This deep into the season, it’s not easy finding a running back worth playing. In the Week 11 Waiver Wire Running Backs article, there might not be many names to choose from. But surprisingly, there were a few players who popped up who might be worth a look.
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Mark Ingram – Saints (Owned Percentage – ESPN 65.9%/Yahoo 14%)
One-week wonder? Maybe. Although it’s hard to discount Ingram’s day against the Cowboys. Finally healthy after suffering a toe injury, Ingram’s 145 yards and 1 touchdown against the Cowboys could be the start of something, although I wouldn’t be too excited. Ingram has had chances before and failed. But numbers like this are very hard to look past. If you have a running back who has done absolutely nothing this year, I’d make a play for Ingram. His upside is a bit higher than some other running backs out there, just keep in mind he is expected to continue to be the third back behind Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.
Andre Brown – Giants (Owned Percentage – ESPN 25.2%/Yahoo 49%)
So much for “easing Brown back into the offense.” After I told many to sit Brown until next week, Brown surpassed Peyton Hillis and rushed 30 times for 115 yards and a score against the Raiders. This didn’t do much for those owners who kept him on the bench, but at least we now know Brown is back to full health. His fresh legs will also be a plus. With Davis Wilson out for the year, Brown is an RB2 going forward. He has a good matchup against the Packers coming up. I’d even continue to use Brown once Wilson does return.
Donald Brown – Colts (Owned Percentage – ESPN 6.6%/Yahoo 16%)
When you think of Donald Brown, you think of missed opportunities and wasted draft picks. I’m not sure if it’s because of the competition, but Brown has actually played well since the team brought in Trent Richardson. Against the Rams, Brown’s rushing numbers were pitiful. But his 5 catches and a receiving score puts him on the waiver map this week in PPR leagues. Brown is nothing more than a flex, but he’s proven to be one of the better ones available
Rashad Jennings – Raiders (Owned Percentage – ESPN 44.8%/Yahoo 49%)
I would have listed Jennings higher, but there is that outside chance that Darren McFadden could be ready to play by Week 11 against the Texans. Jennings rushed for 88 yards and added 2 catches Sunday against the Giants. At the very least, DMC owners should pick him up as he’s turning into one of the top handcuffs for 2012.
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Dennis Johnson – Texans
Johnson might not have much value with Ben Tate‘s ability to play through broken ribs. But like Tate was to Arian Foster, who is out for the year, Johnson is worthy of a re-draft stash due to the off chance that Tate might have to sit out a game or two in order to rest up from his injuries. The chances are high Johnson will be worthless, but it’s always good to keep him in handy if you have the room as a Tate owner.