With Week 9 of the NFL season all but wrapped up, it's time to take a look at who to add at running back with your fantasy season hitting the final stretch of regular season games. With Week 10 on the horizon, there's just 4-5 weeks left in the fantasy regular season left before the playoffs begin around Week 14.
There weren't many notable running backs injured this week, but there was a big one in Houston after Arian Foster went down with a groin injury. If you own him, you're going to be in desperate need of another RB.
That, said here's a look at this week's top adds.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill
The former LSU star hasn't gotten too much attention outside of Cincinnati fans, largely because of the fact that he's been residing in Giovani Bernard's shadow for much of the season. However, with Bernard out against the Jaguars in Week 9, Hill had what most would consider a breakout game, and an especially warm coming out party with the game being his first NFL start.
Hill finished with 154 yards rushing on 24 carries and two touchdowns. The big play came with 8:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, as Hill evaded a handful of tackles and scored on a 60-yard touchdown run.
Prior to Sunday's game, Hill had rushed for just over 190 yards in the previous even games as a backup behind Giovani Bernard.With Bernard now out with a hip injury, Hill is worth picking up and possibly starting vs. the Browns in Week 10.
Coming into Week 9, Hill was owned in just 64% of fantasy leagues, so there is a chance that he is available in yours league as of Monday. By the time Week 10 begins though, he'll likely be scooped up in 90+ percent of leagues, so make sure to find and add him immediately if he's available.
Jaguars RB Denard Robinson
The Jaguars running back came into this matchup against the Bengals on my lookout list to start for Week 9, and he didn't disappoint those who listened. Robinson rushed for 94 yards on 17 carries, including a second half touchdown. That also means he was just six yards shy of eclipsing the century mark on the ground for three straight games.
The young man out of Michigan combines the ability to provide a big burst – as demonstrated by a 39 yard run against the Bengals – and the knack for grounding and pounding as an every down back, churning out runs both through the tackles and on the edge. If he's still available, look to pick him up and ride the hot hand in Jacksonville.
Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey
Bobby Rainey had a very solid game against the stingy Browns' defense, and could very well be worth a pickup if you're having trouble with the starting running backs on your roster. Rainey managed 84 yards on 19 carries, with most of his production stemming from his ability to be consistent.
That is, rest assured he didn't get all 84 yards in just one or two chunks to run his Fantasy score up. Rainey hasn't seen this level of reliance from the Buccaneers coaching staff until this past week, and it's clear he was able to respond well.
Although he didn't have any scores, he added a bonus 34 yard catch to his stats that his fantasy owners greatly appreciated. Relatively speaking, he's not owned in a very large amount of leagues, but that number is about to rise. Grab him while he's still an option.
Here's who you should drop:
Browns RB Ben Tate
Cleveland's running game has had a very, very poor stretch of games, and Ben Tate has fallen off a cliff with his recent performances. By "very, very poor," I mean a total of 67 yards in the last three games against the Jaguars, Raiders, and Buccaneers. He also hasn't recorded a touchdown in any of those games.
Although the running back has added a few catches on the receiving end here and there, it's nowhere near enough to warrant keeping him on the starting roster. In fact, I'd heavily suggest dropping him completely, If you can't produce against those defenses, then it's going to be a really tough going against defenses like the Browns' AFC North opponents left on their schedule.
Ravens RB Bernard Pierce
Bernard Pierce has dropped off the running back market in a big way, and if you're unlucky enough to have waited it out on his production before dropping him, it's better to do it sooner than later at this point. Taliaferro and Forsett have dominated the running game in Baltimore since the dramatic exit of Ray Rice, and they're doing a fine job of taking control of that part of the show. Pierce has quickly resigned to the third strong option for Gary Kubiak's Ravens, and he doesn't look like he'll be leaving that spot anytime soon.
Jets RB Chris Ivory
Since Michael Vick has taken over at QB, Chris Ivory hasn't managed the solid production we've become accustomed to seeing from the normally explosive, downhill runner. In fact, it was Chris Johnson that took most of the load for New York against the Chiefs this past week, leaving Ivory staring from the rear-view mirror with just 22 yards on eight carries and no scores.
This is a potential drop that I wouldn't make without considering the options, so if there's no better choices available at running back to pick up in his place, you might want to let him keep a roster spot. Either that, or try to make a clever package trade (potentially with a player at a deeper position on your roster) to get some more production at that position.