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Job sharing is the big fantasy topic of the day. There are seven teams currently dealing with RB situations that involve two (or more) players due to health and production. So let’s play a bit of ‘If you had to … who do you start this weekend?’
Broncos: Knowshon Moreno is back at practice. Willis McGahee is coming off 28 carries. This is a full job share. McGahee hasn’t had that kind of workload since 2008. If at all possible, stay away from both of these guys for this week against Tennessee since Denver will be throwing the football. If you have to? Go with McGahee, because he’ll still get most of the carries with Moreno coming off an injury.
Chargers: In Week 1 we thought RB Mike Tolbert had the job. Now? It’s RB Ryan Mathews. Tolbert’s nine carries for 10 yards, a fumble, and getting stopped on fourth down inside the 5 against New England has huge implications for Mathews, who had more carries and is much more involved in the passing game. Mathews will slowly start to seize this job. It’s what he was drafted for, and his talent is starting to come out. But they’re both still worthy in flex positions this week, as Tolbert will still get shots at the goal line (unless he fumbles).
Cowboys: Felix Jones’ dislocated shoulder notwithstanding, there’s not a lot to like about the Cowboys offense this week. If you’re desperate Monday night, RB Tashard Choice is your choice (wordplay!), but I’d stay away from everyone on their offense if at all possible. Jones is hurt and ineffective, Choice is a dice roll, and with QB Tony Romo, WR Miles Austin and WR Dez Bryant all hurt? I see bad things, and very few points.
Panthers: If you’re still starting RB DeAngelo Williams, stop. Stop right now. Carolina is 100 percent quarterback driven. And this means that RB Jonathan Stewart is back in fantasy owners’ good graces. He will be the one seeing the ball out of the backfield — he had eight catches for 100 yards last week — and is your better fantasy play right now, but only at a flex.
Dolphins: Rookie RB Daniel Thomas has gone from inactive to stud in one week. In the same week, RB Reggie Bush has gone from the savior to the decoy. Thomas will get the football plenty, while expect Bush to average 5-7 carries a week. But most alarming is how Bush was only targeted once in the passing game last week. Thomas may be taking over more than we thought. Thomas is a pretty easy flex choice.
Texans: Start RB Ben Tate. Can it be simpler? I really don’t see RB Arian Foster being able to go Sunday after Houston made a huge mistake in starting him last week. Also, with RB Derrick Ward a late add to the injury report, Tate is your guy, and I have him as a strong No. 2.
Giants: Facing CBs Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie without WR Domenik Hixon and with WR Mario Manningham’s concussion problem means get ready for plenty of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. I would play them both — Bradshaw will probably get 25 carries and Jacobs 15. Bradshaw is a No. 2 and Jacobs a decent flex.
— Jason Smith