Backfield breakdown entering Week 8 

October, 21, 2014
Oct 21
videoThe running back hero in the first New England Patriots game after the Stevan Ridley season-ending knee injury was obviously Shane Vereen. He scored 23 fantasy points, which led all NFL running backs in Week 7.

Vereen did most of his statistical damage with two touchdown receptions, the first early on when the New York Jets simply failed to cover him on what became a 49-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady. Otherwise, Vereen seemed ordinary but certainly busy, rushing 11 times for 43 yards, one of them a 17-yarder. Vereen is a good player, but it was another Patriots running back who piqued my interest and perhaps yours as well

videoIf you think it's tough when your fantasy team loses several players at one position in a given weekend, try being a real team suffering the same fate. I'm guessing it's a bit more problematic. Fantasy owners, however, can generally find intriguing free agents unless it's a really deep league. The NFL is indeed a really deep league. Several players on the waiver wire in most ESPN standard formats moved up quite a bit in the end-of-season rankings this week, either because of opportunity, performance or simply attrition. Perhaps you should check 'em out! Anyway, here are the rankings. As usual, the individual and staff rankings for what should be an awesome Week 8 will be posted Wednesday. Enjoy!

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Four Downs: QB Wilson shows off wheels 

October, 19, 2014
Oct 19
Russell WilsonAP Photo/L.G. PattersonRussell Wilson rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries Sunday in St. Louis.
Several of Sunday's 100-yard rushers played quarterback in college, which is interesting because one of them is now a running back. We'll get to the Jacksonville Jaguars ' Denard Robinson later, but let's give some love to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for his monstrous 36-fantasy-point performance Sunday.

Sure, Wilson is owned in all leagues, but he was active in a mere 53.8 percent of them, and he didn't exactly play well in the surprising Week 6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Plus, Wilson hasn't been regarded as a must-play fantasy option, though that appears to be changing.

The Seahawks have been in the news this weekend after wide receiver Percy Harvin was unceremoniously dumped on the New York Jets for a draft pick (here is ESPN colleague Christopher Harris' fantasy reaction), and by the way, the Seahawks lost to the St. Louis Rams Sunday 28-26. Don't blame Wilson.

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Week 7 flex rankings 

October, 16, 2014
Oct 16
DeMarco MurrayJoe Nicholson/USA TODAY SportsIf the mighty Seahawks D couldn't slow down red-hot RB DeMarco Murray, we doubt the Giants can.
Welcome to Week 7 and the latest, greatest flex rankings. This is a list with 100 names ranked -- well, a few more than 100, actually -- of all the best running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for Week 7. We don't care about which round they were drafted in for real life or fantasy, how much money they earn, potential Hall of Fame possibilities or any of that. This is all about their Week 7 statistics, and that's it. And if you're looking for LeSean McCoy and Vincent Jackson -- and someone will be -- note that the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on bye this weekend.

As always, best of luck to all in Week 7 and beyond!

1. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: Well, so much for him struggling at Seattle. I see no sign that this amazing season won't continue this week.

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Week 7 ranks reactions: Bench Brees? 

October, 15, 2014
Oct 15
Drew BreesAP Photo/Bill HaberDrew Brees' six interceptions this season are already half of his 2013 total.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees comes off his bye week prepared for his first 20-point fantasy performance of the season, but it's not going to be easy. The Saints travel to play the Detroit Lions, and no team permits fewer fantasy points to quarterbacks and wide receivers than the mighty Lions. The Lions? I know -- it seems strange to type it, too. Not only does Brees face a tough foe, but he won't have the luxury of tight end Jimmy Graham at his disposal, as a shoulder sprain will keep him sidelined. So where does Brees deserve to rank for Week 7?

I admit I considered several quarterbacks seemingly unworthy of ever ranking ahead of Brees to do exactly that this week, but I settled on Brees, the No. 17 quarterback for the season, at No. 10. Colleague Matthew Berry placed Brees 12th. I understand why. I originally did the same. Brees isn't exactly dominating in home games, either, and the Lions completely shut down the similarly awesome Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense in Week 3, allowing the quarterback 162 passing yards and 10 fantasy points. The Lions, with an improved secondary and terrific pass rush, have yet to allow more than one touchdown pass in any game, though to be fair, facing Teddy Bridgewater, Kyle Orton and Geno Smith the past three weeks isn't exactly, well, Brees.

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Backfield breakdown entering Week 7 

October, 14, 2014
Oct 14

Not that there was a Curtis Martin or Thurman Thomas lurking in the AFC East entering the season, but now that Knowshon Moreno of the Miami Dolphins and Stevan Ridley of the New England Patriots have seen their seasons end because of serious knee injuries, it opens up opportunity for others to step up. In Miami, Lamar Miller has been doing this. He ranks the best for this division in my rest-of-season rankings entering Week 7, edging out 33-year-old Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills, but don't downplay the upside. These guys enter Week 7 tied with Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers for 14th place among running backs in ESPN standard scoring, and in theory things should only improve for Miller with Moreno out of the picture.

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Brad Barr/USA TODAY SportsLamar Miller is averaging a career-best 5.2 yards per carry, and has 15 catches in five games this season.
Miller ending up a top-10 running back is hardly ridiculous now that he's all alone with little competition on the team's running back depth chart. The Dolphins know what backup Daniel Thomas is capable of, and it isn't much. He didn't even make the team entering the season. Miller has provided double digits in fantasy points in four of five games -- has your top running back? -- and he's on pace for more than 1,000 rushing yards, close to 50 receptions and he could reach double-digit touchdowns. There's not a thing wrong with this, especially when it's tough to find 20 reasonable fantasy running backs. While some might overrate Miller's opportunity now, I think he'll just continue to do what he's doing. That's enough.

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Sometimes the top fantasy football teams are the ones that simply avoid the major injuries and get to use the players they hoped would produce. For many teams, however, shredded knees continue to play a significant role in adjusting and determining fantasy football value, as two potential top-20 running backs and a wide receiver who not too long ago was a top-10 option have unfortunately been removed from consideration just in the past day or two. With a few clicks you can scour the waiver wire and replace these players, but remember, it's far worse for them. With that, we move on to the end-of-season rankings through six interesting weeks, with again some new names -- even unproven ones -- rising because of attrition. It has been a theme this season. The Week 7 staff/individual rankings will be posted Wednesday, and flex rankings Thursday. Enjoy your week!

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Four Downs: Surprise 100-yard rushers 

October, 12, 2014
Oct 12
Cam NewtonAndy Lyons/Getty ImagesAfter rushing for 42 yards in his first four games, Cam Newton exploded for 107 yards Sunday.
It's hardly uncommon to see multiple 100-yard rushers in a given NFL week. Houston Texans star Arian Foster got things started positively Thursday night in that respect with 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Dallas Cowboys star DeMarco Murray managed to continue his amazing season in Seattle late Sunday afternoon, but in between there were certainly some new names achieving the feat, including several running backs who were ignored in most fantasy leagues and a quarterback who hadn't done much running at all this season. So let's take a look at the surprising 100-yard rushers, because each one has his own special story, as well as his own upside.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Well, this is a pleasant surprise! Newton entered the road game against the Cincinnati Bengals -- usually a strong defensive squad -- tied for 23rd among quarterbacks in fantasy points, far from the usual production expected. The problem was Newton wasn't running. He had a good excuse; he was dealing with a rib injury and the aftereffects of offseason ankle surgery. But how can a guy who had run 14 times for 42 yards in four weeks explode for 107 yards on 17 carries, including a touchdown on a read-option play that appeared to be a run all along? Newton entered the week outside my top 10 quarterbacks, but after the second 100-yard rushing performance of his career (Week 13 in 2012 was the other), he's headed right back in now that he's healthy enough to run again. What a terrific harbinger this performance was.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals: As good as Bernard was as a rookie last season, he didn't rush for 100 yards in a game.

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Week 6 flex rankings 

October, 9, 2014
Oct 9
Marshawn LynchPatrick Smith/Getty ImagesAfter a big game on Monday night, Marshawn Lynch has a nice matchup against the Cowboys.
Welcome to Week 6 and the flex rankings, as we combine the best of the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into one tidy top-100 list -- with a few extra names, by the way! -- to aid those of you facing difficult decisions. It's worth noting, whenever you're reading this list, that news will change later in the week, up to and including Sunday morning, so please make sure the players you intend to activate are indeed active. On Wednesday afternoon, a certain Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver was carted off the practice field and as of Thursday morning, I left him active and ranked as a starter, though not as well as I previously had, but there will be updates on him and other players. So keep up with the news!

As always, best of luck to all in Week 6 and beyond!

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Reggie Wayne and T.Y. HiltonAP Photo/Michael ConroyReggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton have practically similar stats, save for Wayne's one TD reception.
It's interesting how people tend to view the four featured wide receivers for this Thursday's hopefully competitive AFC South tilt between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans. After all, we've seen nothing but blowouts so far in the first NFL game of the week, which not only hurts from a viewing standpoint, but often affects fantasy in a suboptimal way. (See what colleague Tristan H. Cockcroft has to say about the fantasy impact of the Thursday games.) A team gets way up early and stops throwing. The trailing team stops running. Defenses deliver skewed fantasy results. It's hard to predict, but at least this seems like it should be a good game between contending division rivals. Predicting what wide receivers Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson will do, however, is a different story.

Two of those fellows are considerably older than the others, realistic Hall of Famers, while the other two also aren't seen as clear top-20 wide receivers. When ranking the foursome for Week 6, I felt better about the Colts' options, mainly because I trust their quarterback quite a lot more -- Andrew Luck enters the week as fantasy's top overall option -- and the Colts are the second-toughest defense to accrue fantasy points against, next to the San Diego Chargers. Yes, schedule has quite a bit to do about projecting. Is Luck more likely to succeed in a short week than bearded wonder Ryan Fitzpatrick? I look at the larger picture, really. Just because Tampa Bay was blown out on a Thursday doesn't mean the Texans will be, too.

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Backfield breakdown entering Week 6 

October, 7, 2014
Oct 7

There are myriad changes to the fantasy football running back depth chart after Week 5, as injuries removed several starters, while others currently healthy retained their top role and usage altered a few other situations. And yet I'm keeping an eye on the two winless teams because I refuse to believe a viable running back is incapable of coming from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. These teams are, not surprisingly, the worst in the NFL in rushing yards per game, but it's possible the underused personnel is in place to change that.

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Calvin Johnson Joe Sargent/Getty ImagesCalvin Johnson's recent injury woes may cost him a couple of games, dropping his season rank.
It's safe to say that this season, the top of the rankings has seen more movement and variance from recent years, with injuries and surprising performances throwing fantasy owners for a loop. This week, the top wide receiver is the one moving down in the rankings, but temptation is resisted at tight end. And for how much longer can the top running back keep this up? These are relevant questions to ponder in the end-of-season rankings, as each Tuesday we focus solely on value from this point forward. The Week 6 rankings will be posted Wednesday. Enjoy!

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Four Downs: Injuries galore! 

October, 5, 2014
Oct 5
Calvin Johnson Joe Sargent/Getty ImagesCalvin Johnson, who hasn't done much since a big Week 1, reinjured his ankle Sunday.
Stop if you've heard this one before: Injuries already have played a significant role in the Week 5 fantasy results, as several high-profile players left their games prematurely and could end up missing significant playing time. Here are my initial thoughts on the most important fantasy options:

Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: The best tight end in the sport went to the locker room in the first half Sunday because of a right shoulder injury, and to the chagrin of many, he did not return to help his team to an exciting 37-31 overtime victory. He scored just three fantasy points. Graham is pretty much irreplaceable in fantasy, so hopefully he doesn't miss any games. With quarterback Drew Brees throwing three interceptions and failing to reach 20 fantasy points in any game this season, Graham was the one Saints player retaining top value. Don't try to trade him for less than full value until we learn the extent of the injury, but the way Brees has played -- with and without Graham -- it's becoming tough to presume he's in the top tier of quarterbacks with Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck, and Philip Rivers might have passed him as well. If the news on Graham is grim, then Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas will vault to the top of the tight end rankings this week.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: A week ago I moved Brees and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy out of the top spot at their respective positions, and now it's unfortunately time to do the same with Johnson, who reinjured his right ankle early in the third quarter Sunday after his lone reception of the game and was done. Johnson, who seemed to be more of a decoy in the first half, has three receptions for 19 yards over the past two weeks, and it wouldn't be surprising if the team sits him down for a week or two to let the injury heal. Frankly, this wouldn't be the worst news for his fantasy owners, who will never sit this superstar unless forced to but have received just one fantasy point in two weeks. I've resisted comparing Johnson's plight to that of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White one season ago. White played through injury and frustrated fantasy owners to no end with underwhelming statistics. I'd still trade for Johnson if the price was right, even if he misses a few weeks, hoping for second-half production. Meanwhile, Golden Tate had his second consecutive stellar fantasy effort, posting 19 standard points, and whether Johnson misses Week 6 at Minnesota or not, it's reasonable to make Tate a WR2. And don't assume quarterback Matthew Stafford is a must-start now, either, though I doubt he misses the top 10 in Week 6 considering the foe.

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Week 5 flex rankings 

October, 2, 2014
Oct 2

Marshawn LynchOtto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesMarshawn Lynch is back from bye and ready to produce big numbers on Monday night.
The flex rankings have their collective depth back after a wicked bye week that stole six teams. This week it's merely the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders, not exactly bastions of glorious fantasy talent.

I'm often asked, "Which running back should I play at flex?" My answer generally focuses on "running back." Why is it necessarily from that position? This week, half of the top 20 overall flex options are not running backs. Play your best options, and don't worry about your Week 6 flex option yet. Worry about this week! And really, one shouldn't worry at all. Just make the best decisions you can, don't dwell on them and try to have fun!

Best of luck to all in Week 5 and beyond!

1. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: It takes some getting used to, but this is the best player in fantasy right now. I know, I know, a few quarterbacks have more fantasy points, but you wouldn't draft Andrew Luck first overall. It's a running back. It's Murray. It's all legit.

2. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers: The Jaguars don't stop the run, usually. Bell is a lot better than what the Jaguars faced in San Diego last week.

3. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: All rested from his bye week and ready to resume big numbers. I wonder, wouldn't players prefer bye weeks in November, when they're tired? Doesn't affect how we draft or overall value, though.

4. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

5. Matt Forte, RB, Bears

6. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants: Might seem a tad generous, but the Falcons really don't stop the run. The Giants should exploit it.

7. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs: Looked awesome in embarrassing the Patriots on Monday. Just please stay healthy.

8. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

9. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

10. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

11. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: You might think the disappointing 1-point fantasy games will continue, but they won't. That said, don't assume he's a top-five flex option moving ahead either. The Eagles have things to adjust. They should fix this.

12. Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions: Terrific talent, but not at 100 percent health. Keep investing.

13. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers: Forte looked really good in their Week 4 matchup, while Lacy didn't have as much fun, although he did score a touchdown.

14. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

15. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

16. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: It should be noted that the Patriots weren't gashed so much by Kansas City wide receivers. But Green will find a way.

17. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints

18. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos

19. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins: Not the best matchup at all against Seattle, but he's a reliable option.

20. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens: No, he is not too old. Not even close, apparently.

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Ben Margot/Associated PressArian Foster appears to be in better health this week.
21. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Word is he's healthy, so running away seems unwise. But I'd move him for another top-10 running back, if I was able.

22. Zac Stacy, RB, Rams: The Eagles certainly can be run on with linebacker Mychal Kendricks out.

23. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears: If the injury scares you, then look elsewhere. But he can still put up numbers.

24. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

25. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers

26. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

27. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

28. Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: Will be interesting to see how he's used at Denver. It's about time he gets into the end zone.

29. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants: He's getting into the end zone against the Falcons.

30. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals

31. Montee Ball, RB, Broncos

32. Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings: We've spent so much time discussing what appears to be a limited skill set that the volume of usage was lost. The Vikings love him.

33. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers

34. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

35. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets: It's pretty clear he's tops on the depth chart. He's a decent play in Week 5, but remember the injury history for later.

36. Andre Johnson, WR, Texans: I'm surprised how quickly people have jumped off his bandwagon. He caught 109 passes last season with lesser quarterbacks.

37. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers

38. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers

39. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

40. Reggie Bush, RB, Lions: Has fewer fantasy points over four games than the two fill-in Browns rookie running backs have in three games. Yet we keep using Bush. I'm reconsidering my decision to some degree, but we know he has game.

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AP Photo/Gene PuskarMaybe Vincent Jackson's game-winning TD will get him more looks going forward.
41. Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: Similar story. Not producing but should be.

42. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins

43. Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons: Can't get too much more consistent (and average). I suppose there's something to be said about that. He doesn't have any 1-point fantasy games.

44. Marques Colston, WR, Saints

45. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: You know, he's not getting open as much as he used to. That's a factor in this gigantic mess. Wonder if Tom Brady will ever say that to the media.

46. Percy Harvin, WR, Seahawks

47. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

48. Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears

49. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: He leads the team in receptions. With 19. Thus, the quarterback change. While we can laugh about Kyle Orton all we want, this should help Jackson and the next guy.

50. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills

51. Ben Tate, RB, Browns: Blogged about him Wednesday, saying he should get most of the backfield touches. Until the next injury.

52. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots: Don't forget about this guy. He has posted three games of 81 or more yards. Most people just remember the most recent game, when nothing went right.

53. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Colts

54. Roddy White, WR, Falcons

55. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans: Speculative ranking that the Titans finally start giving him more touches. They have to, right?

56. Wes Welker, WR, Broncos

57. Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

58. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings: Criminally underused so far, but there's still time to fix this. Fast.

59. Khiry Robinson, RB, Saints: Looks like he had an awesome Week 4, but most of the yards came on one carry. It just doesn't look like he'll be a star.

60. Brian Quick, WR, Rams: Underrated and probably forgotten coming off the bye week.

61. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals: Two Chiefs running backs had big games against the Patriots. Two Bengals ones can as well.

62. Golden Tate, WR, Lions

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Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoJustin Forsett appears to be the safest option of the Ravens running backs.
63. Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens: Catches passes, thus in a week when nobody knows which Ravens running back will get the most touches, he's the safest.

64. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins: Good luck against Richard Sherman, fella!

65. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

66. Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys

67. Darrin Reaves, RB, Panthers: Last man standing in the backfield, maybe. It is possible Jonathan Stewart will suit up.

68. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints

69. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

70. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: I'm surprised by the reaction to his usage. Yes, he barely played in Week 4. In Week 3 he scored a touchdown. Why does everyone assume he's out of the picture? He's not remotely out of the picture.

71. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers

72. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots: He could be out of the picture soon, however. I'd be surprised if rookie James White doesn't get involved soon.

73. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings: Oh, he's in the picture. So why is he ranked poorly? The Vikings had a big lead last week. They love Asiata. I half-expect McKinnon to get eight touches this week.

74. Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings

75. Shonn Greene, RB, Titans

76. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

77. Trent Richardson, RB, Colts

78. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

79. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans: This is a team that really could use some better quarterback play. Wright has 10 fantasy points in three weeks, but he's so much better than this.

80. Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers

81. Chris Johnson, RB, Jets

82. Larry Donnell, TE, Giants: Off to a terrific start. And it looks legit.

83. Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles: Man, the narrative on him changed quickly. Don't drop him, though.

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Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty ImagesEric Decker has been dealing with injuries but does have a couple touchdowns.
84. Eric Decker, WR, Jets: He's actually scored twice in four games. It hasn't been so bad.

85. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: He finally scored, but it's been bad.

86. Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers: Unstoppable! And overrated.

87. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans

88. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots: It's not the week to expect big things from him.

89. Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs: If you told me Jamaal Charles was out for the season -- he's not! -- then I'd move Davis into the top 10.

90. Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars

91. Donald Brown, RB, Chargers: Still think he's good? They can't get Ryan Mathews back quickly enough.

92. Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens: He's not going to be shut out from touches this week.

93. Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles

94. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs

95. Rueben Randle, WR, Giants

96. Joique Bell, RB, Lions

97. Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars

98. Denard Robinson, RB, Jaguars

99. Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers

100. John Brown, WR, Cardinals

Others: Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns; Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns; LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers; Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers; Terrance West, RB, Browns; Miles Austin, WR, Browns; Andre Williams, RB, Giants; Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens; Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars; Alfred Blue, RB, Texans; Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns; Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles; Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers

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Week 5 ranks reactions: Browns RBs 

October, 1, 2014
Oct 1

TateCharles LeClaire/USA TODAY SportsBen Tate is healthy enough to return, but how many carries will the Browns give him this week?
While much of the talk surrounding the Cleveland Browns in early September centered on a quarterback who has yet to complete a pass and a wide receiver who remains two months away from catching one, there is fantasy relevant news for this squad.

Running back Ben Tate has recovered enough from a right knee sprain suffered in Week 1 that he appears prepared for a large role Sunday in a road game at the suddenly terrible Tennessee Titans. The problem is that Tate, though experienced and with occasional periods of terrific play as a Houston Texans backup, might now be merely the third best running back on the team. Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell weren't quite September superstars, but each is averaging more than 10 fantasy points per game. Is your first-round running back doing this?

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