It is becoming tougher and tougher to find good running backs in fantasy football. It is also hard to find good running backs on the waiver wire in some leagues. I am in one 12-team league and I swear just about every back-up running back is owned in that league. I have James Starks, Knile Davis and Isaiah Crowell on my roster. That is how bad it is.
Things might be changing though after some injuries to guys like Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller, Reggie Bush and Trent Richardson were hurt this week. There could be a guy or two worth adding in your league.
I am not going to waste your time suggesting guys like Mark Ingram and Joique Bell in this post. Ingram is already owned in 80% of ESPN leagues and Bell in 98%. That means the odds are he isn't on waivers in your league (he definitely isn't if you are in a league with me because he is on my team).
Here are some guys that you might be able to add in your league:
Bills RB Anthony Dixon
Dixon is only owned in .2% of ESPN leagues. He got the work when Jackson and Spiller went out and finished with 51 yards on 13 carries. I really like Dixon coming out of Mississippi State, and there is no doubt he can put up numbers if given the chances.
However, he might split carries with....
Bills RB Bryce Brown
Brown was inactive on Sunday. That is why Dixon got all of the work. He will be active next week and will eat into Dixon's touches. Brown had some success last year with the Eagles when LeSean McCoy (averaging 4.2 yards per carry). He has had fumble issues in the past, and he is below Dixon on this list because he is clearly below Dixon on the Bills depth chart.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon
If we are ranking them in order, I would have McKinnon ahead of Brown. McKinnon is only owned in 11.7% of ESPN leagues. He has started over Matt Asiata the past two weeks and has shown the ability to break off a big run. The Vikings are likely to lean on him pretty heavily the rest of the year with rookie Teddy Bridgewater under center.