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

There were a couple big injuries on Sunday in the running back world. Which players will fantasy owners want to pounce on when it comes time to waiver players?

There were a few big-man backs who went down on Sunday. The biggest name, Adrian Peterson, is up in the air for Sunday's game while Reggie Bush could also be a question mark. Here are five other players who might miss some time, and the subsequent pickups.

Joique Bell (owned in 66 percent of leagues)

Reggie Bush went down with a calf injury in pregame warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles. The news sent fantasy owners into a scramble and even though he came out of the tunnel in full uniform, Bush didn't see any action.

With Bush out, Joique Bell became the workhorse for the Lions in the snow-covered game. He racked up 23 carries for 69 rushing yards and a score on the ground to go with four catches for 58 yards. Although, he lost two fumbles, which may have proved to be quite costly.

It's pretty simple: Bell needs to be owned in all leagues.

Toby Gerhart (owned in 7 percent of leagues)

There is good news on Adrian Peterson so far. He had an MRI and everything seems to be fine. But just because everything is OK structurally doesn't mean he'll be ready to go for Sunday's game. Peterson will almost certainly be at least limited in practice this week and should have the questionable tag.

That alone makes Gerhart a must-grab player. If you have a high priority on the waiver wire you should use it. That's assuming Bell is already owned, of course.

Daniel Thomas (owned in 11 percent of leagues)

Running back Lamar Miller suffered a concussion against the Steelers on Sunday. Given the NFL's stringent concussion protocol, Miller should be considered closer to doubtful than questionable for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Thomas had himself a ball game against the Steelers with 105 rushing yards and a score on just 16 carries. He was a surprise active and there was even talk of him missing the rest of the season.

He makes for a tremendous pickup in all leagues.

DeAngelo Williams (owned 74 in percent of leagues)

Jonathan Stewart is out for the season with an MCL tear. DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert will share the load at running back for Carolina, but Williams is playing a little better lately.

He had a team-high 13 carries and turned them into 52 yards on Sunday against the Saints while adding one catch for 11 yards.

It's not going to be easy to use him this week against the Jets' top-ranked run defense. He should be owned in all leagues.

Marcel Reece (owned in 12 percent of leagues)

Rashad Jennings is going to be back in the lineup, so Reece's big day is a bit of a moot point. He had 123 rushing yards and 38 receiving yards against the Jets. He added a huge 63-yard TD in the losing effort.

With Jennings back, Reece is not going to be seeing double-digit carries, so he's hardly a must-grab guy. However, against a very good defense like the Kansas City Chiefs, Reece is an interesting pickup for the receptions. He's a decent flex, but it doesn't hurt to grab him just in case things go south on Jennings.

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