How bad is your running back situation this week?
Are you still waiting on Darren McFadden to come back? Is Ryan Mathews killing the Mike Tolbert vibe you thought would be happening on a consistent basis by now? Did you really think the Carolina backfield situation would ever clear up? Do you just know you will pick the wrong Washington Redskins RB this week? LeGarrette Blount and Cedric Benson taking the role of bell cow and playing more like cow … Well, you get the picture.
On top of all the inconsistent, frustrating running back play we’ve had this season, now we see Arian Foster, Rashard Mendenhall and the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts flavors of the week all hit their bye.
Who’s left for you to turn to in Week 11? It’s deep sleeper time.
I think your savior this week could be playing Sunday night, and he’s not even a starter.
New York Giants running back D.J. Ware has the potential to see plenty of work behind Brandon Jacobs when the team plays host to the Philadelphia Eagles. Ware is seeing his role increase as is Jacobs due to a broken foot that has sidelined Ahmad Bradshaw the last two games and ruled him out for Sunday night.
In San Francisco last week, playing against the league’s top rush defense, Ware carried nine times for 34 yards and added five catches for 34 yards. The catches came as a result of the Giants trying to play catch-up against the 49ers, but Ware looked sharp throughout the game.
Ware has 16 carries for 58 yards and five catches on eight targets for 34 yards over the last two games. That’s an average of 12 potential touches and 46 yards the last two weeks. With all the aforementioned problems the running back position has had this year, and the number of precarious RB situations fantasy players face this week, I will take a back with the potential for 12 touches in a possible shootout game as my flex play.
The Eagles have allowed three five-plus catch games from running backs this season, and allow 4.4 catches for 51.1 yards per games to opposing running backs through the first nine games of the 2011 season. Philadelphia is ranked 17th in yards per game allowed (120.0) and are ranked 27th in yards per carry (4.8).
Vince Young will likely be at QB for the injured Michael Vick (ribs), and while I don’t expect Young to light it up, he does have RB LeSean McCoy, WR DeSean Jackson and a bevy of possession receivers at his disposal that could certainly make for an interesting game.
This week it could go either way against the Eagles. The schizophrenic NFC East could see the Giants trailing late and needing Ware to help them play catch-up again, or they could be leading and he and Jacobs get plenty of opportunities to burn the clock.
Either way, if I’m in a PPR league, which is key if you are going to play him, then I am giving Ware serious consideration as a decent flex play today.
By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter