Tim Hightower: He’s number 1 on the Cards’ for rushing yards and number 3 on their receiving yards list. Why does that last stat matter? Breaston is out for this game and possibly until after their October 24 Seahawks matchup. Hightower is uber talented and is going to start racking up more yards through the air than ever before. It might be a little obvious, but that doesn’t matter. Start him.
Laurence Maroney: With Moreno out, things look grim for the DEN rushing game. No worries– Maroney had a pretty decent outing as his backup and still can contribute. Add to that fact that Buckhalter is more of a 3rd down back, and it seems like Maroney is going to get more touches between the two. Plus, his coach, Mister Wunderkid Josh McDaniels is familiar, comfortable, and in love with his former specimen; personally, though I don’t think he’s much of a “specimen” (see: Maroney’s past years in NE), he is a SPECIMEN of a spot-start here. He has potential in the receiving game too, which is something you need to consider if you are playing PPR.
Peyton Hillis: Harrison, though arguable better, is coming off one of those delightful ticky-tack injuries, which is enough for their offensive coordinator to declare that they’re going to keep feeding Hillis the ball, as long as he has the hot hand. This could be the week that they stop being a 2-back system team and start being a Peton Hillis team. I like him. He’s fresh, he’s fast, and he should be starting for you this week.
Ryan Torain: He might be listed as the number 2 back behind Portis, but it’s quickly becoming apparent that Portis is going to lose carries to this guy. The question is: When does the legitimate shift take place? In my opinion, it’s probably going to be in the 2nd half of their game against the Eagles, who, during their last matchup with the ‘Skins, controlled Portis so, so well. It might be a game early to start him, but not by much.