If you have yet to hear the bad news, it's being reported that Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount could miss the next 4-6 weeks after suffering an MCL Grade 2 tear in his knee against the 49ers last weekend. For Blount owners in big and small leagues, it's time to take a look at the Bucs' alternatives at running back.
Earnest Graham - Graham was expected to get the start this week even before Blount's injury was later revealed. Graham is no stranger to the starting job as he wound up taking over for Cadillac Williams back in the 2007 season, finishing with 1222 total yards from scrimmage with 10 rushing touchdowns. Graham is a must-grab option in all leagues, especially for Blount owners. The biggest thing that sets Blount and Graham apart is Graham's ability to catch passes, which will be huge for PPR owners. I wound up picking Graham up in my local league. Looks like it was a great move. I had already listed Graham in my running back rankings for Week Six.
Kregg Lumpkin - Aside from the fact that his last name always gives me a chuckle, Lumpkin could be worth a look in 16-team leagues. We don't really know a lot about him since he barely sees the field, but he could wind up as the team's goal-line and short-yardage back. But because Graham will get the bulk of the carries, don't look Lumpkin's way in 12 teams leagues. He just not worth it.
The team has to make a move to create depth behind Graham and Lumpkin, but don't expect that player to garner much fantasy value.