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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 6 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Waiver Wire RBs for Week 6 in Fantasy Football

October 8, 2013

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Now that Week 5 is officially in the books, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 6 in the NFL. The oncoming set of games offers a fresh batch of waiver wire prospects who could help your team move up in the fantasy standings. Today we’re looking at running backs, and as usual, there are a few noteworthy pickups who might be worth your time. Let’s take a closer look at each and see what we should be expecting.

Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams: In what seems to be the most promising RB add this week, we have Stacy. He earned the start against Jacksonville in Week 5, and promptly helped the team get a much-needed win. Stacy finished the game with 78 yards on 14 carries, leaving Daryl Richardson as an afterthought.
We’ve got a bit of an injury concern here, as Stacy came out of the game late due to a rib injury. As long as he’s healthy and good to go against Houston, he should make a fine flex start in fantasy.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 6 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders: Most people didn’t get to see all of the Raiders-Chargers game since it didn’t get started until obscenely late. They missed a decent performance from Reece, however, as he managed 57 total yards on 10 touches in the win. That’s some encouraging production, as he entered the game as an injury concern and had only gotten two carries all year before that.
As long as the Raiders continue to utilize Reece at this clip, he makes a decent low-end add. We’d call him more of a wait-and-see type player at this point, however, so don’t get too excited just yet.

Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals: Ellington’s value continues to trend upward, and he had his best outing of the year in a win against Carolina in Week 5. He was the team’s leading rusher, posting 52 yards on seven carries and adding 31 more on four receptions. The 11 touches were Ellington’s highest total of the year, but we can see the Cardinals giving him some more opportunities now that they’ve seen some positive results.
We’ll call him a handcuff to Rashard Mendenhall at this point, or at the very least a low-end add capable of decent total-yardage numbers.

Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints: The way the Saints utilize their backfield continues to befuddle us, but we won’t argue since they’re getting results in the win column. Thomas was the big winner in Week 5, posting nine receptions for 55 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears. The bad news is that he also got 19 carries for just 36 yards.
Why the Saints continue to overlook the much more talented Darren Sproles (three rush attempts; three catches) in most situations we’ll never know. Thomas is reaping the benefits of that enigmatic situation, however, so he may come up big again this week in New England.

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