We’d love to tell you to pick up Felix Jones pronto, but he’s generally owned in fantasy leagues, so that’s not going to work as a fill-in. However, another back-from-the-dead running back could be the key pickup to winning your title.
Ryan Grant hasn’t been fantasy relevant since the end of 2009, but losing a season to injury will do that to you. Now with James Starks injured, Grant has re-assumed the role of No. 1 back in Green Bay. He picked up a 47-yard TD on the Packers’ first play on Sunday and added another TD in the second quarter to put the Pack up 31-0. Kudos if you started him, as you likely breezed to a victory.
In deep leagues, don’t discount John Kuhn as a nice waiver option as well. Kuhn matched Grant’s 10 carries, gaining a respectable 46 yards with his limited work. Kuhn will likely be the goal-line back moving forward, so don’t be shocked if he scores in each of the next two games.
It’s unlikely the Packers will rush Starks back from injury, and it would surprise me to see him before the playoffs. If you need a jolt, feel free to turn to the Packers backfield. Honestly, there isn’t much else out there at running back, so you’ll likely have to make do with what you have.
Doug Baldwin had his best game in a while on Monday night, catching seven of his eight targets for 93 yards and a TD. Sure, he has tough matchups against the Bears and 49ers over the next two weeks, but it’s hard to ignore that solid of a performance at this point of the season.
Damian Williams only managed two catches for 62 yards this week, but he did get 10 targets, showing us that Titans QBs have confidence in him. He has great matchups against the Colts and Jaguars coming up, and I like him as a WR3 both weeks.
At tight end, you may have to grab Marcedes Lewis if you’re hurting at the position. Aside from Maurice Jones-Drew, he’s the only passing game option for Blaine Gabbert at this point. Lewis has been targeted a ridiculous 34 times over the last four weeks, and the passes should keep coming this week against the Falcons.
And finally, Jake Locker looked very solid in relief of an injured Matt Hasselbeck in Week 14 (282 passing yards, 36 rushing yards, two total TDs), and the feeling is that Hasselbeck won’t be ready to go next week. If Locker starts the next two weeks against the Colts and Jaguars, he has top-ten QB potential. I’d rely on Rex Grossman first if I was in a bind, but Locker is a close second.