Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks (47.6% ownership in ESPN leagues)
At long last, Rawls is expected to make his return in Week 11. In his absence, Christine Michael has played extremely well. However, in recent weeks, the Seahawks have tried to work in C.J. Prosise, including a 17-carry day in Week 10. Rawls will likely find himself in a committee with Prosise to start, but Rawls is the more talented back. Once fully at 100%, Rawls will likely take over as the lead back for the Seahawks yet again.
Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins (45.3% ownership in ESPN leagues)
It’s rare to find a starting running back on waivers, but at under 50% ownership, that’s exactly what Kelley is. The Redskins proved that they are committed to Rob Kelley, as shown by the decision to scratch Matt Jones, despite Jones being perfectly healthy. Kelley has had 21 and 22 carries in his past two games respectively.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers (29.3% ownership in ESPN leagues)
Another rare chance to find a starting running back on waivers. Starks returned to game action in Week 10. He only received seven carries, but following a full week of practice this week, Starks should see that total go up. The days of Ty Montgomery seeing a lot of work at running back are likely over, as Starks is actually a running back as opposed to Montgomery who was converted from wide receiver this season. Starks played very well last season in place of Eddy Lacy, and should find similar success in 2016.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons (1.6% ownership in ESPN leagues)
Gabriel is the definition of a boom or bust play, and recently, he has been all boom. The pure deep threat has scored a touchdown in each of his last three games, scoring at least 12 fantasy points in each. While he still doesn’t have a huge role, his big play potential is appealing, especially as part of the best offense in the NFL. But yes, a waiver claim on Gabriel is probably a big time flier.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans (35.1% ownership in ESPN leagues)
The Titans offense has looked really, really good in recent weeks (yeah, yeah, they did have pretty easy matchups). Demarco Murray has been a superstar, and Marcus Mariota is developing into a fantastic quarterback. One of the top beneficiaries of Mariota’s improvement has been Rishard Matthews. The Titans signed the receiver away from the Miami Dolphins this past offseason. In his past three games, Matthews has had four touchdowns. The Titans play the Colts in Week 11, and the Bears in Week 12, giving hope for two more solid performances for Matthews before the Titans hit a bye and a harder portion of their schedule.