Fantasy Football 2013: Week 17 Waiver Wire Running Backs
Waiver Wire RBs for Week 17 in Fantasy Football
December 24, 2013
We’re heading into Week 17 in the NFL, which is always the most difficult round of games for fantasy owners. Not only are we dealing with championship week, but the final matchups usually feature a lot of resting players and phoned-in performances. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few waiver wire options out there at the RB position and see if we can figure out who might make a good play this week in fantasy.
James Starks, Green Bay Packers: This one’s an injury pickup, so Eddie Lacy owners should definitely take notice. Starks came in after the Packers’ No. 1 went down with an injury in the team’s Week 16 loss against Pittsburgh. He played pretty well, too, notching 47 yards on 10 carries and adding a catch for 34 more.
We won’t know what Lacy’s status is for this weekend against the Bears until we see him in practice later in the week. If he can’t play or is limited, Starks will carry the load. That makes Starks a good add for Lacy owners and a prudent low-end pickup for those in need of an RB.
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LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots: Blount got the start in Week 16 and responded with the best outing of his fantasy season. He posted 76 yards on 16 carries and got into the end zone twice. It was a nice production boost after coming up with 40-odd-yard stat-lines over the last few weeks.
Blount should be a pretty good start in Week 17. He gains some additional vale thanks to Shane Vereen’s questionable health, and the Pats still have home-field advantage and all that fun stuff on the line against the Bills this weekend.
Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts: On the off-chance that Brown is still available in your league, you should definitely snatch him up. He had a stellar day in Week 16, making the Chiefs defense look pretty ordinary. Brown posted 79 yards on 10 carries, then added two catches for 31 more. He had both a rushing and receiving score.
Depending how things shake out in the AFC, the Colts could move up a spot and end up taking on the Dolphins instead of the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs. We doubt they’d rest their starters until they got a good workload in, but stranger things have happened. That said, Brown looks relatively safe right now.
Edwin Baker, Cleveland Browns: Baker is trending in the right direction, and at this point in the season that’s just about all you can ask for. He played very well against a good Jets run defense in the Browns’ Week 16 defeat, posting 64 yards and a TD on 17 carries. Baker added another 12 on a pair of grabs.
That makes two consecutive weeks that he’s gotten into the end zone, and it’s refreshing to see a Cleveland running back who is able to get something going on the ground. Now, as for Week 17: We’d imagine Baker will get quite a bit of work against the Steelers. Sure, neither team has a whole lot to play for other than pride, but neither team has anything to lose either. Baker makes a good sleeper play for those in need of a running back, so give him a good look if you’re in the market.
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