Week 10 RB Waiver Pickups & Adds: Duke Johnson A Potential Fill In Vs Cleveland

It was an injury-free week for the running back position, for the most part, that was until this morning. Christian McCaffrey has an injured shoulder and reports are that his Week 10 status is in doubt. Mike Davis has been a strong backup while he has been out so hang onto him if you have him or pick him up if someone had a quick gun and dropped him. Week 10 has Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Ezekiel Elliott on bye. However, you might be frustrated with most of their production anyway and need a week off. We are also going to see a lot of backup running backs go back to that role with Miles Sanders, Nick Chubb, and Joe Mixon all returning off a bye week healthy and ready to go. The waiver wire is thin right now for running backs, but there are a few potential fliers this week to deploy if the injury card falls a certain way.

Week 10 RB Waiver Wire Pickups

PlayerTeamWeek 10 OpponentRostered %FAAB%
Zack MossBuffalo Bills@ARI52%20%
Wayne GallmanNew York GiantsPHI20%10%
Gus EdwardsBaltimore Ravens@NE11%7%
Cordarrelle PattersonChicago BearsMIN3%2%
Duke JohnsonHouston Texans@CLE34%4%

Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills

Zack Moss is the highest rostered guy on the list and I would consider him a more shallow league pick up. I brought him up last week and the numbers jumped. Despite missing four games, Moss leads the Bills in red zone rushing attempts. This is a bit surprising given Allen also gets his fair share, but it shows that he is the guy in the red zone. Devin Singletary still gets his work and a majority of his touches in the red zone game in those games that he missed. He gets a middle of the road Arizona defense this week before heading onto a bye week. He will then face the Chargers and 49ers in the returning games. San Francisco has been decent against the run where the Chargers have struggled a bit. Moss is still the guy I would prioritize because he is going to be involved in the offense moving forward. The rest here are weekly fill-ins who are dependent on injuries ahead of them.

Wayne Gallman – New York Giants

With Devonta Freeman banged up, Wayne Gallman has taken over in the last few weeks. He has seen double-digit rushing attempts in three straight games and has seven catches in that span as well. The touchdowns have helped, but he has 16, 13, and 14 fantasy point games in the last three. Freeman could be returning soon so this is still something to monitor. I worry that Gallman’s play over the last few weeks could cut into each other’s workload making their ceiling a bit more limited because playing on the Giants behind this offensive line, this is about as good as it gets these days. The upcoming matchup against Philadelphia is a tough one but he managed his season-high in fantasy points back in Week 7 against them. He also put up strong performances against Tampa and Washington. Tampa has been one of the top run defenses dating back to last season.

Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens

The status of Mark Ingram for this week remains unclear and that means Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins will see time again if he is out. The committee was tough for fantasy before but fantasy points have been a bit clearer now that Baltimore is down to two healthy backs. Edwards has produced 14.7 and 9.4 fantasy point games in the two games Ingram has missed. He has also scored in three straight games. A matchup against Miami might seem daunting but the Patriots rank 30th in run defense DVOA and are allowing the 8th most fantasy points per game. Edwards fumbled early in the game but still had his red-zone touches and saw 13 touches overall. Dobbins struggle done the ground as well, as the Colts defense held their ground. Dobbins finished with 14 touches for a total of 35 yards. It is going to be a split for touches with Ingram out and Edwards is only 11% rostered.

Cordarrelle Patterson – Chicago Bears

Chicago’s offense continues to be an abysmal watch and the run game struggles to get going each and every week, even in decent matchups. David Montgomery left very late in the game with a concussion, and this one didn’t look good because I thought he injured more his body the way he was walking off the field. Chicago is very thin at running back but Cardarrelle Patterson would be a name to see a bump in touches. Ryan Nall would also get some run as a more traditional back. While it is hard to trust any Bears play, you might be like myself in a few leagues and need some desperation plays. The Vikings matchup is one to target, given they have allowed 24.8 PPR points per game to opposing backs this season. They also rank 19th against the run. Patterson is certainly a gadget player at times but has been a bigger threat for a big play compared to Montgomery and his two yards a carry. Like the other cheap fill-in options, you aren’t spending FAAB here.

Duke Johnson – Houston Texans

David Johnson left midway through the game against Jacksonville with a concussion. He is now the second back that we will monitor to clear the concussion protocol this week. If he doesn’t, then Duke Johnson will see strong touches and against a team that drafted him and hardly used him, the Cleveland Browns. Johnson wasn’t great on the ground against the Jaguars, but he did finish with 16 rushing attempts, 41 yards, and one touchdown. He also added four receptions for 32 yards. Cleveland ranks 20th against the run this season and is middle of the road in fantasy points allowed to the position. It isn’t the worst matchup in the world for Johnson, but this all depends on the status of David. Houston’s staff did say Duke needs some more touches, but coach talk is coach talk and it isn’t something I fully trust. However, David has been mediocre this season. Keep an eye on both Johnsons this week, that’s what she said.

  
Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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