Fantasy football owners were given a rare opportunity to grab a starting-quality running back in the middle of the season when Jonathan Dwyer was given the Week 7 start against the Cincinnati Bengals. Dwyer rewarded owners that started him with a pair of 100-yard rushing games.
He now stands in about the same spot as Rashard Mendenhall, making him a difficult player to keep on a fantasy roster.
There are several potential waiver options for the running back slot, with additional options for those who were using Dwyer in the flex position. Here are four players who are widely available on waiver lists or could be acquired via an affordable trade.
Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
The running back position for the Steelers seems to be snakebitten. They've been sporadic with scoring points and even less predictable on who will carry the load from one week to the next.
Redman is the next man up and will likely get the start on Sunday afternoon.
He is a solid start against a the Giants defense. They gave up just 19 yards on 19 rushing attempts to the Dallas Cowboys last week, but Alfred Morris hit them for 120 rushing yards the prior week.
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants
Brown could be the player that sees the most waiver-wire action in 2012. He's been a popular add and is then released as soon as there is a glimmer of hope with Ahmad Bradshaw.
Brown will continue to steal short-yardage and goal-line carries, though, particularly with Bradshaw being less than 100 percent. Brown is available in two-thirds of the leagues on NFL.com and goes from an adequate flex-play to a starter if Bradshaw isn't able to go come Sunday.
Chase Blackburn is OUT. Keith Rivers is DOUBTFUL. Ahmad Bradshaw, Bear Pascoe and Kenny Phillips are QUESTIONABLE.— Giants 101 (@Giants_101) November 2, 2012
LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Surprisingly, there is a starting running back who is available in over 75 percent of the leagues on NFL.com. Granted, he plays for the injury-depleted offense in Arizona.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
The odds of getting Jennings off the waiver wire are low, but he is available in a third of the leagues. Maurice Jones-Drew is still on the shelf, so Jennings owners will get at least one more week of production.
Darren Sproles, Maurice Jones-Drew, Pierre Garcon, DeMarco Murray, Ben Tate all NOT playing this weekend— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 2, 2012
If Jennings isn't available, this would be a good time to offer up a trade provided you have adequate depth at one of the positions. An owner may not need him this weekend and could value a player that can produce over the remainder of the season.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.