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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 7 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Waiver Wire RBs for Week 7 in Fantasy Football

October 15, 2013

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It’s Tuesday, and around here that means it’s time once again to scour the waiver wire in search of the next great thing in the current fantasy football trends. In this particular Week 7 edition, we’re looking at running backs, which are sure to be a hot commodity due to the bye weeks and injuries floating around at the position. Here’s a closer look at some of the potential adds, so that you can determine if any of these guys are right for your team.

Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys: DeMarco Murray owners, this is your guy. With the Cowboys’ lead dog expected to be out for a while due to a sprained MCL, Randle will likely be carrying the bulk of the load for Dallas. The rookie stepped in after the injury to post 32 total yards and his first career touchdown. His rush numbers were hardly encouraging, but hey, Murray owners can’t be choosy at this point.
The good news is that Randle has a few rush-friendly games coming up on the schedule, and should be able to make a fantasy dent. It won’t be a Murray-sized dent, but it may suffice.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 7 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals: Another RB name who has been making significant waiver wire noise over the past couple of days is Ellington. He’s been better than fellow back Rashard Mendenhall, with 56 yards and a TD on seven carries and 36 yards on five grabs.
Here’s the catch: Ellington isn’t expected to get much more of a workload than he’s already been given. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has said as much: the youngster will keep his current pace of 30-35 snaps per game. That said, he should see enough action to make an impact, so if you’re hurting on a bye week he’s not a bad waiver wire target.

Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants: The Giants backfield has been a complete fantasy (and reality, for that matter) mess for most of the year. Jacobs has emerged as a consideration just recently, thanks to his 106 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries against Chicago. He’s a bit of an injury risk right now--he missed practice Monday due to a hamstring issue--but the team doesn’t seem too concerned about it.
With expected starter (and fantasy letdown) David Wilson fighting a neck injury, Jacobs is the man in the New York backfield. Assuming he’s okay by this weekend, he’s an okay lower-end filler for the Vikings game and potentially beyond.

Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns: Chances are, Ogbonnaya is available in your league, which is the first hurdle owners will have to clear after figuring out how to spell his name. He’s coming off a good day at home against Detroit, with 24 yards on five carries, along with 61 and a score on seven receptions.
The Browns’ passing game has been difficult to nail down this season, but there might be something here. Ogbonnaya’s seven grabs were tied for a team-high, which is an encouraging statistic in Brandon Weeden’s hit-and-miss offense. He’ll definitely see an up-tick in value this week, so he may be worth kicking the tires on for the Green Bay game.

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