When you look at these two pictures, there are one of two likely responses:
1) “THANK YOU FOR PLAYING YOUR HEARTS OUT!!! I WON MY WEEK BECAUSE OF YOU!!”
2) “THANK YOU FOR PLAYING YOUR HEARTS OUT…. ON MY BENCH!!! I HATE YOU!!!! I HATE YOU!!!!”
After many news reports from both camps in Arizona and San Francisco, the usual health concerns fantasy owners have for both Wells and Gore, many left these two on the bench. How did they respond? Both turned in their best performances of the 2011 NFL season.
I must admit that I actually had both on a team, where I would have normally started Frank Gore as a RB2 and Beanie Wells at the flex. They got me 50 points… on my bench… It’s always better safe than sorry, and so I went instead with James Starks (GB) and Tim Hightower (WAS), who of course led many owners to be “Shanahanned…”
Roll with the punches, my friends, roll with the punches. As crushed as some of us may have been, these are the types of things that make Fantasy Football the most exciting of all fantasy sports. Anything can happen!
With that being said, here are a list of some RB’s that I think need to be added at least to see how things pan out:
Ryan Torain (WAS) - Good old Mike Shanahan is at it again. Much to the frustration of fantasy owners everywhere, we saw Torain hop onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere! Hightower had a shoulder injury in this game, but we all know that Shanahan likes to change things up a lot at running back. This could be a temporary permanent change, and if it is a long, temporary time, you want in because Torain has shown success before.
Mark Ingram (NO) - Yes, there are 3 RB’s currently getting time in New Orleans, but I like that Ingram saw the most carries. I truly believe that the Saints will continue to increase the youngster’s role as the season goes forward. He’d be a good bye-week fill-in for owners who are looking.
Stevan Ridley (NE) - Look, it was against the Raiders, so don’t get too excited. There was also the fact that Benjarvis Green-Ellis got more carries. He’s a speculative add, but not someone who I’m going to plug and chug away with as a starter each week. See how he’s used going forward.
Kendall Hunter (SF) - He’s getting more involved, and he even got the “start,” though Gore clearly outplayed and outworked the youngster. Unless Gore gets hurt, he’ll retain minimal value; however, we all know Gore’s injury history, so it’s very possible that it can happen soon.
Look for more posts throughout the week!