Fantasy running backs to target

Willis McGahee is a good buy-low candidate at running back for fantasy owners. Bruce Kluckhohn/US Presswire

In most seasons, fantasy football leagues are won on the proverbial backs of top-flight running backs.

This season is unlike most in that it has been quite difficult for many fantasy teams to get top-flight running back performances on a consistent basis.

There are a myriad of reasons for this, but it starts with a number of upper-tier ball carriers posting point totals far below their talent level, including Chris Johnson (23 points), Darren McFadden (34 points), DeAngelo Williams (27 points), Jonathan Stewart (18 points), DeMarco Murray (37 points) and Steven Jackson (28 points).

Even some of the backs who are posting relatively quality numbers are doing so at a less than stellar pace, such as Marshawn Lynch (who has three games with single-digit fantasy point totals), Maurice Jones-Drew (three single-digit games) and Adrian Peterson (two single-digit games). Add in the early-season injuries to Jamaal Charles, Reggie Bush, Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews and Fred Jackson to the recent injuries to Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams and Cedric Benson and it shows why many teams are scrambling to find alternatives who can give them acceptable fantasy backfield productivity totals.

This week's Fantasy Foresight will aim to help with that by pointing out some situations that could lead to buy-low or sell-high running back options over the course of the next few weeks.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos make this list in part because of a schedule that includes New Orleans in Week 8 and Carolina in Week 10, both of which rank in the bottom six in the league in points allowed to opposing running backs.

That might be enough of a reason to target the Broncos backfield but there is also the potential buy-low element for Willis McGahee that stems from his three single-digit point games over the course of the season and his important fumble on Sunday.