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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 6

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Branden Oliver has becoming an intriguing fantasy option at running back due to injuries at the position for the San Diego Chargers. (Photo: Jake Roth — USA Today Sports)

Branden Oliver has becoming an intriguing fantasy option at running back due to injuries at the position for the San Diego Chargers. (Photo: Jake Roth — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Owned in 6% of Yahoo! Leagues): With Josh McCown out and Glennon having a five-to-two touchdown-to-interception ratio, Glennon would be a good add this week for those needing to replace Drew Brees on bye. Expect him to be a solid QB2 option each and every week considering how unstable their run game is right now and how much they are likely to be playing from behind.

Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns (5% Y!): Despite many raving for Johnny Manziel to be the starting quarterback, Hoyer has been better than decent so far for the Cleveland Browns, with more than 1,000 yards passing and a six-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio, despite having few weapons outside of oft-injured tight end Jordan Cameron. When Cameron gets healthy and Josh Gordon returns in Week 12, expect Hoyer to put up even better numbers. He could be a high-end QB2 come fantasy playoffs time.

Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers (14% Y!): With Donald Brown now concussed, Ryan Mathews out with a knee injury and Danny Woodhead done for the year with a broken ankle, Oliver will be the lead back in San Diego until Brown and/or Matthews get healthy. After he ran for more than 100 yards and scored rushing and receiving touchdowns against a tough New York Jets run defense, he is a must-add who could easily have another great week as he has an easy matchup against the Oakland Raiders.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Buffalo RB Branden Oliver

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Branden Oliver hasn’t gotten much attention leading up to this year’s draft, but the Buffalo product is determined to make it in the NFL. (Photo: Raj Mehta — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

You probably already know about Khalil Mack, the star outside linebacker prospect who is set to become the University at Buffalo’s first-ever first-round pick. What you might not know is that his former college roommate could also be selected in this year’s draft.

Branden Oliver has been one of college football’s most productive running backs over the past few years, rushing for 3,751 yards and 33 touchdowns over his final three seasons for the Bulls.

Somehow, the hard-charging runner has been largely overlooked leading up to the draft.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Running Backs

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde is the best running back in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Considering the way the NFL has become a passing league, running back is not the highly valued position that it once was. With many successful starting running backs having been selected later in the draft in recent years, many teams are no longer valuing running backs as early-round selection.

First round running backs may be a thing of the past and there is no running back in this class with enough value to warrant a first round selection. That said, there are plenty of players who have the skills needed to be starters or at least be a solid complimentary runner.

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Khalil Mack and More Prospects to Watch on Bowl Season’s Opening Saturday

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Khalil Mack will be in the spotlight when Buffalo plays San Diego State on the bowl season’s opening day. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The opening Saturday of bowl season may not feature college football’s marquee teams, but it certainly does include some of the nation’s marquee talent.

The prime game on the schedule is the Las Vegas Bowl, which kicks off between two ranked teams, No. 20 Fresno State and No. 25 USC, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. To find out more about the top NFL draft prospects playing in the game, including arguably the nation’s top senior quarterback prospect in Fresno State’s Derek Carr and two of college football’s best wide receivers in Fresno State redshirt sophomore Davante Adams and USC junior Marqise Lee, check out Joe Marino’s Prospect Preview of the game.

Saturday’s other three bowl games also each include players whose names should be called in the 2014 NFL draft.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Running Back Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Carlos Hyde has broken out as the top senior running back with a fantastic season at Ohio State. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The running back position has decreased in draft value over the past few seasons. NFL teams have been able to find backs later in the draft who prove to be viable starters.

That’s exactly what I see in many of the senior running backs in the 2014 class. Some of them are situational-type players, but most of them are prospects that could fill the role of a starter who gets selected in the later rounds of the draft and proves to be a tremendous value pick.

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