In place of the injured rookie, Bell gained 52 yards on 11 carries in Sunday's come-from-behind win over Kansas City. On one carry, the 27-year-old darted for 28 yards. And although
Fantasy owners who managed to slide into the playoffs thin at the running back position may look to Bell as a possible solution to cure their woes, especially if Young is unable to return to Denver at full blast.
Here are a few more waiver wire candidates who offer value to fantasy owners:
Steptoe has slowly worked his way up the Browns depth chart, and thanks to a few injuries to the receiving corps was able to collect a nice payday on Sunday (four catches in the loss to Tennessee). Examining the entire season, Steptoe has caught at least one pass in 12 of 13 games this season. If he continues to find favor with the Browns' quarterbacks, Steptoe just might finish the year on a high note for Cleveland.
The Colts sure do love their tight ends, and on Sunday it was Robinson who benefited with six catches for 69 yards in the win over Cincinnati. Known more as a protection tight end, the 255-pound Missouri Western State product made the Colts coaching staff (and fantasy owners) take notice. Although it is unlikely that Robinson will see those totals again, he will likely be given more chances as the No. 2 tight end behind
Despite having missed three weeks this season it's possible the 38-year-old Garcia will still manage to top the 3,000-yard mark for the Buccaneers. To do so he'll need just less than 800 yards in his final three outings, and the upcoming schedule suggests he can do it. His next two opponents -- Atlanta and San Diego -- both rank in the bottom third in the league in pass defense, and Tampa Bay concludes the year with a home date against Oakland. Yep, Garcia is in for a big December, and fantasy owners in need of quarterback assistance can take advantage.
There may not be a hotter tight end in fantasy football right now. Over his last five games Gonzalez has scored four touchdowns and has collected three 100-yard games. This week he faces a Chargers team that allowed him 10 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in their last meeting. Gonzalez should finish the season strong, and if he can be lured away for the right price he just might prove to be a difference maker in the upcoming fantasy playoffs.
Is it possible Ryan has finally hit the rookie wall? Tough to say. What we do know is that Ryan's next few games will test him: at home against Tampa Bay and at Minnesota. The Buccaneers own one of the league's top-ranked pass defenses, while Minnesota remains one of the unfriendliest environments for opposing quarterbacks. If you are banking on Ryan to guide you through the fantasy playoff season, best to find an alternative.
No NFL team is playing as well as Pittsburgh right now -- not even the Titans or Giants. But the Steelers may have an issue at running back, where