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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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Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups - All Positions

It's Championship Week, at least for most of you, so every lineup decision is critical. Hopefully, we've been able to help you along the way with some key waiver wire recommendations. Whether you're looking for an injury replacement or playing matchups, there could be a potential league-winner waiting for you to add. Let's do it one more time. In this weekly waiver wire series, we provide a curated list of fantasy-viable players that are typically ownedcontinue reading...

Week 16 Running Backs - Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

It is literally mind-boggling how rapidly each fantasy season progresses from the anticipation and optimism of Week 1 to the inevitable conclusion in December. Congratulations to those of you whose diligence through the draft process and the regular season has been rewarded with an opportunity to play for your league's championship this week. You now have one final week to remain unwavering in your efforts to examine which backs are most likely to strengthen your chancescontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 16 Lightning Round

Whether you're approaching your championship game, playing for third place or looking to avoid the sacko, we here at RotoBaller are here to help and get you waiver information as fast (and as accurately) as possible. Consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 16. This column is published early every week and then updated after the MNF game. Each day of the week will also yield other more in-depth waiver wirecontinue reading...

Kenneth Dixon (RB, BAL) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Once again we have encountered a sudden change in direction regarding which Raven backs will be involved in touch distribution. First, Alex Collins owners endured weeks of frustration while watching Javorius Allen siphon opportunities. Then, Gus Edwards emerged from a region far beyond the fantasy radar to requisition the team’s RB1 responsibilities in Week 11. Now, Kenneth Dixon has resurfacedcontinue reading...

Damien Williams (RB, KC) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 17% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams has now collected 20 touches in the last two weeks, after receiving 13 against Baltimore in Week 14. He generated 38 total yards and two touchdowns during the contests, even though Spencer Ware performed as the Chiefs' RB1 while gaining 181 total yards. However, Ware also encountered a shoulder problem in Week 14, and it iscontinue reading...

Chris Ivory (RB, BUF) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Leagues ANALYSIS: This recommendation is largely based upon the premise that LeSean McCoy might be unable to perform this week. While that will require you to monitor McCoy's status as the days unfold, he was forced to depart Buffalo's Week 14 matchup with the Jets due to a hamstring issue. That immediately launched Chris Ivory into lead back responsibilities for the Bills, and thecontinue reading...

John Kelly (RB, LAR) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Leagues ANALYSIS: If you added Malcolm Brown as a late-season handcuff to Todd Gurley, you must now pivot to the rookie John Kelly. Brown is on IR, leaving Kelly as the most valuable backup in the league despite not having a single touch all season. He was highly-touted out of Tennessee and must have the team's confidence if they haven't made an effortcontinue reading...

D'Onta Foreman (RB, HOU) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Just to clarify Houston Texans running back D'Onta Foreman's status, he has been activated from the PUP list and is eligible to play but was kept inactive for Week 14 as the team brings him along slowly. He's been practicing in full so there's a decent chance he sees the field in Week 15. How much time is unclear, however, making him acontinue reading...

Stevan Ridley (RB, PIT) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The guarantee of seeing carries on a top offense while facing one of the worst defenses in the league led some to add Pittsburgh Steelers running back Stevan Ridley in advance of Week 14. Those owners were rewarded with a touchdown on a goal-line carry and that's about it. Ridley turned five carries into four yards without a target in the passing game. Thiscontinue reading...

Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups - All Positions

If at least one of your fantasy teams is still in contention for a championship, congratulations. Rather than wishing you good luck in Week 15, it would be more prudent to offer sage advice on which waiver wire adds could become valuable streamers or backups for the last couple of weeks of the 2018 season. In this weekly waiver wire series, we provide a curated list of fantasy-viable players that are typically owned in less thancontinue reading...

Week 15 Running Backs - Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

It is literally mind-boggling how rapidly each fantasy season progresses from the anticipation and optimism of Week 1 to the inevitable conclusion once we reach December. Congratulations to those of you whose diligence through both the draft process and the regular season has been rewarded with an opportunity to participate in the fantasy playoffs. You should now remain unwavering in your efforts to examine which backs are most likely tocontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 15 Lightning Round

The fantasy football playoffs are off and running, and we here at RotoBaller are here to help and get you waiver information as fast (and as accurately) as possible for your championship push. Consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 15. This column is published early every week and then updated after the MNF game. Each day of the week will also yield other more in-depth waiver wire articles forcontinue reading...

Frank Gore (RB, MIA) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The majority of owners have not been enamored with the idea of adding Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore throughout the season, and the importance of this week’s fantasy postseason matchups might increase any apprehension. However, if you can avoid an extreme focus on his age (35) then you might stop dismissing a back who carries the ball with far greater frequency thancontinue reading...

Elijah McGuire (RB, NYJ) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Leagues ANALYSIS: In the weeks leading up to New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire's return from IR (foot), the second-year back appeared to be an excellent roster addition for savvy owners. The enticement continued after he re-emerged in Week 9. although his viability gradually faded as he averaged an equally discouraging eight touches and 41 total yards from Weeks 9-13. But McGuire had ancontinue reading...

Nyheim Hines (RB, IND) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines has 76 carries for 289 yards this season and has only topped 10 carries in a game twice this season. Even though he has not been an impact player on the ground, and only has three total touchdowns, his impact on the passing game makes him a waiver wire find. Hines has caught 52 passes forcontinue reading...

Justin Jackson (RB, LAC) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Leagues ANALYSIS: While Austin Ekeler has proven that he possesses unquestionable talent, he struggled while operating as the Chargers’ lead rusher in Week 13, Ekeler only manufactured 21 yards on 13 attempts, before Justin Jackson was inserted into the Los Angeles lineup. The rookie proved to be the more dynamic runner once he was finally provided with the opportunity to touch the ball, ascontinue reading...

Jaylen Samuels (RB/TE, PIT) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The sight of Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner clutching his lower leg in the late minutes of Sunday Night Football likely had some owners running to the computer to put in a claim for Jaylen Samuels. The fact that he immediately took a crossing route to the house for his first NFL touchdown will serve to amplify the excitement around thiscontinue reading...

Rashaad Penny (RB, SEA) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny ripped off a 20-yard touchdown run and averaged a hefty nine yards per carry against the Niners. Reports that Penny had earned more playing time were a bit misleading though. He carried the ball seven times for 65 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game. Relative to the other backs, he did nearly double Mikecontinue reading...

Nyheim Hines (RB, IND) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 26% of Leagues ANALYSIS: It turns out Marlon Mack cleared the concussion protocol in time to play Week 13, limiting Hines to four carries for five yards. There is a role for him in full PPR leagues, as Nyheim Hines made nine receptions on the day for 50 yards. With Jack Doyle out for the year, Hines could serve as an outlet option for continue reading...

Jeff Wilson (RB, SF) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of Leagues ANALYSISMatt Breida owners can only shake their collective heads. While Breida ran five times for six yards while limited by an ankle injury (what else is new?), San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson operated as the lead back and carried the ball 15 times for 61 yards. He was even better as a receiver, catching eight balls for 73 yards. An undrafted free agent outcontinue reading...

Damien Williams (RB, KC) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The new RB2 on the most potent offense in the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams was scooped up by several owners in deep leagues after the Kareem Hunt news hit. Williams wasn't heavily involved, carrying five times for 38 yards and catching two passes for seven yards, despite a great matchup against the Raiders. Williams' main appeal lies incontinue reading...

Kenneth Dixon (RB, BAL) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Once again, Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon is fantasy-relevant. Alex Collins is on IR and Javorius Allen was last seen on the back of a milk carton, making Dixon the RB2 in Baltimore. The Ravens will be a run-heavy team as long as Lamar Jackson is at quarterback, so Dixon should get 10-12 touches if he seescontinue reading...

Rex Burkhead (RB, NE) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 24% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Rex Burkhead ranks just fourth on the New England Patriots in carries on the year (31), fourth in rushing yards (106), and third among New England running backs with five receptions out of eight targets for 52 yards, all without a single touchdown. The great news is that Burkhead has played in just four games this year after being out withcontinue reading...

Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups - All Positions

The picture is pretty clear for fantasy owners seeking help on the waiver wire. All the good quarterbacks are gone, the tight end outlook is bleak at best, there are a ton of wide receivers who could pop in a given week, and one RB (in Pittsburgh) stands clearly above the rest in a group of rookies that are starting to make noise. In this weekly waiver wire series, we provide a curated list of fantasy-viablecontinue reading...

Week 14 Running Backs - Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

It is literally mind-boggling how rapidly each fantasy season progresses from the anticipation and optimism of Week 1 to the inevitable conclusion once we reach December. Congratulations to those of you whose diligence through both the draft process and the regular season has been rewarded with an opportunity to participate in the fantasy playoffs. It is highly recommended that you remain unwavering in your efforts to examine whichcontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 14 Lightning Round

Welcome to this quick waiver overview as we head towards those fantasy playoffs. Congratulations to those of you who are already in, those with byes looking forward to Week 15, as well as those with leagues that continue the regular season through Week 14. We here at RotoBaller are here to help and get you waiver information as fast (and as accurately) as possible, so consider this the waiver wire lightning round headingcontinue reading...

Ty Montgomery (RB, BAL) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 13% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Once again, we have encountered a sudden change in direction regarding which Raven backs will be involved in touch distribution. Not only did oft-injured third-year back Kenneth Dixon resurface for the first time since Week 1, but Ty Montgomery supplied owners in PPR leagues with even greater incentive to secure him for their rosters. During Baltimore's last two matchups, he hascontinue reading...

Chase Edmonds (RB, ARI) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of Leagues ANALYSIS:You might have been confused if you checked in to the Cardinals-Packers game last week and not just by the scoreboard. When the Cardinals got into the red zone, it was rookie Chase Edmonds, not David Johnson, scoring twice. Ultimately, it wasn't a matter of higher usage though. Edmonds totaled seven touches on the day while Johnson was third in touchescontinue reading...

Frank Gore (RB, MIA) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore had his worst game of the 2018 season, but still has been getting a good amount of work in the Dolphins offense. While Kenyan Drake outsnapped Gore 30-20 on Sunday, Gore's performance on Sunday (where he tallied 31 total yards) is not terrible. The fact that he has not reached the endzone is not great,continue reading...

Giovani Bernard (RB, CIN) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of Leagues ANALYSIS: The Cincinnati Bengals organization is in a state of utter chaos. Hue Jackson is back at his old job after being fired by the Cleveland Browns, Marvin Lewis's departure is now all but certain after the Bengals have dropped two straight games to rookie quarterbacks heading the division-rival Browns and Ravens, and Andy Dalton just hit the IR with a thumb injury.continue reading...

Mike Davis (RB, SEA) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Between week four and week ten of the 2018 NFL campaign, Mike Davis performed at an admirable level for the Seattle Seahawks to the tune of 52.2 yards-per-game and three touchdowns across 75 carries in six games. However, over the past two weeks against the Packers and Panthers, Davis has slowed down considerably. Over that span, he has only gone for scorelesscontinue reading...

Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups - All Positions

No more byes, no more excuses to be unprepared. At this point, if you're still scouring the waiver wire for value, you are either looking to bolster your bench for the playoff run or desperately looking for streamers to get you over the hump and into the big dance. We'll try to touch on all scenarios here, as every league is unique, as is every owner. In this weekly waiver wire series, we provide a curatedcontinue reading...

Week 13 Running Backs - Waiver Wire Pickups and Adds

We have now entered the planning process for Week 13, and it is amazing how quickly we have progressed to this point of the season. Some of you are focused on constructing lineups that will advance into the fantasy playoffs, while others have begun fine-tuning your rosters that have already secured a place in the postseason. With the playoffs rapidly approaching, it is highly recommended that you examine the Week 14-16 matchups for any backscontinue reading...

Waiver Wire Express - Week 13 Lightning Round

Welcome back to this quick-hitting waiver overview as we in the fantasy football community prepare for the traditional final week of the regular season. Thus begins the true must-win environment in FF, and we here at RotoBaller are here to help. In order to get you waiver information as fast (and as accurately) as possible, so consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 13. This column is published early every week andcontinue reading...

Corey Clement (RB, PHI) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement only got seven touches in Week 12 but made the most of them by racking up 76 yards and scoring on a two-point conversion. Josh Adams has clearly taken the lead in this backfield and is owned accordingly at this point, so consider Clement a potential handcuff should Adams falter or be injured. Adams is notcontinue reading...

Jordan Wilkins (RB, IND) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Wilkins has been the forgotten man in Indy's backfield since Marlon Mack has been healthy but he gets a possible opportunity if Mack misses Week 13 with a concussion. Wilkins caught three passes for 32 yards, going without a rush attempt against Miami. He's averaging a healthy 5.5 yards per carry and has shown somecontinue reading...

Jacquizz Rodgers (RB, TB) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of Leagues ANALYSIS: You shouldn't need to go this deep into the waiver wire to find a running back but if for some reason you do, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers is at least getting touches. He carried five times for 31 yards and caught four passes for 31 yards as well. He can be considered a poor man's Theo Riddick.

Jaylen Samuels (RB, PIT) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels has been allotted a grand total of 14 touches throughout the season, with eight of them taking place in Week 10. However, what has been a nondescript rookie season for this fifth-round draft pick could change drastically if James Conner is forced to the sidelines due to injury. Samuels has the size and versatility to perform incontinue reading...

Malcolm Brown (RB, LAR) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown is a very strong recommendation for all Todd Gurley owners, and a suggestion for anyone who has both the roster space and a safely secured spot in their league’s postseason. We were reminded that Gurley actually remains human even after his transformation into the post- Jeff Fisher era when an ankle issue reduced hiscontinue reading...

Rex Burkhead (RB, NE) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Anyone who invested in New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead during the draft process ultimately was disappointed in their investment. Because his touch total was steadily declining in Weeks 1-3 (19/6/2) even before his neck injury that culminated with New England sending Burkhead to injured reserve. However, the Patriots are now within the window to activate him, which would place Burkhead incontinue reading...

Justin Jackson (RB, LAC) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Even when it appears that your roster is set at running back, the volatility of the position can alter that equation at any time. In many cases, it occurs because the runner that you have been counting on suddenly develops an injury. Anyone who owns Melvin Gordon is now contending with this problematic situation (knee), due to the uncertainty surrounding whether he will be absent fromcontinue reading...

Nyheim Hines (RB, IND) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines back may be back on the map if Marlon Mack misses time with a concussion suffered in Week 12. Hines wasn't spectacular in relief, tallying 28 yards on nine carries and 22 yards on two receptions. As the passing-down back, he gets the biggest uptick in value and should have an easier path to touches than continue reading...

Frank Gore (RB, MIA) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore has 131 carries for 595 yards this season, but could see a boost in his value this week. Kenyan Drake, who had two touchdowns last week, is dealing with a shoulder injury and could miss this weekend's game. Drake was only able to play 24 of 56 snaps last week, but did still tallycontinue reading...

Elijah McGuire (RB, NYJ) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of Leagues ANALYSIS: It is odd to look to roster a player with only 26 touches for the season, but here we are at the end of the season and New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire may be your man. McGuire may have only had six carries on Sunday against New England, but that did tie Isaiah Crowell for the most oncontinue reading...

Nyheim Hines (RB, IND) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Things have been clicking in a pretty big way for the Indianapolis offense of late, and many players are getting in on the action. At first glance, it would appear that rookie running back Nyheim Hines is too far back in line on the Colts depth chart to receive any considerable opportunity. The North Carolina State product has produced 255 rushingcontinue reading...

LeGarrette Blount (RB, DET) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Sometimes in life you must do the things that you never thought you would do, and this week that thing is to add Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount. After rushing for 1,161 yards and a league-high 18 touchdowns in the 2016 season, Blount has put up a pair of disappointing seasons, and so far in 2018 he has just 183 rushingcontinue reading...

Gus Edwards (RB, BAL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Entering Week 12, Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards had carried 15 times, while collecting 64 yards throughout the entire season. There was no discernible reason to expect that Baltimore would entrust Edwards with 17 carries against the Bengals, but that surprising development was matched by the equally unexpected level of success that he achieved while performing in a significantly enhanced role. Edwards' shockinglycontinue reading...

D'Onta Foreman (RB, HOU) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Here's another reminder that Houston Texans running back D'Onta Foreman return is imminent. He officially practiced last Wednesday, opening up the 21-day window for him to be activated. You can never have too many running backs, especially one from a powerhouse college program who finished eighth in Heisman voting two years ago. Foreman's workload is a huge question mark and Houston is simply ancontinue reading...

Rex Burkhead (RB, NE) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of Leagues ANALYSIS: New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead hasn't played since Week 3 when he injured his neck and landed on the Injured Reserve list. He's back at practice and is questionable to return this week. The presence of Sony Michel and James White complicates things, however. Burkhead will likely see sparing usage and should be considered a handcuff in the eventcontinue reading...

Frank Gore (RB, MIA) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of Leagues ANALYSIS:  No, Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore is not an exciting roster addition. But if you objectively explore his numbers without creating a mental barrier regarding his age, then the back who has averaged 14.4 touches per-game since Week 4 is worthy of a roster spot. Gore has also been allotted double-digit carries in seven straight games while rushing for 65 YPG duringcontinue reading...