Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 12: 5 running backs to target

Need a replacement for Marshawn Lynch or LeSean McCoy this week? Here are five running backs that might be available on the waiver wire.

The bye weeks are almost over, but fantasy owners will have to deal without their studs for at least one more week. The Seahawks, Eagles, Bengals and Bills have the week off, making guys like Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy unavailable.

With the playoff races heating up, here are five running backs that could help your fantasy team in a pinch.

Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (owned in 59 percent of leagues)

Darren McFadden is due back pretty soon, but Jennings may have very well taken his starting job. He had another solid performance on Sunday, recording 150 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Jennings will be a viable RB2 against the Titans in Week 12 and won't be on the waiver wire for much longer.

Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (owned in 26 percent of leagues)

Rainey enjoyed a breakout performance in his first NFL start. He destroyed the Falcons for 167 total yards and three touchdowns on 32 touches. Rainey's performance should end any speculation that the Bucs will use Brian Leonard in a committee. He will be a worthy fantasy starter against the Lions this week. The Bucs won two in a row and suddenly look like they're starting to get their act together.

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (owned in 26 percent of leagues)

The Colts aren't ready to hand the starting job to Brown yet, but he's been far more consistent than Trent Richardson, getting 94 yards on 15 touches and a touchdown against the Titans last week. Brown and the Colts will have a much tougher matchup against the Cardinals in Week 12, making it hard to trust him as a fantasy starter, but he's worth stashing. Richardson's 2013 season is a waste and he can be be dropped in re-draft leagues.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (owned in 21 percent of leagues)

The Panthers have been easing Stewart in after he missed half of the season with ankle injuries. He played almost as many snaps as DeAngelo Williams and is averaging 3.8 yards per carry. The Panthers seem committed to their running back committee, making Stewart and Williams low-end flex options in deeper leagues.

More fantasy football news from SB Nation:

Get live advice daily in the Fantasy War Room

Today's fantasy football player updates

Week 12 fantasy football position rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST

Week 12 fantasy football waiver wire advice: QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.