I cannot stress enough how important it is to be aggressive and diligent on the waiver wire in your leagues. If you dragged your feet early on you may have lost this week to a Justin Forsett or C.J. Anderson led squad. Both running backs were more than likely undrafted back in August, but may be leading their teams to the fantasy playoffs now. Forsett has been the most surprising to me, because he has been a source of touchdowns and yardage when he was supposed to be a third down back. His comfort level in the Gary Kubiak offense was definitely underrated by most fantasy pundits, but there were a few that thought he could emerge. Most notably, Ty Miller of DynastyLeagueFootball.
With all that being said there are a few names that could help you down the stretch:
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 10.3 percent of ESPN Leagues) Murray was a combine beats that was a favorite of the dynasty playing crowd last year. His combination of size and speed showed up last Thursday as he torched the Chiefs when he was finally given a chance. While he is currently going through the league's concussion protocol, I would still be very aggressive going after him if I needed a running back or if I needed to block another owner. His match ups down the stretch aren't ideal as he faces St. Louis then San Francisco, Kansas City in KC and Buffalo. My co-host Josh Shepardson suggested emptying your FAAB budget on him even with that daunting schedule.
LaGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (Owned in 20.3 percent of ESPN Leagues) Blount sulked his way out of Pittsburgh and walked right into an offensive juggernaut in New England. The interior of the Patriots offensive line has dramatically improved since they put Bryan Stork in at Center and settled in on their guards. (BTW Stork was one of the main guys that I thought could help the Giants and now he's snapping the ball to Tom Brady.) Blount's usage is a little cloudy with the Patriots always flipping and flopping on who they want to feature week in and week out, but he needs to be owned in all leagues, especially standard scoring leagues.
Daniel "Boom" Herron, Indianapolis Colts (Owned in 15.2 percent of ESPN Leagues) Boom Herron got the surprise start this past weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars and he did a lot with his opportunity. While Trent Richardson played more snaps, Herron was much more effective. He also shined in the passing game as Andrew Luck will need a back he can trust to dump it off to. If I'm in a PPR league, I'm going after Herron pretty heavy.