Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/17/12
Everyone have their Kool-Aid ready?  Montario Hardesty looks like he could be the starting RB for week 7 if Trent Richardson is unable to play with his rib injury, meaning Hardesty will be one of the top waiver wire pickups this week at RB (Along with Felix Jones, Alex Green, and William Powell, all covered in separate articles).

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Montario Hardesty – Week 6

Hardesty had exactly 0 carries entering week 6, even though he was a bit of the sleeper opening the season for a RB who had not one, but two, knee scopes this season.  Trent Richardson proved healthy, and fantasy owners who drafted Hardesty most likely dropped him entering week 6.  Coming in for the injured Richardson, Hardesty carried the ball 15 times for 56 yards and a TD to go with 1 reception for 9 yards.  His fantasy total for the week was 65 yards and a TD (12.5 fantasy points)

Week 7

Now heading into fantasy football 2012 – week 7, Trent Richardson has been labeled with a rib cartilage injury, but he did manage to avoid a fracture.  The uncertain status of Trent won’t appeal to all owners, but Hardesty could be a nice sleeper this week as he faces a Colts team that just allowed Shonn Greene to go over 150 yards rushing with 3 TD’s.  This is the sort of situation you will want to stay updated on right up until gametime, and our head NFL writer mike sherman will be live in the forums on gameday, 2 1/2 hours before kickoff helping you set your fantasy football lineups for the day.

So the big question is, what can we expect out of Hardesty if he gets the job?  Well, in 2011 he carried the ball 88 times for the Browns for a total of 266 yards (3.0 yards per carry) and 0 TD’s.  Now in his second year, Hardesty has only the one game to go off of, but those 15 carries for 56 yards works out to 3.73 yards per carry, so there has been some improvement.  With the state of the Browns offensive line, I think a safe projection for Montario would be 18 carries for 75 yards and a TD.  Not overwhelming numbers, but Chris Ogbannaya will see a few carries, and Hardesty doesn’t look like he possesses that burst of speed to get him past the secondary.

I think the best that fantasy owners can look for this week is that Montario finds the end zone, but with the amount of injuries and bye weeks in 2012 fantasy football, Hardesty should be one of the top waiver wire adds this week.

For the record, if you are looking for a waiver wire back, and these guys are all available, this is how I would rank them:

Felix Jones

Alex Green

Montario Hardesty

William Powell

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