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DeMarco Murray vs Eagles - 

A hot name off the waiver wire turned fantasy gold, as rookie running back DeMarco Murray broke the Cowboys single game rushing record in his first game as a feature back. Sure, Murray’s stats were helped by a 91-yard touchdown score at the start of the game, but if you look at his rushing numbers after that touchdown he still posted over 160 yards on 24 carries.

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Look for Murray to have another solid performance this week as Felix Jones will be sidlelined again with a high ankle sprain and fellow veteran Tashard Choice injured his shoulder last week. Fellow rookie Patrick Tanner stands to be Murray’s backup, but fantasy owners should expect Murray to get a feature back type of workload again.

While Murray wasn’t used in the passing game, he’s a talented pass catcher, as I pointed out last week, he had 71 receptions with the Sooners last year. Consider Murray a must start running back as long as Jones is out, and if he continues to play half as good as he did against the Rams, he will likely take over as the starter for good.

Knowshon Moreno vs Lions -

With Willis McGahee sidelined for at least one week with a hand injury, Knowshon Moreno figures to take on most of the work in the Broncos backfield. Lance Ball will be in the mix but Moreno should benefit from defenses having to account for Tim Tebow’s special abilities. While Moreno will never be a big-play threat, he can be a productive flex play option against a Lions defense that has struggled against the running game, in recent weeks.

Nate Washington vs Colts –

The Titans have been horrible in recent weeks, but Nate Washington could be worth using as a WR-3 against the Colts. That’s not saying much about Washington at this point, as the Colts are fresh off giving up 62 points to the Saints, and have yet to win a game this year. Indianapolis has been horrible against No.1 receivers, and Washington should be good for around 75 yards and a score this week. Now lets see if the Titans will actually show up and play some football for a change.

Ryan Torain @ Bills –

While Tim Hightower is gone for the year with a torn ACL, forgive me if I’m a little hesitant to recommend Ryan Torain after Mike Shanhan pulled another one of his stunts this week, by playing Hightower over Torain. Ideally, if Torain was to be used like we saw against the Rams, he would make for a decent RB-2 this week.

However, you just never know what Shanahan is going to do, and he still has rookies like Roy Helu and Evan Royster on the squad to use. Consider any Redskins running back a roll of the dice weekly from this point forward, no matter how well they play, the week before. In the end, I should have recommended that from the beginning with Torain, and I apologize to those of you that started him a week ago. Shanahan you’re a jerk!

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Last Updated – Oct. 28th

1 Arian Foster Jaguars
2 Ray Rice Cardinals
3 Fred Jackson Redskins
4 LeSean McCoy @ Cowboys
5 Calvin Johnson @ Broncos
6 Adrian Peterson (I) @ Panthers
7 Ryan Mathews (I) @ Chiefs
8 Maurice Jones-Drew @ Texans
9 Wes Welker @ Steelers
10 Mike Wallace Patriots
11 Frank Gore Browns
12 DeMarco Murray Eagles
13 Steven Jackson Saints
14 Steve Smith (Carolina) Vikings
15 Dwayne Bowe Chargers
16 Marques Colston @ Rams
17 Ahmad Bradshaw Dolphins
18 Darren Sproles @ Rams
19 Chris Johnson Colts
20 Hakeem Nicks Dolphins
21 Dez Bryant Eagles
22 A.J. Green @ Seahawks
23 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) @ Steelers
24 Jonathan Stewart Vikings
25 Jeremy Maclin @ Cowboys
26 DeSean Jackson @ Cowboys
27 Stevie Johnson Redskins
28 Vincent Jackson (I) @ Chiefs
29 Pierre Thomas @ Rams
30 Rashard Mendenhall Patriots
31 Jackie Battle Chargers
32 Anquan Boldin Cardinals
33 Larry Fitzgerald @ Ravens
34 Miles Austin Eagles
35 Daniel Thomas (I) @ Giants
36 Ben Tate Jaguars
37 Javon Ringer Colts
38 Torrey Smith Cardinals
39 Mario Manningham Dolphins
40 Brandon Lloyd Saints
41 Brandon Marshall @ Giants
42 Antonio Brown Patriots
43 Michael Jenkins @ Panthers
44 Delone Carter @ Titans
45 Ryan Torain @ Bills
46 Knowshon Moreno Lions
47 Nate Washington Colts
48 Reggie Wayne @ Titans
49 Maurice Morris @ Broncos
50 Lance Ball Lions
51 Montario Hardesty @ 49ers
52 Percy Harvin (I) @ Panthers
53 Steve Breaston Chargers
54 Eric Decker Lions
55 Bernard Scott @ Seahawks
56 Michael Crabtree Browns
57 Emmanuel Sanders Patriots
58 Greg Little @ 49ers
59 Sidney Rice Bengals
60 Jabar Gaffney @ Bills
61 Marshawn Lynch(I) Bengals
62 Alfanso Smith Ravens
63 DeAngelo Williams Vikings
64 Deion Branch @ Steelers
65 Pierre Garcon @ Titans
66 Roy Helu @ Bills
67 Leon Washington Bengals
68 David Nelson Redskins
69 Early Doucet  (I) @ Ravens
70 Demaryius Thomas Lions
71 Kevin Walter Jaguars
72 Titus Young @ Broncos
73 Victor Cruz Dolphins
74 Davone Bess @ Giants
75 Reggie Bush (I) @ Giants

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