Fantasy Football Week 14 Running Backs: Who To Pick Up, Drop and Ignore

Patrick Scott PattersonContributor IIDecember 7, 2010

Choice should be a good choice on the waiver wire for the rest of 2010
Choice should be a good choice on the waiver wire for the rest of 2010Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The fantasy football playoffs are upon us, and roster decisions are more important now than any point in the year. 

The first round of the fantasy playoffs starts in one of my leagues this week, but I earned a first round bye thanks in large part to waiver wire pick-ups.  In my other league, there is still a week to go before playoffs start, yet I have already earned the top seed there. 

In both leagues, the other managers took a snooze and let me swoop in and pick up players like Michael Vick

If you need help at running back as the fantasy playoffs begin, here are some players you shouldn't snooze on or should cut loose.  It can make the difference.



Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys

Marion Barber is banged up and seems to be on the decline.  Felix Jones lost a step when he bulked up. 

Enter Tashard Choice.

The underrated running back saw time on Sunday and ran wild with 100 yards on only 16 carries and a touchdown.

Fresh legs are a big thing this time of year, and interim head coach Jason Garrett is letting a lot of guys get more time if they show they can do something with it. 

Choice still hasn't been chosen in 87 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Christopher Ivory, New Orleans Saints

Ivory has ensured his place as the guy in New Orleans.  Other backs that may or may not return to the active roster are no longer a threat to him with the way he's playing right now.

Ivory is still gleaming in 65 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


James Starks, Green Bay Packers

Starks came in and ran up 73 yards on 18 carries against a stout run defense.

In a time of year where weather can ground a team, having a fresh and strong set of legs on a contending team is a good idea.

93 percent of Yahoo! leagues have yet to go stark raving mad over this guy, which gives you the chance to pick him up.


LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Blount is still being passed around in many leagues, despite averaging 4.5 yards a carry and literally leaping over defenders.

On Sunday, Blount ran for 103 yards and a touchdown against a hot Atlanta Falcons team, and he has some nice matchups in the coming weeks.

29 percent of Yahoo! leagues are snoozing on this guy.  To be blunt, get Blount.



Brian Westbrook, San Francisco 49ers

Those who jumped on Westbrook when Frank Gore went down shouldn't panic after a weak performance on Sunday.  The Packers haven't let anyone run as of late.

The 49ers are still a run-heavy team and there are some juicy matchups on the horizon.  Keep him.


Anthony Dixon, San Francisco 49ers

See Brian Westbrook's write-up and enter Dixon's name.



Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Rumors that Thomas is in the Saints doghouse found some credibility on Sunday, with Thomas as a healthy scratch.

With Reggie Bush back and Ivory tearing it up, I don't see much on the horizon for Thomas.


Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys

While the resurgent Cowboys are now running more, Barber is out for at least one more week. 

Add the numbers posted by Tashard Choice and Felix Jones on Sunday and there likely is little left to expect from Barber in 2010.


Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings

Oh.  Look at that.  Adrian Peterson is healthy after all.