James fractures ankle: It’s been hard being a Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back this season. First, Doug Martin went on injured reserved with a torn labrum. Now the team has lost his backup. Mike James is out indefinitely after suffering a fractured ankle in Monday’s win over the Miami Dolphins. The rookie had become a quality replacement for Martin, highlighted by his 20.68-point outburst against the Seahawks in Week 9. Now it appears coach Greg Schiano will use a combination of Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey going forward. Neither of those is a favorable option at the moment, which means fantasy owners should head to the waiver wire for help.
Pryor’s knee a concern: The Oakland Raiders are concerned about the health of Terrelle Pryor‘s knee. Head coach Dennis Allen acknowledged that the quarterback’s injury is more serious than the team realized before the Week 10 loss to the New York Giants. Pryor’s fantasy value is derived from his ability to run with the football. Obviously a knee injury puts a damper on that. Whether he starts next week or the team turns to Matt McGloin remains to be seen. But for the time being, it’s probably best for fantasy enthusiasts to stay away from Pryor this week against the Texans.
Rice’s health affecting run game?: Last week, Ray Rice told everyone he was feeling OK and hadn’t lost a step. Now his head coach is suggesting the opposite. John Harbaugh says his running back is being affected by a hip injury that has prevented him from being his best. We’ll leave it to you to decide which man you believe, but the truth is undeniable — Rice hasn’t given the Ravens (or fantasy owners) the type of production they were looking for this season. After spending what was likely a first-round pick on the Ravens runner, it’s hard to put him on the waiver wire, but at this point you can’t play him as anything more than a flex option.
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