RosterWatch Week 12 Waiver Wire: RBs
Byron Lambert, Rosterwatch.com
There are some solid options still available in shallow leagues. We’ve recommended many of these guys on multiple occasions this season. All players listed are less than 50% owned in standard fantasy football leagues.
Bobby Rainey, RB Tampa Bay Buccanneers
Last week, we told you that Bobby Rainey at home against Atlanta, reminded us a lot of the Andre Ellington monster against the Falcons just a few weeks ago. It happened. We also subscribe to the Ernest Byner Doctrine. As a running backs coach, the backups in his stable are almost always sick, and the Bucs have an effective rushing attack in general. If Rainey is owned- pick him up immediately. As for Brian Leonard, if you are desperate, maybe hold him for one more week- if you don’t need him, you can drop him.
Montee Ball, RB Denver Broncos
We’ve always said that more carries for Montee Ball was a fact of life. It was destiny. Anybody getting significant run in a Peyton Manning offense, especially in the redzone, is a valuable fantasy asset. Grab him now.
Donald Brown, RB Indianapolis Colts
If you want to know how we feel about Brown, go read any of the previous four waiver reports. He shouldn’t still be less than 50% owned- it’s gotten ridiculous.
Mark Ingram, RB New Orleans Saints
Predictably, he regressed in Week 11. He was still second on the team in carries behind Pierre Thomas. The Saints backfield is a dicey one. Ingram looks good, though. He could hit again at anytime. When desperate it never hurts buying into a prolific offense, either. Atlanta, is about as juicy as it gets in Week 12. Although, the matchup shapes up nicely for Darren Sproles (see: Rainey above).
Cleveland Browns Running Backs
At this point, we’d rather take a flier on Chris Ogbonnaya or Fozzy Whitaker than toil with Willis McGahee. The Trashman has acquired Ogbonnaya himself, meaning we will recommend him over Whitaker. The former had 14 touches, including 12 targets, while the latter had 9 touches in Week 11. This week’s matchup against Pittsburgh is a solid one.
Antone Smith, RB Atlanta Falcons
This is a boom/bust pickup. He only had three touched in Week 11. He looked like the most explosive runner on the team while scoring 15 fantasy points. The Falcons coaching staff has already said they are planning on getting Smith more involved. Remember, Bobby Rainey didn’t have that many touches in Week 10, either. These things happen. Especially with struggling teams.
Daniel Thomas, RB Miami Dolphins
It’s a huge shell game with the Dolphins running back situation. We don’t trust Thomas much further than we can throw him. Still, any week he’s capable of hitting paydirt and/or out-touching Lamar Miller. Carolina is a stout matchup in Week 12, but we saw the Patriots run on them this week.
Mike Tolbert, RB Carolina Panthers
He’s so touchdown dependent in a three-way backfield, you have to be desperate to make this move. But hey, sometimes we are- and he always has a decent chance scoring a touchdown.
Roy Helu Jr., RB Washington Redskins
The desperation move of all desperation moves. He got back to being a bit more involved in Week 11 scoring five fantasy points. Owners can always hope for a Mike Shanahan swindle.