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Has not played this season
Without prompting, Norv Turner brought up to the Oakland media the likelihood of benching Kerry Collins. This makes it likely that Collins will be sat for Marques Tuiasosopo. A cult hero at the University of Washington for his leadership, scrambling abillity and playmaking (he once threw for 300 yards and ran for 200 yards in a college game), Tuiasosopo has a lot of raw talent. His best assets are great mobility and decent arm strength. Unfortunately, in his previous games in the NFL, he has struggled to read blitzes and adjust to the speed of the NFL. He has yet to throw a TD pass for the Raiders and has thrown three picks. In 2003, Tui burst onto the scene with a relief appearance, completing 16 of 28 passes for 224 yards. The Raiders, 2-5 at the time, decided to see what the kid could do in their next game at Detroit. He completed only six of 11 passes and left the game early with an injury. He has been familiar with Norv Turner's offense now for multiple seasons and should feel comfortable. The next two matchups for Oakland look favorable for Tuiasosopo. This Sunday, he faces the struggling Jets. Then he faces Cleveland at home. Expect similar numbers from Tuiasosopo that you did from Mike McMahon in Philadelphia which makes him a very questionable add at best.
Artose Pinner (1.3 owned)
58 carries for 212 yards and 3 TD
Kevin Jones has had a difficult time staying healthy this year and the battle between Pinner and Shawn Bryson has seen each shine in different weeks. Week 13 was Pinner's turn. He received the bulk of the carries (14) when Jones sat out with a leg injury. Pinner acquitted himself quite well with a total of 64 rush yards and a 4.6 yard-per-carry average. He also found the end zone late in the game. Pinner is a short, but powerfully built back who has good quickness and has been the Lions' primary option around the goal line. In Week 14, the Lions head to Green Bay, which has given up an average of 17 points to running backs. The Lions have not yet announced the health status of Kevin Jones, who was sat in Week 13 so that he could fully recover. Jones has been brittle and unreliable, week off or not, though with only two games this season of more than 20 carries and three of less than 10. Pinner should still see the ball a few times a game as the primary backup to Jones.
Maurice Hicks (.6 owned)
27 carries for 130 yards and 2 TD
He started the year as the third back in San Francisco, but is looking more like the back who will get some carries for the 49ers. A team-high 10 carries against Arizona followed weeks when he was the primary option due to injury or was the backup to Kevan Barlow. Injuries to Frank Gore have limited his chances to make progress. In Week 11 against Seattle, Hicks had 11 rushes for 83 yards and a score. A closer look, though, shows he got 50 of those yards on one carry. While he may be gaining on Barlow and could become the outright starting running back for the Niners, Hicks has not been very impressive. Looking at his schedule, he will struggle the next two weeks with road games at Seattle and Jacksonville. If you're in a deep league, though, and can wait until the Niners face the Rams and Texans in the final two weeks, he's worth stashing.
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