There’s already been a mountain of injuries throughout the NFL season but Week 7 was a killer for fantasy owners. We had the last second scratches (Marshawn Lynch), the guys who played a couple of snaps before leaving for the rest of the game (Darren McFadden, Joseph Addai, Beanie Wells, Santana Moss) and the players who were in and out with nagging injuries (Ryan Mathews).
All and all it was a crazy Sunday for fantasy owners. With the injuries mounting and bye weeks in full force, let’s take a look at the top waiver wire targets for this week and whether or not you should pursue them.
DeMarco Murray, RB Cowboys – I had Murray on the list last week but thought it would be a good idea to mention him again just in case he’s still available in your league. After putting up 253 yards against the Rams this will be the last week you’ll be able to get Murray.
Let’s take away all the numbers for a minute. Yes, Murray played the dreadful Rams and one of his runs went for 91 yards. Looking deeper though Murray was a sight for sore eyes for Dallas fans, me being one of them.
I’m not sure if Felix Jones thought he was playing in the NFL or on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ because he’s spent more time dancing than running throughout his career. You know what Jones is? He’s a speedy third-down back and I’ve been saying that for a while now.
On Sunday the best thing about Murray, besides the 40 fantasy points he put up, was the fact that he hit the hole hard and ran with determination. That’s something no running back has done in Dallas since Marion Barber was in his prime a couple of years ago.
I’m not sure when the Cowboys are going to get the memo that giving the ball to Tashard Choice is a waste of time but after two fumbles in two weeks, that time should be coming soon. Jerry Jones is everything in Dallas from the owner to the parking lot attendant and he loves Felix, so I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of him.
However, if Murray keeps running like he did on Sunday, even Jerry will have a hard time keeping him out of the lineup. Funny how I never mentioned the head coach, isn’t it?
The Final Call: If Murray is still on your waiver wire you should run to get him. Just keep in mind that you missed his best game of the season though, so keep your expectations realistic.
Keiland Williams, RB Lions – With Jahvid Best out for a while, Williams and Maurice Morris rotated at running back on Sunday with each of them getting nine carries. As the year goes on I like Williams to start getting more of the workload.
Now, the Lions couldn’t run the ball with Best in the lineup but I think Williams is an intriguing player. One of the big things Best brought to the offense was being Matthew Stafford’s security blanket. The Lions use those short dumpoffs as an extension of their running game.
Morris is great in pass protection and the Lions throw the ball a ton, so he obviously has a role on the team. However, I think as a runner and receiver, Williams is the better option. At 230 pounds Williams has the size to run inside and he’s also an excellent receiver out of the backfield.
The running back position in Detroit is a fluid situation right now but if Best is lost for the long-term, I think the most attractive fantasy option out of the current group is Williams, especially in PPR leagues.
The Final Call: Williams is worth a flier in deeper leagues if you’re looking to add a running back with some upside for the future.
Knowshon Moreno, RB Broncos – The running back roulette continues in Denver. Just when it seemed like everything was sorted out, Willis McGahee breaks his hand opening the door once again for Moreno.
Early reports have McGahee missing two games, so Moreno is only a short-term fantasy option. The Broncos’ coaching staff views Moreno as more of a third-down back, so fully expect McGahee to regain his starting job once he’s healthy.
Moreno was dropped in a lot of leagues after he lost his starting job but with injuries and bye weeks haunting fantasy owners, getting a starter for even a couple of games can help get us through the rough patches. So Moreno will get a couple of starts, that’s the good news.
The bad news is the best running option in Denver plays quarterback. Tim Tebow is going to steal virtually all the short touchdown runs. Moreno’s value will come primarily as a receiver. One thing Tebow has shown in his few NFL starts is that he likes to dump the ball off to Moreno. If you’re in a PPR league, Moreno could be a nice short-term flex play.
The Final Call: I would advise picking up Moreno in PPR leagues if you’re struggling with byes and injuries at the moment. However, if you’re set at running back I would pass on adding Moreno.