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Because of extraordinary circumstances due to multiple injuries, we get a special edition of Waiver Hawk this week. Due to four quality starting running backs going down in Week 10, we will focus on the main pickups involved from their set back.
Because your roster is only so big and this weeks waiver wire is so important for your playoff run, only the most important pickups will be featured and sorted through. You might be surprised who I like most this week…
Ricky Williams RB, Miami Dolphins
Out of all of the pickups stemming from the four injuries to starting running backs last week, Ricky Williams should have the biggest immediate impact.
With Ronnie Brown on IR, Ricky now should actually be considered a top 10 back in redraft leagues. Having said that, Ricky is aging and you should not expect Ricky to take all of the carries in Miami.
I also expect Lex Hilliard and/or Kory Sheets to split the carries much as Ricky did with Ronnie. Hilliard and Sheets both deserve an upgrade. If I had to pick one, I like Sheet’s upside more in this offense between the two.
Justin Forsett RB, Seattle Seahawks
Forsett has the most long term upside of the pickups this week, especially in dynasty leagues. In fact, if you are a lock to make the playoffs and are just looking for upside in the playoffs, Forsett is my No. 1 pickup this week, more on this later.
Julius Jones should be out at least this week so this is Forsett’s time to impress. Forsett gets a tough matchup with the Minnesota Vikings but I still think he should be productive.
He has the skill set to be an every-down back and has a great YPC average. Don’t expect his 6+ YPC average to continue, but 20 carries for 60 yards and 3 catches for 20 yards could be expected against a stout Minnesota defense.
You could do much worse than that this week. Forsett is a RB3 or flex play with upside against the Vikings.
If Forsett does impress against Minnesota, expect him to be involved more even if Jones returns healthy and could be viewed as a top 10 option next week vs. St. Louis.
In the playoff weeks, Forsett could come up huge against Houston week 14, Tampa Bay week 15 and Green Bay week 16.
Could Forsett be the key to winning your league? The possibility makes him ownable in almost any size league and is why he is my No. 1 pickup this week.
Also expect Louis Rankin to be involved in some way in the running game. Rankin is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Jason Snelling RB, Atlanta Falcons
Similar to Ricky, if Turner and Norwood are out for a considerable amount of time then Snelling should also be considered a top 10 running back.
The question is how long will Turner be out? Turner is a tough guy and he should be out just one week at most.
His teammate Roddy White was even quoted as saying that there is no way he will miss even one game. Snelling’s upside is limited as a result.
I like Snelling if Turner is ruled out, but Turner is the franchise running back and will be counted on to bring Atlanta to the playoffs down the stretch. Norwood’s role coming back from injury should also minimize Snelling’s upside for the rest of 2009.
Larry Johnson and Bernard Scott RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Both Larry Johnson and Bernard Scott should be considered well after Williams, Snelling and Forsett. Cedric could play in week 11 and his injury is less severe than Julius Jones, Michael Turner and Ronnie Brown.
I mention both here because I do believe that if Cedric stays out for a good length of time then I believe Larry Johnson will be the workhorse eventually in 2009.
However, this week Bernard Scott should see the majority of work and makes a solid RB3 or flex play with a ton of upside if Cedric remains out.
The Bengals offensive line has been arguably better than any team at run blocking in 2009. Anyone, even Brian Leonard should excel in this run blocking scheme.
These guys should be owned in more leagues:
Michael Bush RB, Oakland Raiders
Jerious Norwood RB, Atlanta Falcons
Chris Chambers WR, Kansas City Cheifs
Ladell Betts RB, Washington Redskins
Don’t count on Clinton Portis to return as a feature back in 2009.
Laveranues Coles WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Reggie Bush RB, New Orleans Saints
Brandon Gibson WR, St. Louis Rams
Brandon should now be the No. 2 WR. Obviously not a great option because he is a Ram, but St. Louis offense does seem to be improving.
Chris Jennings RB, Cleveland Browns
Chris should only be a deep, deep league option. Seemingly unnoticed, Jennings has supplanted Harrison in thr RB2 role. Any running back behind a 30-year-old back praying to retire deserves a mention.