Fantasy Football Week 10: Waiver Wire Running Backs to Replace Darren McFadden

Andy Liu@@AndyKHLiuCorrespondent INovember 10, 2012

There are several running backs that can pick up the slack from the injured Darren McFadden.
There are several running backs that can pick up the slack from the injured Darren McFadden.Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Another season, another Darren McFadden injury. 

I'm sure that well-prepared owners like yourselves already have a backup plan to a backup plan in order, but in the unfortunate event that you don't, there are players that can help make up for McFadden's production. 

Drafted late in the first round or high in the second round in most drafts, McFadden has failed to live up to those expectations all season. 

He has gone over 100 total yards rushing twice all year and has only scored two touchdowns. 

And again owners are stuck with another injury that, while not serious, will sideline a very slow-healing McFadden. 

However, there are several running backs who are on most waiver wires and whom you can plug in and play this weekend to alleviate some of the pain. 


Marcel Reece

The best waiver wire pickup is McFadden's backup himself. With the star running back and Mike Goodson out as well, Marcel Reece came in and caught eight balls for 95 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Reece is much better suited for PPR formats, but he is a viable option in standard ones as well. Even though Taiwan Jones is slated to get the start, he has barely played this year and has failed to do much with his chances in his career. 

Also, Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders will find themselves down early to the Baltimore Ravens and be forced to pass. 

In those formations, Reece will be in and able to make an impact. 

The Raiders also like to pass to their running backs, as McFadden has accrued a total of 31 receptions this year. 

Pick him up and reap the rewards on Sunday.


Isaac Redman

After running for 147 yards against the New York Giants last week, Redman will draw the start against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. 

Any time you can start an offensive player against the Chiefs, you have to. No questions asked. 

Even though Jonathan Dwyer appears healthy and back, Redman will have first dibs and the majority of the touches. 

The Chiefs have allowed the sixth-highest yards-per-rush this year in the NFL (4.6 yards per attempt). 

The Steelers have just gotten their run game going in recent weeks, as Dwyer and Redman have gone over 100 yards in three straight weeks. 

Because the Steelers will most likely have the lead all game, they'll play keep-away and hand the ball off a bunch in the second half. 

Look for around 100 yards and a chance at multiple touchdowns. 


Shane Vereen 

For deeper league owners that forgot to update their lineups and are looking for a desperation play, this is a back to keep an eye on.

With Brandon Bolden out the next four games due to suspension, Vereen has now been elevated to second-string running back in the vaunted New England offense. 

Because of Coach Bill Belichick's funky offensive tendencies and Buffalo's sorry defense, Vereen may find himself with 10-15 touches this game. 

Obviously, Stevan Ridley is the better running back and should have a big day, but he does have fumbling issues and Belichick isn't afraid to bench someone who coughs up the ball. 

Last time against Buffalo, Ridley ran the ball 22 times for 106 yards, but his backup Brandon Bolden ran it 16 times for 137 yards. 

You can do worse than the second-string New England running back against a terrible Bills defense.