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It’s week 13 of the NFL season, which means no more bye weeks, so your running back core should be a little more stable than it has been over the past few weeks. However, new names are always popping up with promises of bigger points in your next matchup. I think the waiver wire still holds some really valuable players, so if you’re still looking to make some changes or get in on a good matchup, look no further than this list for week 13 running back waiver wire pickups.
|Benny Snell Jr.||Steelers||Browns||4%|
I’m surprised Williams still floats around only 30% ownership. Over the past two weeks he’s put up a 15.7 and a 21.1 fantasy performance. He’s been a great replacement for Mack while he’s out with a hand injury. The Titans, their next matchup, have been above average against the run this season, allowing 103.8 yards per game on average. Williams has looked good in his past two games, and I don’t think a harder-than-average matchup is going to stop him. Definitely look out for Williams on your waiver wire as he could pay off huge for you.
Jamaal Williams had 11 carries for 45 yards in a tough matchup against the 49ers this past Sunday. Williams has been pretty consistent throughout the year as a fantasy running back, having only 3 games below 10 PPR points this season. The Packers have a good matchup this week against the Giants, who have allowed an average 117.5 rushing yards per game. Williams will be splitting carries with Aaron Jones as always, but I’m still expecting him to put up points in the mid to high teens this week.
Scarbrough had 18 carries for 98 yards on Sunday, a pretty big rushing game for the pass-heavy Lions. Clearly, Scarbrough has become their number one back while Kerryon Johnson is out. The Lions are going up against the Bears this week, who are a tough team to rush against. However, I still think Scarbrough is a good pickup. Kerryon Johnson can’t return until at least week 16, so Scarbrough is basically their back for the rest of the season. He gets a lot of carries and has proven to be pretty effective with them (especially in their last matchup) so I think it’d be good to grab him while he’s still below 50%
Benny Snell Jr.
Previously, the Steelers had been sticking with Jaylen Samuels as their backup running back while Conner nursed his shoulder injury. On Sunday, however, Benny Snell Jr. stepped in as the leading back for the Steelers against the Bengals. He had 21 carries for 98 yards and a 5 yard reception to boot. The Steelers are up against the Browns for the second time over the past three weeks. Last time, they only ran the ball for a total 58 yards. The Browns are missing Myles Garrett, which should make running the ball easier on the Steelers. If Conner isn’t back, Snell should be getting the start in week 13 and I expect him to make an impact.
Penny had his best fantasy performance of the year last week against the Eagles. He had 14 carries for 129 yards and one touchdown, a total 18.9 points in PPR leagues. Before this, he only had one other game above 10 points. I don’t expect him to keep on getting high teens for the rest of the season, but this game was really promising for him. Carson has been having a bit of trouble with fumbles, and with Penny proving himself against the Redskins I think there’s a possibility he’s going to be seeing more carries. The Seahawks are up against the Vikings, who have been one of the tougher teams to run against this season. I think Penny would be a valuable add still despite the tough matchup, and might see the ball more if Carson can’t get through the tough Vikings defensive front.
Darrel Williams is back on the waiver wire list after injuries to both LeSean McCoy (concussion) and Damien Williams (ribs). It seems like McCoy will be coming back next week, but there haven’t been any updates on the status of Damien Williams yet, so I still think Darrell Williams will be getting more play time in week 13. Darrell Williams put up 11 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown, plus 2 receptions for 8 yards for a total 12.3 yards in PPR leagues. The Chiefs are up against the Raiders this week, who have been slightly above average against the run this season, allowing 104.3 yards per game on average. I think Darrell Williams is a good pickup for this week, and I expect him to get a little more playing time as the season progresses as the Chiefs rest their starters more to prepare for the playoffs.
The Raiders had a surprisingly one-sided matchup against the Jets on Sunday, and it wasn’t their side. However, Richard still had a pretty solid game. He had 6 receptions for 47 yards and was the leading receiver for the Raiders on the day. He’s mainly used as a receiver (he had 2 carries for 4 yards) making him more valuable in PPR leagues. This past week was his highest scoring fantasy game with a total 11.1 points, but I think he might get more use through the rest of the season based on his effectiveness against the Jets. The Radiers are matched up against the Chiefs, who aren’t the easiest to throw against. However, they’re also not the toughest, and Richard’s position as a receiving back makes this an okay matchup for him. I think he’ll be a good addition to your team if we’re to see more of him over the rest of their season.
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