Running back replacements to the rescue

      November 2, 2012 @ 15:51:49 PDT

Injuries at the running back position are nothing new, especially at this stage of the season.

Two key injuries to take advantage of this week come to you from the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers' backfields. Yes, the Steelers' backfield mess has suffered yet another setback. The Saints', meanwhile, becomes a little clearer without their top threat.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints

Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles') has missed back-to-back games now, and his backup, Jonathan Dwyer filled in nicely with a 34-229-1 line in his two starts. Dwyer (quadriceps), however, is listed with Mendy as doubtful for Week 9, thrusting the now-healthy Isaac Redman back into the starting lineup.

While Redman is nothing special, he should be able to find adequate room against the Giants and has a reasonable chance to cross the stripe. He is available in 46 percent of leagues polled and is a must-acquire for Week 9 play.

Down in the swamp, New Orleans hosts the Philadelphia Eagles and will be without diminutive sparkplug Darren Sproles following surgery to repair a fracture hand bone. That means Pierre Thomas is your primary target. He will share looks with Mark Ingram, and possibly Chris Ivory, but PT's versatility will make him the more involved option in this pass-happy offense.

Owners in shallow point-per-reception leagues have to check for Thomas on their wire, just in case he is somehow available. If you own him, be sure to slide Thomas into your flex spot. Philly has surrendered 112.3 rushing yards, 36.0 of the receiving variety, 5.67 receptions and 0.67 aerial scores per contest in the past four weeks to the running back position. Thomas could be the jewel of the bayou in Week 9.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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