Already preparing to raid the Waiver Wire after Week 13? Let’s take a look at the running back options who may be available (owned in less than 60% of ESPN leagues) and prioritize who you should be targeting and who is better left for someone else:
- Cam Akers – Los Angeles Rams
- Ty Johnson – New York Jets
- Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills
- Josh Adams – New York Jets
- Adrian Peterson – Detroit Lions
- Alfred Morris – New York Giants
- Cordarrelle Patterson – Chicago Bears
1) Cam Akers – Los Angeles Rams
Akers was #1 on this list a week ago, though it appears that many didn’t make the move (as of Sunday he was still owned in just 35.2% of leagues). I’d expect that number to rise significantly, as those battling for playoff spots hits their waiver wire. Why? Just look at the usage from Week 13:
- Cam Akers – 21 carries for 72 yards and 1 TD
- Darrell Henderson Jr. – 3 carries for 49 yards and 1 TD
- Malcolm Brown – 3 carries for -3 yards
Henderson did have one big run (38 yards), but it’s clear that Akers has emerged as the leader of the backfield. Maybe he doesn’t quite dominate the touches like this again, but there’s little question that he’s the man to own right now.
2) Ty Johnson – New York Jets
Frank Gore left due to a concussion and La’Mical Perine remains sidelined, so you would’ve thought the New York backfield would disappear. Instead it thrived, with Johnson leading the way:
- Ty Johnson – 22 carries for 104 yards and 1 TD
- Josh Adams – 8 carries for 74 yards
Johnson added 2 catches for 13 yards as well. With Gore facing an uphill battle for Week 14 Johnson would appear to be lined up to lead the New York backfield once again. With the Jets traveling to face a Seattle defense that was torched by Wayne Gallman and the Giants in Week 13, Johnson is looking like a strong waiver wire target.
3) Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills
As of this writing the Bills have yet to play their Week 13 matchup, but Moss showed against the Chargers how good he could be (9 carries for 56 yards). He is going to have to share the backfield with Devin Singletary, but as the weather gets colder could Buffalo go even more run heavy?
Moss has the upside and the potential workload to make him well worth owning.
4) Josh Adams – New York Jets
While Ty Johnson dominated the carries, Adams held his own and made the most of his opportunities. With the depth chart banged up, could the Jets try to get a better look at Adams over the next few weeks? It makes sense, but we’ve said that about others in the Jets backfield this season only to watch Frank Gore dominate the touches. In other words it’s hard to get overly excited.
5) Adrian Peterson – Detroit Lions
Peterson’s value is solely tied to the availability of D’Andre Swift. If Swift is able to return? Peterson will be a non-factor. If he’s out again? Peterson should dominate the early down/short yardage work, as he did in Week 13 when he turned 16 carries into 57 yards and 2 TD. It appears likely Swift returns, so don’t do anything dramatic but have him on your radar.
6) Alfred Morris – New York Giants
Morris is handcuff to Wayne Gallman, and he actually produced a pair of TD in Week 13:
- Rushing – 8 carries for 39 yards and 1 TD
- Receiving – 1 catch for 6 yards and 1 TD
It’ll take an injury for him to be worth considering, and even then the Giants could go with some type of committee approach.
7) Cordarrelle Patterson – Chicago Bears
We think of him as a receiver, but the Bears gave Patterson 10 carries this week and he delivered 59 yards and 1 TD. It’s the second time in the past three weeks that he has at least 10 carries, though he’s not going to overtake David Montgomery and in the other game he was given just 2 carries.
He’s worth having on radars, just in case, but can anyone really envision having him in their starting lineups outside of the deepest of formats?
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com