Starting running backs have popped up almost weekly on the waiver wire. This week is no different as there are several options to choose from. Unfortunately you are only likely to get one so who do you grab?
[adinserter block=”1″]There is a new trend emerging this year in fantasy football. The streaming running back. It is starting to get to the point where you can stream running backs like you can defenses. It will be interesting to see how this plays into your drafts next year. Do players shift from taking RBs first to waiting and filling in spots with waiver wire hopes? It is an interesting predicament nonetheless.
Once again fantasy players are presented with several options at the running back position on the waiver wire this week. Fantasy players can literally pluck their starting RB right off of the wire and not miss a beat with bye weeks. But you are only going to get one shot at these RBs. Where is the value and which are fool’s gold?
Andre Williams, New York Giants – In my opinion I think that Williams is the best long-term investment you can make this week of all available starting RBs. Here is my case for Williams. Rashad Jennings is brittle. Whether he comes back in two weeks or not, there is a good chance he will miss time again. Williams is also the real deal. I hate when experts make a big deal out of a guy simply due to the opportunity. I want the guy with the talent who will use that opportunity and turn it into something special. I think that is Williams. His schedule is terrific as he plays the Eagles and Cowboys. Finally whether Jennings is back or not, I think Williams will have a solid role moving forward if he can put together a couple of productive weeks. Tom Coughlin loves a goalline back and I would not be surprised if Williams snags that job once Jennings returns.
Branden Oliver, San Diego Chargers – It is hard not to like what this kid did on Sunday. Not only was he wearing Darren Sproles old number, he looked just like Sproles running through that New York Jets defense. There is a chance that Oliver could find a regular role once Ryan Matthews returns in that Danny Woodhead spot as a pass-catching RB. Oliver will have great short-term value, better than Williams. I just worry about the Chargers having one more mouth to feed if Oliver does work himself into a regular role.
Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos – Hillman will be another hot add this week. I have read all kinds of timetables regarding Monte Ball’s return. The problem with Hillman is that he will be sharing time unlike Williams who will be the workhorse. I was also never impressed with Hillman and I have no reason to think he will do it now just because of the opportunity. Now Hillman could have some value if Ball misses several weeks but the latest reports indicate Ball could be back in a week which makes Hillman a one-week chance in my opinion.
[adinserter block=”2″]Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams – Cunningham is a real interesting name as there was a lot of buzz about him coming out of the preseason. I almost drafted him with a late pick but the inconsistency with Rams’ RBs scared me off. Zac Stacy is down although it is expected that he will be back Monday night against the 49ers. There are injury concerns with Stacy and you may want to roll the dice on Cunningham. He’s a long shot but if Stacy reinjures his calf you could have yourself a gem in Cunningham.