It’s playoff time in the fantasy football world (in a lot of leagues, anyway), and that means every lineup decision you make is an investment toward your team’s championship. Even playoff-caliber rosters have to visit the waiver wire to make changes here and there, so with that in mind let’s check out the trending names out there at the running back position and see if anyone is worth adding to your lineup for a stretch run at the trophy.
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Montee Ball, Denver Broncos: Ball was able to hold onto the football in Denver’s big win over Kansas City in Week 13, and his touches went up because of it. He notched 13 carries for 117 rush yards in the victory, but his stats were also buoyed by a banged-up Knowshon Moreno.
Speaking of Moreno, he didn’t do much at all on the ground, but was able to find a role through the air. If that trend holds--and it’s difficult telling what Denver will do from week to week--then Ball might make a decent low-end play.
LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots: For reasons that as-yet remain unclear, Stevan Ridley was a healthy scratch in Week 13 against the Texans. In his absence, Blount was able to pick up some nice numbers. He ended up with 12 rushes for 44 yards and a score, which continues his incredibly uneven season.
Heading into the home matchup against Cleveland, Blount is nothing more than a low-end flex in deeper leagues. The overabundance of names at the running back position, coupled with the unpredictability (and secrecy) of the Patriots’ game planning, makes him a dangerous fantasy play.
Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns: After a string of ugly games, McGahee finally broke out against the Jaguars in Week 13. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get his team the victory. He posted 57 yards and a score on 14 carries, adding 14 more yards on a pair of receptions.
We’d like to say that this signals a breakout for McGahee, but that’s probably not the case. Still, he’ll likely get a lot of work--and may even have some success--with the Patriots focused on uber-WR Josh Gordon this weekend.
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