Stock Watch: Brian Westbrook reappears 

November, 30, 2010
On the surface, things kind of went as planned Monday night, as a San Francisco 49ers running back tore apart the awful Arizona Cardinals for 136 rushing yards, a touchdown and 19 fantasy points. Of course, Frank Gore was supposed to be that running back.

Only two running backs were active in more ESPN standard leagues than Gore, while his backup, former Philadelphia Eagles and fantasy great Brian Westbrook, entered Monday night with just 9 rushing yards on the season. But after Gore injured his hip early in the game, it was Westbrook "goring" the Cardinals for one of the top five performances by any running back in Week 12.

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Mark J. Rebilas/US PresswireFrank Gore: likely done for the season.
Yep, that's pretty hard to believe, especially when most fantasy owners probably thought Westbrook had retired. He is, after all, a rather "ancient" 31 years old, his diminutive body having been abused in a football sense over the years, which has included a slew of injuries. But as Gore owners looked on nervously, there was Westbrook darting this way and that Monday night, making the Cardinals look foolish. As a longtime Westbrook fan, I kind of enjoyed it. A buddy called me and asked if Westbrook was a must-add for Week 13. I laughed.