Even though they don't dominate the top of fantasy football drafts anymore, running backs are still an essential piece to a championship team. The fact there are so few of them that can be counted on for consistent weekly production makes even short-term options valuable.
As usual, the results from Week 1 have sent owners to the waiver wire in search of an upgrade at the position. Let's take a look at three running backs that would be nice additions to any team heading into the second week of action.
Can Morris be trusted as a fantasy starter?
Evan Royster and Roy Helu were viewed as the most likely candidates to win the Washington Redskins' starting running back job, but Morris emerged from the scrum with the spot. He proceeded to gain 96 yards and score two touchdowns in Week 1.
More importantly, he received 28 carries compared to just four combined for Royster and Helu, a clear sign he's being utilized as the top back. Since there are so few solo lead-rushers now a days, Morris will be almost universally owned by the weekend.
Robert Griffin III was impressive in his debut under center for the Redskins, giving the team's offense another boost. After several seasons of being widely avoided for fantasy purposes, Washington has players worth owning again, including Morris.
With Rashard Mendenhall working his way back from injury and Isaac Redman failing to make an impact in Week 1, Dwyer has a chance to shine for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He rushed for 43 yards on just nine carries and caught two passes against the Denver Broncos.
That should earn him extended playing time in Week 2. The Steelers will be facing a New York Jets run defense that was regularly gashed by C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills, giving Dwyer a chance to put up some big numbers.
The backfield will be crowded once Mendenhall returns, so it's no guarantee Dwyer will become a key piece of fantasy lineups for the rest of the season. That being said, he should be a solid flex option for at least a couple weeks.
If owners are looking for a running back who should have some value over the long haul, Moreno is a sneaky option. He scored the Broncos' only rushing touchdown against the Steelers in what looks like a balanced attack with Peyton Manning at the helm.
The Broncos had the most success when running a no-huddle offense. It's an approach that Moreno fits better than veteran Willis McGahee, since the fourth-year runner is more capable of making plays in the passing game, which should lead to more playing time.
Moreno isn't somebody who should be viewed as a full-time starter right now, but his value should steadily increase throughout the season. And by the time he's a fantasy starter, he won't be available on the waiver wire anymore. Now is the time to take a flier on Moreno.