More bumps, more bruises, and the game of musical chairs continues among runningbacks in the NFL heading into week 7. DeMarco Murray is now expected to miss some time with ligament damage in his foot. No surgery is required and a speedy comeback is expected, but we have seen what foot injuries can do to players in his position (see McFadden, Bradshaw), which brings us to the first guy recommended to strengthen your squads heading into week 7…
Felix Jones (RB – Dal): Despite being a backup until Murray went down, still has a relatively high ownership percentage. It seems fans are familiar with what Jones can (and can’t) do. Brings added value in PPR formats, though don’t expect him to continue returning kicks now that he is the starting RB. Murray’s type of injury has a bad history of lingering on, especially among RB’s, and Jones should be a solid play until Murray returns.
William Powell (RB – Ari): Perhaps not the greatest matchup this week, but, as predicted, Powell showed that he will be the starter by putting up a respectable 70 yards on 13 carries in week 6. Arizona’s offensive line is still glaringly weak, but Powell should be the primary & goal line back for the Cards moving forward. Expect him to lose some 3rd down work to the speedy Larod Stephens-Howling, but at 5’7, 185lbs, LSH showed he is not capable of much more.
Josh Gordon (WR – Cle): 3 TD’s and 181 yards in his last two games. Gordon has seemingly supplanted the drop-prone Greg Little as Cleveland’s #1 WR, and hasn’t disappointed. With Brandon Weeden playing very well as of late, Cleveland looks like a much more balanced team offensively, and Gordon could be in for extremely solid second half numbers.
Stephen Hill (WR – NYJ): The Jets may not be done just yet. Hill has been battling injury all season, but has put up 3 TD’s in the only 2 games he has played. Granted, his week 6 turnout would have been pathetic had it not been for his 5 yard TD reception, he presents a solid option with lots of room for upside in an offense that is in desperate need of a pass catcher with those qualities.
Brandon Weeden (QB – Cle): Still only owned in 7% of leagues. The kid (who is a rookie despite being older than Aaron Rodgers) has been acclimating into the NFL extremely quickly, and continues to put up solid numbers. His receivers are young, and can only get better (and hopefully stop tipping balls up for easy int’s), and should continue to build off his recent performances that have seen him put up 28-25-38 fantasy points in his last three games. If your starting QB is on bye or is looking at a bad matchup (e.g. Arizona, SF, Seattle) give Weeden a serious look.