Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Thomas Rawls to Roll in Marshawn Lynch's Fantasy Football Absense

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Thomas Rawls to Roll in Marshawn Lynch's Fantasy Football Absense

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Week 12 of the fantasy football season is upon us, and the injury cavalcade continues.

The latest victims are in Baltimore, with the Ravens losing quarterback Joe Flacco (ACL/MCL) and running back Justin Forsett (broken arm). I don't recall the last time we've seen so many marquee players on IR in a single season.

Let's take a look at Week 12.

If you're fortunate enough to still see Seattle running back Thomas Rawls on your league's waiver wire, run, don't walk, and sign him ASAP. With running back Marshawn Lynch having undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia, Rawls should now be set for fantasy stardom. He has performed fantastic in relief of Lynch all season, including a Week 11 line of 255 total yards from scrimmage and two total touchdowns. This week he'll face a Pittsburgh Steelers upper- tier run defense, but Rawls is an aggressive player who should post solid numbers. He is strong, and if he's in a grove, it could be a long day for the opposition. This guy is no fluke and he should become a legitimate RB1 with Lynch on the shelf. Call Rawls an RB2 who could slip into RB1 territory in Week 12.

With the status of Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (hamstring) still unknown, it might be a good idea to grab reserve back Spencer Ware from the wire. His obvious value is as a better-late-than-never handcuff for West's owners, but the guy showed real talent and flashed respectable fantasy numbers in relief of West in Week 11 with 96 rushing yards and two touchdowns. This week he'll face a Buffalo Bills defense that has allowed 833 rushing yards to the running back position (13th in the league). If Ware draws the start, call him a RB2 or decent flex option. If West ends up good to go, grade him a little higher. If West is out for an extended period, the Chiefs' success with West replacing Jamaal Charles could continue with Ware.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs will square off with an Atlanta Falcons defense allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position. Plus, Diggs has gone from white-hot performances in Weeks 6-8 only to bottoming out in Weeks 9- 11 with markedly diminished numbers. …

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