Murray yearning for carries
They say they want to run the ball more. They've said it for awhile, and Bill Callahan's play-calling was thought to be moving roward that. The offensive line troubles will limit for the near future what they can do with DeMarco Murray, outside of a favorable defensive matchup. Tony Romo will keep slingin' it.
Montee Ball's red-zone fumble didn't stop him from being used 14 times, mainly because Denver had a big Week 2 lead. Ronnie Hillman will keep being canceled out by starter Knowshon Moreno. Many of Ball's reps, for now, will come when Denver simply needs to kill clock.
Reggie Bush (knee) should be able to suit up for Week 3, but Joique Bell deserves lineup consideration in most PPR leagues anyway. He's taking advantage of Ryan Broyles' absence by earning targets on his own.
Eddie Lacy's concussion will likely keep him from playing in Week 3. James Starks, a hot pickup, will carry the load, with sprinklings of struggling rookie Johnathan Franklin. Though he's been inconsistent, Starks excelled in the zone-blocking scheme Sunday as he did in the past. Slight chance he remains heavily involved even after Lacy returns, whenever that may be.
The receiver workload varies frequently, but James Jones' 12-target, 11-catch, 178-day reminds you to bench Packers WRs at your own risk.
Ben Tate's smaller workload again out-produced Arian Foster's starter duties. Tate's flex-worthiness will continue putting pressure on Foster to get healthy soon.
A 13-look week propelled DeAndre Hopkins, who's finally rounding back into form after a preseason concussion. Andre Johnson has a head ding of his own, and Hopkins' potential is much better when Johnson is on the field. Still, the potential for more looks, even if they're in more coverage, sustains Hopkins' elevation into nearly every-week WR3 territory.
Ahmad Bradshaw showed a vintage, aggressive running style Sunday, just in time to justify seizing majority work now that Vick Ballard (knee) is done for the year. Donald Brown's secondary value is in jeopardy because the Colts want to acquire another carrier.
Luckily, T.Y. Hilton saw more work because they realized he's a bigger playmaker than Darrius Heyward-Bey. Coby Fleener will continue benefitting as long as Dwayne Allen (hip) remains sidelined.
If Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) doesn't play in Week 3, it'd be a frustrating split between Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman. Fantasy owners should expect Forsett to get the majority, but neither should be in lineups until they prove worthy.
Shorts' 25 targets through two weeks have only achieved 11 catches and 133 Justin Blackmon's Week 5 return will improve things -- he's a fine fit in this post-catch-influenced offense -- but their lack of QB skill limits his ceiling.
Despite it being a closer contest in Week 2, Dwayne Bowe received just two more targets than in Week 1. No secondary target, outside of Jamaal Charles out of the backfield, has seized the opportunities created by coverage on Bowe. Maybe Donnie Avery will....
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