Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.
For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.
With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 10 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]
1. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (33 percent)
When the Jags initially signed Ivory, most expected the team to utilize a run-heavy game plan -- or at least more run-pass balanced than last season -- and for Ivory to get the larger share of the workload split with T.J. Yeldon. Instead, the Jaguars have been the most pass-heavy team (67.83 percent of plays) through Week 9.
Of course, the team has vastly underperformed expectations, largely due to regression from third-year quarterback Blake Bortles, which has led to the team mostly playing from behind this season. So, even if the plan was to run the ball more frequently, plans change when you get punched in the face to paraphrase boxing great Mike Tyson.
While Jacksonville lost to Kansas City this past weekend, Ivory had his best game, by far, as a Jaguar. Although it could have been even better without a lost fumble into the end zone, Ivory carried the ball 18 times for 107 yards and finished the week as fantasy's RB16.
From Week 3 to 8, it was a nearly identical split in workload between Ivory (46) and Yeldon (47). In his first game with Nathaniel Hackett as the team's offensive coordinator, Ivory had 19 touches to Yeldon's 12.
The Jaguars are early 1.5-point home underdogs this week to the Texans, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. The Texans offense has really struggled with efficiency this season -- only the Vikings average fewer yards per offensive play -- so I'd expect this to be another run-heavy game for the Jags.
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2. Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins (30 percent)
Prior to the bye, Kelley drew the start with Matt Jones inactive and racked up 21 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown. With Jones set to return this week, it's Kelley that will once again get the "bulk of carries."
The matchup this week isn't great as the Vikings have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to the position. Not only have they limited running backs to 4.07 yards per carry this season, only the Lions (one) have allowed fewer rushing touchdowns to the position than the Vikings (two).
After this week, the Redskins face the Packers, Cowboys and Cardinals, all three of whom rank among the sixth stingiest fantasy defenses to opposing running backs.
3. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots (33 percent)
Set to return after beginning the season on the PUP list, Lewis was highly productive prior to his injury last season. In only seven games last season, Lewis had 234 rushing yards, 388 receiving yards on 36 receptions and four total touchdowns. With Lewis out, James White has been productive. Over his past 15 games going back to last season, White has 61/610/7 receiving and 40/143/2 rushing.
Given Bill Belichick's unpredicatability when it comes to running backs, it'd be too risky to start either White or Lewis in Week 10 against the Seahawks. Depending on how the playing time and workload is allocated, however, all of the Patriots running backs get a dream matchup in Week 11 against the 49ers, who have allowed seven consecutive 100-yard rushers.
4. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (12 percent)
Coming out of their Week 8 bye, the plan was to get Dixon more involved in the offense. And they did. The problem is that Dixon wasn't any more efficient than he was in limited work before the bye. In Sunday's win, Dixon carried the ball nine times for 13 yards and had two receptions but for no yards.
In four games, Dixon has a total of 23 rushing yards on 15 carries (1.533 YPC). If there's a positive (aside from his bump in volume), Terrance West hasn't been efficient in his past two games either. West has 8/10 and 15/21 rushing in his past two games, respectively.
The Ravens are double-digit favorites in a fantastic matchup against the Browns, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. In addition, only the Cardinals and Patriots are projected to score more points this week as well based on implied totals from Vegas odds.
Will either (or both) back(s) be able to exploit it?
5. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( percent)
Perhaps Barber will get another start in Week 10 after drawing the start on Thursday Night Football against the Falcons last week. In that start, Barber had 11 carries for 31 yards and added four catches on five targets for 24 yards.
Not only was Antone Smith placed on IR, but Jacquizz Rodgers appears to be a "long shot" to return in Week 10 against the Bears, who have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. In addition, Doug Martin sat out Monday's practice and hasn't practiced since Week 2.
Even though the matchup isn't great, Barber could get 15-plus touches again this week considering the team's health at the position.
6. James Starks, Green Bay Packers (19 percent)
With Eddie Lacy placed on IR and Starks sidelined since having knee surgery several weeks back, the Packers have lacked a running game with either Aaron Rodgers or Ty Montgomery leading the team in rushing in each of the past three weeks. There is a good chance that Starks returns to the field this week.
Given the effectiveness of Montgomery, who has averaged 5.67 yards per carry on his 21 carries, however, it's unclear what type of volume Starks may see in his first game back from injury. At some point though, Starks should get the largest share of the running back workload.
7. Kapri Bibbs, Denver Broncos (seven percent)
Devontae Booker dominated running back touches on Sunday Night Football against the Raiders, but he was unproductive for a second consecutive game. Booker had 10 carries for 22 yards (2.2 YPC) and one catch for eight yards in Week 9 after rushing 19 times for 54 yards (2.84 YPC) and a touchdown with five catches for 30 yards in Week 8.
Meanwhile, Kapri Bibbs played only nine snaps (to Booker's 46) on SNF)and had just three touches -- two carries for 11 yards and a 69-yard touchdown reception. His role is expected to increase going forward, though.
8. DuJuan Harris, San Francisco 49ers (33 percent)
Starting in place of injured Carlos Hyde (shoulder), Harris had a massive 142 yards from scrimmage -- 59 rushing and 83 receiving -- and a touchdown. Even though he lost a fumble, Harris finished the week as fantasy's RB7 (RB4 in PPR). While Hyde is expected to return this week, I'd expect Harris to continue to be the team's back with the most usage and production other than Hyde.
9. C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks (17 percent)
One week after racking up more than 100 yards from scrimmage, the rookie out of Notre Dame had just 15 yards on four touches. Neither Prosise nor Christine Michael was very productive on Monday Night Football, but it's interesting that Prosise (26-of-47, 55%) out-snapped Michael (18-of-47, 38%). Even when Thomas Rawls returns, Prosise should maintain a significant role within the offense.
10. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (33 percent)
With Jones out, Thompson remained in his change-of-pace role as Kelley drew the start. While it was a disappointing performance -- only 41 yards on 12 touches -- for Thompson, he now has 12-plus touches in three consecutive games. On the season, Thompson is a top-35 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats and top-30 in PPR and has already had his bye.
11. Paul Perkins, New York Giants (six percent)
The good news is that Perkins set career highs in touches (14) after never getting more than five in a game before that. Both Perkins and Rashad Jennings split the workload evenly -- 11 carries and three catches each, but never running back was all that efficient. Perkins had 47 yards from scrimmage; Jennings had 39 YFS.
12. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (38 percent)
Rawls won't play in Week 10 against the Patriots, but the team is "shooting for a return" against the Eagles in Week 11. And once he returns, it's unclear how the workload will be allocated.
If Christine Michael continues to struggle in Week 10, however, it's possible that Rawls gets the majority of early-down touches sooner than later. Over his past five games, Michael has 67 carries for 215 yards -- 3.21 YPC -- and 12 catches for 56 yards -- 4.67 Y/R.
13. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (48 percent)
With roughly a 75-25 split in touches in favor of Matt Forte, Powell's value in standard-scoring formats would rely on an injury to Forte. That said, Powell has some RB2/flex value in PPR formats as he has finished as a top-26 weekly PPR running back in five of his past seven games. During that seven-game span, Powell has four games of a season-high 10 touches, but a total of 26 receptions over that span.
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