Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups & FAAB Advice: Running Backs (Week 13)
Check out our top waiver wire targets for Week 13 of the 2022 fantasy football season.
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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets: Running Backs
Darrell Henderson (JAC): 47% rostered
- Next opponents: @DET, @TEN, DAL
- True value: $12
- Desperate need: $20
- Budget-minded: $5
Analysis: Here we go again. Henderson was thrust into increased action earlier this season when Cam Akers fell out of favor with the coaching staff in Los Angeles. Don’t go running into this with the full force of your FAAB. According to early reports, Travis Etienne‘s foot injury is minor. JaMycal Hasty is still the team’s preferred third-down RB, and Henderson has only been with the team since last Wednesday. But Henderson is sure to get a decent share of the work on early downs should Etienne miss any time. Two of Jacksonville’s next three opponents have struggled to stop the run this season.
Tyler Allgeier (ATL): 47% rostered
- Next opponents: PIT, BYE, @NO
- True value: $10
- Desperate need: $17
- Budget-minded: $4
Analysis: You can probably already tell that the RB waiver market is sparse. The rookie Allgeier has fully supplanted Caleb Huntley as the thunderous complementary back to Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson and Allgeier are in a 50-50 timeshare, with Allgeier not at all involved in the passing game. The schedule is also not looking too kind for an RB who doesn’t have much upside unless he finds the end zone. Even then, volume provides enough opportunity to be worthy of a roster spot.
JaMycal Hasty (JAC): 3% rostered
- Next opponents: @DET, @TEN, DAL
- True value: $8
- Desperate need: $14
- Budget-minded: $3
Analysis: Hasty is an explosive player. His receiving chops were on display in Week 12, when he scored from 28 yards out after lining up out wide on the play. It is highly unlikely that he will garner much work between the tackles. The Jags will lean on newcomer Darrell Henderson if Travis Etienne misses any time. A player who can get this much work as a receiver is a valuable asset in fantasy.
Zonovan Knight (NYJ): 0% rostered
- Next opponents: @MIN, @BUF, DET
- True value: $6
- Desperate need: $12
- Budget-minded: $2
Analysis: It’s unclear whether Michael Carter will miss any more game action with his ankle injury. Robert Saleh’s decision to activate Ty Johnson and rookie Zonovan Knight over James Robinson was obviously the correct one. Knight looked explosive in Week 12, compiling over 100 yards from scrimmage and serving as a seamless replacement for Carter in the passing game. Johnson has never enjoyed a full workload in his time with the Jets despite always looking the part when thrust into game action. Knight is the hot hand right now and has earned a chance to keep it up.
It is still handcuff season for RBs. The position will still have some unfortunate injuries as we hurtle toward the fantasy playoffs, so stashing replacements for valuable starters can save you a lot of grief (and FAAB) should disaster strike.
Alexander Mattison, Matt Breida, and James Cook really don’t hold much value unless the lead back gets hurt. Mattison barely sees the field when Dalvin Cook is healthy, while Breida and Cook seem to only get enough work to give Saquon Barkley and Devin Singletary some load management.
Dontrell Hilliard and Kenneth Gainwell currently enjoy steady roles as receiving options on third down and every few series. Kyren Williams is in a similar situation with Cam Akers, but Akers is very capable of handling a three-down workload. Even with more touches than Akers on Sunday, Williams did virtually nothing with them. The Rams offense is an avoidable calamity for fantasy unless Matthew Stafford returns, which is seeming more unlikely by the day.
If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, be sure to check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup, based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant – which allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team and by how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.