Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 15: 5 running backs to pick up in deep leagues

It wasn't just Toby Gerhart who picked up value. Check out some under-the-radar pickups in deeper or highly competitive fantasy leagues.

When it comes to picking up running backs in the last two weeks of fantasy seasons, it's all about guys who fit your format and your team. In other words, fantasy owners should be looking at which players have been scoring the most points. If your league gets points for kickoff return yardage, a player like Jordan Todman probably shouldn't be floating around on your wire. Also, if you're going to Week 17 in your league, you might want to take a look at which teams are going to clinch at the end of Week 16.

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James Starks (owned in 12 percent of leagues)

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy's status for Week 15 is up in the air. In a press conference on Monday, coach Mike McCarthy said that it was too soon to tell whether or not his star running back will be able to play. Lacy suffered the injury on Sunday, and then James Starks took over while Lacy got his ankle taped. He was in some pain, so even though Lacy returned to the game, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him sit.

Even if the team doesn't rule Lacy out, Starks should be picked up in just about all leagues. He gets a great matchup against the Cowboys in Week 15, a team that gives up a ton of yardage. Also, Johnathan Franklin is out for the year, so he would be a featured runner.

Jordan Todman (owned in 2 percent of leagues)

No team in the AFC has a longer winning streak than the Jacksonville Jaguars. That's not a joke. Another thing that wasn't a joke was the ground game for the Jags -- they ripped up the Texans all night long for the win at home on Thursday night. As a unit, the Jags accounted for 149 rushing yards on 28 carries, good for a stellar 5.3 yards per carry. Maurice Jones-Drew had a season-high 103 yards, but he did not score.

Jordan Todman did and he has been an under-the-radar player for much of the season. He has been outstanding in the return game and the team continues to give him more snaps on offense. He has 23 carries over the past three weeks and might get another chance to flirt with double-digit touches this coming week.

The Jaguars get the Bills on Sunday and they might be able to move the ball. Buffalo was just shredded by Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey last week and the Falcons' Steven Jackson in Week 13. Neither team has a great ground attack, so the bar isn't set very high.

If your league rewards for return yards, Todman might be a safe bet for 10 points with a lot of room for upside.

Shonn Greene (owned in 12 percent of leagues)

Another back who is reflected strictly on the stat sheet. Shonn Greene scored twice against the Denver Broncos on Sunday on his way to 46 yards on nine carries.

Meanwhile, Chris Johnson wasn't as successful on the ground with 46 yards on 12 carries. Plus, Johnson lost a fumble that essentially put the game out of reach for the Titans. Although, they didn't really have a chance.

They will take on the Arizona Cardinals next week at home. The Cards have some great sideline-to-sideline defense and haven't been giving up a lot of big runs, so the Titans might want to give the ball to the bruising Greene more often. He'll serve as a desperation play in deeper leagues, and he also has handcuff appeal for Weeks 16 and 17 should Johnson get hurt.

Bryce Brown (owned in 16 percent of leagues)

In case you missed Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, the Eagles sure can run the ball.The Lions were coming in on fire as far as stopping backs go, but they were gashed by the Eagles for 299 yards. LeSean McCoy was the fantasy player of the day for his two-TD, 217-yard game, but he sure looked winded on Sunday.

Bryce Brown saw six carries and he might he an interesting player should McCoy suffer an injury. He's really just the best handcuff around, but he won't be worth starting this week.

Kendall Hunter (owned in 8 percent of leagues)

Frank Gore and the San Francisco 49ers had a lot of success in running the ball against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Gore had 110 rushing yards on just 17 carries. On his longest play, Gore ran for 51 yards, but at the end of the play he came up lame. To be clear, Gore should be ready to go for Sunday's game.

That said, it might serve as a wakeup call for the 49ers. They might be less apt to play Gore more with a big lead, something that has a good chance of happening against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Kendall Hunter carried the ball four times on Sunday and he might get closer to 10 and maybe clear 50 yards with a score.

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