The backup situations in Oakland and Detroit are a mixed bag. Devontae Booker is close to a must-start running back now against the Jets. Booker had 83 yards and two scores on 17 touches against the Broncos in Week 10. We'd expect a similar workload, maybe with one fewer touchdown.
In Detroit it would be a committee approach between Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Both were startable on Thanksgiving, but their matchup this week against the Bears is far more difficult. They'd both be flex options, better than anyone else likely available on the waiver wire, but not someone you'd really want to start. Johnson would be my preference because of the expected game script but Peterson would have the best touchdown odds.
Backups already rostered? I have more waiver options below.
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The following players are being projected as out for Week 13:
Numbers to know
- 17 -- Touches for J.K. Dobbins in the Ravens Week 11 game. Hopefully he's able to play.
- 31 -- Targets for Austin Ekeler in three full games with Justin Herbert this season.
- -2 -- How many receiving yards Alvin Kamara has in two games with Taysom Hill at quarterback.
- 34 -- Latavius Murray has 34 touches in two games with Taysom Hill at quarterback.
- 10 -- No Rams running back has more than 10 carries since Week 7.
- 11 -- Zack Moss has one game since Week 1 with more than 11 touches.
- 7 -- Antonio Gibson's seven targets in Week 12 were a season high.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Benny Snell RB
PIT Pittsburgh • #24
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
We expect Snell to be the Steelers lead running back for as long as James Conner is out. As of now, we don't expect Conner to be cleared before the Steelers play Washington in Week 13.
Frank Gore RB
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #21
Age: 37 • Experience: 16 yrs.
Gore might just be a good start against the Raiders in Week 13. He had 21 touches, including three catches, in his first game without Lamical Perine and the Raiders have surrendered the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
Cam Akers RB
LAR L.A. Rams • #23
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
For the first time all year, Akers looks like the best running back on the Rams. The only reason he's not in the section above is that the Rams seem committed to their committee approach, and Akers only has three targets all year. Still, he could be unleashed at any time and should be universally rostered.
LV Las Vegas • #23
Age: 28 • Experience: 5 yrs.
An injury scare for Josh Jacobs brought to light that Booker may be one of the most under-rostered handcuffs out there. We expect Jacobs to play in Week 13, but if he was out Booker would be a top-12 running back. That fact alone means he should be stashed in a lot more leagues than he currently is.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #30
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Ekeler was not eased back in by any stretch and looks like he'll be a league-winner in the Fantasy playoffs with a big role in both the running and the passing game. Eventually he'll be $1,000 more expensive, so let's take advantage of his price while it lasts.
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