Fantasy Football Week 15: Waiver-Wire RB OptionsEvery week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.
For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).
With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 15 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]
1. Elijah McGuire, New York Jets (7 percent)
With Isaiah Crowell exiting Week 14 early, McGuire handled lead-back duties as he racked up 20 touches -- 17 carries and three receptions. Turning those touches into 83 yards and a touchdown, McGuire would be in line for another significant workload if Crowell is unable to go in Week 15 against the Texans.
2. Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (17 percent)
Even though Spencer Ware outgained Williams by nearly 100 yards from scrimmage, Williams was able to score a pair of touchdowns and should maintain a role within the post-Kareem Hunt Chiefs backfield.
3. Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins (27 percent)
Efficient on his 13 touches Sunday, Gore carried the ball 12 times for 92 yards and added a 24-yard reception against the Patriots. Performing as the RB17 on the week, Gore has finished as fantasy's RB35 or better in five of six and eight of 10 weeks. The lack of touchdowns (only one this season) limits his upside, but he offers some consistency.
4. Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons (28 percent)
Smith set a season high with 14 touches -- 11 carries and three receptions -- as he totaled 74 yards from scrimmage. It was the second consecutive game that Smith had more touches than backfield mate Tevin Coleman. On a positive note for both Smith and Coleman, they get a matchup in Week 15 against Arizona. Only the Bengals and Chiefs have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than the Cardinals.
5. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (8 percent)
Averaging 6.0 yards per carry in his two games back from IR, Dixon carried the ball eight times for 59 yards and a touchdown to go along with a 21-yard reception in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Even though Gus Edwards has become the team's lead back, Dixon has exactly nine touches in back-to-back games and his role could expand down the stretch based on comments from coach John Harbaugh.
6. Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills (4 percent)
Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is considered "day-to-day." While it's possible that McCoy plays in Week 15, there is little incentive to rush him back too soon. If he doesn't play, Ivory could become a volume-based flex option this week.
7. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles (6 percent)
Corey Clement (knee) could miss a game or two, which would give Sproles and Wendell Smallwood opportunities as the change-of-pace back to Josh Adams. With just four touches in each of the past two games, Sproles has still managed to score in back-to-back weeks. Almost double-digit underdogs against the Rams in Week 15, the Eagles could play at a faster pace trying to keep up with L.A. and that could potentially bode well for Sproles.
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