The Buccaneers have placed Earnest Graham on injured reserve with an injured ankle, meaning he will miss the remainder of the season. He suffered the ailment in last Sunday’s win over the Vikings.
This is huge news for the value of Warrick Dunn.
The veteran back will take over the starting role in Graham’s absence. Though he is 33 years old, Dunn still has plenty of gas left in his tank.
He showed that last week with four catches and 118 scrimmage yards against a very tough Vikings defense.
Dunn, who was available in 46 percent of NFL.com leagues to open this week, will be a very hot name on the waiver wire. Cadillac Williams has moved up on the depth chart and could see some work as well, but the Buccaneers would rather not rush him back in his return from a serious knee injury.
That means Dunn could see most of the workload against Detroit in Week 12. The Lions rank dead last in the league against the run, so Dunn should be seen as a pretty attractive No. 2 back in fantasy this week.