In case anyone had missed it, DeMarco Murray debuted on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams and utterly destroyed them, racking up 253 rushing yards and a single score, setting a Cowboys rushing record.
Murray became a hot commodity earlier this week, but there was some definite lingering apprehension from a few owners as to either start him (if owned) or even pick him up in the first place, but after this drubbing—and a very poor Eagles rushing D on tap for Week 8—it is time to scoop up Murray, especially if you were one of the slew of owners who had their RB go down this week.
Speaking of the fallen, let’s see who else is becoming waiver wire gold.
Chris Russell on Twitter has reported that Tim Hightower has suffered what could be a serious knee injury, paving the way for an interesting situation in Washington at RB.
The immediate grab for folks looking for RB help off the waivers is Ryan Torain but after one solid week back on October 2nd, the bruising back hasn’t done much else.
The other option here would be to consider grabbing Roy Helu if he is available, but the “hold for now” approach I would take on Torain, may curb that enthusiasm.
I like Helu’s long-term potential, however, and believe that it is only a matter of time that Torain himself goes down with an injury, so if you have some room, think about stashing Helu.
As a quick overview of injuries out of Washington, keep an eye on Anthony Armstrong as well, after the fractured hand injury to Santana Moss. He may not be worth anything now, but he certainly deserves space on your watch list.
Browns TE Ben Watson suffered a concussion in Sunday’s win over Seattle which could lend some significant upswing value for fellow TE Evan Moore,—albeit in a temporary way.
With only one viable TE option on the field for the interim, Moore could see some increased targets, and could be a solid bye-week fill for those in the market.
If the concussion to Watson is more serious than thought, Moore’s time would obviously increase to compensate.
Christian Ponder and Michael Jenkins made some noise this weekend, and could raise a few eyebrows from waiver wire seekers, but who holds the real potential here?
In Ponder’s first start of his NFL career, he passed for 219 yards, two TDs and two INTs, which isn’t surprising in any way what-so-ever.
Ponder was bound to throw a pick with Charles Woodson running around, and he was bound to eclipse 200 passing yards against a weak Packers pass D.
Michael Jenkins was one of Ponder’s go to guys that night catching three balls for 111 yards and a single score.
While neither of these players are long-term options, one has to remember that the Vikings face Carolina before heading to the bye week, and then round two with the Packers at Lambeau.
The moral of the story is, if you are in a deeper league, and have a pressing issue at WR or QB for this week or two weeks down thew road, either player could be a nice spot fill.
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