Fortunately, the Lions had recently waived Justin Forsett, so the Broncos claimed him to re-unite him with Kubiak.
In 2014, the only season he spent with Kubiak (and one Ravens fans remember well), Forsett ran for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns. Forsett averaged 5.39 yards per carry throughout that entire season–his first as a Pro Bowler.
Will Forsett be a factor in Denver’s offense with only four games to go? Absolutely. While he won’t start, and Emmanuel Sanders is the first option in that offense, Forsett has had a lot of (recent) success in a Kubiak offense, and Kubiak has always had success coordinating the Denver running game.
From 1995-2005, Kubiak was Denver’s offensive coordinator. In those 11 seasons, his offense finished ranked in the Top 5 eight times. Their rushing offense was ranked in the Top 5 nine times in that span, and never finished worse than 12th.
The workload Forsett will get is of course unknown right now, but as Rotoworld notes, current Broncos starter Devonte Booker has averaged 2.8 yards per carry in his last five games. Denver, as we’ve seen, in an equal opportunity running back employer.
Forsett should be readily available on your waiver wire, just in time for the playoffs.
As you head into the playoffs, the odds are you have a pretty solid team from top to bottom. Maybe you’re looking for some insurance, maybe you’re looking for a spark. Maybe you had Rob Gronkowski or Jordan Reed as your starter and now you need a replacement altogether.
Thanks to Chris Towers of CBS Sports, here are some strong options at tight end:
Last week: 79 yards, one touchdown, 13.9 points
Available in 25 percent of leagues
Home versus Washington in Week 14 (12th vs. TE, 8.15 points/week)
Last week: 90 yards, two touchdowns, 21 points
Available in 63 percent of leagues
At New England in Week 14 (18th vs. TE, 7.08 points/week)
Last week: 110 yards, one touchdown, 17 points
Available in 80 percent of leagues
At Buffalo in Week 14 (23rd vs. TE, 6.79 points/week)
SB Nation’s Neal Chuenprateep gives us a good look at some wide receivers that could help you get that sought-after playoff victory (whether it be this week or next). I think the two best suggestions he makes is to pick up New England’s Malcolm Mitchell and Cincinnati’s Brandon LaFell.
Mitchell scored twice two weeks ago and caught eight passes for 84 yards against the Rams this past Sunday. This week he will face the Ravens excellent defense, but as we all know, New England is known for making adjustments to get around their opponents’ strength.
Three big factors in favor of Mitchell: Tom Brady is his quarterback, Rob Gronkowski’s absence is creating more targets for him, and he’s available in 84 percent of leagues. Mitchell should be set to gain a solid 10-12 points this week (mid-teens in a PPR league).
As far as LaFell’s value goes, it’s fairly strong. First of all, the Bengals are at Cleveland in Week 14, so that alone should cause you to play any Bengal you have. Secondly, LaFell is coming off his 2nd-best game of the year, in which he gained 95 yards and scored one touchdown receiving. He too, like Mitchell, is available in 84 percent of leagues.
Especially considering how A.J. Green‘s status still uncertain, now is a good time to make a claim for LaFell.
QB: Andy Dalton (1,469, 14th overall)
WR: Malcolm Mitchell (5,768, 3rd overall)
RB: Justin Forsett (3,947, 5th overall)
TE: Ladarius Green (10,530, 1st overall)
K: Matt Prater (1,998, 11th overall)
D/ST: Cincinnati (7,234, 2nd overall)