Brian Westbrook, RB San Francisco
Owned in 28% of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues
Frank Gore suffered a season ending hip fracture in Monday Night’s win against the Cardinals, opening the door for Brian Westbrook and Anthony Dixon to carry the load for the Niners. Westbrook looked solid filling in for Gore, rushing for over 100 yards and a rushing TD. The 49ers have a nice schedule to close out the season, with three divisional games in the lowly NFC west.
Toby Gerhart, RB Minnesota
Owned in 18% of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues
Adrian Peterson suffered an ankle injury Sunday, forcing the team to rely on Toby Gerhart as its lead back. Gerhart responded well, with 76 rushing yards and hard fought rushing TD. We do not think Peterson will be out for an extended period with his ankle injury, however we would not be surprised to see Gerhart get a lot of action this week against a poor Buffalo rush defense.
Tashard Choice, RB Dallas
Owned in 4% of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues
Marion Barber sustained a calf strain on Thanksgiving that will sideline him for two to three weeks. His injury should give Tashard Choice more carries, giving him some value in deeper leagues. It would not surprise us to see Barber placed on IR if his calf injury continues to linger, as the team is all but out of playoff contention.
Ben Obomanu, WR Seattle
Owned in 6% of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues
Big Mike Williams missed Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, giving Ben Obomanu more snaps in the Seahawk passing game. The 5th year player from Auburn responded with a career day, catching 5 balls for 159 yards and a touchdown. We have read numerous reports claiming that BMW will be out an extended period of time, which might bode well for Obomanu.
Anthony Dixon, RB San Francisco
Owned in 3% of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues
It is unclear how the Niners will deal with the loss of Frank Gore. The majority of fantasy analysts believe that Westbrook will get the majority of touches, yet Dixon is a younger and more powerful back, leading us to believe that he will also but prominent in the offense. We recommend picking up Dixon in deep leagues as he could pay dividends in the fantasy playoffs.
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