Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 17

by Tim Heaney on December 29, 2010 @ 10:37:00 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 straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts (99 percent)

Donald Brown was on the pine in the second half Sunday as Rhodes trampled the Oakland Raiders for 98 yards on 17 carries. Just like old times; Rhodes, an excellent pass blocker, knows this system and knows quarterback Peyton Manning. Who do you think the Colts will lean on heavily in trying to secure a division title this week? An inconsistent Brown, a still dinged Joseph Addai, or Rhodes?

Darren Sproles, RB, San Diego Chargers
PPR owners must take notice

Not a bad week for it, either: Tennessee has allowed opposing backs to run for 119.8 yards, catch 5.50 passes for 39.5 yards and score 1.00 total touchdowns per game since Week 12.

Darren Sproles, San Diego Chargers (54 percent)

Mike Tolbert (shoulder) isn't hurt as badly as San Diego initially thought, but with San Diego's playoff chances kaput, it's safe to think he won't play. Boost Sproles' snaps. He has snared 18 passes for 136 yards over the last three weeks. The absence of Antonio Gates' (foot), and possibly Malcom Floyd (hamstring), opens things up for Sproles.

The pint-sized pitter-patterer caught five passes for 60 yards and a score in his Week 11 meeting with the Broncs. Oh, and don't forget running backs' per-game numbers against Denver Broncos since Week 12: 232.3 offensive yards, 7.00 catches, 1.75 offensive touchdowns and 5.1 yards per carry.

NEW - Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars (55 percent)

Jennings had a chance to shine with Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) sidelined in Week 16, but he couldn't quite carry fantasy teams with just 32 yards on 15 carries and 29 yards on four catches. Head coach Jack Del Rio placed some blame on the offensive line.

But even if MJD is able to suit up, Jennings will have value this week. He faces another solid fantasy matchup in the Houston Texans, who've yielded per-game averages of 93.8 rushing yards, 67.3 receiving yards, 6.25 receptions and 1.50 offensive touchdowns to opposing backs in the last four weeks. Give him another chance.

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