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The New Orleans Saints trampled the Dallas Cowboys. Not surprising, but the distribution of attention reflects potential trends to come. It all stems from Jimmy Graham, of course. Though you can't bench Graham in 99 percent of leagues, his plantar fasciitis will pester him the rest of the way; he played only 33 of the club's 83 offensive snaps.
Sproles back in business
Graham's careful handling should mean Darren Sproles sustains something close to the 12-utilization workload from Week 10. Marques Colston's knee looked healthy in his eight-target effort, meaning Kenny Stills (four) and Lance Moore (two) owners hope Sean Payton and company continue to hold back Graham.
Mark Ingram will be a hot pickup, but most of his stellar work came as the Saints were pulling away against a heavily depleted front seven. He's beaten out Khiry Robinson for the third RB spot, which could mean a more entrenched goal-line presence. However, Thomas and Sproles are no strangers to that gig, and Ingram's weekly potential there will depend on how much they need to use their top two late in games.
WW: With Mike James (fractured ankle) on the shelf, Bobby Rainey and Brian Leonard will form a committee for the already Doug Martin-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both looked decent Monday night against a lowly Miami Dolphins run D. Leonard had 23 utilizations Monday night, but that probably was a result of him being ready as next man up. The 5-foot-8 but hard-running Rainey showed some skills later in the game and has a more complete feel to him. Leonard is your preferred target, but don't be surprised, if they don't bring in someone else, in Rainey putting a big dent in Leonard's opps.
- WW: Meet Dennis Johnson, the tepid backup to new Houston Texans lead Ben Tate. Any carries that open up at this point in the season are worth grabbing, but don't expect more than 10 or so a game.
- The Arizona Cardinals continue limiting Andre Ellington's work (15 utils this week). Rashard Mendenhall's late fumble won't mean a loss of his role, but he's still running like a lame duck most weeks. Ellington is the better start unless it's a TD-only league.
- The Carolina Panthers' three-way dance has DeAngelo Williams at a slight advantage over Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. Stewart is closer to taking control than Tolbert is, but the frustration will continue.
- The Indianapolis Colts' stubborn commitment to Trent Richardson continued. Chuck Pagano said they needed to run the ball more after yet another ineffective outing Sunday. Despite his lower weekly touch total, Donald Brown is the better play until Richardson shows burst.
- WW: The St. Louis Rams only called Tavon Austin's name four times on offense. Two produced big-play scores to go along with his punt return. Maybe the desperate St. Louis Rams finally have found consistent ways to use their first-round, speed-fueled weapon in space. Don't bank on WR3 numbers all the time, but if you need a spark to get to your postseason, few available commodities boast his upside.
- The Saints pressured Tony Romo, leaving a less-than-healthy Dez Bryant with just two targets. There's the "Rob Ryan familiarity" storyline, but Romo's increasing penchant for game management has taken his yards-per-toss down for the second straight season. Bryant doesn't belong on benches, but it's legit to wonder if he'll fall short of WR1 numbers more often down the stretch.
- Percy Harvin was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, and though he won't make a big dent immediately for the Seattle Seahawks, his presence suppresses the recent momentum of Doug Baldwin (18 targets last two weeks).
- Though he only had five targets, Riley Cooper once again found love in the deep game from Foles. The Philadelphia Eagles wideout's connection with their new starter is strong and should keep Cooper in fantasy lineups.
- WW: The San Francisco 49ers gave Mario Manningham six looks in his first game back. Expect such attention to continue, especially if Vernon Davis (concussion) must miss time. Of course, Michael Crabtree (Achilles') may soon follow, too.
- Outside of a 6-81-1 Week 9, Tony Gonzalez's past month has been brutal. In the other three games, he's produced eight catches for 85 yards. Maybe a healthier Roddy will open up more room, but if you're in a non-PPR league, you can't afford to take the chance of playing him yet.
- WW: The Packers' Brandon Bostick seems to have a connection with Tolzien, as well, which could mean more than three looks per week coming up.
- Along with Mario Manningham, Vance McDonald might be involved a little more if VD has to park it for a bit. The Niners rookie would just be a TE2 speculation in deep leagues.
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