No player has had a bigger week fantasy stock-wise than
A season ago, he started the last two games of the season and rushed 19 times for 97 yards and a TD at Miami and 20 for 119 and two scores against New England, which seemed like disposable stat lines in weeks 16 and 17 but now look like sneak previews of possibly this fall's biggest breakout candidate. I contend Slaton will still be heard from before the year is out (as I eat my crow, thank you), but right now it's hard to argue against Foster, who looks like a good early mid-round pick as a strong RB2 in standard scoring leagues.
Some backs haven't done a lot to separate their value from their backups, while others seem to be doing just enough to hang on to their starting spots. The following are the top backups you want to pick up in order to protect your investment against injuries, the bench or even the dreaded platoon plan time-share. Since most of these plan Bs will come cheap, it shouldn't be hard to secure tailback insurance (or steal someone else's) late in your draft.
Sometimes, it isn't as clear who the starter or more valued running back is. Here are three tailback situations which boggle me. In each, the candidates are pretty even with one notable omission -- the Panthers' duo of
Don't look for any sizzle here, it's all steak. What all these players have in common is all are proven performers who usually get picked lower than they deserve. These aren't the kind of picks you announce at your draft with your fist held aloft like a pre-scandal
As I wrote way back in March,
And while we're on the Cards, the