Four Downs: Tashard Choice steps up 

December, 6, 2010
The Dallas Cowboys surprised the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday, winning in overtime. "America's Team" continues to change its ways following a disappointing first few months of the season. What's also changing is the way the team's running back and wide receiver weapons are being used -- and will be used going forward -- for an enticing final month of games.

At running back, months of wondering why third-stringer Tashard Choice was being used only sparingly ended with his impressive performance Sunday. While Felix Jones looked good rushing 22 times for 83 yards, Choice was better, breaking off a 20-yard touchdown to open the scoring and finishing with the team's second 100-yard rushing outing of the season (Jones had the other, back in Week 5). It's certainly reasonable to expect Choice will continue to get a healthy portion of touches in concert with Jones.

Frankly, don't be surprised if Marion Barber doesn't get another chance this season. I'd cut him and add Choice, a generally productive player I've been speculating about for awhile. Jones is owned in 90.8 percent of ESPN standard leagues, and Choice just 4.8 percent, and we don't know which running back will be favored the final month -- it might be a time-share -- but Choice deserves more attention than he's getting from fantasy owners right now. Unless the Cowboys convince me otherwise, I likely will rank Jones ahead of Choice for Week 14, but not by much, and each would appear a worthwhile flex play versus the Eagles.