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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: 3 Running Backs to Target for Playoff Run

Bill PivetzCorrespondent IIISeptember 29, 2016

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: 3 Running Backs to Target for Playoff Run

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    It’s already Week 10 in the NFL season, which means the fantasy football regular season is almost over.

    Hopefully, you have done well and are looking into the future to win your league’s championship.

    Throughout the season, teams have been decimated by the injuries to running backs. Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren Sproles are some of the big-name running backs who are currently dealing with injuries.

    If you own one of these players, you are most likely scrolling through the waiver wire for a decent replacement for the rest of the season.

    There are some good options such as Marcel Reece and Joique Bell who are good for a one-week start, but not for a long-term roster spot.

    I have listed three running backs who you should grab off the waiver wire to help long-term for your run at a championship.

Jacquizz Rodgers

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    The Atlanta Falcons backup running back Jacquizz Rodgers is seeing more and more touches every week.

    In the last two games, Rodgers rushed the ball 11 times for 60 yards and caught nine passes for 73 yards.

    Things will only get better as the Falcons have some good matchups remaining. They will play the Saints twice and the Arizona Cardinals.

    The fantasy playoff schedule usually begins in Week 14 and the Falcons have a great matchup. Rodgers and the Falcons go up against the Carolina Panthers and things only get better with a Week 15 game against the Giants.

    Although he hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 3, Rodgers is a good pass-catcher who can break out in the open field. He is a viable backup if the aging Michael Turner is injured for any length of time.

    Rodgers is only owned in 5.3 percent of leagues, so he is worth a stash on your roster.

Daryl Richardson

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    The St. Louis Rams backfield is becoming a time-share week after week.

    Steven Jackson is in his ninth season with the Rams and his production has gone down over the past couple of seasons.

    Jackson averaged 94.4 yards per game in 2009. He now averages only 50.4 yards per game this season.

    Rookie Daryl Richardson is slowly taking away carries from Jackson. Richardson already has 335 rushing yards on only 62 carries, while Jackson has 403 yards on 108 carries.

    The Rams remaining schedule isn’t too kind as they play the San Francisco 49ers twice in four weeks. However, they play the Jets and Cardinals in between.

    The Rams fantasy playoff schedule is more favorable as they play the Bills and Vikings in Week 14 and 15, respectively.

    Richardson is owned in 18.6 percent of leagues and is a flex start at the most, but could be an RB2 heading into the playoffs.

Beanie Wells

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    It’s been a while since anyone mentioned Beanie Wells, but now is a great time to start.

    Wells has been injured since the second half of the Cardinals’ Week 3 game against the Eagles.

    According to SB Nation, Beanie Wells returned to practice on Wednesday and is set to make a Week 12 return against the Rams.

    After the Rams, the Cardinals play the Jets, who are allowing 141.4 rushing yards per game.

    Wells plans on being the feature back upon his return and that is a perfect reason to pick him up. The Cardinals running game has been lackluster since Wells’ injury.

    The Cardinals do have a tough schedule during the fantasy playoffs as they play the Seahawks, Lions and Bears.

    However, the options for running backs on the waiver wire are very thin. Wells is currently owned in 49.4 percent of leagues, so he may be a tough one to grab. But if he is available, I would claim him as soon as possible.

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