Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 13 (with video)
If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.
Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.
Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses
Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions
The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.
John Fox pulled a fast one on fantasy owners, bypassing Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball to go with Moreno almost exclusively this past Sunday. The former first-round pick, who had been all but left for dead coming into the season, responded with 85 yards on 20 carries - his best game since rushing for 161 yards in December of 2010. He even got involved in the aerial attack, hauling in four passes for 26 yards. It certainly appears the job can be his until Willis McGahee (knee) returns. Pick him up immediately.
We noted last week that Wells was poised to return, and although he gained just 48 yards on 17 carries in Week 12, two of those totes went for touchdowns. Also important is that the rest of the backs combined for four carries. Expect Wells to be the focal point of the running game the rest of the way and add him accordingly.
Brown's first career start was the very definition of a mixed bag. On the plus side, he looked elusive and explosive in racking up 178 yards and two touchdowns on just 19 carries. Conversely, he was reckless with the pigskin and lost two critical fumbles in the team's Monday night loss.
Of course, every fantasy owner will take a couple turnovers for that kind of production, and with the Eagles' season a disaster there is no reason for them to rush LeSean McCoy (concussion) back. History has shown fresh legs are a great equalizer late in seasons, so while you can't expect numbers like that every week, Brown can definitely do something for you.
In the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings Matt Forte (ankle) suffered a nasty-looking ankle injury, which thrust Bush into the lineup for extended duty. His final line (21 carries, 60 yards and two touchdowns) doesn't look great, but keep in mind the Bears were protecting a lead so the Vikings were loaded up to stop the run. If Forte's injury knocks him out of action Bush could offer significant short-term value.
Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire
The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.
Thomas has made several appearances on our list this year, and his 78-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 12 was enough to warrant inclusion once again. His numbers are going to fluctuate from week to week, but he's part of the game plan. He might prove useful as teams start to lock up playoff positions.
With Michael Turner stuck in neutral (41 carries for 78 yards the past three weeks), Rodgers has stepped up to become the most productive player out of the Falcons' backfield. In his last five games, Rodgers has accounted for 325 total yards; he also scored his first rushing touchdown in Week 12. While he's by no means a safe option, Rodgers could provide a boost.
It was already unclear if Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) would suit up again this season, and Jalen Parmele (leg) joined the walking wounded in Week 12 when a leg injury forced him to miss much of the game. Jennings took over and ran 16 times for 43 yards and a touchdown. Keep an eye on Parmele's status, and if it appears he'll miss time, consider adding Jennings.
Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays
The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straits. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.
Sore ribs limited LaRod Stephens-Howling (ribs) to one touch in Week 12, which opened the door for Powell to haul in six passes for 63 yards as the club's de facto third-down back. This week the Cardinals play the New York Jets, who have given up 182 total yards and a touchdown per game to running backs in the last month (three games). Those in point-per-reception leagues should consider Powell a viable, but risky, option this Sunday. Monitor LSH's status leading up to the game.
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