Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 11

by Nicholas Minnix and Tim Heaney on November 18, 2009 @ 11:29:09 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: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks (80 percent)

There's no telling how long Julius Jones (rib, lung) will be out, but you can bet he won't be rushed. Forsett filled in admirably for him against the difficult-to-violate Arizona Cardinals; the second-year Cal product rushed 17 times for 123 yards (plus a touchdown) and caught five balls for 26 more.

Seattle Seahawks RB Justin Forsett
May the Forsett be with you

Those in point-per-reception formats may have been stashing him after the release of Edgerrin James. It feels good now, eh? The 5-foot-8, 194-pounder impressed head coach Jim Mora and could serve as a stouter version of former Mora favorite Warrick Dunn the rest of the way.

Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons (95 percent)

In Week 10, Michael Turner sustained what may be a severe ankle injury. Snelling piled up 93 total yards and a score in The Burner's stead. Before Snelling strained his hamstring and sat out the previous two contests, Atlanta had planned to involve him more; witness his seven carries for 68 yards against Dallas in Week 7. Now he may be the lead. Jerious Norwood is a complement and dealing with a hip flexor injury.

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.

Louis Rankin, Seattle Seahawks (99 percent)

Forsett benefits most from the unfortunate injury to Julius Jones, but the 5-foot-8, 194-pounder can't do it alone. On Sunday, Rankin turned six touches into 48 yards. The smooth and sleek second-year pro is very familiar with OC Greg Knapp's zone blocking method from their days together in Oakland. Rankin isn't a between-the-tackles type, but he should receive change-of-pace work and has quick-strike capability.

Larry Johnson, Free Agent (33 percent)

Just a reminder to folks in leagues where LJ remains available: The NFL is a cruel world; several backs took falls this past weekend, and the Bengals appear to be taking out an insurance policy on Cedric Benson (hip). Johnson is expected to sign with Cincinnati later today.

Head coach Marvin Lewis said Johnson will remain a backup, behind Benson, Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard. Well, we don't buy that completely; once Johnson receives some reps in this offense, the vet could move into that No. 2 role behind Benson, especially if Benson's hip injury lingers. Stash LJ now instead of becoming caught up in the pack.

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.

NEW - Lex Hilliard, Miami Dolphins (99 percent)

With tailback Ronnie Brown (foot) out for the remainder of the season, Hilliard and fullback Lousaka Polite will absorb any loose carries. The 5-foot-11, 240-pound Hilliard has not registered in carry in his almost two-year career, and the also burly Polite has been used sparingly throughout his career.

Both are powerful runners, but it's safer to assume Hilliard will assume more touches in the long run. He flashed abilities at tailback in the preseason and would be a better fit for tandem work, which the 'Fins had established with the combo of Brown and new starter Ricky Williams. If you miss out on Hilliard, Polite should be your fallback plan.

NEW - Leonard Weaver, Philadelphia Eagles (94 percent)

The Eagles desperate need to incorporate this short-yardage option more, and they need someone to absorb some work that will be left open by an extended absence from Brian Westbrook (concussion). The 250-pounder catches well. Need a No. 6 running back? Don't expect much here, but he may vulture a touchdown or two going forward.

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 straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

NEW - Derrick Ward, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (57 percent)

Ward shouldn't be available in as many leagues as he is, but you should grab him this week with the potential of keeping him long-term. The multiversed tailback has kept pace in terms of utilizations with Cadillac Williams.

Make Ward a plug-and-play for Week 11 due to his showdown with the New Orleans Saints, whose run defense has collapsed in recent weeks, partially due to the injury of defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (knee). In the last month, the Saints have allowed 181.5 offensive yards and 2.00 total scores to this position per game, meaning there should be plenty of chances for Ward to contribute.

NEW - Bernard Scott, Cincinnati Bengals (65 percent)

Starter Cedric Benson (hip) says he hopes to play in Week 11 but should be available for Week 12, for certain. Either way, expect the Bengals to give more work to Scott, whom they'd been hoping to involve more often anyway. The shifty rook has shown lethal ability in the return game, as well. As a changeup option, he'll probably still be a part of the touch picture even if and when recent signee Larry Johnson enters the in-game fray.

NEW - Chris Jennings, Cleveland Browns (99 percent)

Reports say Jennings has all but overtaken tailback Jerome Harrison for the No. 2 job behind Jamal Lewis. Jennings has some ability to break off a big play; he took some carries from Lewis during their Week 10 competition and may be in line for more work as they try out potential Lewis replacements.

If you're trying for a Hail Mary this week, Jennings and the Browns line up against the Detroit Lions. They have been friendly to running backs for some time - in the last four weeks to the tune of 186.7 offensive yards and 1.33 offensive touchdowns allowed per game. 

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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