Last week St. Louis Rams running back Arlene Harris made whoever
listened to me very happy. Harris ran for 81 yards and found the
end zone three times.
With injuries beginning to pile-up, it is important to pay
attention to the news, as well as me. This week we will look at
players who will see the field a lot more than normal due to
injuries, bad performances and/or other problems.
James Jackson, RB, CLE – Attention William Green owners:
purchasing a James Jackson insurance policy is probably a good move
for the second half of the fantasy season. Green sat Sunday out
with some bumps and bruises, and Jackson stepped in to post 15
rushes for 71 yards. Mix that with Green’s arrest on Monday for a
DUI and Jackson looks pretty enticing.
Marcel Shipp, RB, ARI – Shipp made it happen last weekend for
the Cardinals against the 49ers with 165 rushing yards on 35
attempts. Although probably not available in many leagues, he
Chester Taylor, RB, BAL – Jamal Lewis owners, this one is for
you. Lewis has a shoulder sprain that has ailed him the past couple
of weeks, though his play suggests otherwise, but Ravens head coach
Brian Billick has said he will not wear out his star back. Although
Lewis says he will play through injuries and pain, it might not be
a bad idea to pick up Taylor as an insurance policy.
Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, OAK- With Rich Gannon nursing an
“injury,” Tuiasosopo will be handed the reigns of this offense,
into which he injected life two weeks ago. Coming off a bye week in
which he practiced with the first team, Tuiasosopo should tear into
a horrid Detroit defense.
Brian Griese, QB, MIA – Even though I hate the guy, he did
perform well on Monday Night. Keep in mind though that it was
against a sloppy Chargers’ defense. If you have a solid starting
quarterback, do not start Griese, but keep him around in case of
injury or bye weeks.
Michael Bennett, RB, MIN – I have been harping on fantasy
players to pick him up for a couple of weeks now, and it is just
about time for your patience to pay off. Bennett expects to see the
field this week, but in a limited role. Start him this week only if
you are in dire need of a running back. Next week Bennett should
step into the starting role.