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?
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.