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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 17 Waiver Wire Pickups - All Positions

The final week of the NFL season always brings a high degree of uncertainty, unexpected breakouts, and a slew of DNPs for star players. This is why the majority of fantasy football leagues play their championship in Week 16. If you are in a league that waits until the final week for its Super Bowl... Read More

6 months ago

Week 17 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. If you have embraced... Read More

6 months ago

Waiver Wire Express - Week 17 Lightning Round

Congratulations to those of you who took down your fantasy title in Week 16! We here at RotoBaller salute you and are happy to have been a part of the journey. But we know there are those of you who play into Week 17 and we never abandon our own! In the interest of getting... Read More

6 months ago

Kalen Ballage (RB, MIA) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of Leagues ANALYSIS: In the nine games that he had played in for the Dolphins to kick off his rookie campaign, former Arizona State Sun Devil Kalen Ballage had amassed all of eleven rushing yards on eight attempts out of the backfield with zero trips to... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago


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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago


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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago

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.... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago


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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

6 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago


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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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.... Read More

7 months ago

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

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Matt 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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago


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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago


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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago


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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago


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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago


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... Read More

7 months ago

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.... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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... Read More

7 months ago

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,... Read More

7 months ago