Rely on Michael, Rodgers now, worry about return to bench later

Jacquizz Rodgers has enjoyed his only two 100-yard rushing efforts of his six-year career in his past two games. AP Photo/Jason Behnken

All hail the surprising fill-in running backs who carry fantasy owners! Doug Martin, Thomas Rawls and Jamaal Charles were supposed to be stars this season, top-20 running backs in ESPN average live drafts. But as is the case so often, injury has severely compromised their respective situations. As a result of the struggles for these players to return to form, other running backs have stepped up, to various degrees of surprise. Hey, look at the Week 8 rankings, folks: Spencer Ware, Christine Michael and even Jacquizz Rodgers are viewed as top-10 options. Hard to believe!

As ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell can attest, every injury is different and it’s generally dangerous to rely on these players because the timetable for their return becomes problematic.