It's now time to look at which running backs to add to your fantasy football team. Following a wild NFL Week 10, there's some new names emerging, while other old vets are showing they still have something left in the tank.
Be sure to check out our QB adds. Now, here's a look at the top RBs to add.
Falcons RB Steven Jackson
Because Jackson is one of four running backs that the Falcons typically rotate around, many potential owners have skipped out on picking up Steven Jackson, and out of those that have him, only 51% have started. I was lucky enough to be in the bare majority of that statistic, as his 81 yards on 16 carries, plus a touchdown gave me the boost I needed.
Jackson had what was arguably his best game of the year so far, looking fresh off the bye week and accumulating a 5.1 yards per carry average, a number most would consider representative of a very successful outing. He added 14 yards on two receptions as well. I wouldn't let the four running back deal scare me out of a solid pickup if you need a running back.
Despite the fact that the carries have been split, it would be a bad move not to ride the hot hand if you're the Falcons coaching staff. Right now, that means going with Jackson.
Broncos RB C.J. Anderson
It was supposed to be Hillman that got the carries, but Anderson had something else in mind for the Broncos' ground game. After compiling 90 yards on just 13 carries (folks, that's a 6.9 yard-per-carry mark), Anderson will most definitely be considered in the mix for lead carries in Denver's offense.
The second-year running back was explosive and perhaps more importantly, consistent with breaking into the second level of the Oakland defense. Anderson also added a 73 yards receiving on just four receptions, demonstrating the confidence that Peyton Manning had in him, despite the fact that this is the only game where he's put up such numbers.
I'd bet that his average game-time is about to increase, and he could provide a nice upside for Fantasy owners willing to take a chance on him.
The Browns ground game
Targeting the entire Browns running back staff may come off as strange to some, but hear this one out. The Bengals don't have a very solid running defense this year, but the numbers that Cleveland's backs were able to combine for was still impressive on short rest.
Terrance West is currently owned in 66. 5% of leagues, but if he hasn't been picked up in yours, I wouldn't waste time in grabbing him. He had 94 yards and a touchdown this past week. However, Crowell, who is only owned in 23.7% of leagues, also put up 41 yards and a score to give owners a decent share of points for the week.
It showed that the Browns were willing to spread the ball around, not only indicating that your back is more likely to get carries in the run-by-committee system, but that he'll likely be fresh when he sees playing time. Even Ben Tate, (the most owned, but who contributed the least) put up a score against the Bengals.
More so than the latter though, both West and Crowell could be solid targets if you're hurting at the RB position on your roster.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde
The rise of Carlos Hyde took the next step in Week 10. A second-round draft pick of the 49ers, Hyde had a dual-threat role in the much-needed road win at New Orleans. Not only did he spark the running attack by providing a nine-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, he fielded three kicks and averaged 27.3 yards per return. He totaled 118 yards combined: 36 rushing and 82 on kick returns.
Hyde took over the kick return duties after fellow rookie, wide receiver Bruce Ellington, suffered an ankle injury on a third-quarter punt return. He isn't getting much work behind Frank Gore, but based on what we've seen from the rookie in his few carries, he is a must-have handcuff for Gore owners and a smart stash in just about every league if you're looking for an RB who could emerge over the final stretch of the fantasy regular season.
Vikings RB Matt Asiata
Chicago's defense has been porous this season, which is just one of many reasons to pick up Vikings running back Matt Asiata. The Vikings star, though not in the spotlight this past week due to a bye, is definitely worthy of being in more than the 34% of leagues that he's currently in.
Asiata put up just 26 yards against Washington two weeks ago, but he also added 31 receiving yards, and more importantly, 3 touchdowns. Mega points right there. He should continue to provide fantasy owners with all the reasoning in the world to start him against Chicago, and those in leagues that haven't picked him up yet should add him to their roster as soon as possible
Texans RB Alfred Blue
The Texans could be starting a new QB and RB vs. the Browns in Week 11. Ryan Mallett is set to make his first NFL start at QB, and Arian Foster, who suffered a groin injury in Week 9, may not be there to hand the ball off too. Foster missed time earlier this year with a bum hammy.
Add Blue if you need a safety net if Foster is held out, and monitor his status leading up to Houston's Week 11 game.