NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns, Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, Montario Hardesty, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Peyton Hillis
McFadden expected back in Week 12: Raiders RB Darren McFadden (foot) is improving, but coach Hue Jackson doesn’t expect him back on the field until Week 12. That means RB Michael Bush is in line for another excellent opportunity against the Vikings this week. Minnesota has been middle-of-the-road in stopping opposing fantasy running backs this year and Bush has done an outstanding job since McFadden went down in Week 7. In each of his past three games, Bush has scored double-digit fantasy points, including a mammoth 30.20 points last Thursday against San Diego. As long as McFadden is out of the lineup, Bush remains a solid No. 2 running back option.
Bradshaw likely out again: While nothing official has been said about Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw’s status, it doesn’t look promising for Sunday’s game versus the Eagles. Coach Tom Coughlin told reporters Bradshaw is progressing, but he was still held out of practice on Thursday. That once again leaves Brandon Jacobs as New York’s primary back for Week 11. Jacobs hasn’t been the most productive fantasy RB this season, stuck behind Bradshaw in Coughlin’s timeshare system, but the bruising back did post 14.10 points against Philadelphia in Week 3. This time around, Jacobs will see an even larger share of touches, so he’s a guy you should be sure to have in your lineup this week.
Status of Browns’ RBs uncertain: The Browns running back situation continues to be an enigma wrapped inside of a riddle. Coach Pat Shurmur says Montario Hardesty has a chance to play Sunday against the Jaguars while the timetable for Peyton Hillis’ return remains fuzzy. In short, it looks like it’ll be Chris Ogbonnaya running the rock again for Cleveland in Week 11. The bad news for Ogbonnaya (and many fantasy owners) is that Jacksonville is sixth in fewest-fantasy points allowed to RBs and has only conceded four rushing touchdowns this year. Whether it’s Ogbonnaya or Hardesty playing this week, they’re best left on your bench unless you have no other options.
– Marcas Grant