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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 2 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Waiver Wire RBs for Week 2 in Fantasy Football

September 10, 2013

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Well, that was certainly an eventful opening week in fantasy football. Now that the dust has settled on the inaugural games in the 2013 season, it’s time to look at improving your team. If you’ve got a running back that just didn’t cut it over the weekend (David Wilson, we’re looking in your direction), you’ve got some options out there on the waiver wire. Let’s take a closer look at the trending adds and see if anyone out there is worth picking up.

Joique Bell, Detroit Lions: One of the more popular RB options on the wire right now is Bell, who helped dismantle the Vikings defense in Week 1. He finished the game with 92 total yards and a pair of touchdowns, and like Detroit’s No. 1 back Reggie Bush, he did well through the air and on the ground.
Detroit is a pass-first team--with Calvin Johnson on the roster, that makes all sorts of sense--which means opponents won’t be loading the box as much. In turn, that means plenty of running room (or screen-passing room) for their RBs. Bell should get a piece of that pie on a regular basis, which makes him a nice low-end flex for the Cardinals this week.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 2 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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Da’Rel Scott, New York Giants: David Wilson owners are in full-on panic mode, which means Scott is getting lots of waiver wire attention right now. After a flat-out abysmal performance (that likely registered negative fantasy points), Wilson was benched during his team’s defeat Sunday night, and Scott finished the game. He ended up with 70 total yards.
The notoriously unforgiving Tom Coughlin won’t stand for sloppy play, so there’s been some speculation that Wilson could lose his starting job for Week 2 (which would be a complete 180 from his preseason expectations). That would open things up for Scott, who should be scooped up by Wilson owners in deeper leagues as a speculative add. We’ll have to see how things play out, though.

Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills: Remember a couple years back when Jackson had that breakout fantasy season? Well, things are starting off well for him in 2013, even though he’s sitting behind C.J. Spiller on the depth chart. Jackson outplayed his counterpart in Week 1, tallying 108 total yards. Most important was his total of 14 carries, which could signify that he’ll have a heavier offensive load than originally thought.
We wouldn’t quite rush to the wire for Jackson just yet (unless you’re in a really thin league), but he’s someone to keep your eye on. If the workload continues against Carolina, we may have something here.

Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers: Save for possibly one or two other teams, the Steelers’ running backs have been the ugliest mess in all fantasy backfields. After Isaac Redman and company couldn’t get anything going against the Titans during Week 1 (and after LaRod Stephens-Howling sustained a season-ending knee injury), Dwyer was re-signed yesterday.
He’ll rejoin the mix with Pittsburgh after they reluctantly cut him at the end of the preseason. That’ll give Dwyer a chip on his shoulder, but he shouldn’t have to do much to outperform Redman. The team is just trying to hold things together until hotshot rookie Le’Veon Bell gets back, but even that likely won’t solve the Steelers’ problems. They’ve got so many issues with their O-line that Barry Sanders himself wouldn’t be able to save the running game.

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