NFL fantasy football: Alfred Morris still top back

Feining: He just couldn’t help himself. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan decided to add another running back to his collection on Tuesday, signing free agent Ryan Grant. Thankfully, it shouldn’t affect the fantasy value of Alfred Morris, who has avoided Shanahanigans and has been the unquestioned starter. The move was to secure depth at the position now that Roy Helu was placed on injured reserve with turf toe. The veteran would have caught on quickly with one of the host of teams he’s worked out for if he was truly a threat, so Morris owners can relax. If anything, it only secures Morris’ role as top dog.

Does the return of Jerome Simpson add to Christian Ponder’s value? (David Stluka/Associated Press)

Rookie rising: With all the hype about Robert Griffin III this year, it’s been easy to miss the production coming from the other guy who was hyped leading up to the season. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck landed atop Gregg Rosenthal’s rookie quarterback rankings for Week 3 after what he believes “was Luck’s strongest start to date.” The Stanford product is also flying under the fantasy football radar. Luck is currently the tenth-ranked quarterback with 51.84 points. Of course, that’s not saying much after three weeks when the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Carson Palmer are ahead of him. However, after his next matchup against the Green Bay Packers in Week 5, Luck faces the Revis-less Jets followed by the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans secondaries which rank among the worst this year. If your current starter has failed to meet expectations, don’t be afraid to test your Luck in the coming weeks.

Ponder it: It’s easy to jump on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder‘s bandwagon after leading his team to an unlikely win against the 49ers last week, but that’s not why you should be pondering adding him to your fantasy roster. His game against the 49ers was actually his worst of the year so far, statistically speaking. Why you should be considering him is because overall, he is dwarfing his 2011 stats. He already has nearly one-third of his total touchdown mark from last season (13), and he has yet to toss an interception. He has also been doing it with only Percy Harvin as the lone receiving threat. This week he gets former Bengals standout Jerome Simpson back into the mix, who was one of the stars of training camp. Not only is Ponder worth a look plucking off the waiver wire, Simpson might be a player to stash as well if you have the room.

-Adrian Mojica
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