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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 13 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Waiver Wire RBs for Week 13 in Fantasy Football

November 26, 2013

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It’s time once again to take our weekly look at the waiver wire in fantasy football. In this edition, we’re looking at running back adds, which has become a crucial position as we come down to the wire in the regular season. There are a few potential pickups out there, so let’s take a closer look at the trending names at RB and see if anyone’s right for your roster.

Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams: Let’s get this out there right away: the Bears are downright horrible against the run. That said, Cunningham tore them up this past Sunday to the tune of 109 rush yards on 13 carries, and his first career touchdown. He now has 20 carries and 181yards in his past two games.
Cunningham got some extra time this past week due to Zac Stacy’s injury. If you’re interested in making a move, you’ll have to watch that situation this week. If Stacy can’t go, consider Cunningham a decent pickup for the 49ers game--just keep in mind that Chicago made him look better than he is.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 13 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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Montee Ball, Denver Broncos: There are all sorts of variables attached to Ball this week. Sure, he posted 57 total yards against the Patriots, but he also coughed up a key fumble in the third quarter which pretty much wrecked anything he did previously. He was benched after the gaffe, giving C.J. Anderson (who is also a trending waiver wire RB this week) a shot at some stats.
Now, here’s where things get sketchy. Lead horse Knowshon Moreno sustained a leg injury during the game, and if that develops into a serious situation, the Broncos may be forced to give Ball some extra reps. (Moreno is currently day-to-day with a bruised ankle.) All that considered, we’d probably avoid adding him due to all the “what-ifs.”

Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots: Let’s stick with the Broncos-Pats game and check out Bolden, who is trending right now as well. Both Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount were riding the pine due to their fumbling issues (everybody was fumbling in that game), and Bolden got a chance to shine in their place. He posted 69 total yards and a touchdown, which was his highest yardage total since Week 3.
There’s a decent chance that ‘ol Belichick could harbor some resentment from his RB’s fumblitis and give Bolden some extra reps against Houston this week. Even limited looks could pay off statistically, since the Texans look like they’ve pretty much given up on the season.

Bilal Powell, New York Jets: Here’s another injury situation to watch. Powell posted 11 carries for 41 yards and three receptions for 24 more in the Jets’ embarrassing loss to the Ravens last week. He reportedly got some extra looks due to Chris Ivory’s condition--he injured his ankle on his first carry and was largely ineffective.
If Ivory is out or limited this week against Miami, Powell will carry the load. Running the football is about the only thing the Jets offense does well, so he’s not a bad pickup if that scenario plays out.

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