Week 10 is upon us and with injuries still plaguing the NFL and four teams (Cleveland, Kansas City, New England and the New York Jets) on a bye week, it’s time to get some much needed running back help off the waivers.
Running back has been one of the most unpredictable and inconsistent positions this season, but there are surprisingly some decent options out there that are widely available and ready to help your fantasy team. Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Mike James and Andre Brown lead the crop of Week 10 running back waiver wire pick-ups.
Zac Stacy (RB – STL)
It’s amazing that Zac Stacy is on this list and isn’t 100% owned in all leagues. Surprisingly, Stacy is only owned in 72% of Yahoo and 64% of ESPN Fantasy leagues so it’s worth mentioning that he is still available in several leagues and is a must-add player for Week 10.
Since being handed the starting job, Stacy has been nothing short of sensational. Stacy has eclipsed double-digit fantasy points in four straight games and is coming off a Week 9 explosion of 127 rushing yards, two touchdowns and six catches for 51 yards. Stacy is the new focal point of the Rams offense and could very easily be a top 10 running back from here on out.
Andre Ellington (RB – AZ)
It’s a shame that Andre Ellington is on this list as well. Ellington should be owned in all leagues but it looks like owners have been skeptical to add him for some reason and it appears that some owners may have even dropped him during his bye week.
Ellington earned the starting running back job in Week 8 and did not disappoint. He racked up 154 yards and a touchdown while also tacking on two catches for eight yards. The Arizona coaching staff loves Ellington and are trying to get him in space as much as possible.
Expect good things from Ellington coming off a bye week and he has a favorable schedule until week 15 and 16 when he takes on Seattle and San Francisco. Ellington is only owned in 63% of Yahoo and 37% of ESPN Fantasy leagues, so scoop him up if he’s still available.
Mike James (RB – TB)
Mike James got thrust into Tampa Bays starting lineup when Doug Martin went down with an injury and he’s been doing more than holding his own as a starter. James had a relatively quiet first week as a starter but with his second chance in Week 9, he absolutely exploded against Seattle on Sunday rushing for 158 yards and catching two passes for eight yards. James even threw a touchdown pass as well on a trick play early in the game.
James may not have top 10 RB potential the rest of the season, but there is nothing not to like about a player that’s getting twenty-plus carries a game in a run first offense. James has a great match-up this week against Miami which makes him a high end RB2 and Flex play this week. Depending on your running back depth, James could provide a nice spark for the rest of the season.
Andre Brown (RB – NYG)
Andre Bwown has confirmed that he will make his 2013 debut during in Week 10. Brown practiced on Monday in what he called some “special plays” and could very easily lead all Giant running backs in touches in week 10.
It’s still very unclear how much playing time Brown will get this week, so owners should not feel comfortable starting him. However, Brown could provide a nice spark in Week 11 and beyond once it’s clear how healthy he is. In a year when many owners are struggling to find a solid RB2 and in some cases, RB1, Brown could be the savior for a lot of owners down the stretch.