Good fantasy managers are always looking for ways to improve their teams. Below are five running backs who played well in Week Two, despite being owned in fewer than 10% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
1. Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers
Battle was an option in deeper leagues last season when he rushed for 597 yards with the Kansas City Chiefs. In Week Two, Battle gained 69 yards and scored twice, matching his 2011 touchdown total in one game. He is owned in 1% of leagues, but he is sharing carries with Curtis Brinkley and Ronnie Brown until Ryan Mathews returns from injury.
2. Andre Brown, New York Giants
Giants starter Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a neck injury, and Brown had a great game in his first real opportunity to run the ball in the NFL. Rookie David Wilson, who fumbled last week, carried only three times, while Brown had 13 attempts for 71 yards and a touchdown. He is owned in 7% of leagues and will have value if Bradshaw misses time.
3. Mike Goodson, Oakland Raiders
Goodson's value hinges on the health of running back Darren McFadden. Owned in 5% of leagues, Goodson is McFadden's backup and is seen as a handcuff right now. In Week Two he gained negative yards rushing the ball, but he caught three passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. In 2010 Goodson had 762 offensive yards with the Carolina Panthers. If you're in a deep league and you do not trust McFadden's ability to stay healthy all year, Goodson is worth a shot.
4. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins dominated the Raiders in Week Two, winning 35-13 and rushing for 263 yards. Reggie Bush had 172 of those, but Miller grabbed 65 himself on 10 carries. The Dolphins will not always win this big, and Miller will not always get 10 carries as long as Bush is healthy. Still, Miller has lots of upside and should be considered in keeper and dynasty leagues. He is currently owned in only 1% of leagues.
5. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams
Steven Jackson left the game with an apparent injury, and Richardson entered to help lead the team to a victory over the Redskins by gaining 102 offensive yards. Isaiah Pead, who was drafted higher than Richardson in this year's NFL draft, did not carry the ball. Richardson, owned in 3% of leagues, brought a burst of energy to the Rams' offense. If you own Jackson, monitor his health and try to add Richardson if you have a spot available.
Mike Patton is a co-host on the Deep Sleeper Fantasy Football Podcast. He has been a fantasy enthusiast since 1997 and has won championships in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and pick 'em leagues.
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