There are a lot of different fantasy leagues out there. If you're in a shallow league, we've got a post for you right here. As for those of you in leagues in which Andre Brown was owned three weeks ago, here are some players who might help you out this week.
These five running backs have decent upside and just need something to happen to have reliable value.
Jonathan Stewart (owned in 21 percent of leagues)
Well, he’s getting carries and he’s healthy. The Carolina Panthers have one of the best defenses in the league and they’re going to play it safe and not give Cam Newton many chances to throw the ball down the field. Stewart led the team in carries with 13 on Sunday against the stout San Francisco 49ers defense, but could only muster up 41 yards.
It’s not easy to like a guy like Stewart and he’ll have to see DeAngelo Williams go down in order to be someone fantasy owners can trust. The Panthers’ schedule isn’t too bad though: vs. New England, at Miami, vs. Tampa Bay, at New Orleans, vs. the Jets, vs. New Orleans and at Atlanta.
Mark Ingram (owned in 15 percent of leagues)
Saying his season was a disaster is almost an understatement. Before Sunday night's game, he had a yards-per-carry average of just 2.4. Then, Sunday night happened. He ran for 145 yards and a TD on 14 carries, while adding two catches for 15 yards. That outburst put his YPC up to 5.6. He probably should send Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin a Christmas card, but that’s beside the point.
His upside is going to be capped most of the time. The Cowboys not having Sean Lee had a lot to do with it and this will be his best game of the year. His prospective owners will only use him in games that could have garbage time. The problem is the Saints' schedule is pretty tough: vs. San Francisco, at Atlanta, at Seattle, vs. Carolina, at St. Louis, at Carolina and vs. Tampa Bay.
Shonn Greene (owned in 22 percent of leagues)
Chris Johnson isn’t CJ2K anymore. He might not even be CJ?K these days. CJ:(K? Anywoo, the Titans might want to start looking at other guys to get the ball to after losing to the Jaguars. In case the Titans get wild, Greene is worth a stash.
Benny Cunningham (owned in 0 percent of leagues)
He was the only other running back to get a carry for the Rams besides stud Zac Stacy. He actually led the team in rushing yards with 72 on his seven carries. Cunningham looks to be ahead of Daryl Richardson as the team’s second-string back. Richardson is out with an injury and since he was ineffective to begin with, the Rams might keep him out of the lineup.
Donald Brown (owned in 16 percent of leagues)
The Colts were thought to have ripped off the Browns in their trade for Trent Richardson, but he’s been horrible. Richardson can’t find holes and he’s completely inept as a running back. On Sunday, he had 2 yards on five carries and he’s at a putrid 2.8 yards per carry on the season.
Brown was good on Sunday with 64 receiving yards and a score on his five targets. The Colts might just be airing it out, so Richardson’s terrible ground game might be a moot point. Brown is more of a stash in deep leagues.