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by contributing author Bill Berthold
Roy Helu, RB Washington Redskins

Just when we thought Tim Hightower was going to be the main back in the Nation’s Capital this season, out of nowhere comes Roy Helu, with 72 yards on 10 carries in the Redskins 22-21 win against the Arizona Cardinals last week. Since Terrell Davis retired, the running back position on a Mike Shannon coached team has been a revolving door. If last week’s workload is an indication, then Helu, who was Washington’s fourth round pick in 2011, has a shot to be one of Shannon’s running back flavors of the month.

Jerome Harrison, RB Detroit Lions

The 2-0 Detroit Lions offense with Matthew Stafford at the helm is for real. Jerome Harrison is the backup for Jahvid Best, who has 237 total yards this season, Last year, turf toe hampered Best’s production, so it’s possible he will not be able to physically handle the increased role he is seeing in 2011. This move is purely speculative on a future Best injury, but it could pay big dividends down the road.

Stevan Ridley, RB New England Patriots

This is similar to a Jerome Harrison move. There are touchdowns to be had in New England with the Patriots offense has scoring over 30 points in their last 10 regular season games. Why not take a chance on the backup to Benjarvus Green-Ellis? If Green-Ellis were to go down Stevan Ridley, the Patriots third round draft choice in 2011, would be in line for a few scores. Keep in mind a pick-up of Ridley should only be made by Jamal Charles’ owners who have a suitable backup to get you through the next few weeks. Like Harrison, Ridley will not help right away.