2015 has not been a good year for quality running backs. After Foster went down in Week 7, two more bit the dust in Week 8 and fantasy owners are looking for diamonds in the rough. Stay afloat for the second half of the season with these waiver wire pickups.
DeAngelo Williams (Ownership: 27.2%)
What a tough blow for Pittsburgh fans and fantasy owners everywhere. The day Ben Roethlisberger returns from knee injury, LeVeon Bell tears his ACL and is put on season ending IR. Talk about not catching a break. For those who weren’t smart enough to handcuff the stud running back, hopefully you can catch DeAngelo Williams off of waivers for Week 9. In the two games Bell missed due to suspension, Williams posted 204 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries. Williams is a legitimate top-15 running back for the rest of the season.
Jeremy Langford (Ownership: 2.8%)
If losing Bell was a tough blow to Pittsburgh, Forte exiting with a knee injury was a devastating addition to their list of injuries this season. Forte, quietly having a very productive fantasy season, did not suffer a season ending injury, but there is no current timetable for his return. Jeremy Langford, you’re up rookie. Langford, described as an explosive talent on draft day, actually played wide receiver and cornerback at Michigan State. Not known for his physicality, Langford did manage to poach two short touchdowns away from Forte earlier in the season. With a heavy dosage of carries and yards, Langford will be more than just a TD-dependent option for the foreseeable future.
Kamar Aiken (Ownership: 20.6%)
Hard to see a wily veteran like Steve Smith Sr. go out due to injury. Ice up son, maybe you’ll reconsider retirement and come back better than ever. Well, this is less of an endorsement because Kamar Aiken is a good receiver and more of an endorsement that Kamar Aiken is the only receiver left in Baltimore. Aiken’s hands aren’t trustworthy and he drops a lot of balls. However, Joe Flacco’s only other target at the moment is Crockett Gillmore. Joe Flacco boasts a big arm for a reason and he’ll have to throw it to someone. Aiken could produce respectable numbers on sheer volume alone. You can do a lot worse than Aiken going forward (or not), pick him up and stash him on your roster.
Stevie Johnson (Ownership: 28.7%)
Stevie Johnson was on my wide receiver deep sleeper list in the preseason and backed up my recommendation in the first two weeks with 127 yards and two scores. Unfortunately, Johnson petered out the next couple weeks and was injured the following two weeks after that. Fast-forward to week 9 and now Johnson is the number one receiver due to Keenan Allen’s kidney ailment. Allen is out indefinitely and Philip Rivers has been playing red hot. Get Johnson off of waivers and into your lineups ASAP.