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Week 15 fantasy football waiver wire: Patriots won't replace LeGarrette Blount with Montee Ball, but these RBs could replace Thomas Rawls

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Montee Ball signed to New England's practice squad today. He's not worth adding in fantasy football, but these other running backs are worth a waiver claim.

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After losing running back LeGarrett Blount to a hip injury, the Patriots have signed free agent running back Montee Ball to their practice squad, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Ball (5-10, 215 lbs.) was drafted by the Broncos in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Wisconsin after rushing for an NCCA record 83 touchdowns from 2009-12. His college success did not transition to the pros; Ball averaged just 3.1 yards per carry during his final season in Denver and only managed to start three games.

Ball competed with C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, and Juwan Thompson in training camp this summer. He was released by the Broncos after preseason and has been a free agent since then.

During his two years in Denver, Ball rushed 175 times for 731 yards and five scores. He also fumbled four times, losing all four.

Fantasy football implications

If you had LeGarrett Blount, Ball should not be your first fallback option. There's no guarantee that Ball will be activated from the Patriots' practice squad, and even if he was, he won't be featured. In New England, Brandon Bolden figures to see an uptick in carries, but James White may have more upside in PPR leagues. Both Bolden and White have more immediate value than Ball.

As a practice squad player, Ball is not even worth stashing. Even if he activated, there are plenty of other RB options available with much more upside.

Jaguars running back Denard Robinson had a good showing on Sunday and figures to remain Jacksonville's feature bask for as long as T.J. Yeldon is ailing.

Saints running back Tim Hightower was New Orleans' feature back on Sunday, and he figures to remain the team's starting going forward.

In Seattle, DuJuan Harris seems to be the favorite to replace Thomas Rawls as the Seahawks' new starter. Fred Jackson also has some value in PPR leagues.

Bottom line: Ball is not worth adding in fantasy football.