A number of owners are panicking after losing a star players in the playoffs. If you are panicking at least it means you still have something to play for. There are a lot of owners out there who lost that would probably love to still be in the playoffs and worrying about who they are going to start at running back this week. With only a limited number of active owners in the final weeks, you should have you pick of the remaining waiver wire gems.
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If you somehow managed to survive a goose egg from your starting quarterback there is at least some good news, and that is the quarterback position is pretty easy to fill with some waiver wire material. The even better news is that you should have very little competition for a quarterback on waivers this week. Alex Smith and Brian Hoyer are readily available in ESPN leagues and have nice matchups. Come back later in the week for some more detailed streaming quarterback options.
Thomas Rawls, Jonathan Stewart, T.J. Yeldon, LeGarrette Blount
The running back position is almost always the hardest position to fill, and these are two guys owners were really relying on for a playoff run. Rawls owners are already scrambling trying to think of a way to replace him next week, while Stewart owners are hoping that his injury isn’t serious.
The Panthers reported that Stewart could have returned if he had to, but he didn’t because of the state of the game. I am not saying Stewart’s injury is serious or that it will keep him out, but injury reports are not always accurate and a lot and players end up missing time.
It looks like owners will be without Yeldon as well after he left with a sprained knee. Yeldon’s injury isn’t a lock to keep him out like Rawls, but he should miss a week, maybe more.
With all of the injuries at the running back position odds are a lot of playoff teams will need to have a plan B for week 15. If you need to hit the waiver wire I would target players in the following order for their Week 15 ability:
He jumped right in and filled in nicely for Mark Ingram with 29 touches for 95 total yards and a touchdown. It looks like he will slide into that nearly every down role that Ingram had this season and there isn’t much to worry about when it comes to C.J. Spiller. The downside with Hightower is he doesn’t have the ability that Ingram did. Hightower needed 29 touches to do what Ingram would do in half the touches. The Saints wont be playing with a lead too often because of the Swiss Cheese defense, so I would not expect Hightower to get too many games where he can get 20 plus carries. Hightower is available in 60% of ESPN leagues
He is the guy if Yeldon is to miss time like I expect. Robinson did have success last season when he had the job to himself, before he got injured. The Jaguars are surprisingly right in the middle of a division race and shouldn’t hold back when it comes to Robinson’s reps. Given his current ownership levels, you should be able to pluck him off waivers.
He is getting touches, as DeMarco Murray appears to be falling out of favor in Philadelphia. Sproles, probably won’t be getting more than 15 touches on a weekly basis, but with his dynamic playmaking ability and the way some of his touches are manufactured to get him in space, he doesn’t need a ton of touches like some other running backs. He is only available in 45% of ESPN leagues; if you are lucky you are in one of them.
James White/Brandon Bolden
I never know which one it will be with much confidence, but it seemed like Bolden was on the field a lot more in an every down kind of role. If Blount misses any time I would want Bolden, that is if I had to own any Patriot running back. Bolden is available in just over 90% of ESPN leagues.
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