Luck, faith crucial in guiding stretch-run free agent targets
It's down to the wire in fantasy football, with most leagues in the final week of the regular season this week. You'll need to focus on short-term solutions and one-week plays, especially if you're on the outside looking in.
The biggest injury of Week 12, if you can believe it, was Matt Leinart breaking his collarbone against the Jaguars. Leinart looked good in limited action; his backup -- rookie T.J. Yates -- didn't and isn't really a fantasy option.
But there was another injury that may give your fantasy team a spark, though it wasn't a new one. On Monday, the Lions placed Jahvid Best on injured reserve, officially ending his season due to two concussions suffered this year. On Thanksgiving, Kevin Smith suffered an ankle sprain in the Lions' loss to Green Bay and is likely out for Sunday.
That means the starting running back job falls to Maurice Morris, who's only owned in 37 percent of leagues and faces the Saints' defense on Sunday. New Orleans has allowed the eighth-most points to opposing running backs this year. Morris has additional value in points-per-reception leagues; he caught 9 passes for 83 yards on 10 targets on Thanksgiving. If you're looking for a back that's likely available and could be a one-week fill in, Morris is your guy.