Big comebacks and some key injuries led the fantasy football headlines a week ago.
With a new NFL week only two days away, there is no time for fantasy owners to be caught napping.
Those in need of a replacement at running back may be in luck. With Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego all on bye weeks and DeMarco Murray and Trent Richardson both out with injuries, plenty of people need a running back, and plenty of them are available on the waiver-wire.
We will stat with the situation in Dallas for all of you Cowboy fans out there.
With Murray out at least a week, Felix Jones figures to start for Dallas.
Jones had 105 yards on 19 carries Sunday against the Ravens, including a touchdown run.
But Jones has struggled to stay healthy himself, and he is owned in over 50-percent of ESPN leagues.
If he is gone in your league, I do like Dallas' third-string back Phillip Tanner, who rushed for 31 yards on nine carries.
If anything happens to Jones this week against Carolina or going forward, it will be Tanner getting the rock. Tanner is available in almost every league, so get him if you are in a deep league and need to find someone with hope.
In Cleveland, Montario Hardesty is slated to start in favor of Richardson.
Hardesty is owned in fewer than 1 percent of leagues, so he should be around.
On 15 carries Sunday. Hardesty ran for 56 yards. Considering he will get the goal line carries, he seems to have some upside.


However, if you are in a points per reception league, Browns' third-string back Chris Ogbonaya is a better option than Hardesty.
Hardesty will get most of the carries, but Ogbonaya catches far more balls out of the backfield.
Vick Ballard should be a good option in Indianapolis again this week. Several fantasy players picked him up last week and watched him struggle to get going in a tough game against the Jets, but playing against the Browns in Week 7 is a much better matchup for Ballard.
Bengals backup running back Bernard Scott is now out for the year, giving value to Cedric Peerman, who is also owned in very few leagues.
Peerman should be the third down back in Cincinnati for now, and he does catch some passes to earn a look in PPR leagues.
Many people are high on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who will surely get picked up this week with star receivers on bye weeks across the league.
Several others like Donnie Avery in Indianapolis as well.
But both rely on big touchdown plays to score a lot of points and neither see a ton of targets.
Instead, I still like receivers such as Mike Williams, Randall Cobb, Kendall Wright, Jeremy Kerley and Andrew Hawkins better.
I also like Chris Givens in St. Louis ahead of Brandon Gibson.
Though Gibson had nine catches for 91 yards for the Rams on Sunday, he has been a frustrating player to cheer for in fantasy, failing to score double digits since Week 2.
I like Givens a bit more. Though the rookie is raw, he has big play ability and can stretch the field for Sam Bradford.
The Patriots defense is likely the best option on the wire this week as the play the Jets after a disappointing loss in Seattle.
I also like the Raiders defense this week at home against Jacksonville.


This week's survivor pool lock of the week is a tough one. Sports reporter Joshua Perry said this week may be as tough as it gets all year, but he likes New England at home against the Jets.
After the Jets just won by 25, Perry thinks New York will be "all fat and happy," while Tom Brady rarely loses two games in a row. Don't expect the golden boy to lose at home to his rival after falling to Seattle.


That is all for this week. My inbox continues to fill up with your lineup questions. Feel free to keep them coming, and don't hesitate to run trade requests by me if you have a question. Remember, the best way to reach me in on Twitter at, but you can continue to send questions to

John Livingston is the sports editor of The Daily Times and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.