This week’s waiver wire is all about the running backs. In a week where injuries to Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Devonta Freeman, Charcandrick West, and Frank Gore torpedoed many fantasy lineups, the running back position is a hot topic. Who can you trust?
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire – Running Back edition
Who would have imagined that Thomas Rawls would be the most effective ball carrier in Seattle through 11 weeks. In fact, the undrafted rookie out of Central Michigan has been the Seahawks’ most consistent and effective offensive player this season, even more so than Marshawn Lynch (111/417/3), Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson. Considering Lynch’s nagging injuries and his 3.8 yards per carry, Rawls’ robust 6.0 yards per carry (101/604/2) should be more than good enough to warrant a spot on your fantasy roster.
“Down goes Forsett!” Yet another featured/lead back goes down to a season-ending injury (Le’Veon Bell, Jamaal Charles) as the veteran running back suffered a broken arm. However, this creates an opportunity for 4th round selection (2015) Javorius “Buck” Allen to get a large volume of work. Allen hasn’t exactly turned heads (64/249/1) but he has outrushed fellow running back Lorenzo Taliaferro by 51 carries so it should certainly be the Buck Allen show. At this point the sheer volume Allen is slated to receive outweighs his perceived low ceiling in terms of production.
Frank Gore suffered what is being reported as a minor knee injury in the Colts Week 11 win against the Atlanta Falcons. Considering Gore’s advance age (for running backs) and injury history it behooves Gore owners to add Ahmad Bradshaw as a late season handcuff. Bradshaw has done practically nothing on the ground but despite a meager 9 targets he has 3 receiving touchdowns. The veteran back still runs hard, invest if you are a Gore owner.
With Jamaal Charles on the shelf, Charcandrick West dealing with a strained hamstring and Knile Davis a distant memory it may be Spencer Ware that leads the Chiefs’ offense in the coming weeks. We know it won’t be Alex Smith. Ware’s 11 carries, 96 yards and 2 TDs against the Chargers in Week 11 account for the vast majority of his professional production so if indeed he gets the nod in K.C. temper your expectations and keep an eye on West’s injury status.
Every season there is a waiver wire darling in fantasy football and none more so in 2015 than Atlanta’s second-year tailback Devonta Freeman. Freeman has been a revelation in “Hot-lanta” but after suffering a concussion in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts it may be rookie Tevin Coleman, Freeman owners may have to depend on down the stretch. Coleman is a talent but hasn’t exactly found his rhythm in his rookie season. However, that talent demands a roster spot particularly for Freeman owners, just in case.
It’s been a disappointing season for the explosive Abdullah. His ball-security problems have followed him from the collegiate level to the pro game and he has lost a ton of passing down work to incumbent Theo Riddick. That being said, Abdullah still leads the Lions in rushing (80/284/1). Speaking of futility. Abdullah has only managed double digit carries in three contests this season and you may be grasping a straws here but once again his talent demands a roster spot if you’re in need of a running back.
Beggars can’t be choosers.
While Doug Martin continues to flourish in a contract year, 2nd year pro Charles Sims has really had a strong 2015 campaign as well. Sims is averaging a healthy 4.5 yards per carry and has become an integral part of the Buccaneers’ offense as he is tied for 2nd on the team in receptions and tied for the team lead with 3 touchdown receptions. Despite Martin’s tremendous season thus far, Sims isn’t going anywhere. It’s roughly a 60-40 split in terms of snaps. Sims should be owned in all PPR leagues and he has certainly made a case to be owned in all formats.