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2016 Fantasy Football, Week 11 Waiver Wire: Seahawks Running Backs Soaring

Week ten of the National Football League is officially in the books. And with that, fantasy football fans are still looking towards the waiver wire to see if their team can be improved in any way. With bye weeks in full swing some fantasy footballers will scour the wire to ensure they have a full complement of players to choose from for their starting roster in week 11 — even at the cost of cutting someone on bye that is roster worthy. Keep a close eye on both players claimed and cut on Wednesday morning.

Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I WOULD spend my first waiver priority on a player from the list below. Also, players listed below are in no particular order

Teams on a bye in week four: Falcons, Broncos, Jets, Chargers

Thomas Rawls | Seahawks and C.J. Prosise | Seahawks

Let’s get this out of the way: Even with Christine Michael in the fold both Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise should have been owned prior to this week’s waiver claims — the writing has been on the wall for some time. However, now that the Seahawks officially released Christine Michael, both Rawls and Prosise become a higher priority for fake football general managers.

Rawls is owned in just 50% of Y! Leagues, so there’s a lower probability that you’ll be able to score share of him on Wednesday, but he should be the first one to claim of the two if both are available. In 12 games last season, Rawls carried the ball 147 for 830 yards (5.6 y/c) and four touchdowns on the ground while adding nine receptions on 11 targets for 76 yards (8.4 y/r) and a score through the air. On the ground, his 5.6 yards per carry were tops in the NFL among running backs with a minimum of 100 carries and his 3.1 yards after contact ranked only behind Le’Veon Bell’s 3.4 YAC among backs with at least 100 carries.

Rookie C.J. Prosise out of Notre Dame is still available in 65% of Y! Leagues. He’s a converted wide receiver that can be an asset taking handoffs or running routes — a potential PPR stud with the proper complement of touches. But that’s the dilemma — this should be a true committee with Prosise earning the majority of looks on passing downs, but don’t rule out the ‘Hawks using both backs in a single set. Prosise appeared in just five games thus far in ‘16, carrying the rock 25 times for 96 yards (3.7 y/c and 2.6 yards after contact) while adding 15 receptions on 15 targets for 203 yards (13.5 y/r and 5.6 yard aDOT).

I’m using my top waiver priority on either back if available.

Consider in leagues: All
Waiver Priority Worthy: 1 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 40%
Players I’d drop for him: Christine Michael, Peyton Barber, Kapri Bibbs

Rob Kelley | Redskins, Kenneth Dixon | Ravens and James Starks | Packers

Terrance West of the Ravens owns a reasonable 3.9 yards per carry and 2.6 yards after contact in nine games this season, but Kenneth Dixon is officially back from injury and looked rather explosive on his 11-touch effort in week 10. Dixon carried six times for 38 yards (6.3 y/c, 4.7 yards after contact) and hauled in five passes on seven targets for 42 yards (8.4 y/r). West earned the only red zone target and all four red zone rushing attempts among Raven’s ball carriers in week 10, but i’d look for some of these patterns to change going forward.

Maybe the aforementioned Christine Michael gets claimed by the Green Bay Packers who are in desperate need for a running game spark. Or, maybe James Starks coming off an injury provides that ground game element the Packers are looking for. Starks has just 31 carries for 75 yards (2.4 y/c, 2.0 yards after contact) on the ground with 9 receptions on 13 targets for 55 yards and a touchdown (in week 10) through the air in five games.

Rob Kelley has not put forth back-to-back fine outings against the Bengals and Vikings and weeks 8 and 10 respectively. He ran for 87 yards and a score in 22 carries in week 8 and followed that up with a 97-yard effort on 21 carries in week 10 after the bye. He’s only available in 52% of Y! Leagues at the time of the writing and faces a few of tough matchups in the next three weeks — Packers, Cowboys and Cardinals who are among the eight teams in the NFL least generous to opposing fantasy running backs — but deserves to be owned in all formats with 10 or more teams simply based on volume.

Consider in leagues: All
Waiver Priority Worthy: 3 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 15-20%
Players I’d drop for him: Christine Michael, Peyton Barber, Kapri Bibbs

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