This NFL fantasy season has been rough on many fantasy owners, with Jamaal Charles being lost for the season, and normal studs, such as Chris Johnson and DeAngelo Williams struggling to find their rhythm. As running backs are usually high picks, it would seem that a fantasy season may now be lost with a team's top pick turning out to be a bust.
Luckily for most, their team can remain in the hunt if they pick up a free agent who was likely never taken in their respective draft. Here are four players who are very serviceable and should help minimize any damage done by a bust at running back.
If these players are still available in your league, taking them is a must.
Darren Sproles was never a reliable running back, but he was always incredibly explosive and a huge playmaker.
He is the kind of player that can get hot and have a big fantasy game any given Sunday.
Especially with his skills as a receiver, Sproles has great potential to put up big games with Drew Brees throwing him the football.
He cannot be counted on to carry a fantasy game, but he can certainly fill in and keep one's fantasy playoff run alive.
Anyone who missed this steal of a pickup, especially after seeing Arian Foster inactive due to injury, should pick up Ben Tate immediately.
He's not the playmaker Foster is, but Tate is a great running back and has an excellent passing game to open up holes for him.
In only three games, Tate is averaging around 100 yards per game. Quite a fantasy steal if he slipped past the radar in your league.
Daniel Thomas so far seems to have the makings of a fine running back. In his first two games this season he has rushed for 107 yards and 95 yards respectively, for an average of 101 yards per game.
Reggie Bush's disappointing season thus far should encourage needy fantasy owners to give Thomas a serious look, as he's putting up great numbers every time he touches the football
If Thomas keeps this up, he could potentially fill the void left by the Jamaal Charles injury.
Knowshon Moreno has seen limited action so far due to his injury, but his backup, Willis McGahee is faring very well as his replacement.
In two games since Moreno's injury, he has compiled 153 yards and a touchdown, very solid numbers for a player that potentially was never drafted.
Moreno is expected to return soon, but McGahee will continue to fill the short-term void as Moreno is not expected to be 100% and may struggle, prompting John Fox to use McGahee more.