Willis McGahee in ‘great shape’, could play Sunday

McGahee to play at MIN: New Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee has been anointed as the next man up now that Trent Richardson has been traded to the Indianapolis Colts. Questions have swirled around whether the veteran would play in this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings and the answer is … apparently yes. Reports say McGahee is in “great shape” and should be ready to go. But with the Browns starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback and generally having a putrid offense, the former fantasy stalwart is nothing more than a roster stash for the time being.

Bell closer to return for PIT: Steelers rookie Le’Veon Bell is inching closer to getting back on the field after being a full participant at the team’s Thursday practice. However, Bell doesn’t expect that he’ll be ready to go for this weekend’s game against the Chicago Bears. With the current state of Pittsburgh’s running game, Bell seemed to be about the only running back fantasy owners could trust. But now that offensive coordinator Todd Haley has been forced to change the run blocking scheme in the wake of a season-ending injury to Maurkice Pouncey, fantasy enthusiasts might want to take a wait-and-see attitude before plugging Bell into their lineups.

Rice still uncertain for Week 3: The good news about Ray Rice is that he’s no longer limping. The bad news is that the Baltimore Ravens still aren’t sure if their star running back will be available for this week’s game against the Houston Texans. Head coach John Harbaugh says Rice doesn’t necessarily have to practice this week to play, but fantasy owners should certainly be concerned. Even when he’s been on the field, the Ravens have been more pass-oriented, throwing the ball nearly twice as much as they’ve run it. Not to mention that the Texans have been pretty stingy when it comes to giving up fantasy points to running backs. If Rice is on the field this week, it might be in your best interest to think twice about starting him.

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