1. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dwyer has gotten the nod for the remainder of the season as the Steelers' No. 1 running back.
While Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return in Week 14, Pittsburgh will likely be hesitant to put too large of a load on his shoulders. This means that Dwyer should be the focal point of the offense.
Anytime you can get a legitimate starting running back this late in the season, you need to jump at the opportunity. Grab Dwyer now and don't think twice about plugging him into your starting lineup.
2. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno has received 24 total touches in each of his last two games, and while he hasn't put up huge points, those types of touches are golden for a running back.
All it takes is one or two long runs for Moreno to change a 10-point game into a 20-point game. With the Oakland Raiders on the schedule this week, Moreno should have his best game since Willis McGahee was injured three weeks ago.
Look for him to get another 20-plus touches and have another solid week in fantasy football.
3. Alex Green, Green Bay Packers
With news breaking late on Tuesday night from Jason Wilde over at ESPNMilwaukee.com about James Starks potentially missing the rest of the season with a knee injury, Green will once again be the No. 1 running back for the Packers.
UPDATE: Green's fantasy value may have taken a hit Wednesday morning, as the Packers reportedly agreed to a deal with former Packer Ryan Grant in the wake of Starks' injury.
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While that has never been a good thing because of how much Green Bay throws the ball, last week was the first time the Packers seemed committed to running the ball. Starks and Green combined for 124 rushing yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
As long as Green Bay continues to put some emphasis on the run, Green could end up being quite the start at the flex position this week.
4. Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars
No running back in Jacksonville can stay healthy, which means that Owens will only be worth keeping on your roster for a week.
With both Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings injured, Owens will get the majority of the touches for the Jaguars on Sunday. Without much production to work with, Owens is truly a wild-card play his week.
However, anytime you can have a No. 1 running back in your lineup, he has the potential of putting up a solid amount of points for your team.
5. Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Despite only receiving nine carries in Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions, Ballard still managed to gain 41 rushing yards and a touchdown. While Ballard should continue to receive the most carries for the Colts, the big problem is that Indianapolis loves to throw the ball so often.
The only position to plug Ballard in this week is at the flex position. The possibility of another game with less than 10 carries is just too risky to start Ballard at running back.