After several weeks where the running back position has been a rare find in the weekly wonders report, the pendulum has swung in the other direction where we have a running back-a-paolooza! These things can come in waves, and this week we’ve got a tidal wave at the position. Whether spared by trade or by injury, if you have been waiting to find some help carrying the ball, then this is your week. The quarterback position remains dry, but we do touch upon a few wide outs and a tight end, something for everyone in this week’s story, on to the wonders!
RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland
He is probably not available in your league but he’s strangely still not on rosters in some. Cleveland’s trade of Carlos Hyde creates a golden opportunity where Chubb will be the go-to back in Cleveland. Against Tampa Bay, Chubb was the workhorse as he carried the ball 18 times which was good for 80 yards and a score. He did not register a catch, but he was targeted, so he is clearly going to be heavily involved in what Cleveland does on offense.
RB Raheem Mostert, San Francisco
The injuries to Matt Breida the last couple of weeks has opened the door for Raheem Mostert to see the field, and he has opened more than a few eyes with his skills. After carrying the ball 12 times for 87 yards the previous week against Green Bay, he backed that up with a performance that saw him rush for 59 yards while also catching four passes out of the backfield. San Francisco clearly likes what its sees, so look for Mostert to continue to see the ball regardless of the health of the rest of the San Francisco ball carriers.
RB Chris Ivory, Buffalo
There is not much going well right now in Buffalo, but the one good thing from a fantasy perspective this past week was the emergence of Chris Ivory. The injury to LeSean McCoy created an opportunity that he very much took advantage of. He carried the ball 16 times and gained 81 yards, and he also chipped in on the receiving side of things by hauling in three passes for 25 yards. A Monday night game against New England looms, where the Buffalo running back will be poised to have a very big fantasy day.
WR Danny Amendola, Miami
Jumping up from our listing last week as being on the radar, Amendola jumps up a notch and is a solid pickup this week. Injuries to other wideouts has created the opportunity, and it seems that he and Brock Osweiler work well together. A week after catching eight balls for 59 yards, against Detroit this week he was good for 84 yards on six catches and a touchdown. Look for Amendola to continue to be a consistent fantasy performer going forward.
WR Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
For the second week in a row, Williams has been white hot and posted exactly 118 yards. Though he has only been catching 3-4 passes per week, one of those has been a long touchdown play. With back-to-back 100-yard games, Williams is a solid pickup this week.
On the Radar
RB LeGarrette Blount, Detroit
Kerryon Johnson has been coming alive for Detroit, and Blount has been living on the outskirts also getting a fair amount of action. He carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards against Miami, and for the second week in a row he found the end zone. There may be enough carries and yards to go around for both players, as for now, Blount is a player worth taking a look at on the radar.
TE Ben Watson, New Orleans
Drew Brees has been looking to his tight end more and more of late, to the tune of six catches for 43 yards and a score this past week against Baltimore. This was Watson’s first trip into the end zone this season, and now having caught 16 passes in the last four games, he finds himself in a solid position on this week’s radar.
WR Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee
Tennessee is off this upcoming week, but its top wide receiver this past week is worth a grab and stash. Against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sharpe hauled in seven passes and went for 101 yards. He and Marcus Mariota are working well together, making Sharpe a worthy candidate to pick up this week.
RB Kenjon Barner, New England
There are varying reports as to the status of Sony Michel, who had been white hot prior to injuring his knee this week against Chicago. New England is very tight-lipped on injuries, and the team can sometimes go off the reservation as far as signing new players and playing them. As the roster stands now, Barner is in line to be the top ball carrier in New England, and he is worth a pick up off this week’s waiver wire to see what develops.
Deep and/or Dyansty
RB Marcus Murphy, Buffalo
The injury to LeSean McCoy shuffles everyone up the depth chart in Buffalo, possibly leaving Murphy as the backup ball carrier. He is worth a look in deep leagues as we wait to hear about the McCoy injury status.
RB Kapri Bibbs, Washington
Another team dipping down on the depth chart is Washington, as the team has been without Chris Thompson. Bibbs saw some action this week, getting a couple carries and catching four passes out of the backfield (including one for a touchdown). With Adrian Peterson playing in front of him, Bibbs is worth a look in deep leagues for those who have room at the back end of their roster.
RB Trenton Cannon, New York Jets
Half of the Jets’ running back by committee (Bilal Powell) left last week’s game with a neck injury, thrusting Cannon into the role as the change-of-pace back. Should Powell miss any time, Cannon would become a more regular ball carrier.