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Earnest Graham vs Bears - 

Back in 2008, Earnest Graham unselfishly volunteered to play full back as the Buccaneers were in need, as he blew open some holes for then running back Warrick Dunn. Little did we know that while Graham had run the football well when given the chance up to that point, it was the death of his fantasy relevance as a player.

Well at least until last week, as LeGarrette Blount suffered a knee injury that could keep him out for awhile, and Graham received the starting job once again. Graham went on to rush 17 times for 109 yards in a victory over the New Orleans Saints. Look for Graham to continue his feature back ways this week, as the Buccaneers head our to England and face a Bears run defense that has had some problems this year. Graham should be viewed as a respectable flex play starter as long as Blount remains on the sidelines.

DeMarco Murray vs Rams –

While the Cowboys may never pull the trigger on trading Tashard Choice, fantasy owners should view rookie DeMarco Murray as the clear favorite for touches this week. Felix Jones continues to disappoint fantasy owners as his body just can’t hold up to the rigors of being a feature back in the NFL. First a dislocated shoulder and last week Jones suffered a high ankle sprain that is sure to keep him out of the lineup in future weeks.

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Murray has a great matchup against a Rams defense that has been torched in the passing game and the running game. If Sam Bradford is out this week because of his own problems with a high ankle sprain, the Cowboys will likely play it conservative in the second half by running the football, so get Murray in as a nice flex play start.

Last Updated – Oct. 21st

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1 Darren McFadden Chiefs
2 Matt Forte @ Buccaneers
3 Ray Rice @ Jaguars
4 Ryan Mathews @ Jets
5 Adrian Peterson Packers
6 Arian Foster @ Titans
7 Michael Turner @ Lions
8 Chris Johnson Texans
9 Earnest Graham Bears
10 Rashard Mendenhall (I) @ Cardinals
11 Maurice Jones-Drew Ravens
12 Willis McGahee @ Dolphins
13 Beanie Wells Steelers
14 Ryan Torain @ Panthers
15 Steven Jackson @ Cowboys
16 Marshawn Lynch @ Browns
17 Mark Ingram Colts
18 DeMarco Murray Rams
19 Jackie Battle @ Raiders
20 Maurice Morris Falcons
21 Daniel Thomas (I) Broncos
22 Shonn Greene Chargers
23 Darren Sproles Colts
24 Montario Hardesty Seahawks
25 DeAngelo Williams Redskins
26 Jonathan Stewart Redskins
27 Roy Helu @ Panthers
28 Joseph Addai (I) @ Saints
29 James Starks @ Vikings
30 Thomas Jones @ Raiders
31 Delone Carter @ Saints
32 Michael Bush Chiefs
33 Mike Tolbert @ Jets
34 Donald Brown @ Saints
35 Reggie Bush (I) Broncos
36 Knowshon Moreno @ Dolphins
37 Ryan Grant @ Vikings
38 Pierre Thomas Colts
39 Tashard Choice Rams
40 Ben Tate @ Titans

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Comments (2)

  • Mary

    What’s up with Ryan Torain?? He scored 2 ff points and got 22 yards last week and you have him listed as the #13 runningback for the week. That’s asking a person to take one big chance……..granted we have no idea how the coach will handle his RB trio. I definitely can’t have a RB scoring me a whopping 2 points again this week. I’m seriously thinking of dropping Torain and picking up Graham,,,,what do yuou think??

  • Sean Douglas

    Hey Mary,

    The Eagles have been one of the worst teams against the run in football. You have to go with that matchup and sometimes it doesn’t work out, especially when Torain was coming off a big game on the road.

    At this time, I would look to Graham over Torain because the Eagles were successful at giving the Redskins passing game zero respectable and loading up against the run. I expect the Panthers to do the same.

    I have no doubts in Graham’s abilities and he should give you a productive game.

    If you can, hold onto Torain though because once Blount returns, Graham won’t help you.

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