These running backs could save your fantasy football season

      October 4, 2013 @ 17:15:25 PDT


OK, so the bye weeks are here in full force and many of you are probably searching for depth or even starters at the running back position on your fantasy football squad. This is the time of the year that can either make or break your chances at a title.

If you raised your hand when I mentioned looking for answers at the RB position, here are four guys that could save your season:

Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount
Blount forcing his way into picture

I know, I know, the Rams look pretty bad on offense. Daryl Richardson's 2.7 yards per carry isn't going to cut it, and both he (on his Twitter account) and head coach Jeff Fisher hinted that a committee approach is coming.

Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham haven't done much, either, and although they might be mixed in Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Stacy is St. Louis' best bet for long-term production for the remainder of the year. Cunningham is the most popular acquisition from the Rams' backfield this week, too, so you can likely get Stacy for pennies on the dollar.

Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders

Yup, Darren McFadden (strained hamstring) is injured again, and he could easily miss two or more weeks or, heck, maybe the rest of the season? It's possible with him. If you handcuffed DMC with Marcel Reece (knee), you might want to think again.

Jennings looked impressive filling in for McFadden and Reece last week against the Washington Redskins, and he can especially help out DMC or desperate point-per-reception owners, starting this weekend with a juicy matchup against the San Diego Chargers. It helps that Jennings has a supporter in offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who coached him in Jacksonville last season.

LeGarrette Blount/Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots

What a disappointment Stevan Ridley (knee) has been this year, huh? He's already been ruled out against the Cincinnati Bengals. Surely, Blount's bruising running style and productive game against the Atlanta Falcons has endeared him to some; he's had 23 carries and 129 yards and a score in the last two weeks.

Ridley isn't toast for the rest of the year, but if Blount or Bolden steal the show again this weekend, it's gonna be a steep uphill climb, that's for sure. Blount should see the lion's share of the workload against Cincy with Bolden questionable with a knee ailment. Target them both if you need a spark; Bolden is more valuable in PPR setups, but Blount's value will likely hit its peak this weekend if you need immediate RB relief.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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