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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 9 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Waiver Wire RBs for Week 9 in Fantasy Football

October 29, 2013

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We’re heading into another heavy bye week around the NFL, so those waiver wire pickups in fantasy football will be taking on an extra layer of importance in the coming days. On that note, let’s take a look at some of the viable adds out there at the running back position. The good news is that there are a few pretty good-looking names out there, and they may be able to help you soldier through Week 9 intact.

Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals: If you can still get him, Ellington is the big RB prize sitting on the waiver wire right now. He’s coming off a phenomenal game in replacement of the injured Rashard Mendenhall, posting 154 rush yards and a TD on 15 carries. This performance could prove to be a major shakeup in the Cardinals’ backfield, so you may be looking at a new No. 1 name.
The bad news is that Arizona is on a bye this week, so you won’t be able to use Ellington just yet. That said, you should absolutely grab-and-stash him if you can.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 9 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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James Starks, Green Bay Packers: Do the Packers finally have a running game? It appears so, and Starks reaped the benefits on Sunday evening. He posted seven rushes for 57 yards and a score, which is great to see after he missed three games with a knee injury. Starks will still be the backseat RB to Eddie Lacy moving forward, but his involvement is encouraging.
Aaron Rodgers is adept at spreading out defenses, even with a banged up receiving corps, so we could see extra running room in the near future. Starks and company will get a big divisional matchup against the Bears this week, so they’ll have to be on point.

Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers: We’ve been high on Tolbert for the past few weeks, and he’s been responding with lots of red-zone impact. He notched another TD on 64 total yards yesterday, and he’s now scored in four of his last five games.
Tolbert makes a pretty good flex play or RB plug-in this week, as he’s always an option when the Panthers get close. He’ll face the Falcons on Sunday, and the aforementioned Andre Ellington had great luck against them in Week 8.

Montee Ball, Denver Broncos: With Ronnie Hillman in the doghouse, the door has opened for Ball to take over as the Broncos’ No. 2 RB. He had a good game against the Colts, posting 11 carries for 37 yards and a TD, which was the first of his career. He just missed scoring on another play, getting stopped at the Indianapolis 1-yard line.
Hillman has had all sorts of fumble issues recently, so if he’s on punishment Ball will see a major step up in looks. The drawback here is that we’ll have to wait a while to really analyze the situation, as Denver gets a bye in Week 9.

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