NFL Week 12 Fantasy Gems and Longshots—Running Backs

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    11/25/2009 11:46 AM - 

    It is that time of year, that strange fantasy moment when several previously irrelevant names pop up out of nowhere that you would be foolish to completely overlook. Even then,  many of these players are best left off of your starting rosters. With the playoffs pending, it is beneficial to at least familiarize yourself with some of these out of the blue options in case one of them chameleon into fantasy gold in the blink of an eye.

    ~Running Backs~

    Danny Ware, Giants- Ahmad Bradshaw is no longer relegated to merely a walking boot, now he has added crutches to his fashionable ensemble. Ware should get his moment in the sun on turkey day, to get a share of the carries vs. the Broncos, a team struggling to defend the run lately.

    Rock Cartwright #31 (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

    Rock Cartwright #31 (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

    Rock Cartwright, Redskins- Rock has never gotten a fair shake in Washington. To me, Rock should have been in the regular rotation to receive handoffs for years. He is a poor man’s Maurice Jones-Drew, and because no one in D.C. seems to know what exceptional talent is even when it is staring them in the face, Rock only gets his chance when Portis and Betts both go down with injury. Too bad for his career, but take advantage now during that small window when he gets most of the snaps.

    Lex Hilliard, Dolphins- Anyone from Kalispell, Montana that makes it to the NFL deserves mention just for the rarity of that fact. Who knows how much his playing time will increase with Ronnie Brown done for the year, but he runs hard so keep an eye on him.

    Chris Jennings, Browns- I guess Jerome Harrison fell out of favor with Mangidiot, so Jennings is getting more of a chance. Last game he had 15 touches, and produced 74 yards.

    Kahlil Bell, Bears- In his first NFL carry he ran for 72 yards. With Matt Forte struggling, Bell’s workload may increase.

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