Thomas Rawls|Seattle Seahawks|
There is a bit of uncertainty in terms of Rawls’ rest of season value, but his week 11 performance proved he can hang in the NFL. In the absence of Marshawn Lynch, Rawls tore up the 49ers for over 200 total yards and two touchdowns.
Rumor has it, Lynch has a hernia and could miss the rest of the season, but there isn’t a clear diagnosis just yet. If Lynch misses week 12, Rawls is definitely in RB1 territory and should be set for another big workload against the Steelers.
Until Lynch’s status is known, it’s a little hard to recommend Rawls over Javorius Allen, but it’s hard to ignore the success Rawls has been having.
Javorius Allen|Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett was basically immediately declared out for the year after suffering an arm injury and from there Allen took the reigns of the starting running back job.
It wasn’t a pretty performance, but Allen managed 115 yards on 27 touches (5 catches).
While the workload alone should make Allen a solid RB2 the rest of the way, the loss of Joe Flacco could spell a bit of trouble for the running game.
Over the past two years, Matt Schaub has spent more time throwing passes to the other team, and defenses know he can barely throw the ball more than 15 yards.
Defenses will be able to key a bit more on the running game with Schaub at the helm, but Allen should also have a prominent role in the passing game.
Shaun Draughn|San Francisco 49ers
The scoreboard won’t show it, but Blaine Gabbert wasn’t horrible against the Seahawks and he spent most of Sunday targeting Draughn.
On the day, Draughn rushed for only 37 yards on 12 carries but caught 8 of his 11 targets for 40 yards.
I would avoid starting Draughn week 12 against the Cardinals unless you’re desperate, but if Carlos Hyde misses the rest of the season, I actually like Draughn quite a bit.
Spencer Ware|Kansas City Chiefs
The key with the next few running back adds is whether or not they’ll start in week 12. Some running backs that got hurt in week 11 are merely dinged up or day to day, so it’s hard to determine which backups to invest in.
However, I’m just guessing, but I’d bet Charcandrick West misses week 12.
In West’s absence, Ware piled up 96 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only 11 carries. He did it against a horrible Chargers defense, but it was still a great performance.
The Chiefs take on the Bills in week 12, which is a pretty tough matchup, but Chris Ivory did run for 99 yards on them in week 11.
If West misses a game or two, Ware could provide fantasy owners with decent value heading into the playoffs.
I’m lumping these two together because I think they carry the least value going forward. Devonta Freeman left week 11 with a concussion, but just guessing, I think he plays in week 12.
The same goes for Frank Gore, who suffered a leg injury, I suspect he’ll give it a go next week.
I don’t think Coleman or Bradshaw wind up starting in week 12, so I’d go with the other guys on this list ahead of them.
Devin Funchess|Carolina Panthers|
It finally looks like Funchess is turning into the Kelvin Benjamin replacement that many were expecting him to be. Over his past three games, Funchess has averaged 58 yards and has caught two touchdowns.
With the way Cam Newton is playing, Funchess needs to be owned. There will mostly likely be a few drops and hiccups along the way, but the Panthers are going to desperately need Funchess to continue to progress if they want to win any playoff games. Expect Funchess to continue getting plenty of snaps the rest of the season.
Marquess Wilson|Chicago Bears
With Alshon Jeffery out yet again, Wilson posted solid numbers, 4 catches for 104 yards, against a great Denver defense. The Bears play on Thursday, so it appears unlikely that Jeffery will play, if so, Wilson should be a high-end WR3.
Cecil Shorts|Houston Texans
Shorts returned from injury in week 11 and didn’t do too much, but the Texans play a horrible Saints defense in week 12. Also, Brian Hoyer should be back which will improve the passing game as a whole.
Vincent Jackson|Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jamies Winston was on fire in week 11, throwing for five touchdowns to five different receivers. Jackson reeled in one himself, and as long as Winston is performing at a high level, Jackson should have nice production next to Mike Evans.