Already preparing to raid the Waiver Wire after Week 9? Let’s take a look at the running back options who may be available (owned in less than 60% of ESPN leagues) and prioritize who you should be targeting and who is better left for someone else:
- J.K. Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens (48.7%)
- Wayne Gallman – New York Giants (34.4%)
- James White – New England Patriots (36.3%)
- Salvon Ahmed – Miami Dolphins (42.0%)
- Frank Gore – New York Jets (8.8%)
- La’Mical Perine – New York Jets (18.5%)
- Samaje Perine – Cincinnati Bengals (0.9%)
1) J.K. Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens
We’ve all waited impatiently for the Ravens to commit to a lead back, and you have to wonder if we finally got our wish in Week 11:
- J.K. Dobbins – 15 carries for 70 yards and 1 TD
- Gus Edwards – 3 carries for 6 yards
- Mark Ingram – 2 carries for 2 yards
It will be interesting to see if Baltimore sticks with Dobbins as the leader, but there’s little doubt that he offers the most upside. Considering he was the only one of the trio to be targeted in the passing game (2 catches for 15 yards), he’s an easy add in all formats.
2) Wayne Gallman – New York Giants
The Giants were on bye in Week 11, so there’s nothing new to report regarding Gallman. That said it’s a bit surprising that his ownership is still low, with Gallman scoring in four straight games (5 TD over this stretch) and seeing his workload grow each week:
- at Philadelphia – 10 carries for 34 yards and 1 TD
- vs. Tampa Bay – 12 carries for 44 yards and 1 TD
- at Washington – 14 carries for 68 yards and 1 TD
- vs. Philadelphia – 18 carries for 53 yards and 2 TD
Coming off the bye he should continue to emerge, as Alfred Morris and Dion Lewis don’t offer much upside.
3) James White – New England Patriots
Rex Burkhead was forced from Week 11 with a knee injury, and that opened up the pass catching role for White. He stepped up and delivered, turning 9 targets into 6 catches and 64 yards. If Burkhead is forced to miss an extended period White should step into the primary pass catching role. There’s clearly upside in that role, as it would put White on the FLEX radar for those in PPR formats.
4) Salvon Ahmed – Miami Dolphins
Ahmed will likely see his role diminish once Myles Gaskin returns, but for now it’s his job and fantasy owners will want to take advantage. That said Ahmed’s ability to make plays catching the football will keep him relevant, as he’s coming off a 5 catch, 31 yard performance.
Ahmed isn’t going to be elite, but while Gaskin is out he should be on FLEX radars.
5) Frank Gore – New York Jets
We keep waiting for the Jets to turn the page, but instead Gore remains a significant part of the offense:
- Frank Gore – 15 carries for 61 yards and 1 TD
- La’Mical Perine – 8 carries for 33 yards and 1 TD
Perine did suffer an ankle injury, which could have played a role, but the Jets have given no indication that they are willing to turn things over even when healthy. Gore’s upside isn’t very high, but as long as he’s playing a significant role he’s going to have value.
6) La’Mical Perine – New York Jets
Maybe once he’s healthy the Jets will finally turn things over to see what they have? At this point we aren’t holding our breath, but we can hope…
7) Samaje Perine – Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon is on the IR and it appeared that Giovani Bernard was banged up in Week 11. That led to Perine getting 5 carries for 19 yards, and if Bernard is forced to miss time Perine appears to be the handcuff. This is a situation to monitor, just in case.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com