- Kevin Rounce
Jeff Garcia, QB Det
22-for-34 for 210 yards and 0 TD
Garcia exploded onto the NFL scene in San Francisco with great receivers like Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens. In Detroit, he's running the same offense and, when healthy, his receivers have as much natural talent as the 49ers receivers did. By no means are they as good (yet), but they should provide good targets for Garcia. The largest problem in Detroit is the lack of an offensive line. They are not opening holes for Kevin Jones and the running game and Garcia could spend much of his time trying to avoid the sack. That said, as Garcia gets healthy, you could see the occasional big game from him. He's savvy, comfortable in the offense and has a wealth of talent at the skill positions. He faces a tough Chicago team in Week 8, but Week 9 versus Minnesota is an intriguing matchup, and he could be worth a gamble if you have a lesser QB like Josh McCown or Anthony Wright.
Greg Jones, RB Jax
30 carries for 139 yards and 1 TD
He will never be confused with the fastest running backs, but he's a big back who uses his size and surprising quickness to get yards. The best check mark in his column is that he appears to be the back who will get the carries in Jacksonville should Fred Taylor go down. With Fred Taylor out of action in Week 6, Jones saw the ball to the tune of 18 carries. Alvin Pearman had 15, but only gained 22 yards, which will make Jones the clear choice as the alternate to Taylor. It is possible that he could be one-half of a thunder and lightning tandem in Jacksonville. Expect Taylor to be healthy and play in Week 8 versus the Rams, but Jones could see some action for the Jags to keep Taylor fresh.
Marion Barber, RB Dal
35 carries for 126 yards and 0 TD
With Julius Jones out for the Week 7 game against the Seahawks, Barber was the best running back for Dallas. He saw the bulk of the carries and averaged more than 4 yards per rush. Now Jones is questionable to play versus the Cardinals, a weak rush defense in Week 8 with Bill Parcells saying, "It doesn't look good." That leaves the bulk of the carries for Barber. He's a powerful back who has good elusiveness and can gain some tough yards inside. Arizona is giving up nearly 20 fantasy points per game to running backs, so Barber could be in for a huge game.
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