2016 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 12

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 12 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (48 percent)

Let's try this again. A couple of weeks ago, Ivory topped this list as he rushed 18 times for a season-high 107 yards.

The expectation was that the Jags would be more committed to the run, to Ivory in particular, in Week 10. Instead, Ivory had nine carries (just 42.86 percent of the team's attempts) for 31 yards and two catches for 10 yards.

With T.J. Yeldon (ankle) leaving Sunday's game early, it was back to another heavy workload for Ivory, who finished with 17 carries for 39 yards and six catches for 75 yards against the Lions.

Yeldon's injury is considered to be day-to-day, but it sounds like his status for Week 12 is in doubt. If Yeldon is forced to sit out Week 12, Ivory should once again get a sizable workload.

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2. Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (25 percent)

LeSean McCoy (thumb surgery) may or may not play in Week 12, and if not, it would obviously open up more opportunities for Gillislee. Per Pro Football Talk, McCoy is expected to play in Week 12 "barring something unexpected." Then again, coach Rex Ryan was less certain as he said, "we'll see."

In their past three games, Gillislee has rushing lines of 12/85/1, 8/32/1 and 14/72 in addition to five catches for 13 yards. In those three games, he has finished as the weekly RB9, RB15 and RB34, respectively.

3. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (28 percent)

Going into Sunday's game, the expectation was that Terrance West would continue to start, but that Dixon's carries would increase. While they didn't increase in absolute numbers, Dixon saw a season-high 37.5 percent of the carries on Sunday.

Dixon now has at least six carries in three consecutive games and he has a total of 78 yards on 12 carries (6.5 YPC) in his past two games with another five catches for 42 yards. Based on talent, Dixon is capable of bigger and better things and is certainly worth a stash for all fantasy owners.

4. Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles (two percent)

Both Ryan Mathews (knee) and Darren Sproles (fractured rib) exited Sunday's game with injuries and Smallwood led the team with 17 touches for 79 yards. At this point in the week, it sounds as if both Mathews and Sproles will play.

Even when all of the backs were healthy in Week 10, Smallwood had 13 carries for 70 yards as well. If Mathews and/or Sproles were to miss Week 12, Smallwood would be the biggest beneficiary against the Packers, who have been bleeding production to opposing running backs over the past month.

Over the past four games, the Packers have surrendered 90/452/7 rushing and 13/109/1 receiving to opposing running backs. Not only have they surrendered a total of 114.5 fantasy points to position, they have allowed a running back to score 17-plus fantasy points in four consecutive games.

5. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (38 percent)

Based on talent, McKinnon is clearly more talented than Matt Asiata. Neither have been all that efficient and Sunday was no different. That said, the shift in workload has continued as McKinnon had 17 touches for 41 yards in Week 11.

McKinnon was inactive in Week 8, but he had seven and nine touches in the previous two games, respectively. On the other hand, Asiata's volume has declined from 16 touches in Week 8 to 11, 10 and six over the past three weeks, respectively.

Asiata has scored in back-to-back games and remains the best best for goal-line opportunities. But if McKinnon is going to continue to dominate backfield touches, he is the preferred option in this duo going forward. And if Adrian Peterson is available, it appears that he has a shot to return as early as Week 15.

6. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (41 percent)

Powell had one of his best games of the season before the bye as he totalled 89 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 11 touches including seven receptions, both of which were season highs. While he's better in PPR formats and his upside is capped as long as Matt Forte is healthy, Powell has now finished as a top-12 weekly fantasy performer (standard scoring) in two of his past three games. Powell has finished as a top-26 PPR running back in six of his past eight games.

7. Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions (three percent)

Far from efficient on a per-touch basis, Washington's usage rate continues to be a positive. For a second consecutive game, he had double-digit carries and Washington (15) had more touches this week than Theo Riddick (12).

Washington managed only 0.14 fantasy points per touch as he gained only six yards on his 13 carries and added two catches for 15 yards. Riddick had 10 targets in the passing game and remains the preferred option among the team's running backs, but the expanded role is at least a positive for Washington.

The remaining schedule isn't great as only the Saints in Week 13 are a plus matchup, but if he maintains his role through Thursday's tough matchup against the Vikings, he could be a low-end RB2/flex option for fantasy owners in Week 13.

8. Rex Burkhead, Cincinnati Bengals (zero percent)

Not only did the Bengals lose the game (in score), they lost two of the most-talented weapons to lengthy injuries as A.J. Green tore his hamstring and Giovani Bernard tore his ACL. While others will benefit more than Burkhead, he should see a fairly significant bump in playing time due to the injuries.

Before the season, there was some talk that Burkhead would see some playing at wide receiver so both injuries have the potential to create additional opportunities for Burkhead. On the year, however, Burkhead has just six carries for 39 yards and two catches for 24 yards. At a minimum, he's at least worth a look for deep-leaguers.

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