Finding a quality free agent running back in Week 4 is like finding a needle in a haystack. There aren’t many running backs out there that owners can pick up and play this week, but there are a few out there that might be worth taking a flyer on. Brandon Bolden and Ronnie Hillman had great Week 3 performances and could turn out to be productive fantasy running backs for the remainder of the season.
Brandon Bolden (Patriots)
Brandon Bolden was inactive for the first two weeks of the season, but had a nice 2013 debut. Bolden gained 51 rushing yards on just three carries and had 5 receptions for 49 yards. Bolden appears to be the best all-around back on the Patriots active roster with Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Bloount not being very active in the passing game. With Ridley being one fumble away from the doghouse and Blount being more of a short yardage back, Bolden has the potential to be the most productive back in New England if he can stay healthy.
Bolden is not a great start this week, but his value will only increase if Ridley continues to have a poor season and if Bolden can continue to catch passes out of the backfield.
Ronnie Hillman scored his first touchdown of the season during Week 3 after defeating fellow running backs Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball in a game of rock-paper-scissors that determined which running back got the one yard touchdown run late in the 4th quarter.
Moreno will continue to be the featured back in the Broncos offense, but Hillman may be his backup moving forward since Ball has lost two critical fumbles in back to back weeks. Hillman does not have much fantasy value in the near future as the Broncos have three mouths to feed at the running back position, but if Moreno can’t stay healthy, Hillman might be the featured back for a good portion of the season.