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Fantasy football waiver wire advice: Running back rankings for Week 12

The waiver wire begins late Tuesday, so it is time to figure out your best options. We’ve got rankings for all four major positions: QB | RB | WR | TE

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Week 11 of the 2017 regular season is just about coming to a close with the Monday Night Football game remaining. Most fantasy football leagues will run their waiver wires late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but we are here to help you get a jump on the best options to consider.

We will be ranking the top five players likely to be available in your league at each of the four major positions. Some weeks there might not be five good options available, but we’ll scour for the best we can find. Additionally, throughout the week, we will update each of these articles as ownership percentages change and news arrives. The following ownership percentages come via CBS Sportsline entering Week 11.

Damien Williams, Miami Dolphins (68 percent ownership)

Williams proved himself to be the better back in the committee with Kenyan Drake on Sunday. Williams carried 10 times for 78 yards and caught a 24-yard pass for a 10-point fantasy day, in comparison to the two points put up by Drake. Both backs have double-digit fantasy games in the past three since the Jay Ajayi trade, but Williams is the lesser-owned of the two by a wide margin.

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (54)

Ekeler was less of a factor in the running game, garnering 10 carries, perhaps as a result of his key fumble last week. But he was still right there in the passing game with a pair of catches for 18 yards. Ekeler also scored his fourth touchdown in his past four games. He isn’t going away.

Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (23)

The season has collapsed for the Broncos, and that prove a great thing for fantasy, as Booker was the most active back on Sunday with 14 carries and six targets. Booker turned his touches into 44 rushing yards and five catches for 54 yards. That’s a solid PPR day and it should continue going forward.

Matt Brieda, San Francisco 49ers (20)

Brieda might be a forgotten man because of the bye week, but he had a nice game last time out against the Giants with nine carries for 55 yards and a touchdown. It was his second double-digit fantasy game in his past three and he figures to continue getting opportunities as the 49ers evaluate for 2018.

Elijah McGuire, New York Jets (16)

If Matt Forte remains out in Week 12, McGuire should continue to have a solid role. He had 15 touches in Week 10 against Tampa Bay (eight carries, seven targets), which is nice volume. Should Bilal Powell continue to struggle, the Jets might turn to McGuire for a feature role.


Top waiver wire targets for Week 12