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Risers and Fallers - Week 3

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Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

Bernard Pierce - Even if Ray Rice is all systems go here in Week 3, his role will be limited in order to prevent additional damage to his hip. Expect a time-share with Pierce where Rice receives possibly less than half of the carries. If Pierce can shine against the always tough Houston Texans defense he could earn additional going forward. Pierce has just become the most important handcuff in fantasy football behind only Ben Tate .

Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings

Willis McGahee - Or whoever will step up and take the carries left behind after the trade of Trent Richardson to Indianapolis. If you’re completely totaled at running back and are looking for someone who at least gets touches, this game could be a try out for the remaining members of the backfield to step up and earn work down the line. This game is going to be about as ugly as ugly gets here with Brandon Weeden sidelined with a thumb injury, Richardson sporting a new jersey, and Greg Little being downright terrible, so don’t judge based solely on total yards. We’re looking for who looks to be next in line that can be used as a bye week or injury filler based completely on the Browns’ opposition. “Who can be Cleveland’s version of Bilal Powell ?” is the best way to put it.

New York Giants at Carolina Panthers

David Wilson - And the downward spiral continues. With a week of practice under his belt, Brandon Jacobs figures to cut further into Wilson’s value. Last week, Jacobs had four carries while in close to the goal line, which ultimately resulted in a touchdown, and Da’Rel Scott saw action as a receiver. Wilson needs to break a huge gainer for a score in order to restore not only coach Tom Coughlin’s trust in Wilson, but fantasy owners as well. If Wilson finishes with another pedestrian day of 60 yards rushing and 20 receiving it would officially be time to panic and maybe even time to find alternative options.

Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals

Giovani Bernard - The top drafted rookie runner looked fantastic last week. If Bernard can continue to show his explosiveness, he’ll begin to take more and more carries away from BenJarvus Green-Ellis . Andy Dalton would be well served to stop looking for one of his receivers not named A.J. Green to step up and begin to utilize Bernard in a Darren Sproles or LeSean McCoy- type of way. There should be plenty of room to run against the porous Packers defense and also an extreme need to score points to stay in this game. Bernard should factor into both facets of the game and could in turn find himself 10 slots higher in the rankings next week.

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