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Fantasy football

Nearing the midway point in the NFL season, many teams are plagued with injuries. A look at where to turn and where not to turn to replace those injured players on your fantasy team.


Harry Douglas

Falcons, WR

With Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White playing like a fantasy bust at this point, Douglas is a great pickup, and he proved that Sunday. Douglas had seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers. It's fair to be wary of the five-year veteran because he has only one other 100-yard receiving game, but the Falcons are a pass-first offense with about a 60-40 pass-to-run ratio. Matt Ryan has to throw to someone other than Tony Gonzalez.


Ben Tate

Texans, RB

With Arian Foster hurt (hamstring) and third-string quarterback Case Keenum at the helm, Tate's value has gone up. As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Tate was available in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 21.4 percent of ESPN leagues. He's worth adding even if the injury-prone Foster doesn't miss substantial time. After Foster left Sunday's game, Tate rushed for 50 yards on 15 carries and added two catches for five yards. Though those aren't great numbers, he was up against a stout Kansas City defense.


Jarrett Boykin

Packers, WR

Randall Cobb is out for at least eight more weeks and James Jones missed Sunday's game against the Browns with a sprained PCL, making way for Boykin and increasing Jordy Nelson's stock. Boykin had eight catches for 103 yards and was Aaron Rodgers' top target with 10 balls thrown his way. Boykin is a must-add.


Cowboys RBs

After Sunday's performance, neither Joseph Randle nor Phillip Tanner seems like a viable fantasy option. Randle, who got the start in place of an injured DeMarco Murray, had a decent game with 65 rushing yards on 19 carries and three catches for 28 yards. In PPR leagues, he could be a flex play, but nothing more. Tanner rushed for only one yard on two carries, but that yard got him in the end zone. If the Cowboys continue to give Tanner goal-line touches instead of Randle, they'll cancel one another out. Murray, when healthy, is the only reliable fantasy option out of the Cowboys' backfield.


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