Can we finally trust a Redskins running back? It seems we always ask that question about a Mike Shanahan team. Before Sunday’s game, Roy Helu was named the starter against the 49ers. Not surprisingly, Helu didn’t have many carries on the ground against a very tough 49ers defense. Their front seven is one of the best in the NFL. Helu got 17 targets and caught 14 passes. He played all snaps except three. QB John Beck was checking down incessantly. Shanahan has already said Helu will play all the time and Ryan Torain will come in only when Helu needs a breather. Of course, Tashard Choice looms, but Helu is the play now. Make sure he’s not available.
Carson Palmer looked pretty good against the Broncos. While he did throw three interceptions, he made some really good throws and finished with 332 yards and three TDs. Palmer could have some value as he adjusts to the Raiders. He’s a solid QB2 the rest of the way.
What we also found out is Palmer has taken a liking to Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. Everyone was perplexed as to why Darius Heyward-Bey barely played. Raiders coach Hue Jackson said it was because of the sets the Raiders used. Remember, there’s a new QB and over the bye it’s apparent that Palmer felt more of a rapport with Ford and Moore.
I have been fans of both wide receivers all season. Ford had a great second half last season and is finally healthy as he went over 100 yards and scored a TD. He’s a good add. Moore is another explosive player. He was targeted 12 times and is also a good add.
Laurent Robinson is the top WR pickup for most leagues this week. Tony Romo clearly feels comfortable with him and with Miles Austin out 2-4 weeks, Robinson gets a boost in value. He has two 100-yard games already with the Cowboys.
Earl Bennett clearly has the trust of Jay Cutler. The Bears don’t have good receivers and while Bennett isn’t explosive, he’s solid in PPR leagues. He caught five passes for 95 yards and a TD in his first game since Week 2 because of a chest injury.
Delone Carter fumbled on his first play last week and was benched for Donald Brown, who has looked solid. It’s hard to trust any Colts player and they will likely be out of many games, but if you’re in dire need of a RB he is an option.
Josh Cribbs has scored in two consecutive games. The Browns offense is awful, but consider him in deep leagues. He’s owned in most leagues that count return yardage already.
Chris Ogbannaya isn’t a very talented back. He fumbled on his first carry against the Texans Sunday. Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are already out for Week 10. Ogbannaya has a good matchup against the Rams. Only use him if you’re hit hard with injuries.
Marion Barber is the Bears’ goal-line back. He has scored in four of five games.
I recommended Brent Celek last week and he came through with seven catches for 60 yards. He has nine targets in three consecutive games.
Darren McFadden will likely miss Thursday’s game against the Chargers. Michael Bush is a great play again.