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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds - Running Backs (RB)

To help you dominate all of your 2017 fantasy football leagues, below are some 2017 fantasy football running back (RB) waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy football teams. Be sure to also try our other draft tools below.

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Waiver Wire Express - Week 3 Lightning Round

This column is published early every week and then updated on a daily basis. Over the course of each week, we also publish more in-depth waiver wire analysis for all positions. In efforts of bringing you timely information, as fast as possible, consider this the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week 3. Waiver pickups are in order of priority, broken down by each position. Players must be owned incontinue reading...

Chris Carson (RB, SEA) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Entering the 2017 season, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t have a clear number one option in the backfield for starting running back. While Thomas Rawls was envisioned as the leader of the running game, CJ Prosise, veteran Eddie Lacy and rookie Chris Carson were all candidates. Last week against thecontinue reading...

Javorius Allen (RB, BAL) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 55% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Early on in this 2017 NFL season, it appears the Baltimore Ravens are going with a two-man running game system. There’s Terrance West and Javorius “Buck” Allen, the 26-year-old USC product. Last week, Allen led the way with 21 carries to West’s 19, but this week the disparity was much higher. Allen’s 14 carries were six ahead of West, as hecontinue reading...

Chris Thompson (RB, WSH) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: Rob Kelley was injured on Sunday after carrying the ball 12 times for 78 yards, opening the running back position to Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine. Thompson had three carries for 77 yards against the Rams on Sunday, including two touchdowns, and added three catches against Los Angeles as well. He was targeted seven times in the passingcontinue reading...

Alvin Kamara (RB, NO) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of leagues ANALYSIS: The New Orleans Saints offense has been pass-centric since Drew Brees came into town over a decade ago, making a receiving running back like Alvin Kamara a huge fantasy asset. Kamara has seven catches 0ver his first two NFL games, catching three passes for 51 yards against the Patriots in Week 2. While Kamara only played 26% ofcontinue reading...

Samaje Perine (RB, WSH) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Rob Kelley was injured on Sunday after carrying the ball 12 times for 78 yards, opening the running back position to Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine. The Redskins messy backfield could lead fantasy owners to shy away from Perine, but the rookie from Oklahoma had the most carries on Sunday (21) and would be the bell cow back without Kelley incontinue reading...

Tarik Cohen (RB, CHI) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: Could the rookie from tiny North Carolina A&T become this year's RB version of Tyreek Hill? Cohen was initially thought to be just a return man, but he's shown great elusiveness as a runner and put his 4.42 speed on display throughout the preseason. He did just that in his NFL debut against the Falcons in Week 1, putting up 113 total yards, including 66 rushing yards oncontinue reading...

Kerwynn Williams (RB, ARI) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 3% of leagues ANALYSIS: The last thing David Johnson owners wanted to see was exactly what happened on Sunday. It may not be a season-ending injury, but DJ is expected to miss 2-3 months and was put on injured reserve. When Johnson went out of the game the first time with an apparent rib injury, Kerwynn Williams got the call and plunged in the end zone.continue reading...

Javorius Allen (RB, BAL) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: In what seems to be a yearly event, Danny Woodhead was carted off with an injury and now Javorius Allen looks poised to capitalize on more playing time in Baltimore. Allen got a team-high 21 carries in Baltimore's 20-0 win over the Bengals on Sunday, totaling 71 yards and breaking off a 17 yard rush as well. He did not find thecontinue reading...

Chris Carson (RB, SEA) - Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Seattle Seahawks backfield is a mess, as Thomas Rawls is hurt, Eddie Lacy underachieves, and C.J. Prosise is not able to make an impact; enter rookie Chris Carson. The 22-year-old from Oklahoma State had six carries for 39 yards against the Packers in Week 1, adding a 10-yard reception as well, and easilycontinue reading...

Darren Sproles (RB, PHI) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12+ Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Darren Sproles is a part of what can be seen as a crowded backfield in Philadelphia, as Wendell Smallwood and new addition LeGarrette Blount will form a crowded three-back set in Philadelphia. Blount had 18 rushing touchdowns with the Patriots last season and Smallwood is the second year player with all sorts of upside, leading manycontinue reading...

Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

Welcome to this first installment of the Waiver Wire weekly series for the 2017 fantasy football season. This is where the magic happens. We provide information on players that are owned in roughly 40% of leagues or less, so that you can make an educated decision about who to add to your squad. Let’s look around the league at many names who are worth mentioning as Week 1 approaches. Be sure to also check out our weekly rankings andcontinue reading...

C.J. Prosise (RB, SEA) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12+ Team PPR Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: CJ Prosise is not the starting running back in Seattle and could even be third in line for touches behind Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy. Even with that being the fact, he has the most upside in PPR leagues of all of the Seattle backs and his multi-dimensional skills could see him getcontinue reading...

Latavius Murray (RB, MIN) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12 and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: Latavius Murray saw a slight drop in playing time in his third NFL season, but still managed a respectable 788 yards on 195 touches (4.0 yards per carry). Now in Minnesota, his playing time is expected to be further limited, but that doesn’t mean the 27-year-old running back cannot be productive. The starting job belongs to continue reading...

Wendell Smallwood (RB, PHI) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

OWNED IN: 9% of leagues BALLER MOVE: Target ~195 CURRENT ADP: ~210 ANALYSIS: Even though Darren Sproles remains the most reliable back in the Philadelphia RB stable, Smallwood’s meager ownership share compared to LeGarrette Blount’s 85 percent is a bit odd. While it seems logical that Blount would be the go-to guy after being a beast in New England, he hasn’t done enough to force Doug Pederson to name a lead back and even saw rumors fly of thecontinue reading...

Charcandrick West (RB, KC) - Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

OWNED IN: 13% of leagues BALLER MOVE: Target ~190 CURRENT ADP: ~220 ANALYSIS: I’ve had quite a bit of the Kareem Hunt KoolAid, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to cover my butt with West. Even though the 26-year-old isn’t a world-beater, the Chiefs run an offense that flows through its running backs, whether that’s on the ground or with Alex Smith checkdowns. What West lacks in excitability he makes up for with being a veteran, which Andy Reid tendscontinue reading...

Darren McFadden (RB, DAL) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~95 CURRENT ADP: ~110 ANALYSIS: Darren McFadden is a solid player. You know it, I know it, a 1000-yard performance in 2015 verifies it. The issue with drafting McFadden too high, though, is that Ezekiel Elliot will be the starting running back for the Cowboys for the majority of the 2017 season. With Zeke out for six games, McFadden will likely outplay his target draft position and even his current ADP ofcontinue reading...

Jamaal Williams (RB, GB) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~150 CURRENT ADP: ~165 ANALYSIS: Let's start by drafting a pass-catching back for one of the most pass-happy, score-happy, fantasy-friendly offenses in the league, shall we? Jamaal Williams is clearly behind Ty Montgomery on the Packers' depth chart, yes. But hear me out here. We heard of Montgomery's sickle cell trait issues towards the end of last year. While there haven't been any concerns so far this offseason, that's not something that just goescontinue reading...

Rob Kelley (RB, WAS) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~75 CURRENT ADP: ~87 ANALYSIS: Rob Kelley going in what basically amounts to the ninth round is pretty absurd to me. He's a starting running back on a great offense who has already shown he can produce. The reason he's being looked over is two-fold. First, folks look at his year-long stat line and dismiss him as being unproductive, overlooking the fact that he wasn't the starter for the first half of the year. Sincecontinue reading...

Thomas Rawls (RB, SEA) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~110 CURRENT ADP: ~125 ANALYSIS: With all the attention on Eddie LacyThomas Rawls is being overlooked as a late-round flier. The situation in Seattle is murky at best. There are three running backs of note, all of which can eat into each other's workload. To make matters worse, each one seems to have some sort of health issue. All that said, Rawls could end up returning great value if Lacy doesn'tcontinue reading...

Theo Riddick (RB, DET) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~80 CURRENT ADP: ~95 ANALYSIS: Riddick will again return to his role as the third-down back for a strong Lions offense. Even though Ameer Abdullah is the featured running back on this team heading into the season, Riddick should not be a forgotten man in PPR leagues. Last year, Riddick hauled in 53 catches while Abdullah missed the season. And in 2015, he racked up a ridiculous 80 catches out of the backfield. With ancontinue reading...

Bilal Powell (RB, NYJ) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~60 CURRENT ADP: ~70 ANALYSIS: Bilal Powell had a solid 2016 campaign even with Matt Forte as the starter. In fact, the only real difference between the two was Forte getting the edge in touchdowns at seven to Powell's three. Powell, however, had a greater presence in the passing game. Throw in two games of over 100 rushing yards over the last four weeks and Powell had himself a severely underrated year. Believe it or not, this wascontinue reading...

Duke Johnson (RB, CLE) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~110 CURRENT ADP: ~125 ANALYSIS: After a promising rookie season was followed up by a disappointing sophomore season, the fantasy community has soured on Johnson. However there are reasons for optimism. First, Johnson was still used heavily in the passing game last year catching 53 passes on 74 targets. Second, the Browns are an emerging offense and have talked about getting their running backs more involved. On top of his prowess in the passing game, Johnson is alsocontinue reading...

Mark Ingram (RB, NO) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~55 CURRENT ADP: ~65 ANALYSIS: Quick, name the only three running backs who have posted top 12 PPR finishes the last two seasons? Give up? David Johnson (RB8, RB1), DeVonta Freeman (RB1, RB6) and Mark Ingram (RB10, RB8). So why is Ingram being drafted as RB26? Simple, the belief that Adrian Peterson is still a workhorse back and will significantly cut into Ingram's role. It's a big ask for a guy who is 32, comingcontinue reading...

C.J. Anderson (RB, DEN) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~55 CURRENT ADP: ~70 ANALYSIS: Before getting injured in 2016, Anderson was on pace for 1000 yards and nine touchdowns. Only six running backs had over 1,000 yards and nine or more touchdowns last season. With DeVontae Booker recovering from wrist surgery and likely out for at least the first three weeks, and Jamaal Charles likely to see very little playing time, Anderson has clear path to the Broncos number one running back role. Rookie De'Angelo Henderson has flashedcontinue reading...

Giovani Bernard (RB, CIN) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~120 CURRENT ADP: ~150 ANALYSIS: Let's cut to the chase here. Giovani Bernard is an amazing receiver (and great pass protector) out of the backfield. He is one of just 11 RBs since 2013 to average a per-game line better than 3 catches, 25 yards, 6 yards per target, with a receiving TD rate of 2% or better. But what about rookie running back Joe Mixon? He looks like a greatcontinue reading...

Jamaal Charles (RB, DEN) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~140 CURRENT ADP: ~160 ANALYSIS: I took the once-first round talent Jamaal Charles in the 13th round of a 12-team PPR league last night, and I had to go take a bath afterwards because I felt so dirty. I won't lie, I probably wouldn't have made the pick if Charles hadn't gone out and gained 42 yards on six touches, officially making the Broncos' roster the other night. But hey, for every 10 speculationscontinue reading...

Darren Sproles (RB, PHI) - Fantasy Football PPR Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~110 CURRENT ADP: ~130 ANALYSIS: What if someone told you there was a running back who over the last eight seasons has never had less than 700 total yards, never had less than 40 receptions, and only had less than four touchdowns once? And you could draft him in the 11th round of PPR drafts? Sounds to good to be true, right? Well that's Sproles. On top of that absurd consistency, the guy drafted to be hiscontinue reading...

Shane Vereen (RB, NYG) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~160 CURRENT ADP: ~175 ANALYSIS: The Giants haven't had any semblance of a reliable rushing attack since Ahmad Bradshaw headed off to Indianapolis back in 2013. Since then, it's been a motley crew along the way. There's a ton of hype regarding sophomore RB Paul Perkins, all of which is understandable. Still, Vereen shouldn't just be tossed aside. When Vereen played all 16 games for New York in 2015, he had 59 receptions offcontinue reading...

Doug Martin (RB, TB) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~65 CURRENT ADP: ~80 ANALYSIS: I'm all about the "take the suspended/injured guy and just try to make it to the playoffs" approach. Just look at how many times I've drafted Le'Veon Bell in the past three years. Yes, Doug Martin is suspended for three games, and that's not the only hurdle he'll have to clear in order to provide value in the seventh round or so, but here's why thecontinue reading...

Paul Perkins (RB, NYG) - Fantasy Football Draft Value

BALLER MOVE: Target ~68 CURRENT ADP: ~83 ANALYSIS: Somewhere between the beginning of last season and now, Paul Perkins has become the running back with a great opportunity without a dynamite skillset. That confuses me, because we talked about this 2016 rookie and his pass-catching prowess like it was nothing we had ever seen before. I understand this preseason has been nothing to write home about. I also hear you when you say that continue reading...

Danny Woodhead (RB, BAL) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

BALLER MOVE: Target ~54 CURRENT ADP: ~67 ANALYSIS: Obviously, health is a big concern for the pass-catching back Woodhead. He ended his season early last year and is dealing with hamstring issues this preseason. Currently he and the Ravens hope he'll be available for Week 1, but there is a chance he starts out the year on the sidelines. Either way, Woodhead is a steal at this point of PPR or half-PPR drafts. We've heard some rumblings that the coachingcontinue reading...

Jacquizz Rodgers (RB, TB) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

Who would have thought that Jacquizz Rodgers could go from scatback to sleeper in less than a year's time? All fantasy football eyes have been on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the preseason to see how the Bucs are going to use the tight end tandem of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard and how newly-acquired deep threat extraordinaire DeSean Jackson will open up secondarycontinue reading...

Terrance West (RB, BAL) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

Running back sleepers can be especially volatile as far as predicting how successful they can be. Drafting a lesser known fantasy commodity within the first ten rounds of your draft requires that the runner have both a relatively safe floor and higher ceiling so as to be worth the investment. One of the ideal running back sleepers who fits that definition perfectly is Baltimore Ravens’ running back Terrance West. It seems people are finally warmingcontinue reading...

Undervalued Running Backs - PPR Draft Targets

Every year, after the fantasy season has ended and players championship hopes have been dashed, we look back and say "How did we not realize player x would be so good?" Going into drafts we think we have it all figured out, then the chaos of the NFL screws everything up and we realize we don't. At the end of the 2017 season we are going to look back and wonder why we drafted running backscontinue reading...

Mid-Round Draft Targets for 2017 Fantasy Football

While fantasy owners make look for upside and risk/reward options in the later rounds, it's important to hit on those mid-round picks. This piece analyzes five reliable options likely to come off the board in rounds 6-10. All five have a history of solid production, and remain in encouraging situations that should allow for continued success. Interestingly enough, you may see some of these same players listed as busts or overvalued elsewhere, but in my opinion these playerscontinue reading...

Late-Round Lottery Tickets to Target in Fantasy Drafts

My dreams of playing in a mega-high stakes (jelly beans, of course) fantasy league were crushed when I didn't win the Powerball jackpot. My guess is you aren't that one lucky soul who won either so here you are slumming it with the rest of us. That's ok though, there's always the fantasy lottery. Besides, money can't buy happiness, right? Then again, there's that old cliche about preferring to cry on a yacht. Anyway, here we'llcontinue reading...

Late-Round Running Backs Who Will Outperform Their ADP

Drafting running backs early in 2017 seems to be the increasingly common strategy. According to Fantasy Football Calculator, 17 running backs are being drafted in the first three rounds in PPR leagues. The prevailing thought seems to be if you miss out on a running back in the early rounds you have no good options left. This is just not true as there is value at the position all throughout the draft. Even in the double digitcontinue reading...

DeAndre Washington (RB, OAK) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

The Oakland Raiders were sixth in the NFL in rushing in 2016. Employing a three-headed running back committee led by Latavius Murray, Oakland also got significant contributions from a pair of impressive rookies in DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. While Latavius Murray turned his lead role into 1,052 yards from scrimmage and an RB13 finish in standard formats in 2016, rookie RBs Washington andcontinue reading...

C.J. Prosise (RB, SEA) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

Before profiling C.J. Prosise as a fantasy football sleeper for 2017, it is important to note that I'm approaching this from a PPR position. CJ Prosise is far less valuable in standard leagues. In standard leagues, I just wouldn't draft any Seattle running back. In PPR leagues, Prosise is the guy I want not just between the Seattle backs, but in general. Before we get into why, let's getcontinue reading...

Ameer Abdullah (RB, DET) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

When it comes to fantasy football, the decision to draft a player is often heavily influenced by a ‘what have you done for me lately’ bias. Owners often place a greater stock in the most recent successes or failures of players than they do the much larger picture. Consider Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker, who was drafted on the round six/seven turn in 2016 before multiple confounding injuries ended his season and resultedcontinue reading...

Samaje Perine (RB, WAS) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

The Washington Redskins passing offense surprised last season, finishing second in the NFL in passing yards behind only the New Orleans Saints. However, their 21st-ranked rushing offense left plenty of room for improvement for the looming 2017 season. Second-year running back Matt Jones started the season as the lead back until his benching in week 8. Jones was a healthy scratch the last eight games of the season, giving way for rookiecontinue reading...

Paul Perkins (RB, NYC) - 2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper

The renewed focus on running backs this season is leaving many fantasy owners looking for bargains in the middle rounds. More than likely, finding the right RB2/flex play will make the difference in many leagues. Throughout the majority of the 2016 season, Paul Perkins was irrelevant to both the New York Giants offense and fantasy owners. As a fifth-round rookie, his lack of production was not a surprise. However, Perkins' strong finish to thecontinue reading...

ADP Arbitrage - Redraft Mid-Round Value Picks

Every year there are players at each position who fly under the radar during the offseason, only to outperform players who were drafted much higher. The individuals who can identify players with low ADP that have the potential to perform at a similar or higher level to the more highly-touted players oftentimes are the same individuals who have a good chance to win their league. Although it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact players who willcontinue reading...

ADP Arbitrage - Mid-Round Targets for MFL10 Fantasy Drafts

The Wisdom of Crowds is a concept theorized by philosopher Francis Galton, who observed at a county fair in 1906 a group of over 800 people guessing the weight of an ox that was on display. While the majority of people were off by a fair amount, the median guess was 1208 pounds, less than 1% off from the ox’s actual weight of 1197 pounds. Applying this concept to fantasy football, the average draft positioncontinue reading...

Rookie Running Backs in the Best Fantasy Situations

With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, we can finally speculate on the rookies in the context of their landing spots. For the running backs, it was surprising as to how few rookies ended up in ideal situations that could eventually lead to playing time in 2017. However, there are a handful of rookie running backs to keep an eye on this coming season. Here are some rookie running backs in good fantasy situations that couldcontinue reading...

Fantasy Implications - Marshawn Lynch to Raiders

What once seemed like a far-fetched rumor or the kind of thing you'd pull off in Madden '18, the reality is that Marshawn Lynch may very well be wearing silver and black next season. The once-retired, Skittles-loving running back is bringing the rainbow to his hometown of Oakland. That is, once he gets officially reinstated by the league and the Raiders are able to acquire his rights. If this comes to fruition, which may just becontinue reading...

NFL Combine 2017 Observations

The NFL Combine, much like the NFL Draft, draws mixed reactions from casual fans. Some see it as a way to learn more about the next generation of players, while others consider it a glorified meat market and made-for-TV event that doesn't reliably predict future success. If you play in a dynasty or rookie fantasy football league, chances are you are following each event and 40 time closely and adjusting your draft sheets accordingly. While wecontinue reading...

Sophomore Slumps - Third-Year NFL Players Who Will Rebound in 2017

NFL rookies have it easy. OK, well, maybe not easy. But their first-season struggles are typically chalked up to the difficult transition from the college ranks to the pros. There's no such mercy in Year No. 2, when the struggles get labeled as the dreaded sophomore slump. Sophomore slumps extend beyond just the player's on-field decline. Fantasy owners that select them with high hopes are often left wondering, "What happened?" That was the case in 2016continue reading...

Sophomore Slumps - Breakout Rookies Who Will Underperform in Year Two

Rookies are the ultimate unknown in the NFL. Teams review hours and hours of game film, analyze enough numbers to make most banks jealous, and scout players at individual workouts, but there's still an unknown quality to rookies. It is difficult to predict how they'll perform as professionals. When they do perform well, general managers and coaches look like geniuses. In Year Two, the focus turns to avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump. Fantasy owners must be keenly awarecontinue reading...