Are you sick of hearing about the blown call in Seattle? Me neither. Let's push on and talk about some injuries and trends in the running back world for Week 4.
By now you've heard all about how C.J. Spiller sprained his A/C joint and could miss some time. In short, the acromioclavicular joint is located in the upper part of the shoulder blade and help raises the arm. This isn't a huge deal for a running back -- unlike Jacoby Ellsbury in baseball -- and Spiller owners should feel some relief that he didn't break his clavicle. Spiller has yet to be ruled out, but owners should definitely not be counting on him for his matchup with the Patriots. Secondly, Fred Jackson said he has a "70 to 75 percent" chance to play on Sunday. While Jackson does have some say in the matter, the medical staff will have the last word and Jackson will be a game-time decision at best. Tashard Choice should be added in most leagues and is ranked under the assumption that Jackson and Spiller are out.
Shonn Greene is toast and it's been overwhelmingly obvious to anyone who has watched him play for the past two years. Rex Ryan said that Greene's load will be a lighter this week, and Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight will pick up some of the slack. Some might think it's a hasty move to cut Greene from their team, but honestly, where's his upside? He has been terrible and I don't see how it's possible to take back his featured role. I would be trying to get anything for Greene at this point. As for my take on picking up Powell, check out Waiver Wire Scoops from Tuesday.
Peyton Hillis was in a walking boot and it looks like he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday against the Chargers. Shaun Draughn will pick up the slack, and Jamaal Charles owners are going to be expecting big numbers after his 33-carry, 233-yard explosion in Week 3.
Stevan Ridley was quiet on Sunday Night Football due to the Patriots going with a fast-paced offense, according to ESPN Boston. I covered Ridley as a buy-low option on Saturday for his schedule here, so feel free to check that out. Basically his schedule is nice and he should maintain low-end RB1 value.
Evan Royster is dealing with patella tendinitis and Roy Helu now has issues with turf toe, so Alfred Morris gets a little bigger boost in value. This should be the most confident his owners should feel, which means Mike Shanahan will bench him for the game.
UPDATE: The Redskins signed Ryan Grant and placed Roy Helu on I.R. Morris' job is even more secure, so he'll likely be cut by Saturday.
Mikel Leshoure looks like he's the new featured back in Detroit and Kevin Smith didn't even get a touch or target. While owners shouldn't consider the Illinois product a must-start option, he's certainly staring RB2 value in the face this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw said he will play on Sunday. This isn't great news, and playing on Sunday Night Football against the Eagles doesn't help his case. Owners probably shouldn't play him or Andre Brown unless they're in dire straits.
UPDATE: Tom Coughlin said Andre Brown has earned a role and Bradshaw is expected to practice on Wednesday. This has time-share split written all over it.
The Cardinals signed Alfonso Smith and this isn't good news for Beanie Wells. He's probably going to sit and Ryan Williams will likely see a featured workload against the Dolphins.
Willis McGahee has a rib injury and he will likely be questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Raiders. Lance Ball would likely benefit the most, so stay tuned for updates. Ronnie Hillman is also a deep-league add.
Reggie Bush has no structural damage and it sounds like he's expected to play against the Cardinals. The matchup isn't great, so owners should have some alternate plans to begin with. Lamar Miller is a better stash because Daniel Thomas just isn't good.
Jacquizz Rodgers actually played more snaps than Michael Turner for the first time this season. This isn't due to the blowout in San Diego. Get used to it.
If your league rewards for kick returns or 100-yard games, you can ask me some lineup questions on Twitter (@MikeSGallagher). Here are this week's rankings for PPR and standard leagues:
|Standard League||PPR League .|
|1||Arian Foster||Arian Foster|
|2||Ray Rice||Ray Rice|
|3||LeSean McCoy||LeSean McCoy|
|4||Adrian Peterson||Adrian Peterson|
|5||Jamaal Charles||Jamaal Charles|
|6||Ryan Mathews||Darren McFadden|
|7||Darren McFadden||Ryan Mathews|
|8||Marshawn Lynch||Doug Martin|
|9||Doug Martin||DeMarco Murray|
|10||Maurice Jones-Drew||Stevan Ridley|
|11||DeMarco Murray||Marshawn Lynch|
|12||Stevan Ridley||Darren Sproles|
|13||Steven Jackson||Cedric Benson|
|14||Cedric Benson||Maurice Jones-Drew|
|15||Frank Gore||Ryan Williams|
|16||Michael Bush||Steven Jackson|
|17||Alfred Morris||Reggie Bush|
|18||Ryan Williams||Trent Richardson|
|19||Reggie Bush||Alfred Morris|
|20||Trent Richardson||Michael Bush|
|21||Mikel Leshoure||Frank Gore|
|22||Darren Sproles||Mikel Leshoure|
|23||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||Chris Johnson|
|24||Willis McGahee||Tashard Choice|
|25||Tashard Choice||BenJarvus Green-Ellis|
|26||Michael Turner||Jacquizz Rodgers|
|27||Chris Johnson||Willis McGahee|
|28||Ahmad Bradshaw||Ben Tate|
|29||Ben Tate||Ahmad Bradshaw|
|30||Andre Brown (assuming AB plays)||Michael Turner|
|31||Pierre Thomas||Bilal Powell|
|32||Jacquizz Rodgers||Pierre Thomas|
|33||Bilal Powell||Andre Brown|
|34||DeAngelo Williams||DeAngelo Williams|
|35||Jonathan Stewart||Jonathan Stewart|
|36||Shonn Greene||Lamar Miller|
|37||Peyton Hillis/ Shaun Draughn||Lance Ball|
|38||Mark Ingram||LaRod Stephens-Howling|
|39||Kendall Hunter||Mike Goodson|
|40||Lamar Miller||Mark Ingram|
|41||Lance Ball||Peyton Hillis/Shaun Draughn|
|42||Alfonso Smith||Kendall Hunter|
|43||Johnny White||Danny Woodhead|
|44||Evan Royster||Chris Rainey|
|45||Mike Goodson||Shonn Greene|
|46||Daniel Thomas||Alfonso Smith|
|47||Bernard Scott||Ronnie Hillman|
|48||Danny Woodhead||Evan Royster|
|49||Ronnie Hillman||Chris Ogbonnaya|
|50||LaRod Stephens-Howling||Bernard Scott|