Not only will there be a change at quarterback in week seven for the Dallas Cowboys, but there may be a switch at running back as well. It’s not Darren McFadden, or Lance Dunbar who is out for the remainder of the season, but instead it figures to be former Seattle Seahawks rusher, Christine Michael.
Michael was acquired by the Cowboys just prior to the start of the regular season in a trade with Seattle. He has had a minimal impact in Dallas thus far, with just 2 carries after being inactive for the first 3 weeks. However, he showed a lot of promise in Seattle after being drafted in the 2nd round in 2013 out of Texas A&M.
It looks like the Cowboys are ready to give up on the heir apparent to DeMarco Murray. Joseph Randle was highly touted coming into the season, but it doesn’t seem as if his 3.9 yards per carry is cutting it for head coach Jason Garrett. Randle has yet to break 100 yards this season, but he does have a 3 TD performance to his credit. Regardless, the Cowboys have lost their past three games after getting off to a 2-0 start and clearly feel the need to make big changes in their offensive lineup. The team already made the switch under center from quarterback Brandon Weeden to Matt Cassel, and changing their starting running back appears to be their next move.
The starting tandem of Romo-Randle-Bryant may be non-existent in week seven if Michael does indeed start. It’s still not 100% that Michael will star over Randle, but Garrett has made it clear he plans to get Michael more involved. Garrett has a bye week to evaluate the decision.
The news about the Dallas backfield definitely makes Christine Michael a target on the waiver wire in fantasy football leagues, while daily fantasy football players could be salivating over a cheap Michael in salary cap games. Last time I checked, the Cowboys still have the best offensive line in the NFL which could help a physical and explosive runner like Michael tremendously. While Randle hasn’t performed to expectations and could lose his role, he still remains a guy you should keep on your roster.
It’d be a gutsy move to start Michael in week seven, but it just might be worth the risk – assuming he gets a good workload. This situation is worth monitoring in the coming weeks.