Adam Rank | Tags: Three and out, Baltimore Ravens, Chris Johnson, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarco Murray, Jackie Battle, Jason Garrett, Ray Rice, Ryan Torain, Shanahanigans, Tennessee Titans, Terrell Suggs, Tony Romo
Here are some of the top fantasy storylines headlining Tuesday morning.
Murray not assured of a starting job: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett praised RB DeMarco Murray, saying the rookie earned the opportunity to get the ball ‘a lot’ but would not concede him the starting job. Yeah, way to keep him humble there, Garrett. I can see Garrett saying, “Look, Murray was good, but it’s not like he rushed for 300 yards, OK. To be the starter of the Cowboys, I need to see a little bit more.”
Sure, I exaggerate. Actually, I like that Garrett is trying to keep Murray grounded because we all know what happens when we anoint a Cowboys player too quickly (see Romo, Tony). But for crying out loud, don’t start pulling out the Shanahanigans with Murray. He is your starting running back. Period. End of story.
My advice on the fantasy waiver wire would be this, add these guys in order: Murray, Ryan Torain and Jackie Battle.
Suggs upset with play calling. Turns out I was not the only one burning after the misuse of RB Ray Rice on Monday night. The Ravens Terrell Suggs called out his team, wondering why Rice was not getting the ball enough. Hey look, here come the Cardinals this week to change all of that. Rice is going to be the top-ranked running back this week, and personally, I can’t wait.
No changes to Titans offense: Every fantasy owner is frustrated with RB Chris Johnson. But Titans coach Mike Munchak said there will be no changes this week, and Johnson will remain the starter. The question then becomes, should Johnson remain your starter? That answer is a very simple ‘yes.’ Mainly because the Titans will play the Colts this week, and Johnson will play like a No. 1 running back for the first time this season. If the Titans and Johnson can’t get healthy against the Colts, then Johnson is never going to come through this season. I honestly don’t want to think about what I will do if he fails again this week.