Fantasy football waiver wire: 4 running backs to target for Week 17
Still playing in Week 17, or just looking for daily streaming bargains? These wire running backs might help you out.
The fantasy football season may have wrapped up in Week 16, but there are still a number of leagues playing into Week 17. In addition, there are daily streaming games going strong, and if you’re still looking for a fantasy fix those leagues should be right up your alley.
With just one week left in the regular season, this list is more about making single-week impacts and accounting for which playoff teams will rest their starters. For the final time this season, let’s look at running backs owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues who could help you out.
Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings (49 percent) — There is almost nothing exciting about Asiata’s on-field play, but when the Vikings are at the goal line, he’s getting the ball. That will keep him on the RB2 radar as long as Teddy Bridgewater continues his encouraging progress. He’s the fantasy scorer you need, but not the one you deserve. He also has a great matchup with the Chicago Bears‘ defense, so there’s that.
Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys (44 percent) — DeMarco Murray is still dealing with hand surgery and it hobbled him Sunday. He played on just 31 snaps while Randle got 22 and finished with 37 yards on 13 carries. The Cowboys clinched the NFC East, and while they promised to play their starters in the regular season finale, it seems like a given Murray will sit most of the game. That makes Randle a solid bargain option in daily leagues.
Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars (40 percent) — The Jaguars turned back to Gerhart after losing Denard Robinson for the year. He responded with his usual Gerhart game, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries but doing nothing to pop on tape and leaving with a rib injury. The Jaguars now face a Houston Texans‘ defense that is still alive for a playoff spot. This could get ugly, but Gerhart is on the flex map if the Jags opt to take the ball out of Blake Bortles‘ hands.
Branden Oliver, San Diego Chargers (35 percent) — Ryan Mathews is tentatively expected to return, but he honestly hasn’t done much to earn the starting job again. Oliver had a steady performance in Week 16, recording 81 total yards on 16 touches. He’ll face a Kansas City Chiefs‘ defense that is allowing 128.3 rushing yards per game, ranking 28th in the league. Keep an eye on Mathews’ practice reports this week, and if he can’t go then fire up Oliver as a safe RB2.