There are only a hand-full of running backs putting up consistent numbers this season, so virtually every fantasy owner needs some help at the running back position. There aren’t any free agent running backs available that are a lock to get double digit fantasy points each week, but there are a few that have some good upside moving forward.
Andre Ellington might have the most upside of all the waiver wire running backs available. Ellington’s role is increasing each week and is quickly becoming a very valuable PPR running back.
Ellington has already racked up 13 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown and is averaging a whopping 6.7 yards per carry on 18 carries. Ellington is a small back that can’t carry the load by himself, but he may turn into a Darren Sproles or Danny Woohead-like running back which would make him a low end RB2 or Flex play moving forward.
Ellington does not have the most favorable schedule moving forward, but he does have a lot of upside with his pass-catching ability.
Willis McGahee is not getting much respect in the fantasy community based on his ownership numbers. However, after his Week 5 performance and workload, he should be. McGahee carried the ball 26 times for 72 yards and a touchdown against a stout Bills defense.
McGahee has a great match-up this week against a Detroit defense that struggles against the run and has value as a bye week RB2 or a flex play for the remainder of the season. McGahee is capable of scoring touchdowns in the red zone and catching passes out of the backfield. Fantasy owners should definitely roster the veteran back if possible.
Zac Stacy was unofficially named as the Week 6 starter for the Rams by Head Coach Jeff Fisher, after Stacy racked up a solid 78 yards on Sunday against the Jaguars. Stacy averaged 5.6 yards per carry, but had to leave the game with a rib injury which does not appear to be serious.
Stacy has a brutal schedule ahead facing the Texans in Week 6 and the Bears, Bucs and 49ers and Seahawks twice throughout the season. With Daryl Richardson primarily catching passes out of the backfield, Stacy appears to be the best option on the ground for the Rams which gives him the best chance to score in the red zone touchdown.
The Raiders backfield is decimated with injuries and Marcel Reece might have some serious fantasy value in the near future if Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings can’t play during Week 6 against the Chiefs.
Reece is a big back who can run well and has great pass-catching ability. Owners should keep an eye on the status of McFadden and Jennings and throughout the week. If both are inactive, plug Reece in as an RB2 or Flex play depending on his match-up.