There are a few running backs widely available that either have good matchups heading into Week 12, or had successful Week 11 performances, or could benefit from an injury. With that in mind, here are four running backs with under 50% rostership in traditional fantasy football leagues that managers can consider picking up for Week 9.
Week 12 byes: None
Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks (46 percent)
Next up — @PHI, NYG, NYJ, @WAS, LAR
Chris Carson is expected to return for week 12 but might not be at 100 percent because of the foot injury he sustained against the Arizona Cardinals. Hyde has proved that he’s perfectly capable of establishing the run and has tallied a rushing score in each of his last two starts. If Hyde gets 10+ touches and goal line work he could easily be a quality play while splitting the workload.
James White, New England Patriots (40 percent)
Next up — ARI, @LAC, @LAR, @MIA, BUF
White has flown under the radar behind Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead this season but could have his role in the offense increased in Week 12. Burkhead suffered serious knee injury in Week 11 so White could take over as New England’s lone pass-catching back. White leads the Patriots with 33 receptions on the year and could see a major surge in targets for the remainder of the season.
Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions (16 percent)
Next up — HOU, @CHI, GB, @TEN, TB
Johnson hasn’t gotten much exposure this season and has taken a back seat to D’Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson. However, he participated in 70 percent of Detroit’s snaps on Sunday. It appears like Swift could miss a second straight game with a concussion and the Lions will take on the worst rushing defense in the NFL in Week 12. His versatility could lead to a ceiling game.
Frank Gore, New York Jets (10 percent)
Next up — MIA, LV, SEA, @LAR, CLE
Gore found the end zone for the first time this year in Week 11 and has continued to serve as the Jets’ top back. Gore notched a team-high 15 carries on Sunday and La’Mical Perine is expected to miss multiple games with a high-ankle sprain. It looks like Gore is poised to return to workhorse status.