NFL fantasy football: Felix Jones to split carries

Jones, Tanner to share load: Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones has been one of the hot names on the waiver wire this week after rushing for 92 yards and a score in last week’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. But that enthusiasm could be tempered with news that Jones will likely be splitting carries with Phillip Tanner in Week 8′s contest with the Carolina Panthers. Fear not, even with shared duties, the Panthers defense — which has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs — is a great matchup. And with so many running backs on a bye, you’ll be hard pressed to find more quality free agent fantasy options than Jones this week.

Dwyer could earn start: The Pittsburgh Steelers’ backfield has been injury-ridden all season long and it could mean Jonathan Dwyer finds himself in a starting role for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. With Rashard Mendenhall trying to recover from an Achilles injury and Isaac Redman dealing with ankle issues, the Steelers rushing attack is once again short-handed. The good news is the Bengals are eighth-worst in the league in defending fantasy running backs. If Dwyer indeed gets the call, he’s worth a look in deeper leagues.

Hester could see more targets: With Alshon Jeffery likely out of the Chicago Bears lineup for an extended time with a hand injury, offensive coordinator Mike Tice says the team will expand its Devin Hester package. So far this season, Hester has just seven receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. Not exactly the stuff waiver wire picks are made of. It also doesn’t help that this week’s opponent — the Detroit Lions — are one of the NFL’s better teams when it comes to slowing fantasy receivers. If Jeffery isn’t back soon, Hester could be worth a look in deeper leagues. Consider picking him up and stashing him, if need be. But for now, he’s best left on the sidelines.

– Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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