Prioritizing the Wire (Week 6): Which Running Backs Are The Top Names To Target?

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Already preparing to raid the Waiver Wire after Week 6? 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:

  1. Justin Jackson – Los Angeles Chargers
  2. Boston Scott – Philadelphia Eagles
  3. J.D. McKissic – Washington Football
  4. Lamical Perine – New York Jets
  5. Joshua Kelley – Los Angeles Chargers
  6. Frank Gore – New York Jets
  7. Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills

1) Justin Jackson – Los Angeles Chargers

Jackson is still sitting on the waiver wire in nearly half of ESPN leagues, despite taking 15 carries for 71 yards in Week 5 against the Saints. With Ekeler out at least one more week (and possibly more), it would appear that Jackson has the chance to be an impact option.

Week 7 will see the Chargers take on a Jacksonville defense that’s allowed the fifth most points per week to opposing RB (677 rushing yards, 255 receiving yards and 9 total TD). In other words anyone looking for a RB2/FLEX will want to roll the dice and scoop up Jackson for at least one week.

2) Boston Scott – Philadelphia Eagles

The results of Sanders’ MRI could necessitate moving Scott either up or down our priority list. If Sanders is going to miss significant time, opening up a lead role for Scott for multiple weeks, he’d remain near the top option for the week. If it’s a minor injury, with Sanders potentially not even missing time, then his value would plummet. In other words monitor the news over the next few days.

3) J.D. McKissic – Washington Football

The Washington running game was supposed to belong to Antonio Gibson, but it was clear in Week 6 that it’s become more of a committee as McKissic and Gibson virtually shared the touches:

  • J.D. McKissic – 8 carries for 41 yards, 6 receptions for 43 yards
  • Antonio Gibson – 9 carries for 30 yards, 4 receptions for 25 yards

Over the past three weeks Gibson has averaged 3.5 YPC or less in all three contests. Meanwhile McKissic has 19 receptions over the three games, and he was the more impressive runner against the Giants. He may never be handed the clear #1 role, but it’s obvious he is going to continue getting 12-15 touches per week and be a part of the committee.

4) La’Mical Perine – New York Jets

Unfortunately it went as expected, with the Jets’ coaching staff continuing to feature Frank Gore instead of giving Perine the touches and see if he could become the future. That said, neither runner was impressive in Week 6:

  • Frank Gore – 11 carries for 46 yards
  • La’Mical Perine – 7 carries for 27 yards

Hopefully the team shifts gears and puts Perine in the feature role, so they at least learn what they have. Unfortunately that’s simply not a guarantee.

5) Joshua Kelley – Los Angeles Chargers

Kelley was supposed to assume the role left behind by the injury to Ekeler, but he struggled in Week 5 (11 carries for 29 yards) and has had some fumbling issues of late. He’s going to remain in the mix for touches for Los Angeles, but at this point he could be playing behind Justin Jackson out of the bye week. Kelley is worth stashing, in case he can get back on track, but for now he’s more of a stash as opposed to a player to trust.

6) Frank Gore – New York Jets

All we can say is why? The Jets continue to feed the 37-year old Gore the ball, despite his 3.3 YPC average. The coaching staff clearly believes he provides them a better shot at keeping their jobs, though eventually the team needs to be looking towards the future. That means increasing the carries for Perine, and that should come soon.

7) Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills

Devin Singletary has struggled running the football heading into their Monday night contest, with 81 yards on 29 carries in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. That should open up opportunities for the returning Moss, though Singletary isn’t going to disappear from the mix offensively. This could be a committee approach, which puts Moss on fantasy radars, but it seems unlikely that he suddenly emerges as the team’s top option.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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