Brian Hill/Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons
With Todd Gurley (knee) declared out late in the week for Sunday’s nice matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders, Hill was the quick waiver wire pivot. He had a solid 55 yards on 13 carries against the Raiders, but it was Smith who had more touches (12 carries and four catches) with 75 total yards (65rushng) and a touchdown on he ground.
With his history of knee problems, Gurley’s status for Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints (and beyond) can’t be taken for granted. That game against the Saints, and a matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15, will be tough. But Week 14 (Los Angeles Chargers) and Week 16 (Kansas City Chiefs) are a lot easier.
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Even a bit speculatively, based on Gurley’s status or effectiveness going forward, Hill and Smith are on the radar this week in leagues with 12 or more teams. Based on wider availability and his overall usage on Sunday, there’s a case for Smith as the more appealing option.
Hill ESPN Ownership: 31.4%
Hill Yahoo! Ownership: 48%
Smith ESPN Ownership: 0.6%
Smith Yahoo! Ownership: 1%