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Best available RBs on Week 14 waiver wire

Heading into the fantasy football playoffs, we highlight a handful of backs who could be valuable pickups.

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert runs with the ball while being pursued by Baltimore Ravens linebacker L.J. Fort in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium.  Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re reading this, congratulations, you made it to the fantasy football playoffs! Because really that’s the only reason you’d be reading a waiver wire article heading into Week 14, which is generally the first week of the fantasy football postseason. Most teams which make it this far in fantasy football are here because of workhorse RBs, but in some cases you may need to shore up your bench for the championship run. Let’s take a look at some RBs who may be of some assistance.

Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers (16.8 percent on ESPN)

The Steelers may get James Conner back next week, but I’m not so sure he’ll be used in the workhorse role we’re used to seeing. If Pittsburgh eases Conner back, Snell should still see carries and has proven himself deserving. He had 16 carries for 63 yards and a TD in Week 13 vs. the Cleveland Browns, and has 37 carries over the past two weeks combined. Snell won’t see many targets in the passing game, but the Steelers’ passing game doesn’t have much going for it anyway. Ground and pound is Pittsburgh’s brand and if Conner remains hampered by injury, Snell will stand to benefit.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (14.1 percent)

In the premier matchup of Week 13, the 49ers went into Baltimore and were unable to get past the Ravens. Really one of the big reasons they were in the game to begin with was the play of Mostert. Coach Kyle Shanahan opted to ride the hot hand, with Mostert outplaying Tevin Coleman early. Once viewed as the backup, Mostert ran for 146 yards on 19 carries with one TD, also adding two receptions for eight yards. He now has a TD in back-to-back games and is averaging 7.6 yards per carry over that span. The Niners get the New Orleans Saints in Week 14, but in Week 15 take on the Atlanta Falcons, which wouldn’t be a bad spot to stream Mostert in.

Patrick Laird, Miami Dolphins (1.3 percent)

Laird might be my favorite add at RB of the entire bunch. For one, he’s more likely to be available in ESPN leagues than the other two backs mentioned. In PPR, Laird is basically operating as a slot receiver, though he did receive 10 carries in Week 13’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles. With Kalen Ballage looking like he’ll miss time, the Dolphins may not have a choice but to give Laird double-digit carries. Even if they don’t, Laid will be targeted in the passing game. He has 12 receptions for 109 yards over his past four games. Oh and I almost forgot, the Dolphins schedule the next two weeks? The New York Jets and then the New York Giants. Laird could feast.

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (17.7 percent)

So at this point we’re unsure how serious Dalvin Cook’s shoulder injury is. But with Week 14 being the playoffs, if you don’t have Mattison and you own Cook, you need to handcuff him immediately. Cook was probably a big reason why you’re in the playoffs to begin with. If Cook were to miss any time, Mattison would likely assume the workhorse role and be in line for big usage. Mattison finished with four carries for 22 yards in a loss to the Seahawks on Monday Night Football, but that was with Cook playing for most of the game. Mattison was very active in the passing game vs. Seattle, catching four passes for 51 yards.