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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickup: Jackie Battle

By Ernie Padaon

all he does, is score touchdowns… John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

In the fantasy football world, Tuesday is waiver wire claims day. People get to the office and check the week’s hot players that are available and put their waiver claim on him. One San Diego Chargers player that may worth a reach is RB Jackie Battle. He is available in 91% of leagues.

Battle earned the start at running back against the Kansas City Chiefs and scored two touchdowns in the contest. He was a foot short of scoring 3 touchdowns in the game. He may not be holding onto that starter status for long, but he has earned the trust from the coaching staff for his skills in goal line situations.

Battle is looking more and more like the new Mike Tolbert (with less fumbles). He could see all the work in the red zone. He may not gain you more than 40 yards in a game, but he could give you a couple of scores. He also has been a threat in the passing game, catching passes and will serve as the team’s number 2 back. If Ryan Mathews were to go down with an injury again, Battle’s reps would increase again.

It won’t be easy to put Battle in the lineup, but he would be a filler for BYE weeks. You could stash him on your bench and see if he takes full hold of that goal line back role.