2015 Fantasy Football: RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 13
Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.
For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.
With that said, here are some waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 13 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]
With exactly 20 touches in three consecutive games, Draughn has finished as a top-27 fantasy running back in each of those games and much better in PPR formats (RB16, RB15 and RB15, respectively). In those three games, Draughn has 17 catches on 21 targets.
It's unclear whether Carlos Hyde (foot) will return this week or even this season, but given the state of the 49ers franchise, there is obviously no reason to rush Hyde back. And after a pair of challenging matchups (Seattle and Arizona), Draughn's next two games are much more fantasy-friendly -- at Chicago in Week 13 and Cleveland in Week 14.
Earlier in the season, Johnson was capitalizing on his limited opportunities. With only 27 touches in his first five games, Johnson scored six touchdowns -- three rushing, two receiving and one return.
With injuries to Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington, however, Johnson's workload is on the rise and he's expected to get the start in Week 13, at least. Given his talent, the third-rounder out of Northern Iowa should/could maintain the lead-back role for the remainder of the season for the league's highest-scoring offense.
Andrews now has double-digit carries in six consecutive games and over that six-game stretch, he has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back three times. Even though rookie David Cobb should see his workload expand, I still expect Andrews to post top-40 numbers over the remainder of the season. That said, his next three matchups are difficult -- Jaguars (third-fewest fantasy points to RBs), Jets (fifth-fewest) and Patriots (13th-fewest).
Leading NFL running backs in receptions (55), Riddick moves up this list for those playing in PPR formats. On the season, Riddick is nearly an RB1 in PPR formats (RB15). As a comparison, he's the RB38 in standard-scoring formats. Riddick has a minimum of five catches in seven of his past 10 games and a minimum of 50 receiving yards in five games during that span. In addition, Riddick has finished as a top-21 PPR running back in six of his past seven games and a top-10 producer three times.
With a yearly minimum of 1,074 rushing yards and a total of 25 rushing scores in his first three seasons, Morris is having his worst NFL season -- a career-low 3.6 yards per carry and zero touchdowns. In addition, his workload has been inconsistent.
Here are Alf's past four games -- four carries for 10 yards (Week 9), 15 for 92 (Week 10), two for zero (Week 11) and 23 for 78 (Week 12). There's no guarantee that Morris gets another heavy workload this week, but the matchup is favorable against the Cowboys, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
Ajayi had just three carries for six yards (and four catches for 52 yards) in Week 12, but Lamar Miller had only five carries for two yards. The duo has combined for exactly 15 touches in back-to-back games and the team's offensive coordinator was the latest Dolphins coach to get the axe. One of my favorite running backs going into the draft, Ajayi could get more work down the stretch. Ajayi has been productive on a per-touch basis: 6.0 YPC on his 18 carries and 12.5 Y/A on his six receptions.
Against the Eagles on Thanksgiving, Bell had seven carries for 25 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 57 yards. Since returning from a multi-game absence, Bell has single-digit touches in four of five games and 25 rushing yards in four of five games as well. With Ameer Abdullah getting a total of 30 touches in the past two games and Riddick's role as a receiver out of the backfield, Bell is third in preference of the team's running backs, but he should finish as a top-40 or top-50 fantasy running back the rest of the way.
Although Darren McFadden had just 14 touches in the team's blowout loss at home on Thanksgiving, he has a total of 151 touches in his past six games. Given his durability track record and massive usage rate, it's fair to wonder whether or not he will hold up down the stretch. If he were to miss time, Turbin would have an opportunity for significant work behind one of the league's best offensive lines.
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