Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 17 (with video)

by Herija C. Green on December 27, 2012 @ 12:45:00 PDT


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: 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.

Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers (37 percent)

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Montell Owens
This is how we do it, Montell

Even though it has been a rough season for Mendenhall, the veteran ran 11 times for 50 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. A Week 17 tilt with the Cleveland Browns could afford him a chance to close strong as the Browns have given up 151.5 offensive yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game since Week 13. If you're looking for someone to fill in this Sunday Mendenhall is a legitimate possibility.

Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars (68 percent)

Although he was quiet as a runner (10 carries, 42 yards) in Week 16, Owens more than made up for it by reeling in four passes for 77 yards. This weekend he faces the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed 137.8 offensive yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game to opposing backs. They were gashed for four rushing touchdowns (three by RBs) by the depleted Green Bay Packers in Week 16. There's a lot to like this week with Owens.

Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers (78 percent)

Battle carried 19 times for 49 yards on Sunday while fellow backs Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley combined for six carries. The Oakland Raiders have done a good job against the run recently, and in the teams' first meeting the Chargers managed just 32 yards on 20 carries. That makes Battle more of a desperation play than anything else, but he looks like the leading candidate for touches.

Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (65 percent)

Fact No. 1: The Lions love to throw the ball. Fact No. 2: The Lions are an injury or two away from summoning Herman Moore out of retirement. Bell was targeted 12 times on Saturday night, catching nine balls for 73 yards. He's a solid play this week, particularly in point-per-reception leagues. He'll face the Chicago Bears, who in the second half of the season - prior to facing the abysmal Arizona Cardinals in Week 16 - had given up 4.5 yards per carry to running backs, too.

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