If you failed to grab Jerick McKinnon, James Robinson, or Mike Davis this past week or in weeks prior, there are limited options this week. Each week seems to be getting thinner and thinner as rostered percentages are rising across most of the position. This week I will focus on a player who might have been dropped in your league and a few names to keep an eye out over the next few weeks. Because the running back position has been hit hard, it is like Mad Max Fury Road out there trying to find a viable fantasy running back.
Week 4 RB Waiver Wire Pickups
|Player||Team||Week 4 Opponent||Rostered %||FAAB%|
|Carlos Hyde||Los Angeles Rams||@MIA||10%||5%|
|Nyheim Hines||Indianapolis Colts||@CHI||55%||9%|
|Myles Gaskin||Miami Dolphins||SEA||45%||10%|
|Jeff Wilson Jr.||San Francisco 49ers||PHI||14%||5%|
|Latavius Murray||New Orleans Saints||@DET||53%||7%|
Carlos Hyde – Seattle Seahawks
Chris Carson was able to dodge a major injury after a dirty play by the Dallas Cowboys. Carson should be back relatively quickly, but in the football world that could mean next week or a few weeks. He has a sprained knee and given the fact they play Miami this week, there is a good chance they get him some rest. Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer become the next running backs up with Hyde handling more of the early-down work and Homer being a passing down guy. This isn’t going to be a long term fill in but if you are running week to week trying to patch up holes in your lineup, Hyde can be of service for Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins, or possibly a few extra weeks depending on the news.
We should see the Seahawks control more games over the next few weeks with Miami and Minnesota on the horizon. Seattle should be large favorites in these games and are going up against defenses that rank 31st and 23rd against the run so far this season. Hyde isn’t a sexy player and Homer’s workload will be there as well, but he can certainly find himself in worse situations. The Seahawks are putting up a ton of points and Hyde’s touchdown potential is certainly larger than most here.
Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts
Snaps have been weird for Nyheim Hines so far this season. He had 39 in Week 1 with Marlon Mack healthy for most of the game and then in Weeks 2 and 3 he has combined for 29 snaps. Frank Reich has talked all about getting Hines involved in various ways, but Week 2 was not that. While the Colts have had the last two games well in control and the Colts missing out on two drives due to the defense getting a couple of scores also hurt the overall offense. Hines didn’t see a full dose of snaps but he had 11 touches in the win over the Jets. The Colts get Chicago, Cleveland, and Cincinnati over the next three weeks. These will be closer games and ones where I expect the Colts to need to put up some points.
Hines remains more valuable in PPR leagues where his receptions are the biggest draw of his fantasy points. He has 13 for 89 yards and a score through three games so far this season. He currently ranks 29th in PPR scoring.
Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins
Myles Gaskin has been the clear best back in Miami and he was fed a heavy dose of touches in the win against Jacksonville. Now Miami has not been a great situation for running backs for what seems like an eternity, but Gaskin’s role in the passing game helps him be a stable option. Gaskin has played 49 and 46 snaps over the last two weeks, while Matt Breida and Jordan Howard take a seat on the pine. This was certainly not how we envisioned Miami’s backfield after going after Breida and Howard in the offseason. Gaskin has 13-13-27 touches over the first three weeks. No other Miami running back has more than eight.
While the matchups over the next few weeks look a bit daunting. The 49ers defense is banged up and Seattle’s defenses is not what it used to be and have also been hit with the injury bug. It is not a bad schedule the rest of the way with matchups against Arizona, the Jets twice, Cincinnati, and the Raiders.
Jeff Wilson Jr. – San Francisco 49ers
I am convinced you could start me in the 49ers backfield and I would hit fantasy value. Maybe not, but seemingly everyone that goes into the Kyle Shanahan backfield is going to be fantasy viable. McKinnon was the lead guy but this workload was pretty split and he came out of this game with a questionable tag due to a rib injury. They are already missing Tevin Coleman for a few weeks and Raheem Mostert is week-to-week as well. Jeff Wilson saw 15 touches and went for 20+ PPR points with the two touchdowns.
San Francisco also plays Philadelphia and Miami over the next two weeks which are not bad matchups. Wilson certainly relies on the others being out so once we get a full committee again or even one of the two running backs back, Wilson will be third or fourth in line for touches. This is another short term fill-in option as most are here given the lack of names in the waiver wire pool.
Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints
While Latavius Murray was drafted as a handcuff, his usage is somewhat interesting because he has two weeks with double-digit carries and Alvin Kamara’s workload has been more as a receiver with Michael Thomas out. Murray hasn’t had any fantasy weeks to write home about, but the touches are there and he has some good chances of scoring the next few weeks against the Lions, Chargers, and Panthers. While Murray’s full value still remains tied to Kamara’s health, the workload here is better than most handcuffs for top backs.
Murray has played 31% of the team snaps but when he is on the field he is clearly used. With some better matchups coming up and games where the Saints should be able to jump out to a lead and control the game, Murray stands a better chance of getting some quick red zone work and finding himself around 13 touches.
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