Rash of running back injuries will send fantasy owners digging deep
Darren McFadden sprained his foot. Beanie Wells hurt his knee. Willis McGahee fractured his hand. Tim Hightower tore his ACL. Joseph Addai, listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, played -- and then left the game with a hamstring issue. Ryan Mathews hurt his thumb (and returned); Mike Tolbert was listed with hamstring and hand injuries postgame. Mark Ingram hurt his heel.
Sunday was a day of carnage of running backs. And the injury bug wasn't limited to the United States: In London, Earnest Graham tore his Achilles. Even Tashard Choice's fumbilitis acted up.
The upside for fantasy football owners: Decent runners are available. Obviously, if he's available, your No. 1 target should be DeMarco Murray, currently owned in 60 percent of leagues. Choice was the starter in name only Sunday, as Murray rushed for 253 yards on 25 carries. The Rams' run defense is poor, but Dallas faces another weak run defense in Philadelphia this week. Murray's value will drop when Felix Jones returns, but he'll get another week or two to attempt to wrest the full-time starter's job from him.
There are a bunch of other running backs on the waiver wire this week, actually, and lots of bye-week filler around.