The fantasy football season is getting intense. With just a few weeks remaining until the playoffs start, you have to find the right players to put your team over the top heading into the most crucial stretch of the year.
Running backs are always in demand and this has been a season unlike any other. A number of top backs have had disappointing seasons (looking at you, Chris Johnson) and the waiver wire has been the saving grace.
Now, 10 weeks into the season, there are still plenty of viable options available to you. But who are the best of the waiver wire running backs?
Roy Helu, Washington Redskins
One of the benefits about playing for a team that has no talent at wide receiver and a quarterback who is afraid to take chances down the field is that it means the running back is going to get a lot more chances to touch the ball.
For instance, Roy Helu had 14 receptions last week for the Redskins. It was the most in team history, and a sign that he is going to be a big part of what this offense does the rest of the season.
Helu probably won’t get more than 15 carries in a game because the Redskins are going to be behind a lot, so they will have to throw the ball. But as long as he touching the ball 20-25 times then he should be a good fantasy producer over the final eight weeks.
Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints offense needs a running game to be effective. Drew Brees is great, but as we saw against the Rams two weeks ago if they can’t run the ball, it will be difficult for them to win consistently.
With Mark Ingram battling injuries, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles being better in limited roles, Chris Ivory is probably the best pure running back on the roster.
The Saints gave Ivory 15 carries last week against the Buccaneers and he responded with 67 yards. Don’t be surprised to see him get around 15-18 carries each week and produce around 70 to 85 yards each week. He is a solid option if you are looking for a No. 3/Flex running back.
Maurice Morris, Detroit Lions
The Lions running game has been disappointing all season, and Jahvid Best’s concussion problems have only compounded the problem.
Maurice Morris only has 31 carries this season, but has made the most of them with 128 yards. He got his first rushing touchdown two weeks ago against the Broncos, which could be the start of big things to come for him.
Best does not appear to be coming back anytime soon, and the Lions have to find someone capable of at least running the ball with some efficiency.
Morris has proven to be the best of the available options for this team and should be available in most standard leagues right now.