The 2018 NFL season is 12 weeks old and the time is now to start picking up people from their fantasy football waiver wire. Every year a no name blows up in Week 1 and ends up being a top-20 fantasy football player over the remainder of the season. So, instead of letting your competition beat you to the punch, use your fantasy football waiver wire to find the next big thing.
Let’s get things started by taking a look at some fantasy football waiver wire running backs for Week 13.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was a little iffy for Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals due to a knee issue, and he left the game with a sprained MCL that’s expected to cost him at least a couple games. For fantasy owners who have gotten to playoffs on his back, the timing couldn’t be worse.
Ekeler had 103 total yards against Arizona, notably including 10 catches (on 11 targets) for 68 yards. In the game Gordon missed earlier this season, against the Tennessee Titans in London, Ekeler had 68 total yards on 17 touches (five receptions). Even as Gordon’s backup, the second-year man has at least 60 total yards in seven of 11 games (at least 56 total yards in nine games).
Independent of schedule, Ekeler would be the No.1 running back waiver wire addition this week. But the upcoming slate will only help, as the Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 13) have allowed a touchdown to a running back in four straight games. Then the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, who entered Week 12 allowing the third and second-most fantasy points to running backs (ESPN scoring), are coming. Week 16 brings a stifling matchup and Gordon may be able to return at that point, but the Baltimore Ravens have allowed a running back touchdown in four of their last five games now.
Ekeler is probably more widely available than you think (nearly half of ESPN leagues right now), and he’s in line to be a solid RB2 regardless of scoring format while Gordon is out.
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