Dec 21, 2009
The fantasy football season may be winding down, but we’re still in full swing here at the Bruno Boys, which is good for those of you still active in your leagues. Though your roster is likely set by now, if you’re looking for a player in a pinch or just looking to pick up somebody to prevent another team from using him, this is the place. Our Week 16 Waiver Wire Article has some running backs on it, but also a couple additions at the tight end position, a position we know many people are desperately looking to fill right now. With that said, continue on reading to find out who made our list this week of players to pick up.
RUNNING BACKS - PICK THEM UP
Jerome Harrison (Cleveland Browns)
The Cleveland Browns as an offensive juggernaut — joke or reality? Well, the Browns won’t be mistaken for an offensive juggernaut anytime soon, but after putting up 41 points with two kick returns for touchdowns and seeing running back Jerome Harrison rush for a team record 286 yards, that’s enough for us to take notice. Harrison ran the ball 34 times for his 286 yards and also had three touchdowns. Chris Jennings, the other Cleveland running back expected to see some carries, ran just seven times for 18 yards. Harrison won’t come close to touching that number of yards in a game again, but the Browns know that any chance for success lies in their ability to get their ground game going. Considering how well Harrison played last week, we would expect him to receive 20 or more carries again next week against a poor Oakland Raiders’ rush defense, though Jennings isn’t out of the picture yet.
Michael Bush (Oakland Raiders)
At this point in the season, you’re mainly looking for guys who get the ball, and one running back who falls in that category is Michael Bush of the Oakland Raiders. Last week in the team’s win over the Denver Broncos, Bush had a season-high 133 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. He also caught a pass for 11 yards. He got six more carries than fellow running back Darren McFadden and was able to do more with his carries when he got them. The Raiders are back to JaMarcus Russell at quarterback after injuries to Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye, and that means, their emphasis will be on running the ball. Expect Bush to receive 15-20 carries next week, and while he probably won’t rack up 133 yards again, he is good option around the goal line should the Raiders get there.
Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders)
As mentioned above, Bush will likely be the guy for the Raiders the rest of the season, and he’s good at the goal-line, which subtracts from McFadden’s value. Still, McFadden is on this list because of the Raiders’ commitment to the running game, which saw him receive double digit carries for the first time since week three. McFadden ran the ball 12 times for 74 yards in week 15. With so many carries to go around, McFadden should continue to see double digit touches on the ball from here on out, and he has a favorable match-up next week against the Browns.
Maurice Morris (Detroit Lions)
The Detroit Lions put running back Kevin Smith on injured reserve, which ended his season. Maurice Morris has assumed the starting role in his place and this past Sunday in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals he rushed 17 times for a season-high 126 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Brown was also expected to get some work, but he carried the ball just two times for nine yards. What’s nice about Morris is that he’s also a capable receiver, as well, as he caught five passes for 35 yards in week 15. Expect Morris to continue to get 20 touches a game from here on out, but considering he’s playing behind a weak Detroit offense, he should only be looked at as a flex option or as low-end RB2 in deeper leagues.
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