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Scarcity and injuries continue to affect the running back position in fantasy football. The good news is this is one of the better weeks we have seen to add a running back from your waiver wire. Whether you lost a starting running back due to injury or need to add some depth to your bench, we have you covered. We have listed the running backs in order from least to greatest priority. All ownership percentages are based on ESPN leagues but are applicable to all formats. Click the arrow on the right side of the page to see the running backs to add in Week 12. (Getty)
No. 10 David Cobb
Team: Tennessee Titans Ownership Percentage: 18% Pick Him Up: Cobb did not look great in limited action against the Jaguars. The Titans coaching staff said he is getting into game shape and should get more work moving forward. For fantasy owners looking for a lottery ticket running back, Cobb is worth an add. (Getty)
No. 9 Jay Ajayi
Team: Miami Dolphins Ownership Percentage: 19% Pick Him Up: Ajayai’s ownership numbers continue to rise. He is more of a stash candidate with lots of potential. The Dolphins continue to give him carries with Lamar Miller handling the lead back duties. If you are looking for a running back to add to your bench with potential, take a long look at Ajayai. (Getty)
No. 8 Robert Turbin
Team: Dallas Cowboys Ownership Percentage: 6% Pick Him Up: The Cowboys wasted no time getting Turbin involved in the offense just a few days after picking him up as a free agent. He comes from the Seahawks running back room which we have seen produces quality backs. Darren McFadden has already started to show some wear and tear. Turbin received seven carries in his first game and looked great. If you miss out on the the top backs this week, add Turbin to your roster. (Getty)
No. 7 Spencer Ware
Team: Kansas City Chiefs Ownership Percentage: 0% Pick Him Up: Charcandrick West left the game with a hamstring injury. Ware was the Chiefs feature back the rest of the way and did not disappoint. He scored two touchdowns and proved he is fantasy relevant if West is forced to miss time. Andy Reid said West is day-to-day after the game. It is worth monitoring his health. Ware is worth an add as a stash with potential for more if West misses time. (Getty)
No. 6 Bilal Powell
Team: New York Jets Ownership Percentage: 7% Pick Him Up: Powell saw an increased workload as Chris Ivory struggled. Ivory was also in and out of the game with injuries. Powell has proven he can be productive fantasy back in years back and is worth a speculative add. His value continues to be tied to the status of Chris Ivory. (Getty)
No. 5 Tevin Coleman
Team: Atlanta Falcons Ownership Percentage: 26% Pick Him Up: Devonta Freeman left the game against the Colts early with a concussion. If you need help at running back this week, Coleman is the guy to add if you miss out on Allen or Rawls. He will get the majority of the carries in Atlanta until Freeman returns. (Getty)
No. 4 Shaun Draughn
Team: San Francisco 49ers Ownership Percentage: 19% Pick Him Up: Shaun Draughn continues to get left on waiver wires but is getting the workload in San Francisco. If you need immediate help at running back, Draughn is worth an add. His fantasy potential depends on Carlos Hyde’s health, but the way the 49ers season has gone it would not be a surprise to see Hyde get more of an extended rest. (Getty)
No. 3 Ahmad Bradshaw
Team: Indianapolis Colts Ownership Percentage: 4% Pick Him Up: Bradshaw continues to get more involved in the offense. With Matt Hasselbeck as quarterback, Bradshaw is getting more looks in the passing game. While there are sexier options on the waiver wire this week, Bradshaw may be the best long-term prospect. (Getty)
No. 2 Javorius Allen
Team: Baltimore Ravens Ownership Percentage: 5% Pick Him Up: Justin Forsett is likely going to miss the rest of the season with a broken arm. Allen is now the feature back in Baltimore and must be added in all leagues. He does not have the upside of Rawls but is a nice consolation prize if you miss out on the Seattle back. (Getty)
After a brief hiatus last week, the injury bug is back and it continues to plague the running back position. Starting running backs Devonta Freeman, Chris Ivory and Justin Forsett all received injuries with varying degrees of severity. This is one of the better weeks of options for waiver wire pickups. We rank this week’s waiver wire players in order from least to greatest level of priority. The ownership percentages listed are based on ESPN leagues but are applicable to any site. Click the arrow on the right side of the page to see this week’s top pickups. (Getty)
No. 10 Crockett Gillmore
Position: Tight End Team: Baltimore Ravens Ownership Percentage: 17% Analysis: Gilmore scored double digit fantasy points for the second straight week but has been productive for most of the season at a position that is hard to find consistency. One word of caution, with Joe Flacco out, Gilmore’s value is dependent on how often Matt Schaub targets him. Gilmore remains one of the few offensive targets left on a banged up offense. If you need a tight end, he is one of the better waiver wire options. (Getty)
No. 9 Brock Osweiler
Position: Quarterback Team: Denver Broncos Ownership Percentage: 9% Analysis: If you need long-term help at quarterback, Osweiler is a player to consider. He had a solid 18 fantasy point performance in standard leagues in his debut. More importantly, he threw zero interceptions. The Broncos have a number of offensive options and could continue to make Osweiler a fantasy relevant quarterback. He does not have a great matchup against the Patriots this week but is worth a stash. (Getty)
No. 8 Devin Funchess
Position: Wide Receiver Team: Carolina Panthers Ownership Percentage: 10% Analysis: The Carolina Panthers continue to have one of the most explosive offenses that no one knows about. For the second time in three games, Funchess has had double digit fantasy points. The rookie receiver is only going to improve and Newton seems intent on getting him the ball. (Getty)
No. 7 Bilal Powell
Position: Running Back Team: New York Jets Ownership Percentage: 7% Analysis: Jets running back Chris Ivory got banged up against the Texans. His injury is worth monitoring as Powell was the Jets running back of choice in his absence. Powell has proven he can be a productive fantasy back in years past. His fantasy relevance hinges on Ivory’s health. (Getty)
No. 6 Vincent Jackson
Position: Wide Receiver Team: Tampa Bay Bucs Ownership Percentage: 54% Analysis: You might be able to find Jackson on your waiver wire after missing the last three weeks with an injury. Jackson returned this past week and found the endzone. The Bucs offense continues to look better and better. Jackson’s rest of season outlook is promising. One word of caution, Jackson is an inconsistent fantasy play with boom or bust potential depending on the matchup. (Getty)
No. 5 Tevin Coleman
Position: Running Back Team: Atlanta Falcons Ownership Percentage: 26% Analysis: If you need immediate help this week at running back, Coleman is worth looking at. Falcons running back Devonta Freeman suffered a concussion. Often times, players who have suffered a concussion miss multiple weeks but Freeman’s injury will need to continue to be monitored. If he does miss Week 12, Coleman would get the start. In most leagues, Coleman is nothing more than a handcuff once Freeman returns. (Getty)
No. 4 Spencer Ware
Position: Running Back Team: Kansas City Chiefs Ownership Percentage: 0% Analysis: The Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles for the season. Now, Charcandrick West has a hamstring injury. It was Spencer Ware that received the bulk of the carries, and he looked great. Ware scored two touchdowns and is a must add if West is forced to miss time. Like most running backs, his fantasy value is dependent on the feature back’s health. (Getty)
No. 3 Ahmad Bradshaw
Position: Running Back Team: Indianapolis Colts Ownership Percentage: 4% Analysis: Bradshaw has been fantasy relevant in two straight games. After the Colts signed him in mid-October, Bradshaw is finally getting more involved in the offense. His production coincides with Matt Hasselbeck taking over at quarterback. Hasselbeck is looking to Bradshaw in the passing game and it led to two touchdowns this past week. Frank Gore also got banged up towards the end of the game which could cause Bradshaw to see more carries. (Getty)
No. 2 Javorius Allen
Position: Running Back Team: Baltimore Ravens Ownership Percentage: 5% Analysis: Starting Ravens running back suffered a fractured arm this past week, and with the way the Ravens season has gone it would be no surprise if he does not return this season. That leaves Javorius Allen as the starting back in Baltimore, and he can be found on the waiver wire in most leagues. Without Forestt, he received 22 carries against the Rams and is a must add in all leagues. (Getty)
Whether you are looking to win major cash in a DraftKings tournament or playing in a much smaller cash league, we give you ten great players to plug into your lineup. There is a lot of value at the running back position this week as well as at receiver. This week, we have a mixture of value plays along with the best elite level guys to play in Week 11. Click the arrow on the right side of the page to see the ten best DFS plays for Week 11.
No. 10 Tony Romo
Team: Dallas Cowboys Position: Quarterback Price: $6,000 Put Him in Your Lineup: This one is a more risky play and recommended only in tournament games. It is a mystery how good Romo will play in his first game back from injury. He has the potential to give you 20+ points against a bad Dolphins defense. If you are okay taking the risk, he could pay off big for what he is priced at.
No. 9 DeMarco Murray
Team: Philadelphia Eagles Position: Running Back Price: $6,000 Put Him in Your Lineup: The Bucs have been surprisingly good against the run, but Murray is going to continue getting the bulk of carries for the Eagles. With Ryan Matthews status up in the air, he could receive even more work than normal. You get a true RB1 at a value price.
No. 8 Dez Bryant
Team: Dallas Cowboys Position: Wide Receiver Price: $7,700 Put Him in Your Lineup: Romo is going to want to get the Cowboys offense back on track and look no further than his number one receiver to make sure that happens. Bryant has as much potential as any receiver this week but is priced below the elite level guys. Romo and Bryant could make a nice stack in a tournament if you are willing to take the risk.
No. 7 Latavius Murray
Team: Oakland Raiders Position: Running Back Price: $5,600 Put Him in Your Lineup: Murray did not have his best game last week after returning from a concussion he received in the previous game. Look for him to have a bounce back game against a bad Lions front seven. He is priced under the $6,000 mark which makes him a steal.
No. 6 Jeremy Langford
Team: Chicago Bears Position: Running Back Price: $5,600 Put Him in Your Lineup: This one you will need to monitor on gameday, but Forte is listed as questionable. Langford becomes a must play if Forte is out. If Forte does play, it would be wise to wait a week to see how the Bears distribute the workload with both playing.
No. 5 Amari Cooper
Team: Oakland Raiders Position: Wide Receiver Price: $6,800 Put Him in Your Lineup: Amari Cooper is averaging 17.3 points per game this season on DraftKings. He has the best matchup you could possibly ask for against the Lions. A Carr and Cooper stack will save you money while earning you a lot of points this week. He has WR1 potential this week for under $7,000.
No. 4 Jordan Reed
Team: Washington Redskins Position: Tight End Price: $4,900 Put Him in Your Lineup: Reed has gotten you double digit points in your lineup in his last three games. The Panthers are middle of the pack against tight ends and Reed should give you double digit points again this week. For under $5,000, he is the best value this week at the tight end position.
No. 3 Derek Carr
Team: Oakland Raiders Position: Quarterback Price: $6,300 Put Him in Your Lineup: Carr is facing a bad Lions defense. Even so, Carr is becoming matchup proof and a great play each week for what he is priced at. The last four weeks he has gotten you 20 or more points at DraftKings with two 30-point weeks.
No. 2 Danny Amendola
Team: New England Patriots Position: Wide Receiver Price: $4,000 Put Him in Your Lineup: If you go with the value play for one of your receivers, Amendola is a great place to look. Last week, with Edelman out he ended up with close to 20 points. Keep in mind, DraftKings is similar to PPR leagues so Amendola is getting you points every time he catches the ball. At this price, he is the steal of the week.
It’s Thursday night which means Week 11 of the NFL gets underway tonight. Need help setting your daily fantasy lineup? We have you covered. We take a look at the DraftKings and FanDuel prices to give you the five best plays in tonight’s game. Whether you are playing in a Thursday night tournament or just looking for some value in tonight’s game for your Week 11 lineup, we give you the best players to look at. Click the arrow on the right side of the page to see the top players to put in your DFS lineup for the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars matchup. (Getty)
No. 5 T.J. Yeldon
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars Position: Running Back Price: $4,800 (DK), $6,400 (FD) Put Him in Your Lineup: Putting Yeldon in your lineup is obviously dependent on whether he plays tonight. He is listed as questionable against the Titans. Thursday night games are traditionally good for running backs which makes Yeldon a great option. For where Yeldon is priced, he will be a great play if healthy. If Yeldon misses tonight’s game, Denard Robinson or Tony Gerhart would be good plays depending on who gets the start. Either way, it is safer to lean towards the Jaguars running game with the Titans workload up in the air. (Getty)
No. 4 Allen Robinson
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars Position: Wide Receiver Price: $7,000 (DK), $7,700 (FD) Put Him in Your Lineup: There is enough volume in the Jaguars offense to make both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns viable plays tonight. Robinson tends to get more volume while Hurns is a big target for Bortles in the redzone. Both wide receivers will get you points tonight in your daily lineups. (Getty)
No. 3 Delanie Walker
Team: Tennessee Titans Position: Tight End Price: $4,800 (DK), $5,700 (FD) Put Him in Your Lineup: Walker is normally a solid play at tight end, but he has extra value tonight against a Jaguars defense that gives up points to tight ends. He is a good value play if you are looking to pay for an elite player at one of your other positions. (Getty)
No. 2 Blake Bortles
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars Position: Quarterback Price: $5,900 (DK), $7,500 (FD) Put Him in Your Lineup: Bortles is a great play this week going against a weak Titans defense. The Jaguars have already shown they are going to pass the ball in high volumes. Put Bortles in your lineup at quarterback and use the extra money for a receiver or running back. (Getty)
No. 1 Allen Hurns
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars Position: Wide Receiver Price: $5,800 (DK), $7,500 (FD) Put Him in Your Lineup: Hurns is a bargain particularly on DraftKings. Bortles loves finding Hurns in the redzone. He has scored a touchdown in seven straight games. If you ignore the name, you will see Hurns has been a WR1 this season. He should get you at least one touchdown tonight with the potential for more against a bad Titans secondary. (Getty)
This week and next week mark the standard trade deadline in fantasy football leagues. After that, you are left to work the waiver wire to improve your team. While you want to make sure you have some security on your bench in case of injury, this is the time of year to move two good players for a great player to improve your starting lineup for the playoffs. CBS Sport’s Dave Richard’s trade value chart is a great reference when evaluating a potential trade. There are also trade analyzers that can help you look at potential deals. Keep in mind, only you know your team. Sometimes losing a trade may improve the position needs or starting lineup of your team. With that in mind, click on the arrow on the right side of the page to see five players to target in a trade to help you win your fantasy championship.
No. 5 Blake Bortles
Position: Quarterback Rest of Season Outlook: Bortles is great to target if you need help at quarterback. He has a great schedule, especially when it comes time for your fantasy playoffs. Excluding Week 17, he plays the Titans, Colts, Falcons and Titans. None of these offer imposing defenses and the Jaguars have proved they are going to pass the ball a lot. He has built quite a rapport with receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. The good news is you can likely get Bortles without giving up a lot. Buyer Beware: Bortles has been prone to throwing interceptions. Even considering that, he makes up for it by the sheer volume of passes he throws each game. His floor is higher than you may think.
No. 4 John Brown
Position: Wide Receiver Rest of Season Outlook: The John Brown owner has likely grown frustrated with Brown’s zero production over the last two games. Numbers tell part of the story but not all of the story. Brown was active two games ago, but did not play due to injury. Last week, he had a difficult matchup against the Seahawks. He will get back on track starting this week and the targets will be there as he plays in one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Target Brown in your league, and you will likely be able to buy low on him. He has the potential to be a solid WR2 the rest of the season with WR1 upside on some weeks. Buyer Beware: There are plenty of talented receivers in Arizona and there is potential for Brown to get overlooked some weeks. The risk is worth the reward as most weeks Brown is going to get his fair share of targets.
No. 3 Darren McFadden
Position: Running Back Rest of Season Outlook: McFadden was on our list last week and this week he is an even better trade target. He did not perform well against the Bucs, but the entire Cowboys offense is about to get a bump with the addition of Tony Romo. McFadden is going to continue to get an amazing workload. Since becoming the feature back in Dallas, McFadden is averaging 23.25 carries per game. With the current state of the running back position, that is fantasy gold. Buyer Beware: McFadden does have a bad history with injuries. This season, he should benefit from not receiving many carries during the first half of the season.
No. 2 Dez Bryant
Position: Wide Receiver Rest of Season Outlook: This is the perfect time to buy low on Bryant. We saw what he is capable of two weeks ago against Philadelphia. Last week, he did not perform well against Tampa Bay. Bryant fantasy owners are likely worried about his health and lack of production last week. He is about get Tony Romo back and should be at top-12 receiver the rest of the way. It is a great opportunity to buy low on Bryant. Buyer Beware: It is likely the addition of Romo will help Bryant up his fantasy production but there is no guarantee. Fantasy owners should be somewhat nervous about the health of both Bryant and Romo. However, Bryant is worth the risk for the right price.
No. 1 Alshon Jeffrey
Position: Wide Receiver Rest of Season Outlook: Since returning from injury, Jeffrey has been a high end WR1. Last week, he struggled against a difficult Rams defense. It is time to take advantage of the Jeffrey owners fears. With your trade deadline approaching, they may be displeased with Jeffrey’s recent performance and also have fears about his long-term health. Jeffrey has the potential to be a top-three receiver the rest of the season. Buyer Beware: The only thing to consider is Jeffrey’s injuries earlier in the season. That should not prevent you from trading for him as he seems to be back to full health.