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Woods: The backup plan

Be honest.

You had a plan, and it’s currently falling apart.

Most fantasy football teams are constructed around a premier running back above all else. Now, two of the best in the NFL are out, at least for the immediate future.

Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles is expected to be out for at least a month with a high ankle sprain, and Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson isn’t struggling with an injury, but was deactivated by the Vikings last week after submitting to authorities after being charged with child abuse.

So what now?

While it’s hard to replace the production of a Peterson or Charles, there are options that can help stem the tide until these guys get back on the field.

Here are a few:

Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

The first and most obvious option when a fantasy player gets hurt is to grab their backup. If Knile Davis is available in your league – only owned in 1.7 percent of NFL.com leagues – then it’s time to pounce. Click here to see why.

Davis has proven himself as a productive tailback that can bust out for a big week at any time. He rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in a loss to Denver Sunday.

Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

Hyde’s 4.5 yards per carry is a great sign for the rookie out of Ohio State University. Frank Gore is surely bound for an injury at some point right? Hyde looks ready for a much higher workload in this offense. He’s definitely a guy to keep an eye on as you monitor Charles and Peterson’s statuses.

Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Owned in less than three percent of NFL.com leagues, Rainey is coming off of an impressive showing against the St. Louis – going for 144 yards on the ground and three catches for 30 yards.

Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts

Bradshaw used the Monday Night Football stage to deliver a throwback performance. The two-time Super Bowl Champ registered 70 rushing yards and 26 receiving yards and two touchdowns for a 21-point week for standard scoring leagues.

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