The last several weeks have had us talking about many a wide receiver. This week we turn our attention to the running back position and give it some serious love! Injuries continue to play a key role in shaping the weekly waiver wire list, and this week is no different. We’ve got a guy that will step in and be the starter having an immediate fantasy impact, and we’ve got several guys that have established themselves as the main backup to the starter.
Something for everyone this week!
RB Felix Jones, Dallas
Multiple sources are reporting that DeMarco Murray will miss some time for the Cowboys, which vaults Jones into the starting running back role. Jones put up more than 100 yards of total offense against the Baltimore Ravens, which also included a touchdown. Dallas is a team that does not change its game plan based on their personnel, so Jones will have an opportunity to carry the ball 20-plus times. We have mentioned in previous weeks that it is rare to find a starting running back on the waiver wire that will immediately produce. This is one of those times. Our friends at fleaflicker.com have him as one of their top five selections, look for that to rise quickly this week as he should be the top consideration for many leagues.
RB Montario Hardesty, Cleveland
Filling in for the injured Trent Richardson, it was Hardesty that got the call on first and second down for the Browns, performing well enough to tally 50-plus yards on the ground while finding the end zone. Chris Ogbonnaya was the third down specialist, as is usually the case even with a healthy Richardson. Early reports are that Richardson is not seriously hurt, but fantasy owners take note that Hardesty is the player to own should he miss any time.
WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland
Two weeks worth of impressive yardage totals cannot be ignored any longer. A rookie quarterback and a fantasy address just off one of the Great Lakes are two strikes against him, but back-to-back impressive performances land Gordon on this week’s pickup list. Three catches for 99 yards and a touchdown last week, and two touchdown catches for 82 yards the week prior are enough to get the attention of many a fantasy owner. I’m not sure that he is worth a starting spot, but he is certainly worth owning in all formats.
RB Daryl Richardson, St. Louis
There is nothing physically wrong with Steven Jackson; the Rams are simply giving the ball to Richardson with more regularity. His carries are on the rise, up to 11 this week (where he racked up an impressive 76 yards), and he even threw in a couple catches out of the backfield. The Rams worked him in with Jackson on a near 50/50 basis against the Miami Dolphins. Those starved at the running back position can at least count on Richardson getting 10-plus touches per game, perhaps much more than that if he gets hot.