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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 12 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Waiver Wire RBs for Week 12 in Fantasy Football

November 19, 2013

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It’s Tuesday; that means it’s time for our weekly visit to the fantasy football waiver wire. In this Week 12 edition, we’re checking out the potentially available running backs--which has been a pretty tricky position to nail down this year (as usual). Here’s a closer look at some of the RB names who have been trending adds lately, so let’s see if anyone’s right for your roster.

Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Largely ignored last week due to his uncertain situation in the Bucs backfield, Rainey is the real prize off the wire right now. He destroyed the Falcons defense, posting 163 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Initially, it looked like he’d be splitting time with fellow RB Brian Leonard, but soon hogged all the touches with his dynamic outbursts of speed.
Rainey will have a bit of a tougher task in Detroit this week, but should do just fine. Grab him if you can.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 12 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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Montee Ball, Denver Broncos: Just call him the vulture. Despite getting out-carried and out-gained by No. 1 RB Knowshon Moreno, Ball put up a great fantasy line. He tore through the KC defense on a pair of nice-looking TD runs this past Sunday evening, giving him three scores on the year. He’d finish the game with eight rushes for 25 yards and three catches for 16 more.
Here’s the deal with Ball: it looks like he’s got something of a concrete role within the Denver offense, which is a red-zone option on the ground. He needs to find the right situation, but can come away with significant points if he gets it into the end zone. For that reason he’s a lower-end, but still viable, option.

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts: With the Colts playing all the way back on Thursday, you may have forgotten what Brown did against the Titans. (Well, Trent Richardson owners probably haven’t.) He posted 80 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the win, adding a 14-yard reception to the mix as well. He clearly outperformed T-Rich, who spun his wheels yet again.
This outing is encouraging, but the Colts are going to give Richardson every chance they can to succeed. That said, the best you can hope for with Brown is a time-share situation which may result in 15 or so touches. Some weeks that will be plenty. Others, probably not so much.

Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns: Ogbonnaya is trending on the waiver wire right now, thanks to his 69 yards on the ground and 30 through the air against the Bengals. There’s a downside here, though, and it’s worth noting if you’re looking his way.
Ogbonnaya posted the majority of his rush yardage on one play (a 43-yarder) and was largely ignored in a comeback bid (eight carries). He also coughed up a fumble that led to a defensive touchdown.
All that aside, Ogbonnaya is still a decent low-end option. In all likelihood he’ll still get No. 1-type touches against the Steelers this week.

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