Fantasy football waiver wire: High-impact running backs suddenly available
It's rare to have a starting running back available on the waiver wire this late in the season. It's doubly rare to have two. But that's the case as we head into Week 12.
With so little time remaining, fantasy owners should take a "use it or lose it" approach to spending their remaining free agent budget. If a player can help you, don't be afraid to go all-in.
RB Bo Scarbrough, Detroit Lions. The Lions may have found a successor to the injured Kerryon Johnson as their workhorse back. Scarbrough, who joined the Lions earlier in the month and was just promoted from the practice squad a day before Sunday's game, led the team with 55 rushing yards, including a 5-yard touchdown. Although JD McKissic is still a better play in PPR formats, Scarbrough should see the bulk of the touches going forward.
Lions running back Bo Scarbrough made his NFL debut on Sunday, rushing for 55 yards and a touchdown. (Photo: Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports)
RB Jonathan Williams, Indianapolis Colts. Williams made the most of his first significant action of the season by carrying 13 times for 116 yards after Marlon Mack left with a broken hand. He also added a 31-yard reception.
We know Mack will miss at least one week, possibly longer. Who gets the bulk of the touches? Williams certainly has to be at the top of the list based on his performance against the Jaguars.
RB Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts. Wilkins was part of the backfield rotation earlier in the season, but his snap count has decreased lately — and he missed Week 11 with an ankle injury. With the Colts playing Thursday night, Wilkins may only have fantasy value if Mack is out for an extended period.
(Don’t forget about Nyheim Hines, who scored his first rushing touchdown of the season Sunday. His third-down, pass-catching role won't change, no matter who gets the snaps on first down.)
WR Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers. With injuries hitting the Niners receivers hard over the past few weeks, Samuel has stepped forward with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. He did injure his shoulder Sunday, but it doesn't seem to be serious.
TE Ross Dwelley, San Francisco 49ers. Speaking of injuries, George Kittle is taking a little longer than expected to recover from his knee and ankle issues. In his place, Dwelley has been a serious red-zone threat, scoring a pair of TDs Sunday among his four receptions for 14 yards.
QB Jeff Driskel, Detroit Lions. For fantasy teams with a quarterback on bye in Week 12, Driskel could be a nice streaming option. He threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns – and also ran for 51 yards and a score against Dallas. He and the Lions have the lowly Redskins up next.
WR Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins. Grant did a little bit of everything against the Bills. He returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, caught all three of his targets for 32 yards and also scored on a 7-yard run. Those kinds of TDs are hard to duplicate, but they could lead to a few more opportunities for Grant going forward.
RB Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles. For fantasy teams who've already locked up a playoff berth, Ajayi could be a lottery ticket for the postseason. He just signed with the Eagles after starter Jordan Howard went down with a shoulder injury. Rookie Miles Sanders got the start Sunday, but he gave way to Boston Scott late in the game. Ajayi's familiarity with the system could get him a larger role in the offense in the weeks to come.
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