Mid-season pickups are extremely important to the success of a team.
Adding the right player at the right time can make all the difference one week, but choosing a dud can easily put a goose egg on the scoreboard.
The following players are going to produce results as they are the top running back options on the waiver wire for Week 10.
Roy Helu, Washington Redskins
Helu had 10 carries for 41 yards and 14 receptions for 105 yards in last week’s game against the 49ers.
Ryan Torain has received fewer carries as the season has progressed, and only had one in last week’s game.
You never know what Mike Shanahan is going to do with his running backs, and Tashard Choice is also in Washington. But as of now, it looks like Helu is the man.
Helu is a factor in both the running and passing game.
His versatility should be emphasized in Week 10, since he is facing the Miami Dolphins who have a good run defense and a weak pass defense.
Ben Tate, Houston Texans
Tate has two 100-yard rushing games in the past three weeks.
He has accomplished this feat as backup to Arian Foster in Houston.
It’s difficult to predict whether or not Tate will be able to maintain this success as a backup, but if he’s able to reach double digits in carries then he is in for a solid day.
The Texans are going up against the Buccaneers who just lost one of their best defensive linemen, Gerald McCoy, from their 26th-ranked run defense.
Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints
Chris Ivory returned from an injury last week and immediately made an impact with 15 carries for 67 yards.
Mark Ingram was out last week with a heel injury.
As long as Ingram is out, Ivory should be a significant part of the New Orleans attack.
Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Donald Brown had double-digit carries in the past two weeks.
Last week he gained 70 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Joseph Addai is dinged up again, as he is every year. As long as he is out this week, Brown should lead the team in carries.
Maurice Morris, Detroit Lions
Morris managed 58 rushing yards and a touchdown last week.
Jahvid Best is still out with a concussion.
Morris should get the majority of the carries for Detroit, but he may have to share some carries with Keiland Williams.
The Lions are playing the Bears this week. It is a tough matchup, but the starting running back on a good offense deserves a look.