Chris Wesseling

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Examining Waiver Priority

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Running Backs

Ryan Williams, Cardinals - Beanie Wells suggested after Sunday’s game that he may be dealing with the dreaded turf toe injury that kills running-back production. Williams took over as the feature back, effectively killing the clock with a series of key first downs against a stout Eagles defense. He finally showed the burst we expected coming out of Virginia Tech and could have this backfield to himself for a few games. This week’s matchup is a tough one against the Dolphins’ shut-down run defense.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons - Don’t let Michael Turner’s garbage-time inflated snaps fool you. He struggled early on while Rodgers rotated in on early downs. Quizz actually led the backfield in snaps at San Diego, perhaps a sign of things to come. Inarguably a better fit for this pass-heavy offense, Rodgers could turn this backfield into a full-blown timeshare going forward. He’s still unowned in more than half of Yahoo leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.


Lamar Miller, Dolphins - The MRI on Reggie Bush’s left knee was negative, but it’s far from a certainty that he will be ready to play at Arizona this week. Miller isn’t trusted in pass protection and is still picking up Mike Sherman’s offense, but he’s clearly a superior runner to Daniel Thomas. The two would likely split touches if Bush does miss time, and Miller is the better bet for a big play or two.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Daniel Thomas, Dolphins - With Reggie Bush sidelined by a knee injury, Thomas played 42 snaps in Week 3 compared to just 17 for Lamar Miller. Thomas was outplayed by the rookie, however, losing a fumble and showing no elusiveness while averaging just 3.9 yards per carry. If Bush’s knee keeps him this week, Thomas would be no more than a flex play against the Cardinals’ stingy defense.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Bilal Powell, Jets - Powell took over for a struggling Shonn Greene on several key plays in Week 3, and coach Rex Ryan acknowledged that this could be a committee going forward. Powell isn’t that much better than Greene, though, and the schedule is brutal with matchups against the 49ers and Texans the next two weeks. With a chance to take over on early downs, Powell should be rostered in 12-team leagues. Just don’t get carried away with high expectations.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Ronnie Hillman, Broncos - Knowshon Moreno was a healthy scratch in Week 3, allowing Hillman to make his debut with just two carries for seven yards. With Willis McGahee banged up, the Broncos opted for Lance Ball as the primary ball carrier in the second half. Much like fellow rookies Lamar Miller and David Wilson, Hillman isn’t yet trusted in playbook and pass protection to earn a major offensive role. While he does offer more long-term upside than Ball and Moreno, expectations should be limited for Week 4 even if McGahee sit out versus the Raiders.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Tashard Choice, Bills - After taking over as the clear-cut feature back once C.J. Spiller went down with a shoulder injury, Choice now has the look of an iffy waiver pickup. Fred Jackson is giving himself a 70-75 percent chance of playing this week, and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the veteran will “probably” suit up versus the Patriots. Jackson is expected to practice Wednesday, leaving Choice as more of a change-of-pace option for Week 4.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Lance Ball, Broncos - The tight-lipped Broncos are calling Willis McGahee “day to day” after the starter was unable to return to Sunday’s game with a rib cartilage injury. If McGahee ends up missing Week 4 versus the Raiders, Ball could end up leading a committee attack with Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman. His value won’t clarify until later in the week, if at all.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper PPR leagues.

Watch List: Bryce Brown, Shaun Draughn, Javon Ringer

The Eagles are high on Brown’s running and receiving ability. He would be the primary beneficiary if LeSean McCoy misses time this season. … Draughn will see an uptick in touches if Peyton Hillis (ankle) sits out this week. … Hold off Ringer. Chris Johnson played better in Week 3, and Ringer is a mediocre talent.

Cut Bait: David Wilson, Jonathan Dwyer, Ronnie Brown, Curtis Brinkley, Dion Lewis

Wilson saw just two touches for one yard with Ahmad Bradshaw out of the lineup. Bradshaw has been cleared to resume practicing. … Dwyer is heading into a bye week with Rashard Mendenhall expected back in Week 5. … Brown was a healthy scratch last week. … Lewis has been a healthy scratch all season.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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