Ask the Experts
Posted Nov. 18 at 09:42 PM
ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them:
After a slew of running back injuries last week, which backup are you most interested in the rest of the way?
Well, Ricky Williams was technically the No. 2 for the Miami Dolphins, so he'd be the top of my list. He's going to be owned in almost all leagues, though. Justin Forsett, of the Seattle Seahawks, would be the back I'm targeting. Julius Jones (lung) could return in Week 12, but Seattle had already been increasing Forsett's workload. He is a solid pass catcher, and the Seahawks have said they're not going to stick with the run if it isn't working. Forsett had a huge game last week, averaging 7.2 yards per carry (17 carries, 123 yards) and catching five passes for 26 yards. After Forsett, the Atlanta Falcons' Jason Snelling is a decent option, but I'd prefer Forsett's long-term opportunity, especially in point-per-reception leagues.
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The most obvious choice is Ricky Williams, who is a No.2 fantasy running back in all scoring formats based on his 753 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns through nine games. I also like LeSean McCoy and expect him to be the starter for the remainder of the season after Brian Westbrook suffered his second concussion in 21 days during the Week 10 game at San Diego. I realize the Eagles rank 29th in the NFL with only 204 rushing attempts, but McCoy replaces Westbrook, who has been a pretty damn good fantasy player over the years, especially in PPR formats. If we are talking about a back that might be on the waiver wire, then I would turn to Jason Snelling, as I think Michael Turner is going to miss between 2-to-4 weeks with his high-ankle sprain. And he’s better suited than Jerious Norwood to handle the between-the-tackles work and goal line touches.
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If Cedric Benson were to miss extended time we'd like to see what Larry Johnson can still get done behind a very good offensive line.
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No question McCoy in Philly looks like a guy worth grabbing if you can still get him. He has already shown a great ability to catch the ball which is huge in the Philly offense and has been productive on the ground when given chances. When a player like Westbrook gets two concussions in a short span, the team will be extremely cautious with him and it could very well end his career.
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Without question Ricky Williams is the guy to grab. Williams has looked quicker and shiftier this year that he ever has and has been producing effectively week in and week out even with Ronnie Brown in the line up. With Brown out, Ricky should should start putting up numbers reminiscent of the early 2000s.
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Assuming LeSean McCoy is not available, I'm all over Justin Forsett of the Seahawks. They welcomed back Sean Locklear to play left tackle this past weekend in Arizona and you saw the results. Locklear is a good tackle, which makes him a huge upgrade over Damian McIntosh at that spot. Forsett should get at least one start and pending the outcome of tests on Julius Jones broken rib and the resulting blood in his lung; Forsett could have HUGE value the rest of the way. The Seahawks schedule is very favorable.
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Ricky Williams is the best choice, but he's really been more of a 1A than a 2 anyway. So I'll go with Justin Forsett, who ran well against Arizona last week, and has the ability to be nice starter for Seattle over the next few weeks. Seattle won't rush Julius Jones back; why would they? Forsett could be especially nice as a pass catcher this week against the Vikings.
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