Fantasy Football : 3 Must-Have Free Agents to Fill RB Needs for the Playoffs

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 30, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Running back Jacquizz Rodgers #32 of the Atlanta Falcons stiff arms outside linebacker Wesley Woodyard #52 of the Denver Broncos during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 2012 fantasy football season may have been a real bummer to you at this point in the season.  However, if you are still in the playoff hunt, do not panic.  There are many valuable players available in free agency that can greatly help your roster for the remaining few weeks, as well as the postseason.  

Running back is one of the most valuable positions in fantasy football, but many team owners fail to really search deep for RB talent that have high upside.  This is simply because there are so many running backs in the NFL nowadays, with all of the two-back and three-back cores.  

Underdogs and very young players such as Jacquizz Rodgers, Knowshon Moreno and Daniel Thomas have made a tremendous impact on their respective teams and will continue to do so for the remainder of the season.  In the past few weeks, all three backs listed above have performed quite outstanding and have welcoming schedules ahead.  Rodgers may be seeing the majority of the carries now for Atlanta, Mikel Leshoure has been consistent in contributing solid fantasy points week in and out and Marcel Reece is beginning to showcase his potential and show that he can be a force in this league for years to come. 


Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos—Owned by 58 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy teams

Knowshon Moreno has only contributed fantasy points in one week this season—Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs—but he did not disappoint.  Recording 11.10 Yahoo! fantasy points last week, Moreno didn't manage to score a touchdown; however, he made 20 rushing attempts for 85 yards, along with four receptions for 26 yards.

Willis McGahee suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and is now unable to return to action until the AFC Championship game, if even.  So, this means that Knowshon will now endure the majority of the carries for the Denver offense and you can expect Peyton Manning to hit Moreno with quick passes when he's in trouble.

Add Moreno if you can, as he is available in about 50 percent of fantasy leagues.  You will not be sorry because he is absolutely one of the most valuable free agents currently available across fantasy leagues worldwide. 


Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons—Owned by 54 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy teams

Jacquizz Rodgers has seen an increased role as the season has progressed, and is just as valuable receiving the football as he is running the ball.  It has been reported by numerous sources that Rodgers may be seeing a majority of the snaps behind Matt Ryan, which makes the two-year back out of Oregon State a solid fantasy add and must-start.

The Atlanta coaching staff have made it known that they like what they see with Rodgers and that they will continue to get him more involved in the offense.  Rodgers has recorded over 12.50 fantasy points two times this season, and will only continue to produce at an even higher level.  

Other than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons' last three games are against opponents that have either a mediocre rushing defense or one of the very worst.  Expect the different rushing aspects of both Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers to uplift the play of both running backs.  It's often hard for opposing defenses to adjust when they have different types of runners with diverse abilities.


Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins—Owned by 27 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy teams

Last week against the Seattle Seahawks, Daniel Thomas had an outstanding game for the amount of touches he received, making nine rushing attempts for 60 yards and a touchdown.  Thomas also made one reception for 18 yards and this performance earned him 13.80 Yahoo! Fantasy points.  

With four weeks of scoring within the range of 9.70-13.80 Yahoo! Fantasy points this season, Daniel Thomas is a great add with a fairly decent schedule ahead for the Miami Dolphins.  He should demolish two of the teams he goes up against, in Jacksonville and Buffalo, and should perform efficiently against the New England Patriots in at least one of their two matches ahead.

Although Reggie Bush has proven to be a superb playmaker, he is often off the field to rest after the explosive plays he makes and the energy that he wastes.  Which makes plenty of room for Daniel Thomas to contribute at a high level with his double-threat running and catching the ball.

After one or two more potent performances, Thomas will not be available for much longer, so be sure to add him while you can even with New England next up on their schedule.