Monday, October 2, 2017


It was a brutal week in the running back community in fantasy football this past Sunday as both Dalvin Cook and Chris Carson suffered season-ending injuries.  That means running backs are the prime waiver adds, plus a rookie QB that all of a sudden is all the rage. 

Wayne Gallman:  With the New York Giants run game as bad as any team's in the entire NFL through 3-plus games on the year, a possible solution could come in the form of rookie Wayne Gallman.  Gallman gave the Giants a spark Sunday in rushing for 42 yards on 11 carries, while adding two catches for 8 yards and a score.  Gallman was a very productive college back at Clemson and the draft pedigree was solid enough as a fourth round pick.  With Paul Perkins injured and ineffective, Gallman could be a steal from this point forward.

Latavius Murray:  The biggest fantasy football news of the day in Week 4 was the torn ACL that finished the already impressive rookie campaign of Minnesota Vikings back Dalvin Cook for the season.  That means free agent signee Latavius Murray will become the primary back and thus a major person if interest from the wire this week.  Remember Murray was a productive back the last few seasons for the Oakland Raiders and he helped both running and catching the football.  While Jerrick McKinnon likely will handle the latter, Murray carries decent RB 2 value given the step up in usage. 

Eddie Lacy/Thomas Rawls:  The other big running back news of Week 4 was the broken ankle suffered by rookie Chris Carson who was not able to build off a big preseason.  That means old friends Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls are back as the primary runners for the Seattle Seahawks, with an emphasis on the latter according to Pete Carroll.  We have seen both acts before and not been impressed so both guys only carry RB 3 value. 

Tyler Kroft:  Tyler Eifert remains an injury-prone mess for the Cincinnati Bengals and so it was nice to see step up and catch six balls for 68 yards and two scores on Sunday.  If Eifert is out again in Week 5, Kroft becomes a big play at a rough position thus far in 2017. 

DeShaun Watson:  Wow has the Clemson rookie been impressive. DeShaun Watson seems to have the "it" factor as he tossed FOUR touchdowns and rushed for another Sunday in dismantling the Tennessee Titans.  While he obviously won't keep up that pace, Watson could be a swell add given his multiple skills. 

Alvin Kamara:  Catching 10 balls as a running back as New Orleans Saints rookie Alvin Kamara did in Week 4 will get the attention of anyone in the fantasy football community and those in PPR formats need to be all over this.  Clearly Sean Payton has a love for Kamara who is increasingly making both Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram irrelevant.  Right there with Murray and Watson as the top waiver adds this week. 

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