The injury bug continues to spread in the NFL. Maurice Jones-Drew went out in Week 7 with a foot injury, and there is a legitimate fear that he could miss a significant amount of time. This might be another Lisfranc injury.
That’s rough for a Jags team that isn’t very good anyway, and MJD is by far their best player.
The weight will fall on Rashad Jennings’ shoulders as long as MJD is missing time, but the good news is that he’s a pretty good running back. He’s had good performances when given the opportunity. If he wasn’t already claimed by MJD owners as a handcuff, then he’s likely still available in your league. Go get him.
LeRod Stephens-Howling (RB, Cardinals)
The Arizona backfield is a little confusing. As we’re seeing all over the league right now, running backs are going down with injuries. First Beanie Wells was knocked out, and then Ryan Williams. The remaining backs for the Cardinals are rookie William Powell, LaRod Stephens-Howling, and Alfonso Smith. Going into Week 7 many people targeted Powell in hopes of him rising to the feature back role, but that just didn’t happen. Stephens-Howling wound up seeing the majority of the work totaling 20 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown along with 4 catches for 45 yards. Arizona will be facing the 49ers in Week 8, so it’s not an ideal matchup this week. However, Stephens-Howling is worth picking up going forward if you’re thin at the RB position.
Josh Gordon (WR, Browns)
The supplemental draft star seems to be the real deal in Cleveland. The 6’3″, 225 pound receiver was a great addition for the Browns because they have consistently struggled with finding quality receiving options. Gordon is big and physical, and the best news is that he seems to be jiving nicely with fellow rookie Brandon Weeden. He’s been drawing double coverage which has limited some of his consistency to some extent, but when he’s been given single coverage he’s a near sure thing. He’s a midseason steal, so jump on him now while you can.
Jonathan Dwyer (RB, Steelers)
This one completely hinges on the running back health situation in Pittsburgh. Dwyer put up a good performance with both Mendenhall and Redman out in Week 7. The ailing RBs may return in Week 8, but if they do not Dwyer is a good play.
Santana Moss (WR, Redskins)
With Pierre Garcon out indefinitely and Fred Davis out for the rest of the season it means Moss will see vastly increased targets from RGIII. He had a good performance in Week 7 piling up 67 yards on 3 catches. While there are other receiving options in Washington, Moss is the experienced veteran with potential to rise to the occasion. He’s worth a pick up if you’re needing help at the WR position.