There’s only three weeks left in the fantasy football regular season. Chances are, you have a few starters sprinkled across your roster who you picked up from the waiver wire – so let’s keep up the good work! Running back help is in higher demand this year with so many starters suffering season-ending injuries, so don’t be shy about spending a chunk of your free agent acquisition budget on some of the players we list below, especially with so few weeks left in the season. You won’t be able to find a weekly workhorse on the waiver wire this late in the season, but this week’s update features a great deal of running back help – either handcuffs or spot starters – to help you secure that playoff spot or hold in case your team suffers an unexpected injury to a workhorse back:
C.J. Prosise, Sea RB
Proceed with caution. Thomas Rawls is on track to return this week and Christine Michael will likely still see some work turning the Seahawks backfield into a 3-headed monster. Prosise may not be the next Marshawn Lynch, but he caught the ball extremely well and ran well against a very good Patriots team on a Sunday night. It is safe to say he’s earned some trust and carved out a role in the backfield. With both Rawls and Michael working themselves back from injuries, Prosise figures to be a solid spot start against the Eagles and may retain change of pace duties if Rawls starts running like he did last year.
Kenneth Dixon, Bal RB
Terrance West is not a lead running back and never will be. There is a reason players like West and Christine Michael have bounced around the NFL for years before finding moderate success this year. Dixon is built in the exact mold the Ravens love – low to the ground and catches the ball well (think Ray Rice and Justin Forsett).
James Starks, GB RB
James Starks has quietly been the best back up running back in the NFL for years. I’d be looking to Starks as my number one priority pick up if he is available in your league. He’s proven he can carry the load before and he will do it again. Starks was the only Packer who played well despite getting blown out by the Titans. Look for the Pack and Starks to bounce back strong this week.
Tyreek Hill, KC RB
Maclin has sat out the last two games with a groin injury and has opened the door for KC receivers to step up. Tyreek Hill brought in 10 receptions for 89 yards playing from behind on the road against the Panthers. If Maclin sits against the Bucs, look for Hill to pick up where he left off.
Cameron Meredith, Chi WR
Alshon Jeffrey was the last highly drafted player on my team, so it figures he would violate the NFL drug policy to get a month off from playing for the Bears. We’ve mentioned Cameron Meredith in the past, and although Cutler didn’t show much love to Meredith or Eddie Royal last week, there’s hope that Meredith earned some trust by hauling in a 50 yard Hail Mary.
Pierre Garcon, Was WR
Garcon has been a sneaky good play in PPR leagues all year. He finished four of the last five games with at least five receptions and is a decent flex play for teams in deeper leagues. The Redskins have plus matchups against the Packers’ and Cowboys’ horrendous secondaries.
Christine Michael, Sea RB
It was never going to work out, but it was a half decent run while it lasted. Completely dropping Michael feels premature, but we wouldn’t blame you if you churned the spot.
Matt Jones, Was RB
Jones wasn’t even active the last game. From starter to a healthy scratch in 3 weeks is a long way to fall. Jones will probably be given another opportunity, but it feels too late at this point in the fantasy season.