Many top-tier running backs are not producing this year, but luckily, there are some free agent running backs out there that are beginning to emerge as possible replacements for the likes of David Wilson and Chris Johnson.
Andre Ellington, Brandon Jacobs and Zac Stacy may solve some problems for fantasy owners looking for help at the running back position.
Andre Ellington (AZ)
Andre Ellington may not be getting lots of opportunities to produce, but he’s producing with every opportunity he gets. Ellengton racked up 56 yards and a touchdown on just 7 carries and caught 5 passes out of the backfield during Week 6 against the 49ers.
Ellington is proving to be a very valuable fantasy option in PPR leagues and he out-touched teammate Rashard Mendenhall for the first time all season 12 to 11. Ellengton might prove to be be the third coming of Darren Sproles and if that’s the case, Ellengton will be a high-end RB2 or valuable Flex play for the remainder of the season
Brandon Jacobs (NYG)
Brandon Jacobs has become a very viable fantasy option after his strong Week 6 performance rushing 22 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Jacobs is the only semi-healthy back on the Giants roster with Andre Brown, David Wilson and Da’Rel Scott all missing the next few games with injuries.
Jacobs is a big back that is bound to get 15 plus carries a game and score some touchdowns from the goal-line and he couldn’t have a more favorable schedule playing in the defense-optional NFC East. Jacobs is definitely worth a waiver-wire pickup for fantasy owners needing help at the RB position and based on running back production this season, that’s pretty much every fantasy owner.
Zac Stacy (STL)
Zac Stacy put up decent numbers in his second chance as the starting running back for the Rams. Stacy was on the field for 38 of the Rams 47 snaps and accumulated 90 yards from scrimmage with 79 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards on two catches against a stingy Texans defense.
Stacy is performing well enough to keep the starting job and based on his touches he warrants fantasy consideration. Stacy does have a really tough schedule ahead, but owners desperate at the running back position could do a lot worse than a guy that will be getting 20 touches a game.