Thomas Rawls, running back, Seattle Seahawks: 19 rush attempts, 25 yards, six receptions, 41 yards, zero touchdowns
To everybody’s surprise, the Seahawks released running back Christine Michael, who totaled 565 yards and seven touchdowns this season. With the emergence of C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls soon returning from a fibula injury, Seattle decided to cut ties with Michael and place their trust in the thunder and lightning duo of Rawls and Prosise. Rawls will likely see the majority of early-down snaps with Prosise assuming the third-down duties. Until Rawls proves he is back to 100 percent, Prosise is the sexier option of the two. Rawls definitely has the potential to see his workload increase significantly over the next few weeks and could overtake Prosise as the clear-cut lead back. With that being said, making a move to buy Rawls could be a real difference-maker throughout the fantasy playoffs.
Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers: 938 passing yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions, 228 rushing yards, one touchdown
I never thought I would find myself saying this, but yes, Colin Kaepernick is once again a relevant fantasy quarterback. After spending the first half of the season as the most talked about backup quarterback ever, besides Tim Tebow, Kaepernick has reclaimed the starting job as quarterback for the ‘Niners and has put up some surprisingly good fantasy numbers. Kaepernick is averaging the seventh-most fantasy points per game among all quarterbacks with at least four games started and is owned in just 16 percent of all Yahoo leagues. If you are lacking at quarterback and need a spark, buy Kaepernick low and you might just find fire.
Michael Thomas, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints: 51 receptions, 613 yards, five touchdowns
Rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas burst onto the scene early in the season, establishing himself as the No. 3 receiver for quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense. Thomas’s numbers have slowed down as of late. The former Ohio State Buckeye has seen his number of receptions decrease in each of the past three games. In an aerial attack features Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman and Coby Fleener, along with running backs catching balls out of the backfield, there are too many mouths to feed. Thomas should not be trusted to produce consistently. Sell Thomas high while his value is high and address your team’s weak spots as you look to make a playoff push.