Entering the 2011 season, fantasy football owners expected injuries and slow starts coming off of an offseason lockout, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be this extreme. Every other week, it seems like a top back succumbs to an injury or a former back up emerges with a strong performance.
More than ever before, depth—especially at RB—has become a necessity as it could be your No. 1 RB that goes down next. Here’s a look at a dozen RBs who are an injury or starting opportunity away from being seriously fantasy relevant.
For owners in deep leagues (14-plus teams), these players should be owned, especially if you have an RB currently ahead of one of these players on their depth chart. In shallower leagues (10 or 12), keep tabs on these guys…it might not hurt to even stash one of two away.