Week Thirteen Analysis: I'm ranking Marcel Reece as if Darren McFadden won't play, but that's still up in the air, so stay tuned. While he hasn't scored in any of his three starts, Reece has averaged 133 combo yards. Moreover, he's eclipsed 100 combo yards in each of his three starts, while McFadden only topped 100 combo yards in three-of-eight starts. Reece leads all backs in receiving yards, and he's in line for another strong outing this week against Cleveland. The Browns rank in the bottom third of the league in both rushing and receiving yards allowed to opposing backs, so keep your fingers crossed that McFadden remains sidelined.
Week Twelve Analysis: It appears that Marcel Reece is a solid bet to make his third consecutive start, and he's simply been a far more effective fantasy back than Darren McFadden when given the chance. Case in point: Season to date, Reece trails McFadden by just 76 total yards, despite touching the ball 100 (!) fewer times. Last week Reece delivered his first career 100-yard rushing effort against the Saints, and he also added four catches and another 90 receiving yards to his league-leading total. Cincinnati has given up a touchdown per game to the position, and ranks bottom-10 in both receptions and receiving yards. Assuming McFadden's out, you can start Reece with confidence.
Week Eleven Analysis: It turns out that Marcel Reece—not Taiwan Jones—was the Oakland back to target with both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson sidelined. The H-back saw 58 snaps to Jones' six, and he rushed 13 times for 48 yards. More importantly, just one week after notching eight catches for 95 yards and a score, he added another seven catches for 56 yards. The 6'3", 240-lb. Reece is essentially an oversized Darren Sproles. Coincidentally, this week he faces Sproles' Saints, who rank 31st to opposing backs in rushing yardage, 25th in receiving yardage, and have ceded nine scores to the position in as many games. Reece is a surprisingly strong play this week, particularly in PPR leagues.