RB Daryl Richardson (St. Louis)
Percent owned (ESPN): 12.0%
Richardson continues to split carries with Steven Jackson and out-produce him. He had 263 total yards in his last 4 games. That doesn’t make him startable, but Jackson could get traded this week and even if he doesn’t, Richardson is clearly the future and may be the better back in the present, so he could lead the team in touches going forward from the running back position.
RB Joique Bell (Detroit)
Percent owned (ESPN): 2.7%
Mikel Leshoure left Detroit’s game with an injury and Bell rushed for 25 yards on 7 carries in his absence. He’d get the start if Leshoure were to miss any time. Even as Leshoure’s backup, he’s an excellent receiver for a running back and is worth a look regardless in some PPR leagues. He had 20 catches for 227 yards on the season.
WR Cecil Shorts (Jacksonville)
Percent owned (ESPN): 3.4%
Shorts is the Jacksonville receiver to own if you’re into that kind of thing. In 2 starts, he’s caught 12 passes for 195 yards and a score, including 8 for 116 yards last week. Jacksonville isn’t going to throw 49 times every week and he’s always going to be inconsistent because of his quarterback play, but he’s worth a look.
RB Ronnie Hillman (Denver)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.6%
A popular preseason sleeper, Hillman finally had a breakout day, rushing for 86 yards on 14 carries against the Saints. He won’t get to play the Saints run defense every week and he got most of his action in garbage time, which won’t happen every week, but he’s the clear #2 back in Denver right now and John Fox has been known to use 2-back sets. Veteran Willis McGahee has been less than stellar in front of him and has a history of injury problems at in advanced age in football years. Hillman could be worth a bench stash.
RB Kendall Hunter (San Francisco)
Percent owned (ESPN): 15.0%
Hunter continues to have a role on a weekly basis behind Frank Gore in San Francisco with 263 total yards and a score in his last 5 games. He’s behind only the injury prone Frank Gore on the depth chart and if he were to become the starter, he’d be running behind probably the best run blocking offensive line in the league on a team that loves to run the football. He’s worth a bench stash.
TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)
Percent owned (ESPN): 5.1%
Again, not flashy, but he has 31 catches for 383 yards in 7 games for the Raiders from the tight end spot and is on pace for 71 catches for 875 yards. He’s yet to score, which is weird and hurts his value, but he should score a few times going forward the rest of the way.
TE Logan Paulsen (Washington)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.6%
“His name is” Logan Paulsen, not Chris Cooley, got the start in Fred Davis’ absence, which makes sense since Cooley has been out of football for the whole season. That should continue going forward because Paulsen has proved himself to be a solid player, catching 4 passes for 76 yards after Davis went down last week and then 4 catches for 43 yards this week. This week’s total wasn’t impressive, but it was the 2nd best on the team and came on Washington’s worst passing game of the year. They’ll have better days and Paulsen looks like a big part of the offense. He’s worth a look if you need an injury replacement or bye week filler at tight end. He also doesn’t have bitch tits like poor Bob.