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Waiver Wire Wonders – Week 16

The cluttered backfields in both Carolina and Seattle sorted themselves out this past week, with one player on each of those teams stepping up to take on the majority of carries. Injuries to other running backs have a few more teams scurrying for players to carry the ball, creating some opportunity for those desperate at the position. We are getting to the end of the season, with nothing standing out as even a solid pickup this week. We have just a single list of players to consider as On the Radar. Happy hunting!

RB Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina

The logjam that was the Carolina backfield became clear with Artis-Payne getting the majority of work this past week. He had 14 rushes which were good for 59 yards, and he also caught a couple of passes out of the backfield. Though Carolina has been very successful in the air, the top runner is worth a look for those in need at the position.

RB Christine Michael, Seattle

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Seattle RB Christine Michael.

Another team with a bevy of backup options at running back also seemed to clarify things last week. Despite the presence of Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson and Derrick Coleman, it was Christine Michael who got the most carries against Cleveland. Michael carried the ball 16 times for 84 yards and was clearly the better of the four options in the backfield. Look for him to continue in the lead role going forward.

RB Donald Brown, San Diego

San Diego continues to struggle to keep players healthy, with Melvin Gordon the latest to catch the injury bug. Danny Woodhead had quite the day in the air, with Donald Brown picking up the slack on the ground. On the day, he ran 12 times which was good for 90 yards. He also chipped in a couple of catches so he will be active going forward.

WR Jermaine Kearse, Seattle

The Seattle passing game continues to pick up steam, with the fun being spread beyond Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. Kearse did not find the end zone this past week, but he did catch seven passes for 110 yards. Ride this passing offense while it is white hot.

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.