For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).
With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]
1. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (26 percent)
Going into Week 3, Alex Collins and Allen had an identical 20 touches. Collins (21 touches) dominated the Week 3 workload, but Allen (nine touches) extended his touchdown streak to three games and now has four scores on the season. With 13 receptions through three games, Allen is better in PPR formats and has finished as a top-20 weekly PPR back in each of the first three weeks of the season.
2. Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills (six percent)
It was a surprising outcome for the Bills as they handedly beat the Vikings at home this week. Given the favorable game script, Ivory had 20 carries for 56 yards and added three catches for 70 yards on four targets. We shouldn't count on 55-yard receptions from Ivory, but if LeSean McCoy (ribs) misses another game, Ivory could become a volume-based flex play.
3. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (29 percent)
Rookie Kerryon Johnson just ended the Lions 100-yard rushing drought, but Riddick has failed to get a carry in either of the previous two games. That said, he gets plenty of opportunities as a receiver. Through three weeks, he has 17 receptions for 98 yards on 22 targets, the sixth-most amongst running backs heading into Monday Night Football. Riddick should be owned in all leagues with full PPR scoring settings.
4. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers (16 percent)
Part of a three-back committee with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones, who returned from suspension in Week 3, Montgomery led the group with 10 touches -- six receptions and four carries -- for 64 yards. Montgomery has seen his touches increase each week although he's more of a deep league option for now.
5. Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles (one percent)
With Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles both out, it was Corey Clement (19 touches) and Smallwood (13) splitting the workload against the Colts. While he got fewer touches, Smallwood (91) had more scrimmage yards than Clement (75) and he was the one to score the touchdown. If both Ajayi and Sproles miss another game, Smallwood could be a useful fantasy asset in Week 4.
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