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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 4 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Waiver Wire RBs for Week 4 in Fantasy Football

September 24, 2013

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time once again for our intimate look at the fantasy football waiver wire. In this edition, we’re checking out the options at running back, which has been a very tricky position for owners thus far. The good news is that there are a few viable names out there for prospective teams, so let’s take a closer look at the trends and see if anyone’s right for your roster.

Bilal Powell, New York Jets: In a performance that was overshadowed by the Jets’ inept luck when it came to penalties, Powell had himself a career day in Week 3. He posted 27 carries for 149 yards, then added a couple of catches for two more. He seemed more than ready to shoulder the load after Chris Ivory went down with a hamstring injury. Speaking of which, Ivory’s absence gives Powell a significant lift in fantasy, so he’s a reasonable start against the Titans this week.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 4 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons: Another injury replacement who made good this past week is Snelling. He split the load with fellow RB Jacquizz Rodgers, but also made an impact on 11 carries for 53 yards and four receptions for 58 yards and a score. The Falcons will face New England on “Sunday Night Football” this week, and with Steven Jackson likely out, Snelling becomes a viable lower-end start at RB.

Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers: Franklin had an up-and-down day this past Sunday against the Bengals. The good news is that he managed 103 yards and a score; the bad news is that he fumbled late in the game and cost the Packers a win. The Packers are on a bye this week, so you’ll have to wait and see how much value Franklin will have. His availability depends on the health of James Starks and Eddie Lacy, so there’s a lot going on here. Still, he’s an okay speculative add in deeper leagues.

Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots: Another speculative add this week is Bolden. He broke out this past week with three rushes totaling 51 yards, and five receptions for 49 more. The thinking is that New England could install Bolden as their semi-regular third-down back while he’s hot, supplanting Shane Vereen. That’s all just a guess right now though, as it’s near impossible to figure out what the Pats will do from week to week. Still, if you’ve got the space and are hurting at RB, Bolden’s not a bad chance to take.

Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills: Jackson posted a nice line in Week 3, and he did it against a pretty tough defense in the Jets. He managed 72 yards on seven carries, then added 37 more on four receptions. Jackson’s value this week will hinge on the health of fellow RB C.J. Spiller, who left the Jets game with a knee (or possibly thigh) injury. If Spiller can play, which he believes he’ll be able to do, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for Jackson against Baltimore.

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