NFL fantasy football: DeMarco Murray to miss Week 7

Murray suffers ligament damage: Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray got some good news when it was revealed that he did not suffer potentially season-ending Lisfranc injury. But the back could still miss several weeks after leaving Week 6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens with ligament damage. That again opens the door for Felix Jones to become Dallas’ starter for this week’s contest against the Carolina Panthers. So far this season, the Cats are allowing the fifth-most points per game to fantasy running backs. After Jones ran through the Ravens for 92 yards and a touchdown, he needs to be grabbed from the waiver wire this week.

Green means go in Green Bay: With Cedric Benson  on the shelf for an extended period of time, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is ready to turn things over to Alex Green. The second-year back carried the ball 22 times for 65 yards Sunday against the Houston Texans. It’s not great, but it’s also not terrible on a night when the Packers faced one of the league’s toughest run defenses. Not to mention that Green Bay didn’t need its running game with Aaron Rodgers lighting up the Texans’ secondary. This week, the Pack faces a Rams defense that ranks in the bottom half of the league in stopping fantasy running backs. Green is worth a look if you’re replacing any RBs on a bye.

Best finished for 2012: The Detroit Lions announced Monday that running back Jahvid Best won’t play at all in 2012 as he continues to recover from multiple concussions. What this means for Best’s long-term future in the league is still unknown, although it’s hard to imagine him suiting up for the Lions in 2013. As for Detroit’s backfield plans going forward, it means Mikel Leshoure remains the team’s number one option with Joique Bell as his backup. As for Week 1 starter Kevin Smith? It looks like he no longer factors into the offense.

— Marcas Grant
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