Finding a late-round weekly starter is possible at any of the fantasy football skill positions, but none have quite the impact of landing a weekly stud at running back for pennies on the dollar. Running backs have the second-highest weekly floor of usage to quarterbacks and a single injury (or string of lackluster games) can vault a previous bench dweller on a fantasy roster to automatic difference-maker. Here is a look at the top running back stashes to hit the lottery in 2016:
Williams is on the home stretch of his NFL career and likely cannot hold up for more than a handful of games as the primary back and significant touches. However, LeVeon Bell is returning from another injury and Pittsburgh - when Ben Roethlisberger is under center - is one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL. Williams held up to 240 touches in 2015, with five games of at least 20 carries. At 33 years old, a physical erosion is the biggest risk with Williams who is coming off 4.5 yards-per-carry, his highest since 2011.
Doug Martin got the big contract in the offseason from Tampa Bay in the offseason and is coming off arguably his finest NFL season. Now 27 years old and exiting a running back's historical prime, Martin is a prime regression candidate after his contract year and playing 16 games. Martin is more of a grinder and 'try hard' back than difference-making talent, who also missed 15 games between 2013 and 2014. Charles Sims has been a strong 1B back in Tampa and the primary pass-catcher only needing more interior work to realize his upside. Sims is one of the few primary backups in the NFL earmarked for a full workload if his running mate were out of the lineup.