The Houston Texans have placed RB Steve Slaton on injured reserve, effectively ending his season. A first-round pick in most fantasy drafts, Slaton was a major disappointment. In 11 games, he posted just 44 catches, 854 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns.
He also scored single-digit fantasy points six times on NFL.com.
With Slaton out of action, the Texans will turn to RB Chris Brown as their top running back. RB Ryan Moats figured to see more work as well, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Texans coach Gary Kubiak has said that RB Arian Foster, not Moats, will replace Slaton in the rotation.
Brown is worth adding off the waiver wire, but overall the Texas backfield is one to avoid in a prominent role.
In Washington, the Redskins have handed over their starting backfield spot to RB Quinton Ganther and moved RB Rock Cartwright back to special teams.
The move makes Ganther a viable sleeper as a flex starter against the Raiders, who have one of the league’s worst run defenses. He’s a free agent in 99 percent of NFL.com leagues and should be added if you need backfield help in Week 14.
Cartwright can be released in most leagues.