2015 Fantasy Football: RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 14

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 waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 14 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

RB - James White, New England Patriots (26 percent)

In Week 11, White scored 16.6 fantasy points and finished as the weekly RB7 as he scored two touchdowns on only four touches -- two carries for 14 yards and two receptions for 32 yards. After last week's dud (six yards on five touches), White had a season-high 12 touches that included 10 catches (on a team-high 13 targets) for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Given the injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, White should have more productive outings down the stretch even if Tom Brady isn't targeting him 13 times per game. Of course, it's difficult to predict touches for New England's backs on week-to-week basis. In addition to the team's injuries, however, drops by their healthy pass-catchers should keep the door open for more consistent usage for White even if doesn't become Dion Lewis, 2.0.

RB - Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (47 percent)

Playing only 14 snaps against the Patriots on Sunday, DeMarco Murray has "adressed frustrations" with owner Jeffrey Lurie about his role within Chip Kelly's offense. In his past two games, Murray has 14 carries for 30 yards and eight carries for 24 yards and no receptions in either game.

When Mathews (concussion) returns, likely this week based on his comments today, it's not out of the question that he leads the backfield in touches. Mathews had scored in four of his previous five games played and he has finished as a top-20 weekly fantasy running back in five of his last seven games.

RB - Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (29 percent)

With the 39th-most fantasy points among running backs in standard-scoring formats, Riddick has the 19th-most in PPR formats. No running back has more receptions than Riddick (55 for 507 yards) and only Danny Woodhead (570) has more receiving yards. Except for Week 1, Riddick has a minimum of three catches in every other game. In addition, he has at least five catches in eight of 12 games this season.

While he's a worthwhile addition in standard leagues, he's a must-add in PPR and half-PPR leagues. No team's backfield has a more favorable fantasy strength of schedule than the Lions in the fantasy postseason (Weeks 14 to 16).

RB - Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (44 percent)

While he only accumulated 55 total yards on his 19 touches against the Cowboys last night, the important thing is the 19 touches. After getting single-digit touches in back-to-back games, that was his second-highest workload since Week 2 (22 touches). Meanwhile, Alfred Morris got only six carries (for 12 yards). While coach Gruden said that Alf's involvement was "just the way the game played out," it's possible that Jones gets a larger share of the workload going forward although there is plenty of risk with either back.

RB - Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans (48 percent)

His fantasy playoffs schedule -- Jets, Patriots and Texans -- is far from favorable, but Andrews continues to get double-digit touches every week. Andrews has a minimum of 10 touches in all 10 of his games played this season. With consistent volume, Andrews has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in four of his past six games. Rookie David Cobb also had 13 carries last week as well, but Andrews was more productive.

RB - Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28 percent)

Far from spectacular, Sims has at least been very consistent with a top-50 weekly finish in all 12 of his games this season and he has finished as a top-30 back in six of his past 10 games. Averaging roughly 10 touches per game, Sims has scored the 29th-most fantasy points this season. Both Sims and Doug Martin have a top-five schedule down the stretch with matchups against the Saints, Rams and Bears through Week 16.

RB - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (seven percent)

Targeted 13 times on Sunday, Powell finished with eight catches for 91 yards and a score plus six carries for 17 yards. In his past three games, he has nearly as many receptions (15) as carries (16) and he's racked up 232 YFS on his 31 touches over that span. Powell's numbers will typically be better in games where the Jets are playing from behind, like on Sunday, and they are favored by more than a touchdown against the Titans in Week 14.

RB - Chris Polk, Houston Texans (three percent)

Polk rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown, but it was the first time since Week 4 that he reached four fantasy points in a game. Even though Alfred Blue had only four carries for 14 yards this week, he had 73 touches in his previous four games combined. Polk is worth a look in deep leagues, but I'd much rather have Blue over Polk going forward.

RB - Dan Herron, Indianapolis Colts (11 percent)

In his first game back with the Colts, Herron gained just 24 yards on five touches -- two carries and three receptions. As the backup to Frank Gore, recently described as being "beat to crap" by coach Chuck Pagano, Herron could be in line for significant workloads if something were to happen to Gore. Either way, he should approach eight or so touches per game down the stretch even if Gore remains healthy.

RB - Robert Turbin, Dallas Cowboys (seven percent)

One of the players that has been a pleasant surprise for Dallas (minus two lost fumbles last night) has been Darren McFadden, who has amassed 166 touches in his past seven games. Given his durability track record and massive workload, it's far to question McFadden's ability to hold up down the stretch. If he can't, Turbin would likely be in line for huge workloads behind the Cowboys' talented offensive line.

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