Bryce Brown – After cutting the totally ordinary DuJuan Harris, the Seattle next runner is Bryce Brown. He’s a dynamic runner with some explosiveness (and a penchant for fumbling). He faces the horrific Cleveland run defense this week, and then the slumping Rams defense. The Seahawks are built to run the ball, and Brown will very likely get 15-20 carries. Fred Jackson isn’t much of a threat, but will steal a few touches per game. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 75%.
Brandon Bolden – With LeGarrette Blount going on injured reserve, you’ll want to target Brandon Bolden. Bolden got almost all the carries on Sunday night after Blount left, which bodes well for Bolden, although I’m sure that James White will be in the mix too. Note that the Patriots play against a very good Tennessee run defense this week, and then they face a very good Jets run defense after that. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 75%.
Denard Robinson – Robinson looked fantastic last week in relief of TJ Yeldon last Sunday. If Yeldon is going to miss any time, Robinson could be a strong start against a couple of reeling run defenses the next two weeks, Atlanta and New Orleans. The Jaguars have shown confidence in using Robinson at the goal line too. The fact that the Jaguars picked up Jonas Gray off the Dolphins’ practice roster is a sign that Yeldon won’t play. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 75%.
Tim Hightower – When Mark Ingram went down, I expected Tim Hightower to get the majority of the work, but I didn’t expect him to get virtually all of the work. CJ Spiller was a ghost last week, with just six touches. Hightower at 29. He’s startable this week against an inconsistent Lions run defense, and maybe next week against the Jaguars. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 75%.
Darren Sproles – There’s a real chance that DeMarco Murray never regains the No. 1 job in Philadelphia. If Chip Kelly is going to use a true RBBC, Darren Sproles is a key benefactor. Kelly actually gave Sproles a goal line carry last week…and it worked! Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%.
Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne – Jonathan Stewart has a sprained food, and the Panthers have zero incentive to rush him back to action. There’s a very good chance that Fozzy Whittaker and rookie Cameron Artis-Payne will share work against the Giants this week. Whittaker got the carries last week, but Artis-Payne was inactive because he doesn’t play special teams. With Stewart down, Artis-Payne will be active, and will likely get work. Overall, I’m lukewarm on trying to figure out which guy is going to be better in a mediocre matchup. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10 on either guy%.
Bilal Powell – The pesky Bilal Powell continues to play a meaningful role in the Jets offense. He’s a change of pace runner behind #BeastEast, and he’s usually good for 3-5 receptions a game. He’s an important handcuff, and a pinch flex option. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%.
Fred Jackson – DuJuan Harris will get the bulk of the work for the Seahawks, but Fred Jackson will get some work too, and especially receptions. And if Harris struggles, which is possible, Jackson would get a bigger role. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%.
Chris Polk – The Texans have finally eliminated Alfred Blue from their gameplan. Chris Polk has led the team in rushing attempts in back to back weeks. He doesn’t have a ton of talent, so he’s done little with the opportunity. He’s a pinch starter this week against Indianapolis. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%.
Jonathan Grimes –Alfred Blue didn’t get on the field last week, and the Texans used Jonathan Grimes in with regularity on Sunday night. They need to quit running him from the wildcat formation, which never worked. Grimes has better size than Chris Polk and better hands, so there could be some hidden fantasy value here. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%.
Tyler Lockett – Tyler Lockett has turned into a legitimate contender for the Rookie of the Year award with several big games in the past month, including his breakout performance last week. He’s definitely startable the next week weeks with games against Cleveland and St. Louis. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 50%.
Albert Wilson – The Chiefs’ No. 2 wide receiver, Albert Wilson, is startable in the rest of his games this year, with games against Baltimore, Cleveland, and then Oakland. Baltimore and Cleveland, in particular, really struggle against depth receivers. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%.
Zach Miller – With Martellus Bennet and Marquess Wilson on IR, it’s made Zach Miller a pivotal member of the Bears passing attack. He scored last week, and he’s scored four times in the past five games. But, note that his remaining schedule is generally unfriendly to tight ends, including this week’s matchup in Minnesota. Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%.