Waivers: The Cluster of Committees
We had some big injuries at the running back position this week, headlined by rookie Vikings back Dalvin Cook suffering a torn ACL and Seattle rookie Chris Carson suffering a leg fracture and a high ankle sprain. Those teams turn to their backups while Baltimore continues its rotation of backs. Let’s focus on those three teams.
Waiver pickup: Alex Collins
While it’s true that Collins is getting more run (pun intended) in Baltimore, he also has a case of fumblitis. Minus the fumbles, Collins is the best power back in that offense but coach John Harbaugh made it clear that Collins won’t see the field if he keeps fumbling. As of now however, Collins is not in the dog house. He is worth rostering, especially in deeper leagues.
Waiver pickups: Latavius Murray, Jerick McKinnon
We think we’ve seen this movie before. The Vikings starting running back goes down and McKinnon and Matt Asiata split carries the rest of the season for what ultimately amounts to negligible fantasy production for both backs. I think Murray will have some value because I don’t believe he’s the plodding back that Asiata was, however, he will be totally touchdown dependent. Still, with a better offensive line and improved passing game, I trust Minnesota to be able to get the ball into the redzone enough times for Murray to get the goal-line carries he needs to make him a viable option in fantasy. McKinnon on the other hand may get more opportunities between the 20s. He’ll likely take over the team’s pass-catching duties. He’s a good add in deeper leagues, specifically those that offer points per reception.
Waiver Pickups: Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise, J.D. McKissic, Thomas Rawls
It’s a fatal four way for who will be the best fantasy option in Seattle’s backfield. For players who need a running back right now, I’d say Rawls might be the best bet. He’ll split work with Lacy as the team’s power backs and it’s anyone’s guess as to who gets into the endzone. Prosise and McKissic will play ancillary roles this week as the third-down/passing-down backs. Long term, I have a hunch about McKissic and he would be my pick for a stash for teams that can afford to hold on to a player for a while. He has the speed and talent to be a difference maker for the Seahawks. He brings an energy that permeates the team and he’s even got the endorsement of Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin according to the local NBC affiliate in Washington. I expect he’ll get more opportunities after scoring twice Sunday and I believe we will have a larger role down the line, despite the presence of Prosise.
Other waiver targets
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
With Packers running back Ty Montgomery confirming that he broke multiple ribs in Thursday night’s game against the Bears and Jamaal Williams injuring his knee in the same contest, Jones is the next man up in Green Bay. Jones rushed for 49 yards on 13 carries against the Bears.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
The Saints are on bye this weekend but fantasy owners should get a jump on picking up the rookie Kamara. With Adrian Peterson looking like he is getting phased out of the offense, Kamara is splitting time with Mark Ingram. Kamara is locked in as the Saints pass-catching back, making him a useful pickup especially in points per reception leagues.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
Fuller is back ladies and gentlemen. Returning from a broken collarbone, Fuller caught four passes for 35 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ blowout win over the Titans Sunday. With quarterback Deshaun Watson playing out of this world, I’m way up on the Texans’ offense. Houston gets a real test this Sunday night against the Chiefs but I like Fuller’s potential for the rest of the season. Fuller is available in most leagues.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
Clay is sneakily a top-five tight end in fantasy football on the young season. He aided the Bills in their spectacular upset of the Falcons in Atlanta with five catches for 112 yards. In Week 3, he had six catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. Clay is a worthwhile pick up but he’s heading into a vicious matchup against the Bengals who have allowed less than 100 yards to opposing tight ends on the season.
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York giants
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Week 4 Takeaway
A Shady forecast: Bills back LeSean McCoy hasn’t lived up his price as a first or second-round draft pick. While the scrimmage yards have been there for the veteran back, the touchdowns haven’t. McCoy has yet to find the endzone on the young season and the worst part about that is that the Bills are winning games and leading the AFC East. Buffalo has found a way to win games without relying solely on McCoy’s talent. Fantasy owners may need to temper their expectations for “Shady” for the remainder of the year.