by Inside the Redzone staff – Bill Seng
Scott Linehan loves the Veteran Running Back
With Jahvid Best’s second concussion of the year, look for Maurice Morris to be the primary ball carrier until Best gets healthy. That could be for a while and no guarantees that he’ll come back to stay the starter for a lengthy period. Morris, like Earnest Graham, is a useful fantasy play. His weekly combo yards make him a solid 7 point a week scorer. Add in a touchdown and you are in RB2 range. If you’ve got Morris, hold him. Scott Linehan likes to utilize solid veterans in his offense. It’s a throwback type of comparison, but Google Mo Williams, Vikings 2003.
Sims-Walker’s One Night Stand in St. Louis, comes back to Unsexy Wife – Jacksonville Jaguars
Mike Sims-Walker to Jacksonville is a bit of an underrated move. I think it might actually be a savvy pick up and stash, if you’ve got the roster spot. He knows the offense (playing for the Jaguars his first three years) and has scored 7 touchdowns in his last 2 seasons with Jacksonville. He is wildly inconsistent, maybe even more so you can expect from a wide receiver though. Still, does the 5’9 Mike Thomas catch touchdowns? No. With this move, look for more life from Marcedes Lewis and Maurice Jones-Drew around the goal line too. Call me crazy, but Sims-Walker is a wild card.
Carson Palmer could be all Hype
He is now wearing the ‘Silver and Black’, but it doesn’t erase two facts. One, he hasn’t been the deep ball thrower that he was earlier in his career and two he hasn’t played football in a year! The name is big, but keep in mind who does he have at wide receiver? Last I checked, no one proven. When Palmer was rolling he had Chad Ochocinco, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and a productive Terrell Owens. Do Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore, and Darrius Heyward Bey match-up? Save the transaction fee or FAB $$$ and avoid Palmer until he actually produces.
Who will keep the Job and Run with it
Aside from Maurice Morris, the new fantasy football fill-ins at running back are the following Earnest Graham, Montario Hardesty, Jackie Battle, DeMarco Murray, and Tashard Choice. Who do I like best from that bunch? Like Graham a lot. Raheem Morris is not a great Xs and Os coach. He is a motivator and a loyal guy. He has extolled the virtues of Graham during his entire regime. This season, Graham has stayed healthy and has gotten into the rhythm of being a good check down option for Josh Freeman. Not only that, but he has a body built for the goal line (5-9, 230). After that Hardesty and Battle sound like they will get most of the load, at least in the near future. Battle looked great against a bad Colts run defense in week 5 and Hardesty has played with mixed results. In terms of holding the job long term, they might actually rank over Graham, but are they really good weekly start options?
Another guy I like is DeMarco Murray. He is versatile, hasn’t fumbled all year (knock on wood for him), and most importantly the owner/GM/assistant head coach/media spokesman/Skelator, Jerry Jones loves him. Keep an eye on his box score against the Rams.