December 09, 2009
Within the headline above, you'll find all the fantasy advice you need regarding Quinton Ganther(notes). He'll reportedly start for Washington in Week 14 ahead of Rock Cartwright(notes), and he's facing Oakland, one of the NFL's worst run defenses.
The Raiders have allowed 158.7 rushing yards per game and the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. They're as user-friendly as it gets. This is an outstanding matchup for Ganther. He's outperformed Cartwright decisively over the past two weeks, gaining 6.0 yards per carry to Rock's 2.75.
Not surprisingly, Cartwright isn't too pleased by the news (although he also sounds like a guy who can't believe he was ever a starter):
“I’m a little disappointed, but what can I do about it?” Cartwright said. “I’m not going to lose no sleep over it. I’ve still got a job.”
Ganther has been signed, released and re-signed by the Redskins during this season. The second-year back from Utah ran 13 times for 78 yards - a 6-yard average - while backing up Cartwright the last two games.
“I’m getting the opportunity that I haven’t had to show people what I can do,” Ganther said. “I just worked harder than anybody. The longer you keep you feet in the door, the better opportunity you have.”
Earlier in the week, Washington head coach Jim Zorn used the word "committee" to describe his backfield situation, so let's not assume Ganther will get 25 carries. He's a necessary short-term pickup nonetheless.
Go add Ganther, now. Then please join us for punch and sandwiches in the fellowship room.
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