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Second chance for Jones could save season for some playoff teams

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Just five carries into the Sunday night's game against the Giants, DeMarco Murray's season was over.

The promising running back, who took the starting job from Felix Jones due to an injury, broke his ankle at the end of an eight-yard run in the first quarter. He'll have surgery and will be placed on injured reserve.

If you had Murray, you probably lost your fantasy playoff game. The team my mom and I co-own survived, though, so some of your squads probably did, too. So, who to get?

Jones looked quite good in relief of Murray on Sunday; he rushed for 106 yards on 16 carries for his first double-digit fantasy performance since Week 3. He also caught 6 passes for 31 yards on 7 targets, driving his numbers even higher in points-per-reception leagues.

Tampa Bay, the Cowboys' opponents this week, gives up the second-most points to fantasy running backs this season. They give up a decent amount in the receiving game to running backs, too. Jones is owned in 61 percent of leagues and might not be sitting there on the waiver wire, but if he is he's a great replacement.

Rex Grossman, Redskins (13 percent): Most of the good quarterbacks are gone, and if you can't pick up somebody like Josh Freeman (67 percent), Mark Sanchez (66 percent) or Andy Dalton (54 percent), a fallback option is Grossman. The Giants gave up 321 yards and 4 touchdowns to Tony Romo on Sunday night. Grossman is no Tony Romo -- sorry, that was a depressing clause -- but he put up solid numbers against the Patriots and could sneak into the top 10 this week.

Joe Webb, Vikings (1 percent): In relief of Christian Ponder, Webb ran for 109 yards and a score and threw for 84 yards and a touchdown. The rushing numbers make Webb a great fantasy play; the extra ground points make him a good shot to get to 15 or 20 points if he starts. Ponder is slated to start this Sunday, but keep an eye out if there's a chance. He's Tebow-lite! Someone steal a fantasy playoff game with this guy, please.

Ryan Grant, Packers (44 percent): Grant started for an injured James Starks and rushed 10 times for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. If Grant (who looked fresh) starts again this week against a so-so Kansas City run defense, he's a definitely option in your backfield.

Donald Brown, Colts (21 percent): Brown rushed just 9 times for 28 yards on Sunday, but the Ravens run defense is among the best in the league. Tennessee this week is a better matchup, and Brown could get into the end zone.

Demaryius Thomas, Broncos (15 percent): Thomas had his second big game in a row, catching 7 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 13 targets. The Broncos play the leaky New England secondary this weekend; although Tebow's numbers haven't always translated into good performances for his receivers, Thomas is currently his favorite target. Grab him if you can.

Donald Driver, Packers (15 percent): With Greg Jennings out for the rest of the regular season, some of Green Bay's other receivers could get some action in the final two weeks of the fantasy season. A week after scoring twice, Driver caught 4 passes for 75 yards on 6 targets. James Jones (52 percent) is also an option, though he's been very quiet the past few weeks.

Dallas Clark, Colts (40 percent): Clark returned from injury last week; he had just one catch for 12 yards on 10 targets. But that was against Baltimore, a defense that gives up the second-least amount of points to tight ends. This week's opponent, Tennessee, doesn't defend the TE well, giving up the fifth-most points. He could be in for a big day.

Lawrence Tynes, Giants (11 percent): That's three good games in a row for Tynes; the Giants play a Washington defense giving up a lot of points to kickers this season (second-most in the league). He could put up big numbers this week. Even the Jets, in Week 16, aren't an awful matchup.

Mike Nugent, Bengals (21 percent): The Bengals play the Rams. St. Louis often gives up too many touchdowns to get kickers huge fantasy points, but Nugent is still a decent play.

Seattle (43 percent): Coming off nice performances against the Eagles and Rams, the Seattle defense is an attractive play again against a Bears team missing a bunch of players. The Seahawks could put up double-digit fantasy points for the third straight week.

Tennessee (28 percent): The Titans plays the Colts, who give up the second-most points to fantasy defenses. Another option if they're available is Cincinnati. The Bengals (57 percent) play the Rams, who give up the most.