This week looks to be a very interesting one heading into the waiver period. Multiple running backs have either emerged, or will be starting as a result of injury. With the ineffectiveness of some of the top players chosen in fantasy drafts, these players can be a huge boost for your team. These are some of the players that I would be putting a lot of thought into adding this week.
Bryce Brown, RB Bills: Brown has been a healthy scratch for every Bills game up to this point, but that’s about to change. With CJ Spiller suffering a broken collarbone and Fred Jackson set to miss a few weeks, Brown figures to be the Bills lead back. In spurts with the Eagles, he showed flashes of a skillset that would make him a fantasy star. While Anthony Dixon should see a few carries, Brown is the clear back to own in this situation.
Tre Mason, RB Rams: Mason didn’t see any game action up until two weeks ago, but has made the most of it. On 23 carries, he has recorded 123 yards and a touchdown. With Zac Stacy appearing to be phased out, Mason is the Rams back to have from here on out. This isn’t only his job however. Benny Cunningham is a much better receiver out of the backfield than Mason. On passing downs or in comeback mode, Mason might not be much of a factor. The 15 or so touches he should see a week still make him worthy of adding.
Denard Robinson, RB Jaguars: Robinson’s huge game was one of the feel good stories of week seven. He ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. These weren’t all Robinson in the open field like his Michigan days either. A lot of his yards were between the tackles and fighting after initial contact. After this performance, Robinson figures to be the lead back for the Jaguars for at least the next few weeks. While the offensive line does have issues, the volume and big play ability makes him worth an add. Also, be sure to check his eligible positions as in some leagues he can be started in a receiver slot.
Doug Baldwin, WR Seahawks: Baldwin appears to be the clear beneficiary of the Percy Harvin trade. This past Sunday he went off for seven catches, 123 yards and a touchdown. While the Seahawks usually spread the wealth in the passing game, Russell Wilson seemed clearly more comfortable looking Baldwin’s way. At this point, he is worth stashing on your bench and could be worth starting based on the matchup.