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 still out: Raiders RB Darren McFadden appears to be a couple of weeks away from returning to the field, meaning another full workload for Michael Bush this week. So far, it’s worked out well for fantasy owners since Bush has scored double-digit fantasy points in each of his last four games. This week, he faces a Chicago Bears defense that is holding opposing RBs to 13.50 fantasy points per game — fifth-best in the league. Nonetheless, it’s hard to advocate sitting the red-hot Bush. Consider him as a No. 2 back in Week 12.
Bradshaw likely out again: Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw was seen riding a stationary bike on Friday but he seems nearly certain to miss another week. Brandon Jacobs hasn’t offered much production to fantasy owners, averaging just 7.6 points per game. Jacobs’ Week 12 opponent, the Saints, have been slightly below average in stopping fantasy RBs. Most weeks that would be encouraging news, but after Big Blue’s big back was held to just 21 rushing yards against the Eagles last week, it’s best to approach him with caution. New York has become a pass-first team and with a potential shootout looming in the Superdome Monday night, Jacobs isn’t much better than a No. 3 RB or a flex play.
Hillis returns to practice: Perhaps a sign that he is slowly improving, RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) was back at Browns practice Friday. Hillis hasn’t played since Week 6 and even when he’s been on the field, his production has been poor. In the meantime, Chris Ogbonnaya has proven his worth by rushing for 205 yards and a touchdown in the past two games while coach Pat Shurmur says Montario Hardesty will be the starter if he’s able to play Sunday. Hillis is now listed as a game-time decision, but even if he does return, there’s little reason to advocate having him in your lineup.
– Marcas Grant