The playoffs are nearly here for most fantasy football leagues, and a new running back may be the difference between bragging rights and embarrassment for the rest of the year.
With a Week 11 full of injuries, a few players are now hot commodities on the waiver wire. Some may just be useful to add depth, while others may develop into legitimate starters.
Either way, fantasy owners need to make bold moves at this time of year to be successful.
Here are the running backs that should be targeted this week.
Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are in danger of losing their seventh game in a row on Monday night and may be without LeSean McCoy. The Philadelphia starter suffered a concussion this past week against the Washington Redskins, as noted by the Associated Press (via ESPN).
This opens the door for Brown, who has all the tools to be an extremely effective back. He is an excellent athlete with great size at 6’0” and 223 pounds, and has been productive when he has been given a rare opportunity this season.
He has a 4.4 yards per carry average on his 10 attempts, and the Eagles will be desperate to get the ball into the hands of anyone who is capable of making a play.
Brown will get plenty of opportunities with McCoy out, and he would be an excellent addition to any fantasy owners’ running back corps.
James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Starks has frustrated fantasy owners in the past by never equaling the form he was in during the 2010 playoffs.
During the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl run, he looked like a future star, but there have been few signs of that since.
The team's 2012 season is starting to become eerily reminiscent of its 2010 campaign, though. Early struggles have been followed by a late run despite several key injuries. A late-season surge would certainly be following this trend.
With that being said, the real motivation to add Starks is the 25 carries he received this past week and the 17 touches he had in his previous game. He has the potential to be productive once again down the stretch.
Jalen Parmele, Jacksonville Jaguars
Parmele has likely earned himself a start next week against the Tennessee Titans after rushing for 80 yards on 24 carries.
These are not eye-popping numbers, but they are certainly better than the production Jacksonville had received from Rashad Jennings.
While counting on the Jaguars offense is not a position fantasy owners should want to be in, Parmele is worth adding at this point. If he continues to receive 20 or more carries, he has fantasy value.
Parmele would make a great addition on the bench, and may even be worth a flex play for those who are desperate this week.