Blogs > N-H Fantasy Sports

News-Herald Assistant Sports Editor Kevin Kleps doesn’t just write headlines and stories. He also checks on his fantasy sports teams. A lot. See if the moves and news from the world of sports affect your fantasy teams.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fantasy football: Kahlil Bell is the (only) waiver-wire pick for Week 16

On Tuesdays during the NFL season, we have had waiver-wire selections in this space that were based on ownership percentages in ESPN standard leagues.

(But you already knew that, being the loyal reader you are. Thank you, and happy holidays.)

Today, we have one pick, for two reasons: 1. It's championship week. If you've made it this far, the only reasons you should be on the waiver wire are if you need a defense or a kicker, or you had a recent injury. 2. There is almost no one left.

We've been mentioning Donald Brown, Demaryius Thomas and others on a weekly basis. We haven't written about Kahlil Bell, however.

The Bears running back received the most work of his two-year career on Sunday, carrying 15 times for 65 yards and catching five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's loss to Seattle.

The defeat followed an overtime loss at Denver in which Marion Barber made a couple of critical mistakes late. Against Seattle, Barber had 11 carries for 33 yards.

Bell might have been more of a part of the offense because of the sting from the Denver defeat, but the blowout contributed, too, since he is a better receiving threat than Barber.

On Christmas night, Bell and the Bears will play at Green Bay. That would seem to signal another blowout defeat, which, again, is good news for Bell's friends and family -- and his limited number of fantasy owners.

If you're in a point-per-reception league and are desperate for a flex play, he is an intriguing option. It's an option I wouldn't trust, but desperate times have called for worse decisions than this.

The Packers rank 12th against the run at 108.4 yards per game, but that's mostly because teams are always throwing against them once they're down (and because Green Bay's pass defense ranks 31st in the league).

Look a little deeper at the numbers and you'll notice the Pack are allowing 4.7 yards per carry, which ranks 27th in the league, and have given up 10 rushing TDs. Factor in Bell's value as a receiver against a bad pass defense, and maybe you will get lucky.

Is Brown a keeper?

Another intriguing backfield option is Indy's Donald Brown, who has scored a touchdown in three of his last four games and rushed for 161 yards on 16 carries last week. Brown has emerged as the Colts' best back -- and a decent keeper option in deeper leagues in which lower draft picks and free-agent pickups can be keeper gold.

If you're planning on starting Brown this week, keep in mind that Indy will face Houston, which has the No. 5 run defense at 96.8 yards per game. The Texans have given up eight rushing TDs, which is tied with the Seahawks for the fifth-fewest in the league.

I wouldn't play Brown unless I was pretty weak at No. 2 running back, but I would have no problem with him as one of my lower-round keepers on a team that we can only assume will have a competent quarterback in 2012.

Labels: , ,


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home