Fantasy Football 2013: Week 16 Waiver Wire Running Backs
Waiver Wire RBs for Week 16 in Fantasy Football
December 17, 2013
Congratulations are in order if you’re heading into the championship game in your fantasy league this week (or are on the way to it in Week 17). That said, now’s not the time to grow complacent with your lineup. There are a few viable names out there at RB who may be able to sub in for injured or ineffective stars this week, so let’s take a look at the waiver wire and see which running backs are trending around the league.
Jordan Todman, Jacksonville Jaguars: We’ll find out more about Maurice Jones-Drew’s status on Wednesday, but in the meantime Todman is a decent just-in-case pickup. He played pretty well in his inaugural outing as the Jags’ starter in Week 15 against Buffalo, logging 25 carries for 109 yards and four catches for 44 more.
If MJD is out or limited again, Todman becomes an okay option for those in need of RB depth. The matchup against Tennessee isn’t the greatest, but he should be able to deliver enough points to get you by.
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Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings: Here’s another just-in-case pickup who is currently trending on the waiver wire right now. In the absence of Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, Asiata was the man in the Vikings’ shocking win over the Eagles in Week 15. He posted 30 attempts for 51 yards (at a paltry 1.7-yard average) but had a huge scoring day with three touchdowns.
We’ll have to watch Peterson and Gerhart in practice this week to try and get a feel for whether or not they’ll return to action. That said, Asiata doesn’t have a great matchup this week--the Vikes will be heading to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals.
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers: Williams finally posted that huge game fantasy owners have been craving in Week 15 with 168 yards of total offense. His line included 15 carries for 81 yards and three receptions for 87 more and a TD (his first receiving TD of the year). The 15 rushes were the most he’s gotten since October 20, and he did it against a pretty good Jets run defense.
Williams and the Panthers will face the Saints in a Week 16 battle that has some huge playoff implications. Unfortunately, he didn’t fare too well the last time he played new Orleans, with 52 yards on 13 carries. Playing at home again should help Carolina out quite a bit, however.
Edwin Baker, Cleveland Browns: Here’s an interesting desperation play. Baker emerged as the Browns’ most productive RB in their loss to the Bears in Week 15, logging eight rushes for 38 yards and a score while adding another 46 on four receptions. In the wake of his solid performance, the Browns will reportedly be leaning toward giving him more work in the waning days of the season.
If Baker gets some more touches, he may prove useful to desperate fantasy owners. The drawback here is that we’ve got to assume quite a bit, including minimal contributions from Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker. There’s also the matter of the Browns facing a tough Jets run defense on the road. He’s a long-odds fantasy option, and not much more.
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