Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Running Backs

David Wilson, Giants - Owned in less than a third of Yahoo leagues, Wilson is the top waiver wire target this week with Ahmad Bradshaw undergoing a battery of tests on his knee. In a dominant performance versus the Saints, Wilson became the first player in NFL history with 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game. He also joined Maurice Jones-Drew as the only players since 1950 with two rushing touchdowns and a kickoff return score in a single game. If Bradshaw sits out, Wilson is a top-10 fantasy option against a Falcons defense allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing backs. If Bradshaw plays, Wilson still has boom-or-bust potential as a low-end RB2/flex.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Joique Bell, Lions - Averaging an impressive 5.4 YPC to Mikel Leshoure’s 3.7, Bell has carved out an even timeshare going forward. As the passing-down specialist, Bell actually has more value than Leshoure against a Cardinals defense allowing an average of 164 rushing yards allowed over the past eight games. Bell is a top-30 fantasy option for Week 15.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Bilal Powell, Jets - Your wild-card contending Jets have two backs in fantasy’s top 20 over the past five weeks, with Powell placing 15th. Only Marshawn Lynch and Stevan Ridley have more rushing scores than Powell’s four since taking over as the goal-line back five weeks ago. A flex option in a timeshare with Shonn Greene, Powell has plus matchups against the Titans and Bills in two of the final three games.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons - Quizz is still unowned in roughly half of Yahoo leagues even though he’s essentially replaced an ineffective Michael Turner as the primary back over the past month. Rodgers has played more snaps than Turner in four consecutive games, and that trend isn’t going away. Quizz is a mere flex option in a trio of tough matchups versus the Giants, Lions, and Bucs to close out the season.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Montell Owens, Jaguars - Jacksonville has yet to address the Week 15 status of Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and Rashad Jennings (concussion). Jennings never came close to playing last week, so Owens could get a second straight start in a tough matchup versus a Dolphins defense allowing the 24th-most fantasy points to opposing backs.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Alex Green, Packers - Owned in just a quarter of Yahoo leagues, Green is locked in as the lead back for the final three weeks. After flirting with 3.0 YPC for the majority of the season, Green has averaged 4.57 on his last 46 carries. He’s merely a flex option at Chicago in Week 15 but could garner RB2 value against a Titans defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing backs in Week 16. Those in the deepest leagues can give DuJuan Harris a look after the change-of-pace back impressed versus the Lions last week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

LaMichael James, 49ers - A healthy scratch for the first 12 games of the season, James is now Frank Gore’s handcuff after Brandon Jacobs’ three-game suspension. The rookie second-rounder rushed eight times for 30 yards and added a 15-yard reception versus the Dolphins in his debut. He has RB2 potential if Gore goes down with an injury.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Watch List: Robert Turbin, Bernard Pierce, Mike Goodson, Evan Royster, Toby Gerhart, Montario Hardesty, Lamar Miller, Justin Forsett

Get your handcuffs if you don’t have them already. … Coach Joe Philbin won’t go with a youth movement with the playoffs out of the picture, but that has a way of changing the season finale. It will be interesting to see if the Dolphins hint at an increased role for Miller in Week 17. … The Texans could be in a similar scenario with Forsett if they are locked into a playoff bye.

Cut Bait: Beanie Wells, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Fred Jackson, Daniel Thomas, Chris Ivory, Ronnie Brown, Peyton Hillis, Brandon Jacobs

None of the Cardinals running backs can be trusted against the Lions, Bears, and 49ers over the final three weeks. … Jackson is done for the season, which is music to the ears of frustrated C.J. Spiller owners. … Thomas hasn’t topped 10 rushing yards in two weeks. … Ivory is battling a hamstring injury. … Brown, Hillis, and Jacobs are wastes of roster spots.


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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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