Fantasy Football Waiver Wire MVP: Running Back
In the second of a five-part series, I’m going to go over the running back who could have been found in your league’s waiver wire that saved desperate fantasy owners this season.
Zac Stacy, RB St. Louis Rams
Stacy has provided RB1 value for fantasy owners ever since taking over the starting job, and he went undrafted in virtually every league. Through 16 weeks, Stacy is 16th among running backs in total fantasy points, ahead of players like Maurice Jones-Drew, Stevan Ridley, Ray Rice, Doug Martin, Steven Jackson, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson and Darren Sproles.
Stacy has finished in the top-25 in fantasy points among running backs in nine of the 11 games he’s started. He’s finished in the top-15 in seven out of 11 games and he’s finished in the top-10 in five of 11. Stacy is averaging 13.4 fantasy points per start this season, which is seventh in the NFL, behind just Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch and Knoshown Moreno.
Had we known what Stacy was going to do this season, he would have likely cost a second, if not a first-round pick on draft day; but instead, he was free for owners to pick up well into the season. If you whiffed on your running backs in your draft (let’s say you drafted Spiller, Jackson and David Wilson — remember him?), you could’ve made up for a lot of lost ground by picking up Stacy.
Stacy isn’t just providing tremendous value this season either. If you play in any sort of keeper league and found yourself picking up Stacy at any point this season, then you’re only beginning to cash in on his value; chances are your rules are going to allow you to keep him at a very inexpensive cost.
Zac Stacy wasn’t just one of the most valuable waiver wire adds in 2013, he was one of the most valuable players in fantasy football, period. If you were fortunate enough to have him carry your team to a fantasy championship, then Christmas most certainly came early.
Honorable Mentions: Rashad Jennings, Danny Woodhead
Billy Moy is a Fantasy Sports writer at RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @william_moy6, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google