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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups - Running Backs (RB)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy football leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy football running back (RB) waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy football teams. Be sure to also try our other lineup tools below.

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Corey Clement (RB, PHI) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In All Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement, along with Wendell Smallwood, will likely be counted on heavily for the foreseeable future with starter Jay Ajayi (torn ACL) out for the remainder of the season. Versatile and valuable veteran back Darren Sproles (hamstring) has missed the last five games as well. Clementcontinue reading...

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups - All Positions

Last week it was the vulture, this week it's the no-names. The phrase "that doesn't help anybody" is well-known by fantasy owners and was uttered repeatedly in Week 7. We saw touchdowns from Marcus Johnson, David Moore, Jaron Brown, Paul Richardson, Ito Smith, Erik Swoope, Chris Herndoncontinue reading...

Week 7 Running Backs - Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

We now enter planning for Week 7, with many of you contending with an agonizing collection of lingering injuries, or disconcerting results from the backs that you originally believed would be among your most dependable performers.  While this has been frustrating, it is essential that you manage your emotions, avoid making impulsive decisions, and utilize the abundant resources that we offer at RotoBaller. That will improve your chances of making the most effective roster adjustmentscontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 7 Lightning Round

As a resident of New England, football Sundays and autumn weather just makes for a beautiful combination. Another great combo is RotoBaller’s waiver-wire workforce and winning. We’re always looking to get you the swiftest intel to act on, so consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 7. This column is published early every week and then updated after the MNF game. Each day of the week will also yield othercontinue reading...

Doug Martin (RB, OAK) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  2% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin is in a great spot to be an answer in most leagues after an injury to Marshawn Lynch. Beast Mode is dealing with what is becoming a very concerning groin injury and this opens the door for Martin and Jalen Richard for the Raiders. The Raiders are sending Lynch forcontinue reading...

LeGarrette Blount (RB, DET) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  12% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount has magically maintained fantasy relevance for what feels like six decades and no one understands how. He's the prototypical bowling ball style running back who brings real life value to NFL teams. In a weird, infuriating way for fantasy, his 2.5 yards per carry basically says it all. He manages to power and plummet his way intocontinue reading...

Kyle Juszczyk (RB, SF) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Things looked pretty grim for the San Francisco passing-game when Jimmy Garoppolo started the season off on such a lackluster note. After his torn ACL forced C.J. Beathard to take over after three games and produce just 223 passing yards with six touchdowns and five picks in 114 passing attempts since then, the situation on offense has beencontinue reading...

Deeper Sleepers Heading Into Week 7

Apologies for not telling you to add fantasy superstars Nick O'Leary, David Moore, and Brock Osweiller last week. Clearly I have failed you as a fantasy football writer. I am not worthy of your page views. I'm speaking sarcastically, of course. Those were just three of the names that make you roll your eyes and ask yourself "why do we play this silly, masochistic game?" Ideally you're still enjoyingcontinue reading...

Ito Smith (RB, ATL) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Leagues ANALYSISDevonta Freeman just can't seem to stay on the field, and as of Monday has finally been placed on IR. He may be eligible to return later in the season, but this opens up a potentially large opportunity for the rookie Ito Smith to continue his emergence for the Falcons. Smith has reaping the rewards the past few weeks in limitedcontinue reading...

Marlon Mack (RB, IND) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  24% of Leagues ANALYSIS: 76% of owners have shunned the opportunity to add Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack to their rosters, and his protracted hamstring issue certainly has been a factor. However, he overcame a bobbled screen pass that occurred early in the Colts’ Week 6 matchup with the Jets to assemble 89 yards with his 12 attempts (7.2 YPC), while infusing a level ofcontinue reading...

D'Onta Foreman (RB, HOU) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  24% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Texas running back D'Onta Foreman will return from the PUP list with the next week or so , although it remains unclear how effectively he can perform when he does return. That is a consequence of the uncertainty that surrounds his recovery from the Achilles injury that occurred last November. However, that does not alter the fact that Lamar Miller hascontinue reading...

Peyton Barber (RB, TB) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN:  32% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber had been presented with the opportunity to become an unchallenged feature back during the Buccaneers' initial five contests, but his underwhelming results (148 yards/3.0 YPC/0 touchdowns) provided the potential for Ronald Jones to confiscate a sizable workload. But when the team reemerged after their Week 5 bye, Barber dominated the workload, as he commandeered 17continue reading...

Duke Johnson (RB, CLE) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN:  33% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson continues to subsist in a congested backfield, while laboring under the guidance of a coaching staff that has failed to demonstrate the resourcefulness to utilize him effectively. But, it remains difficult to dismiss his talent, or his track record of production. As a result, he remains worthy of a roster spot, in hopes that hiscontinue reading...

Jalen Richard (RB, OAK) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN:  10% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard presents owners in PPR leagues with a benefit that many other potential RB3/Flex options cannot provide, as he has been utilized in a consistent role as his team’s receiving back. While Marshawn Lynch supplies the foundation of Oakland’s ground game, Richard has repeatedly been utilized as the Raiders’ pass catching specialist, whocontinue reading...

Nick Chubb (RB, CLE) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  30% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Even though an average of three touches per game would normally preclude a back from consideration as a roster addition, the vast majority of runners do not possess the talent of Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb. He has averaged at least 7.0 YPC in five of the six games in which he has played, and his explosiveness continues to providecontinue reading...

Latavius Murray (RB, MIN) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN:  48% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Entering the season, there appeared to be justification for believing that Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray would seize a reasonable workload as the Vikings' short-yardage specialist, who would also receive coveted red zone carries. But the additional enticement for owning the former 1,000-yard rusher was the potential for significant value if Dalvin Cook encountered another health issue. However,continue reading...

Ronald Jones (RB, TB) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  31% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones only has 11 carries in his NFL career, but the talented rookie is still a player to watch. He has dressed twice this season, once before the bye in a blowout loss to the Bears and then again on Sunday against the Falcons, and had three catches for 16 yards against Atlanta. The fact that continue reading...

Bilal Powell (RB, NYJ) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN:  56% of Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Jets running back Bilal Powell may be behind Isaiah Crowell on the depth chart, but with Crowell nursing an ankle injury, Powell could get more work this week. In fact, even in Crowell's breakout game against the Broncos where he ran for 219 yards, it was Powell that had more carries (20 vs. 15 for Crowell).continue reading...

Ito Smith (RB, ATL) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith did not register a touch in Week 1, but quickly received an expanded workload in Weeks 2-4 (9 touches per game) while Devonta Freeman was contending with a sprained MCL. Smith averaged 46 total yards during that span, then manufactured a touchdown in Week 5 despite Freeman’s return. Freeman is now oncontinue reading...

Frank Gore (RB, MIA) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN:  10% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Even though potential owners have consistently demonstrated a thorough lack of enthusiasm for including Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore on their rosters, his outstanding Week 6 performance should eviscerate any lingering concerns. The 35-year old continued to defy pre-season expectations in Week 6 by rumbling for 101 yards, while averaging 6.7 YPC against a Chicago run defense that entered the matchup allowingcontinue reading...

Corey Clement (RB, PHI) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Leagues ANALYSIS: With the recent news of Jay Ajayi's torn ACL, he is out for the season which will make Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood two of this week's top waiver wire adds. Clement was seeing most of the carries while Ajayi was out a few weeks ago, but with his recent lingering quadriceps injury, itcontinue reading...

Alfred Morris (RB, SF) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Most waiver wire recommendations include several backs who could deliver excellent results at some point during the season, along with other rushers who are currently generating adequate scoring despite the obstacle of shared touches. However, San Francisco 49ers running back Alfred Morris supplies the most enticing target for Week 7, as he could easily capture feature back responsibilities in San Francisco's next matchup. Thecontinue reading...

Ronald Jones (RB, TB) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones has a different situation  from fellow first-year back Nick Chubb, in that Jones already has a significant opportunity that has been presented to him, but his ability to capitalize remains in question. He emerged in Week 4, after Dirk Koetter’s lingering reluctance to activate him finally subsided, although he managed just 29 yards on 10 carriescontinue reading...

D'Onta Foreman (RB, HOU) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 20% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Texans running back D'Onta Foreman will be eligible to return from the PUP list after this week's matchup, in the next phase of his recovery from the Achilles injury that he suffered last November. It will be easier to secure him if you avoid the rush that will ensue when more  owners become aware of his impending reemergence. During hiscontinue reading...

Mike Davis (RB, SEA) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Leagues ANALYSIS: This suggestion is not based upon a belief that Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will elevate running back Mike Davis into weekly RB1 responsibilities. Instead, the rationale for adding him is based upon the likelihood that Carroll will also fail to entrust Chris Carson with a consistent feature back role. It now appears that Davis is a legitimate candidate to receive touchescontinue reading...

Devontae Booker (RB, DEN) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Leagues ANALYSIS: It may seem like a strange time to invest in Devontae Booker, considering that so far through five games he has only accrued 36 rushing yards on just eleven carries, not to mention the fact that he has failed to put up more than ten rushing yards in a game since week two. However, in making a transition that so manycontinue reading...

Marlon Mack (RB, IND) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Leagues ANALYSIS: You may prefer to avoid even contemplating the addition of an Indianapolis running back, considering the convoluted situation that exists at the position. Nevertheless, while Nyheim Hines has built a legitimate case for including him on rosters in PPR leagues, Jordan Wilkins' value has dropped in lockstep with his usage. This has cleared a path for Marlon Mack tocontinue reading...

Alfred Blue (RB, HOU) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue saw the start on Sunday night in place of an injured Lamar Miller and totaled 119 yards. His rushing average wasn't too encouraging though, at just over two yards a pop (20 carries, 46 yards). There isn't a ton of upside here even if Miller sits again next week, as D'Onta Foreman is bound tocontinue reading...

Jalen Richard (RB, OAK) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Leagues ANALYSIS: While Marshawn Lynch has repeatedly demonstrated that he can still perform effectively as Oakland’s primary rusher, Jalen Richard has developed into a consistent pass catching back for the Raiders. He has now been targeted 29 times during the season, which has allowed him to collect 24 receptions, and placed him second on the team in that category behind continue reading...

Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups - All Positions

It took five weeks but the vultures are finally starting to come out. We saw it in Detroit, where talented rookie Kerryon Johnson turned 12 carries into 70 yards while LeGarrette Blount turned 12 carries into 22 yards yet cashed in twice on short touchdown scores. Despite the return of Devonta Freeman in Atlanta, it wasn't he or Tevincontinue reading...

Week 6 Running Backs - Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

We now enter planning for Week 6, with many of you contending with an agonizing collection of lingering injuries, or disconcerting results from the backs that you originally believed would be your among most dependable performers. While this has been frustrating, it is essential that you manage your emotions, avoid making impulsive decisions, and utilize the abundant resources that we offer at RotoBaller. That will improve your chances of making the most effective

continue reading...

Nyheim Hines (RB, IND) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines is part of a messy backfield in Indy, but might be the safest option. A week after grabbing two receiving touchdowns against the Texans, Hines tallied 90 total yards against the Patriots. He has 33 carries for just 99 yards this season, but does have 29 catches for 164 yards in the passing game. With Andrew Luck backcontinue reading...

Latavius Murray (RB, MIN) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray should likely see an uptick in usage with Dalvin Cook out, making him a fantasy waiver wire target. Cook is nursing a hamstring problem and Murray will likely be the main target in the Minnesota backfield if Cook misses more time. The issue with anyone considering Murray, though, is that, even as the main backcontinue reading...

Bilal Powell (RB, NYJ) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 60% of Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Jets running back Bilal Powell once again demonstrated that if he gets enough touches he can produce something for Gang Green. Powell gashed the Denver Broncos for 99 yards on 20 carries in Week 5, hitting huge holes that the offensive line opened up and then punishing defenders when they came attempted to step in for the stop. Hecontinue reading...

Deeper Sleepers Heading Into Week 6

The wildness that is the 2018 NFL season continued in Week 5, gifting us some curious real-life outcomes to go along with the usual fantasy absurdity. We've got the curious case of the Buffalo Bills, the Browns already won their second game, the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles on the ropes, and Amari Cooper has been Amari Cooper-ing all year. It appears that guy should only be started in evencontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 6 Lightning Round

Week 5 is largely in the books and was relatively quiet compared to the first four weeks of NFL action. Of course, there's still plenty of intrigue and stats to be gobbled up on the waiver wire! In the interest of getting you some no-huddle, hurry-up information, consider this our waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 6. This column is published early every week and then updated after the MNF game. Each day ofcontinue reading...

Wendell Smallwood (RB, PHI) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Leagues UPDATE: With news that Jay Ajayi is out for the season with a torn ACL, we now suggest adding Wendell Smallwood in all leagues. Corey Clement and Darren Sproles will likely get a share of the playing time in Philly, but Smallwood is the man to own for the Eagles. ANALYSIS: You may be hesitant aboutcontinue reading...

Corey Clement (RB, PHI) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement was dealing with a quadriceps injury leading into Sunday's game, leading to him getting no playing time against the Vikings, but has a much better outlook for the remainder of the 2018 season. With Jay Ajayi out for the season with a torn ACL and Darren Sproles questionable with acontinue reading...

LeGarrette Blount (RB, DET) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Leagues ANALYSIS: As mentioned a couple weeks ago, Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount will continue to hold value in standard leagues because of his remarkable talent of convincing coaches to give him the ball repeatedly in the red zone. He was less than efficient with 22 yards on 12 rush attempts, lowering his season average under 2.5 yards per carry. It doesn't matter -continue reading...

Brandon Wilds (RB, JAC) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Corey Grant's season-ending Lisfranc injury and Leonard Fournette's continued absence could make Brandon Wilds the RB2 in Jacksonville. This means he will get a few carries here and there but he's also a TJ Yeldon injury away from the being starter on a playoff team. Scary times. Wilds, an undrafted free agent from South Carolina two yearscontinue reading...

Kyle Juszczyk (RB, SF) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of Leagues ANALYSIS: When does a running back with one rush attempt on the season hold fantasy value? When he's a 240 lb fullback with 16 catches and more receiving yards than David Johnson. San Francisco 49ers running back Kyle Juszczyk racked up 75 yards on six receptions in Week 5 and could benefit from Matt Breida's perpetual ability tocontinue reading...

Frank Gore (RB, MIA) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of Leagues ANALYSIS: It is unusual to advocate adding a 35-year old back who has already accumulated 3,273 carries during his 14-year career. Particularly when his 24-year old teammate appears fully capable of thriving as a feature back if he is presented with the opportunity. However, Miami head coach Adam Gase has been committed to utilizing running back Frank Gore with enough frequency tocontinue reading...

Nick Chubb (RB, CLE) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 43% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Exactly one week ago, Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb saw his ownership percentage at just 18%. However, a number of you have wisely reached the conclusion that he is fully capable of generating significant yardage and locating the end zone if he is supplied with more opportunities. Chubb has already demonstrated his potential for high quality results by producing 146 yards andcontinue reading...

Deeper Sleepers Heading Into Week 5

Josh Bellamy. Logan Paulsen. John Ross. Those are just three of the random players who scored early touchdowns during Sunday afternoon's Week 4 slate. You won't find those names on the list of deeper sleepers below, but I just want you read them over a few times before we proceed. No one in their right mind would have ever thought to add, let alone start themcontinue reading...

Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups - All Positions

Life is easy if you have Todd Gurley or Alvin Kamara. Sadly, statistics say that only 8.3% of all fantasy owners in a typical 12-team league will own one of these players. That number drops further the more teams in your league. Lucky for you, we're here to help. The running back scene can be sketchy on waivers but there are always players that can fill yourcontinue reading...

Jalen Richard (RB, OAK) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Despite a rock start to the year, Jon Gruden and Derek Carr have certainly found ways to effectively deploy members of the Oakland backfield. While "Beast Mode" has managed to bulldoze his way past opponents this year for 300 rushing yards and three touchdowns, Jalen Richard has made a sizable impact for the Raiders without hardly taking a carry.continue reading...

Marlon Mack (RB, IND) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Leagues ANALYSISMarlon Mack has played in one game this year and only had 34 yards on 10 carries. Despite this, the starting job in Indianapolis just seems to be sitting there waiting for him to come back. Jordan Wilkins has not impressed in his playing time, and the Colts seem set on using rookie Nyheim Hines simplycontinue reading...

Week 5 Running Backs - Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

As we enter Week 5, some of you are contending with massive disappointment regarding the production of running backs that you selected early in your draft process. This includes anyone who owns Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Devonta Freeman, Joe Mixon, Kenyan Drake, Jay Ajayi, Derrick Henry,continue reading...

Nick Chubb (RB, CLE) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Leagues ANALYSIS: At the start of the 2018 season, it looked like Cleveland Browns rookie running back Nick Chubb had found himself in a backfield that wasn't big enough for him to break out of, with veteran Carlos Hyde operating as the main rusher and Duke Johnson Jr. rating as one of the best receivingcontinue reading...

Bilal Powell (RB, NYJ) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 58% of Leagues ANALYSIS: New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is only averaging 4.2 yards per carry this season, but his impact as a receiving back cannot be ignored. Catching four passes on Sunday and five against the Dolphins in Week 2, Powell has shown that he has a role to play in the Jets backfield in the passing game. Also, in a Weekcontinue reading...