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With Lamar Miller ​ruled out for Week 16 due to injury, the 2018 fantasy football postseason continues to prove that it will most likely be decided by backups and waiver wire pickups.

The latest two backup running backs to crash the fantasy scene for this weekend are Houston Texans backs D'Onta Foreman and Alfred Blue. But which one are you better off starting in your fantasy football championship this week?


Foreman is owned in just 3.5 percent of ESPN fantasy football leagues as of Saturday afternoon prior to Houston's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16. However, this low ownership percentage is what it is for a reason, and that's because Foreman hasn't seen a single down of action in the 2018-19 NFL regular season due to injury. 

The second-year back was a stud in college, when he led the nation in rushing yards in the 2016-17 season, but he hasn't done much for the Texans over his two seasons in Houston.


Blue, who is owned in just 5.7 percent of ESPN fantasy football leagues as of Saturday afternoon, has been playing behind Miller all season and amassed the kind of numbers you'd expect a backup in his position to collect on the year -- 473 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Although Blue hasn't exactly been trending in the right direction as far as volume or production lately, he's likely to get most of the carries and touches for the Texans on Sunday.

Blue saw 13 rushing attempts in both Week 12 and Week 13, posting his two highest single-game rushing totals of his season with 49 and 54 rushing yards, respectively. But since then, Blue has seen just six attempts for 21 rushing yards in Week 14 and nine attempts for six rushing yards in Week 15.

If this were Week 1 or Week 2 of the season, then perhaps Foreman would be worth the gamble, but I don't think I'd risk my fantasy football semifinal or championship on playing Foreman over Blue this weekend. Blue certainly looks like the safer bet of the two and the better option for Week 16.


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