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Audibles examines the Week 4 waiver wire for running backs

The running backs in your league are all gone right? Not so fast … here’s the latest set of opportunities. Rope the wind!

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England

With Fred Taylor ailing with a toe injury, Green-Ellis has made the most of his opportunity. The Patriots face a Miami team that has given 8.33 pts a week average based on one point per 20 yard scoring. This is nothing to snicker at. Green-Ellis is owned in less than 20 percent of leagues and started less than 3 percent of the time. You can look at this two ways.

This is a tremendous opportunity for a player with solid skills, or this running back by committee is not one that I’d mess with. The optimist in me says the former.

Ryan Torain, Washington

Coach Mike Shanahan loves him some Torain. Is he the next Reuben Droughns, Terrell Davis or Olandis Gary? I don’t know. I venture to guess that he is very motivated, unlike Larry Johnson who was sent packing. Torain has big-play ability for certain. While you can say his 6.57 yards per carry on seven carries was against the Rams last week, you have to look at his opponent this week in Philadelphia giving up a whopping 14.33 points per week to running backs based on one point per 20 yards scoring.

I’ll guess he’s available in your league because he is owned a mere 2.68 percent of them. You remember Torain as a rookie in Denver (2008) and after one solid game (68 yards , one touchdown) being done for the year. He does have good vision and quick feet. I’d buy low on the idea that Clinton Portis is less than an every-down back at this point.

Chauncey Washington, St. Louis

You can call me a homer, and say that I value every one of the players on my team too much. This pick is for Homers everywhere who believe that magic can happen to your team. Washington who you saw at the University of spoiled children (USC) is very quick to the hole and is a load to bring down.

Washington was less than a model student sitting out two years for ineligibility. I’m betting that he’s better than Kenneth Darby and Keith Toston. I’m thinking if the Rams continue to overwork Steven Jackson that he will eventually break. This is a situation worth monitoring in the coming weeks. Since being signed on Sept. 28, your league has no idea and perhaps they shouldn’t. Again, I’m a homer.

Kevin Smith, Detroit

Did you forget about the heralded product out of Central Florida who had a combined 1,262 yards and eight touchdowns in 2008 as a rookie? I didn’t. Your fellow fantasy owners did with the addition of Jahvid Best. Smith is worth owning if you believe that Best is the same player that he was in college. Best has had a few serious concussions. The latest is a turf toe injury that has the rookie listed as day-to-day. Smith is worth a flier if you have a spot open. 

James Davis, Cleveland

No one is betting that Jerome Harrison plays this week.  This bodes well for Peyton Hillis, and for C.J. Spiller’s former teammate at Clemson. Davis is explosive. If you don’t know him by now, you will by season’s end. Playing in Cleveland isn’t exactly helping his fantasy value.

Davis did not answer the call the last opportunity he had to play. He was involved in a car accident. Some players never live up to billing, see Yatil Green. I guess I will stop dating myself and just tell it as I see it. Davis could steal the job and I am ready to see that as a fan. This is huge upside that I am talking here. I saved the best for last.

I have a roster spot open right this moment and I am going with Davis. He has the best speed and vision of this group at this moment. I have to wait to see how Smith has recovered from injury. We are talking gamble all the way. If it pays off, I am genius. If not, I am just a guy in my league who wasted a flier on a guy who had some flash (fool’s gold aka Iron Sulfide).

I’ll keep mining until I have enough flakes to make a grill like Chris Johnson’s. I will then sport my new 24k smile at my league’s draft next year. I mean the wire is boom or bust. I stole Michael Vick, Santana Moss and Owen Daniels from guys with a little less patience after a poor start.

Keep your eye on the wire every week folks! This week I will be watching the games on my new LCD big screen while using my new velcro mitt contraption. It’s my remote and it stays my remote. The velcro doubles as a comb for my goatee. Grooming is important!

Thanks for the read!

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