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One of the worst moments in fantasy football is when you go to look at your lineup for next week just to see one of your superstars is on a bye. The same guy who carries your team, and now you have a gigantic hole in the middle of your lineup due to their mid-season break. James Conner and Le'Veon Bell are the big names who will be benched in any and all lineups this week, but fear not. There are plenty of solid backs who are free in the vast majority of leagues that you can plug in this week.
Here are the top-3 options to replace the Steelers' backfield.
3. Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins
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No, you are not reading an article from five years ago. Gore has quickly shot up the ranks and is not only highly available, but could be a viable starting option at this point. In the past two weeks, he has 164 rushing yards on 27 carries, outpacing Kenyan Drake in both categories. Gore also plays the Detroit Lions, who have gotten torched by running backs so far this season. Say hello to father time as you plug in the ancient RB this week.
2. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
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Marlon Mack may not be much of a sleeper, but that doesn't mean he can't help you out this week. He's officially the starter now that he's healthy and has a chance to rack up a ton of yards thanks to his 7.4 yards per carry from last week. Don't be fooled by the matchup against the Buffalo Bills either. The Bills have shut down teams like the Minnesota Vikings without a healthy Dalvin Cook, a terrible Houston Texans rushing attack, and a Tennessee Titans team who is inept when it comes to running the ball. They've already given up big days to talented ground games like the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers. Consider Mack a high-upside plug and play this week.
1. Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons
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Smith can go from vulture to hero this week. He's a player who can pretty much be penciled in for a score, finding the end zone in each the past three weeks, with high upside attached. Smith has had more carries than Tevin Coleman, and he has also established himself as the goal line back. With Devonta Freeman now likely out for the year, the Falcons can consider him a huge piece in this two-headed rushing attack. That means it could also be Smith to be your savior this week.
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