LeGarrette Blount wasn't having a great season, but he was having a very LeGarrette Blout-esque season. Which means his owners are hurting now that the Tampa Bay running back is out several weeks with a grade 2 tear in his left MCL.
So what should Blount owners do now that their missing a fantasy footballer who wouldn't pile up yards, but had found the end zone three times in four and a half games.
There's speculation for exactly how long Blount will be out, but you can easily expect to miss weeks 6-8 at best.
The first option is to go get Earnest Graham, who will be the primary back-up while Blount is riding the pine. But there's a catch (there's always a catch in fantasy football, isn't there). Graham has battled hamstirng issues for a few weeks. And while he was on the field in last week's shellacking at the hands of the 49ers, hamstrings have a way of coming back.
Earnest Graham should catch a few ball (he's got 23 receptions so far this season.) Some of that is from his role as third down back when Blount is getting the majority of carries. But look for that to continue. If his hamstring holds up, Graham could easily put up a 80 yard, 1 TD day with 4-5 catches sprinkled in. He should be a solid RB1 if healthy.
If his hamstring acts up, keep an eye on Kregg Lumpkin, who would slide into the feature back role. I wouldn't pick up Lumpkin just yet, but monitor the Tampa Bay-Saints box score and news, and if you have some space for a flier, Lumpkin could be a decent gamble.
And of course, if you're really looking for an exact replica of Blount (well, a B-version of LeGarrette) go get Delone Carter. With Joseph Addai out this Sunday, Carter, who's been the goal line back for the Indianapolis Colts, will get more carries this week as well as the goal line duties. Delone hasn't shown many flashes of brilliance, or flashes of gaining yards, but he has found the end zone once (and when you take into account how woeful the Colts offense was in the first few weeks, and how few carries he got when Addai was healthy, any end zone trips is a success on that team.) Look for Delone to put up 50 yards and a touchdown this Sunday against a solid Bengals defense.