Week 9 RB Waiver Wire Pickups
|Player||Team||Week 9 Opponent||Rostered %||FAAB%|
|Zack Moss||Buffalo Bills||SEA||36%||20%|
|J.K. Dobbins||Baltimore Ravens||@IND||47%||10%|
|Gus Edwards||Baltimore Ravens||@IND||4%||7%|
|JaMychal Hasty||San Francisco 49ers||GB||47%||7%|
|Cam Akers||Los Angeles Rams||BYE||34%||10%|
|Damien Harris||New England Patriots||@NYJ||30%||10%|
Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills
Since returning from injury, Zack Moss has made a jump in touches over the last three weeks and the game against New England was his best game yet. He finished with 14 carries for 81 yards and two scores. Moss has gotten work in the red zone when healthy, and that really hasn’t been the case for Devin Singletary even going back to last season. Moss was someone who was going to knock Singletary’s value down a bit and that has been the case. While this is still a split workload, this is a team that will run the ball and I am going to gravitate towards the guy getting red zone work as well. Moss played 53% of the team snaps to Devin Singletary’s. Moss is going to be a weekly FLEX option moving forward and I don’t mind ponying up some FAAB money for him either.
J.K. Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens
On Sunday we saw both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards pretty much split in production, although Edwards found the end zone. Dobbins was terrific against one of the best run defenses in the league. Dobbins had over 100 yards on the ground with 15 carries. He also had 66% of the snaps which is very encouraging. Dobbins is my preference just solely because he is on the field more, but Edwards is going to be lesser owned and likely less looked at by the casual fantasy manager. Baltimore has the Colts on deck this week, and Mark Ingram is looking like he will be out again. Dobbins is an RB2 or FLEX option while Ingram is out.
Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens
While Edwards played just 32% of the snaps, he still had 16 rushing attempts. Edwards managed 87 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown. The positive is that Edwards is seeing touches when he is on the field and while he has always been involved in a committee approach, he has been productive. Edwards has rushed for over five yards per carry in his career and over 334 rushing attempts he has over 200 fantasy points. Edwards is the lesser owned back out of the two and won’t cost as much in FAAB, although in sharper leagues Edwards is going to be more of a hot commodity.
JaMychal Hasty – San Francisco 49ers
Any running back thrown into a 49ers system is going to have some fantasy value. With Tevin Coleman leaving the game against Seattle and Raheem Mostert still out for the next few weeks, it leaves JaMychal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon as the lone options. McKinnon was hardly used in the ground game once again and reports came out with him dealing with tired legs. Hasty ended up rushing for 29 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He would get a more favorable matchup this upcoming week against Green Bay and should be in the 10-15 touch range. Hasty is a strong grab for the next week or two.
Cam Akers – Los Angeles Rams
This will be a situation to watch with Darrell Henderson leaving the game against Miami. While he will have some extra time to rest up, there is also a chance he misses some time. Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown would both be guys to keep an eye out for, and while Brown got the work after he left, Akers is still the better option for me. This Rams committee isn’t as friendly when it comes to them rolling out three backs but Henderson was taking up a big chunk of it. With a two-headed attack on a team rushing the ball 31.4 times per game, there is a better chance of Akers and Brown having some value now.
Damien Harris – New England Patriots
The Patriots backfield has never been a reliable one for fantasy in terms of touches. Rex Burkhead and James White had more snaps than Damien Harris, yet Harris had the most touches and it wasn’t close either. He finished the day with 16 rushing attempts for 102 yards and a score. Rex Burkhead had just seven touches. While I don’t love the number of snaps and the other two still somewhat in the way, Harris seems to be at least getting the ball every time he is on the field. Harris is going to rely on games being close or the Patriots being ahead to have any real value moving forward. Taking it one week at a time, the Jets are on the map this week who rank bottom ten in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. This will be a good spot for Harris, but he does remain touchdown dependent and doesn’t have any PPR appeal.
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