Mike Goodson worth picking up, but ... 

November, 17, 2010
There hasn't been a whole lot of buzz this week about Carolina Panthers third-string running back Mike Goodson rushing for (precisely) 100 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10. Perhaps that's because he was actually active in a very small percentage of ESPN standard leagues for that performance. In fact, he's probably still a free agent in your league; he's owned in just 7.2 percent of ESPN standard leagues as I type this. But the fact is, a Carolina running back finally did something. Let's celebrate! And why should we assume Goodson can't keep this up?

Well, now that 2010 disappointment DeAngelo Williams has been placed on injured reserve by the Panthers, Goodson becomes a bit more interesting. No, my expectations aren't through the roof despite the 100-yard game, but I did rank Goodson No. 32 this week, because let's face it, he should get opportunity, no matter what ends up happening with underachieving Jonathan Stewart.

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Kim Klement/US PresswireMike Goodson had 23 carries for 100 yards against the Buccaneers.
The fact is neither Williams nor Stewart has rushed for 100 yards in any games this season, a clear indictment of the team's mess at quarterback and on the offensive line, but then, out of nowhere, Goodson managed to do it. That said, the Buccaneers, despite being one of the league's surprise teams, have actually been extremely giving to opposing running backs for fantasy purposes, ranking fourth-easiest to accrue standard points against. I wouldn't say it officially explains Goodson's game -- maybe Williams or Stewart could have done the same thing -- but it also doesn't mean Goodson can't succeed against a better defense.