a crucial fumble, Miller is not as bad an option as you may think. Playing in two games this season, Miller has rushed 19 times for 113 yards and 1 touchdown. Miller has shown that he deserves to be in the rotation. It’s also worth noting that Bush has had a history of injuries, therefore Miller is not a bad pick-up and bench for now type of guy either.