Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs for a short gain during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Must Start: DeMarco Murray (RB) Dallas Cowboys
Because the Dallas Cowboys will be facing the “almighty” Denver Broncos Peyton Manning, they will more likely rely heavily on the running game.
Must Sit: BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RB) Cincinnati Bengals and C.J. Spiller (RB) Buffalo Bills
Although former New England Patriot Green-Ellis might have a slight advantage in playing against his former team, add the fact that Vince Wilfork will not be in the lineup due a torn Achille, the Cincinnati Bengals is starting to trust a bit more in rookie Giovani Bernard. Bill Belichick knows too much the strengths and weakness Green-Ellis brings to the field, and I think coach Lewis will distribute the ball more to Bernard – a younger and more explosive running back.
C.J. Spiller is very much banged up, and part of it is because the Bills are overusing him to balance out having a rookie quarterback in EJ Manuel. Now, not only is Spiller banged up with ankle injury, but Fred Jackson is too with a sprained MCL in his knee. Spiller was extremely limited in practice (basically did not participate if you were to count how much effort he was able to put into practice) while Jackson was limited in practice with a sore knee.
Sleeper Pick: Josh Gordon (WR) Cleveland Brown
This week I’m going with Josh Gordon as the sleeper player solely based because they are facing the Buffalo Bills this Thursday Night. Based on his increased target, there’s a chance his rapport with Bryan Hoyer is starting to develop.