NFL Fantasy owners are constantly in search of help at the running back position. And with the bye weeks here for the next two months, Washington Redskins' running back Ryan Torain makes a great addition to any fantasy roster. Especially, those with Roy Helu and Tim Hightower already rostered.
Hightower is dealing with a shoulder injury and rumors swirled last weekend prior to the St. Louis game that Torain was going to get more work. Well, he did just that with 135 yards and one touchdown on only 19 carries. Most importantly, the Redskins won 17-10 behind the solid 7.1 yards per carry work by Torain.
Mike Shannahan has proven over the course of his career that he has no loyalty towards anyone that carries the football and will change running backs like he changes socks. With Hightower banged-up and much better suited for the starting roll versus the change-of-pace roll, Torain figures to get the bulk of the carries from here on out. In fact, Helu may actually jump Hightower on the depth chart because his skill set is, unlike Hightower, better suited for third downs, passing situations and the desired change-of-pace scenarios.
Additionally, Torain is a known NFL commodity. The Redskins running back rushed for 742 yards and four touchdowns on 164 carries in only 10 games last season - making Torain one of fantasy football's top waiver wire additions in 2010.
If Torain can stay healthy, it will be hard for Shannahan and the Redskins not to give the fresh-legged running back the bulk of the carries. The key for fantasy owners will be Torain's ability to stay on the field. He has fractured an elbow, tore an ACL, pulled a groin, strained a hamstring and, in August, had surgery to insert three screws into his broken left hand.
If you own either Hightower or Helu, Torain is a must-add. If you are looking for bye week help, Torain is a must-add. If you are in need of running back depth (which is mostly everyone), then Torain is a must-add.
No matter how you slice it, Torain should not be on your fantasy league's waiver wire.
-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)