There are a few running backs widely available that have good matchups heading into Week 15, or had successful Week 14 performances, or could benefit from an injury. With that in mind, here are five running backs with under 50% rostership in traditional fantasy football leagues that managers can consider picking up for Week 15.
Week 15 byes: None
Lynn Bowden, Dolphins (1 percent)
Next up — @LV, DEN, @KC
DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki, and Jakeem Grant went down with injuries on Sunday so this RB-WR hybrid could become a big part of Miami’s offense moving forward. He caught seven of his nine targets for a team-high 82 yards in Week 14 and should continue to benefit from the Dolphins’ limited backfield depth if Myles Gaskin misses another game. Bowden might not carry the ball much but will definitely be involved in the passing game.
Jeff Wilson, 49ers (19 percent)
Next up — @DAL, @ARI, SEA
Fantasy managers refuse to let go of Raheem Mostert despite how unproductive he’s been as of late but Wilson is just as much of a threat. While Mostert has more carries on the year Wilson has only played four fewer snaps over the last few weeks and only trails the starter by 32 rushing yards since November. Wilson has three more touchdowns than Mostert on the year.
Tony Pollard, Cowboys (21 percent)
Next up — SF, PHI, @NYG
Ezekiel Elliott logged a season-low 32 snaps in Week 14 and only totaled 48 rushing yards on 12 carries. Pollard matched that production with a season-high 11 carries for 39 yards and two catches for nine yards and a score. Dallas is leaning away from having a true feature back so Pollard’s production could spike down the home stretch.
Peyton Barber, Team (9 percent)
Next up — SEA, CAR, @PHI
If Antonio Gibson’s turf toe keeps him out for another game Barber will likely get the lion’s share of the carries in Washington’s backfield. He tallied 37 rushing yards on 12 carries to go along with two catches on Sunday and was on the field for nearly half of the Football Team’s offensive snaps.
Trayveon Williams, Bengals (0 percent)
Next up — PIT, @HOU, BAL
Giovani Bernard played himself into the doghouse on Sunday by fumbling early and Williams ended up leading the Bengals with 12 carries for 49 yards and three catches for 14 yards. Samaje Perine will also be a factor but Cincinnati’s season is over. There’s no harm in seeing what Williams has to offer.