Fantasy Football: Week Twelve Waiver Wire Running Backs aka I Don’t Actually Hate All The Waiver Wire Running Backs
The good news for you is if there was ever a week to be desperate for a running back, week twelve might be what you are looking for. I am constantly advocating saving your waiver wire priority for someone who could be a difference-maker down the stretch. If you listened to my advice, it could pay off this week. So let us take a look at the week twelve waiver wire running back that you should absolutely target.
Samaje Perine – Owned in 35% of leagues – With Rob Kelley being placed on Injured Reserve last week and Chris Thompson breaking his leg, fantasy owners desperate for a running back to emerge on the waiver wire have had their prayers answered. This is exactly the type of player that can help salvage a season. Many experts were high on Perine coming into the season and thought he would run away with the starting job in Washington. The injuries to his teammates means he will have a majority of the looks and Washington’s offense is dynamic enough that his floor should be a solid RB2 the rest of the season. If he is available in your leagues, get him and make him your number one priority.
Tarik Cohen – Owned in 46% of leagues – For the first time in weeks, Tarik Cohen was a major part of the Chicago Bears offense. The fact that he is available in 46% of leagues will tell you how far he has fallen. While it might be hard to trust in him again, this past week the Chicago Bears were more creative in using him. They found ways to keep Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard on the field at the same time which led to a much more dynamic offense. If you are desperate, he could be worth an add. Especially if you are in a PPR league.
Devontae Booker – Owned in 8% of leagues – I’m not quite sure how I feel about Devontae Booker at this point. On the one hand he had a nice game in week eleven, with 98 combined yards. He also seems to be seeing more and more opportunities as the season progresses. However, he is still a rookie on an anemic Denver Broncos offense. It is hard to trust that he will provide consistent production. I might pick him up as a free agent, but I would not use a waiver on him.