Return of injured RBs making roster decisions difficult

      November 30, 2012 @ 17:05:41 PDT

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Of course, just as some of you are battling to make your league's fantasy playoffs in must-win scenarios, two big-name running backs are nearing a return.

Both DeMarco Murray (foot) and Darren McFadden (ankle) are listed as questionable and are expected to play in Week 13. However, they aren't locks by any means, and their playing time is a giant unknown if they do suit up. Why is fantasy football so cruel sometimes?

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray
A welcome sight... for some

If you own either of these two disappointing runners, the chances are that you aren't even in the position to make the playoffs. But if you are, it just makes things all that much more difficult.

What should you do???

Let's start with Murray. Despite being questionable, he seems the better bet to pencil into the active list. He's already doing interviews with NBC for the Sunday night tilt with the Iggles, and Jerry Jones is saying Murray is ready to play (for whatever that's worth).

He's clearly made strides with his health this week in practice. Remember, the Cowboys considered playing him on Thanksgiving last week, but the short week canceled those hopes. He should - should - be good to go against the Eagles.

However, it's been a while since he played; he hasn't suited up since injuring his foot in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens. That's a long time to sit out. Murray is one of the most dynamic threats in the 'Boys' offense, though, and Felix Jones merely kept his seat warm for six weeks.

I could see Murray getting the bulk of the work against Philly over Jones immediately, but that remains to be seen. The late Sunday start also makes this dicey, so if you have safer options for your flex position, go with them instead. If you're feeling ballsy, make sure you have another late option or a player from Monday night's game at your disposal in case Murray is inactive.

Run DMC causing lineup havoc, too...

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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