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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 3 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Week 3 Fantasy Football Adds: Running Backs

September 17, 2013

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If you’ve had a rough first couple of weeks in fantasy football, there’s no need to worry just yet. There are a few waiver wire gems out there who could have the potential to save your season--or at least prolong it while you wait out an injury or a bad matchup. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the trending running back names on the wire right now, and see if they’re worthy of an add in your league.

James Starks, Green Bay Packers: Starks is probably the most popular RB name on the wire right now, so let’s examine the situation to find out why. First and foremost is the situation with starting RB Eddie Lacy. He’s coming off a concussion in Week 2, which puts his status for this weekend against the Bengals into serious doubt.
In replacement of Lacy this past Sunday, Starks was great. He totaled 132 yards and a score on 20 rushes, then added 36 more though the air on four grabs. Beyond the injury, a Starks add might make sense in fantasy. The two backs are expected to share the workload, even when Lacy is healthy. That brings them both into flex option territory.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 3 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos: Following Starks closely in the waiver RB popularity hierarchy this week is Moreno, who is coming off a big game against the Giants in the Manning Bowl on Sunday. He finished with 93 yards and two scores on 13 carries, then added three receptions for another 14 yards. The effort far eclipsed fellow RB Montee Ball, who faded into obscurity with 12 carries for just 16 yards.
This is good news for fantasy owners looking to make an add. Any back who gets double-digit touches in a potent offense like Denver’s is definitely worthy of some consideration. There are some tasty matchups looming ahead for Moreno, with Oakland, Philadelphia and Jacksonville all coming in the next four weeks.

Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens: Pierce could end up as the sneaky fantasy play of the week. His situation--however unfortunate--is shaping up well due to starting RB stud Ray Rice’s hip flexor injury, and he could have a shot at a start against the Texans. Pierce played well in Rice’s absence during Week 2, with 57 yards and a score on 19 attempts against Cleveland.
For Rice owners, a Pierce pickup makes all kinds of sense as a precautionary handcuff, unless you’ve got a competent player on your bench. For the rest of us, he’s an intriguing add who could pay off big-time if Rice can’t go this weekend.

Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals: Now for our deep sleeper RB consideration of the week. Ellington hasn’t even been anywhere near fantasy conversations until now, after a solid Week 2 game against the Lions. He managed 62 total yards and a score in that one, leading the team in receiving with 42 yards.
There have been some indications coming out of Arizona that hint at the possibilities for Ellington. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians seems intent on developing him into something more than a change-of-pace back, and we could see more of an involvement here--especially in the passing game. He’s a player to watch, and possibly act on, if he can keep it up.

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