Week 16 Waiver Wire: Lance Ball and Other RBs You Can Add

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IDecember 19, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Running back Lance Ball #35 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The following running backs are the best running back additions on the Week 16 waiver wire:


Lance Ball, Denver Broncos

With Willis McGahee fighting off the lingering effects of a lower leg injury, Ball stepped up big against the Patriots. He accounted for over 100 total yards and a score. If McGahee continues to miss time, Ball will be a relatively safe pickup, as the Broncos are content on running the football more than any team in the NFL.

 

Kalil Bell, Chicago Bears

Has Bell overtaken Marion Barber in the Bears backfield? It sure looks like it. Bell had 15 carries for 65 yards and five catches for 43 and a score against the Seahawks on Sunday. He was clearly the better back Against the Packers shaky defense this week, Bell could be a borderline starter.

 

Jackie Battle, Kansas City Chiefs

Battle had just 10 carries for 37 yards on Sunday, but he did score a fourth-quarter touchdown that all-but-sealed the win for the Chiefs. The reason you pick up Battle this week is the matchup, however. The Raiders have been run all over the past couple of weeks, and Battle figures to get more touches.  

 

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

A late 80-yard scamper helped inflate his final stats, but it still hard to argue with 160-plus yards and a score. Brown has been one of the Colts best offensive options this season, so the touches should remain. And while the Texans are a tough defense statistically, they've been run on as of late. Brown is worth a look.

 

Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints

Who knows when Mark Ingram (toe) will return, but I doubt the Saints are going rush the rookie back. If he's out again this week, Ivory will remain active. Against the Vikings on Sunday, Ivory rushed for 74 yards. Who knows how many touches he'd get against a much tougher Falcons defense, but the potential exists for 10-15.