Unlike fantasy quarterbacks on the waiver wire, there are actually a pretty decent amount of guys to look at in this week’s Week 14 Waiver Wire Running Backs piece. Keep in mind there aren’t a TON of guys. At this time of year, the pickings are terribly slim. But there is at least one guy on this list who I would have my eyes on.
Donald Brown – Colts
Not surprisingly, Indy announced that it was benching ineffective Trent Richardson for Brown as the team headed into their Week 13 game against the Titans. Brown has been mostly a bomb in the fantasy world, but he has played better at times than T-Rich this season. Brown rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a score, while chipping in 2 catches in the win over the Titans. Not exactly a stellar performance, but the touchdown did help. I started Brown as an RB2 because my backfield was in such bad shape, he was the best of the bunch behind Adrian Peterson. With Brown now officially entrenched as the starter, he’ll be a decent flex option going forward. In fact, he’s probably one of the only guys I’d go after this week if you can still pick up players off waivers.
Montee Ball – Broncos
I’ve added Ball in waiver wire articles before, but he always seems to disappoint the week after. He had a big game to add to his rookie stats after running for 117 yards off just 13 carries against the Chiefs. Both numbers were season highs and could allow Ball to get even more work going forward. After a 224-yard game against the Patriots, Moreno was mostly ineffective. But he did come up big in PPR leagues with 4 catches, 72 receiving yards and a score. Does this mean Ball will take over running duties? Far from it. Moreno is simply too good, but it was just one of those bad days for Moreno. Ball will be a mid-range flex option in Week 14 against the Titans, but don’t expect a repeat of Sunday. Moreno is just too good a runner to have it disappear just like that.
LeGarrette Blount – Patriots
With Stevan Ridley a healthy scratch, Blount took advantage as the main ball carrier against the Texans, rushing for 44 yards and a score. Does this mean Blount will have the same role next week against the Browns? That’s the problem. We don’t know if the demotion of Ridley will be permanent, or if it was just a one-week punishment for all his fumbling problems. If you’re a Ridley owner, don’t dump him. He is still more talented than Blount. However, Blount could be worth picking up if Ridley’s benching stays permanent. Blount also out-carried Brandon Bolden 13 to 3.