The first week of the 2016 regular season is just about coming to a close, with only two Monday Night Football games remaining. Most fantasy football leagues will run their waiver wire late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but we are here to help you get a jump on the best options to consider.
We will be ranking the top five players likely to be available in your league at each of the four major positions. Some weeks there might not be five good options available, but we’ll scour for the best we can find. Additionally, throughout the week, we will update each of these articles as ownership percentages change, (via Yahoo!) and news arrives.
Running backs mostly performed as expected in Week 1, with many even under performing. Despite the position as a whole under performing, there were a couple players that emerged as worthy of your waiver priority.
Editor's update: No surprise, Riddick and Coleman have moved up past 50 percent ownership.
Waiver wire running back rankings, Week 2
1. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (34 percent owned)
Editor's update: Now by 57 percent of Yahoo! players
The Lions haven’t been known for their running backs in quite some time. However, the pairing of Riddick and Ameer Abdullah proved to be a potent backfield combination with plenty of fantasy value. Riddick looks to have improved his rushing from last year, and his pass-catching ability is even more in demand since the retirement of Calvin Johnson. Riddick is an especially high-priority waiver pickup in PPR leagues.
2. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons (42 percent owned)
Editor's update: Now by 54 percent of Yahoo! players
Coleman was originally believed to be playing a minor role on the Falcons offense compared to 2015’s fantasy breakout, Devonta Freeman. However, despite this belief Coleman split time much more evenly with Freeman that most expected. Freeman was ineffective on the ground, and Coleman was able to carve out a bigger role by acting as an effective safety valve for Matt Ryan. If Coleman continues to play as well as he did in Week 1, a more even time split between the two running backs will likely become the norm.
3. Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders (1 percent owned)
Editor's update: Now by 10 percent of Yahoo! players
A 75-yard touchdown was the key to his big day, finishing with three rushes for 84 yards and the touchdown, as well as two receptions for 11 yards. However, Richard was also getting some valuable snaps late. He is currently a boom-or-bust player, but he could have some long-term value in deeper leagues.
Others over 50 percent: We are focusing primarily on players owned in fewer than 50 percent of leagues, but that is limited this week.
Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (59 percent owned)
Editor's update: Now by 60 percent of Yahoo! players
He rushed 12 times for 62 yards and a touchdown, and also caught two passes for 16 yards. If he happens to be available, he is a decent option in a platoon with Duke Johnson.
Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (52 percent owned)
Editor's update: Still owned by 52 percent of Yahoo! players
He rushed four times for nine yards, and had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. He remains a good handcuff to Doug Martin, and he has some decent PPR value.