2015 Fantasy Football: RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 16

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.

With most leagues hosting their championship in Week 16, the players on this list really comes down to those that can help you the most this week.

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 16 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

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

RB - Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (nine percent)

With Marshawn Lynch still out and Thomas Rawls out for the season, it was Michael, who re-signed with the team this past week, that led Seattle's rushing attack. Michael 2.0, if you will, carried the ball 16 times for 84 yards (5.3 yards per carry). With three teams (Seattle to Dallas to Washington and back to Seattle), Michael had just 12 carries before this week.

Getting nearly double the carries of Bryce Brown (nine), Michael should once again lead the team's backfield in touches in Week 16. And since Week 9, it's been easier to run on the Rams. St. Louis allowed 3.73 YPC from Weeks 1 to 8 (sixth-fewest in NFL), but they have allowed 4.51 YPC from Weeks 9 to 15 (seventh-most).

RB - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (21 percent)

Scoring in three consecutive games, Powell has scored a minimum of 13.9 fantasy points (standard scoring) in each of those games with an average of 14.97 per contest. With 20 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 25 targets over that three-game stretch, Powell has been even better (21.63/G, same span) in PPR formats.

As it currently stands, Powell has been the RB3, RB7 and RB6 (with one game to go tonight) in PPR formats over the past three weeks, respectively. It's unreasonable to expect another week of top-seven fantasy production, but Powell is at least worth a start in PPR formats in Week 16 against the Patriots.

RB - Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (31 percent)

After sitting out two games, Williams carried the ball four times for 41 yards on Sunday. In nine games this season, Williams is averaging 6.0 yards per carry and he has scored a total of seven touchdowns on 76 touches this year.

With a torn MCL, LeSean McCoy is "week to week" and likely done for the season with the Bills eliminated from playoff contention. Backfield mate Mike Gillislee has been productive in his three games with Buffalo, but it's unclear who's the favorite for the larger share of the workload between the two backs.

At this point, I'd lean Williams over Gillislee if I had to pick up one of the two backs. Hopefully we will get more clarity about their Week 16 workloads as the week progresses as the Cowboys have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs through Sunday.

RB - Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (one percent)

With four carries on Sunday, Gillislee rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown against Washington. Through three games with the Bills, Gillislee has 14 carries for 146 yards and touchdowns in back-to-back games. As noted above, the injury to McCoy will open up more opportunities for Gillislee and both backs should at least be flex possibilities in Week 16.

RB - Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (six percent)

With Jonathan Stewart sidelined in Week 15, Artis-Payne carried the ball 14 times for 59 yards and added two catches for 34 yards as well. If The Daily Show is sidelined for another week, CAP should get in the neighborhood of 15 touches once again and he gets a favorable matchup against the Falcons. Only three teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs so far this season.

RB - Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (47 percent)

Jones had just 28 rushing yards on his 10 carries on Sunday after getting 39 touches in his previous two games combined. While his volume of work has fluctuated throughout the season, Jones has averaged 12.54 touches per game in his rookie season and he gets a favorable matchup in Week 16.

The Eagles have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to the position through Sunday's games. Since Week 7, the Eagles have allowed four 100-yard rushers and another running back to exceed 100 yards receiving. During that eight-game span, they have allowed 11 running backs to score double-digit fantasy points in standard-scoring formats.

RB - Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (30 percent)

There is still one game to go this week and Riddick plays in that game, but Riddick is an absolute must-own in PPR formats. With seven catches for 44 yards last week, Riddick now has 67 receptions for 578 yards and three touchdowns. Only Devonta Freeman (68) has more receptions than Riddick and only Danny Woodhead (651) has more receiving yards.

Riddick has finished as a top-38 fantasy running back in PPR formats in every game this season and he has finished as a top-24 option in seven of 13 games. Through Sunday's games, Riddick ranks 21st in PPR fantasy points (42nd in standard-scoring formats).

RB - Shane Vereen, New York Giants (45 percent)

Although Rashad Jennings has rushed for more than 80 yards in back-to-back games, Vereen finished with 72 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 12 touches on Sunday. With Odell Beckham Jr. suspended for Week 16, perhaps Vereen could see a few extra targets as OBJ's targets get spread around.

RB - Alfred Blue, Houston Texans (36 percent)

While the Texans dole out workloads inconsistently, Blue carried the ball 20 times for 107 yards on Sunday after not playing any snaps in Week 14. It was his second 100-yard game of the season. Meanwhile, teammate Chris Polk had just four carries for six yards after getting double-digit carries in each of the previous two games. If I had to add a Houston running back, it's Blue but I wouldn't feel confident in starting him in Championship Week.

RB - Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans (40 percent)

Volume, not efficiency, led to a productive outing for Andrews in Week 15 as he gained a total of 70 yards on 19 touches -- 14 carries and five receptions. Andrews now has at least seven fantasy points in three consecutive games and in four of his past five.

RB - Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29 percent)

Even though Doug Martin is having a bounce-back season and ranks second in the NFL in rushing behind Adrian Peterson, Sims has been productive in his own right. Averaging roughly 10 touches per game (9.86/G), Sims has finished as a top-30 fantasy running back in eight of 14 games including each of his past three (although there is one more game to go tonight). The Bucs running backs have a favorable matchup against the Bears this weekend so Sims should be a flex option in deeper leagues.

RB - Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers (zero percent)

With Melvin Gordon sidelined for most of the game on Sunday, Brown rushed 12 times for 90 yards and added two catches for 14 yards as well. The Chargers have a short turnaround time as they face the Raiders on Christmas Eve so it's possible that MG3 is sidelined this week. If so, Brown could see 12 to 15 touches once again.

[Update: Gordon has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.]

RB - Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (12 percent)

Lamar Miller gained just 24 total yards on 11 touches on Sunday as Ajayi had six carries for 27 yards and a touchdown plus one catch for 15 yards. With nothing to play for, it's possible that the two backs split the workload in their final two games. That said, I'd still expect Miller to lead the backfield in Week 16 and the team has a plus matchup against the Colts.

RB - Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (three percent)

Based on reports, Adrian Peterson (ankle) is expected to play in Week 16. If AP's status were to change, McKinnon would have a lot of upside. On 11 touches on Sunday, he racked up 86 yards and scored a touchdown. At this point, however, his primary value will be to AP owners -- or teams facing AP -- this week.

RB - Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens (one percent)

With Javorius Allen losing a second fumble in as many weeks, it was West that took over in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. West rushed seven times for 35 yards and added two catches for 11 yards. Going into Week 16, however, Allen will likely resume his lead-back role based on comments John Harbaugh made.

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