Raymond Summerlin

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Waiver Wire: Week 2

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


RUNNING BACKS
1. T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars – Rostered in 15 percent of Yahoo leagues
As we learned last week with James Conner, it is better to take the risk when a large workload is potentially available, and that is the situation with Yeldon this week. Leonard Fournette's hamstring injury is reportedly minor, but soft-tissue issues are notorious for lingering longer than expected. After out-snapping Corey Grant 39-to-6 and out-touching him 17-to-1 in the season opener, Yeldon is clearly the back to roster.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

2. James White, Patriots – Rostered in 49 percent of Yahoo leagues
White had a good first game, turning nine touches into 56 yards and a touchdown, but it could have been even better considering he only hauled four of his team-high nine targets. The receiver corps is going to be extremely thin until Julian Edelman returns from suspension, so White should remain a big part of the passing game, especially against a tough Jaguars front seven this week.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 10-team leagues

3. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos – Rostered in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
Perhaps Ekeler (below) should be ahead of Lindsay, but the latter is behind a less settled starter, giving him the edge. It is possible Lindsay matching Royce Freeman in carries and playing just three fewer snaps was a “hot hand” situation which is unlikely to recur, but the Broncos seem committed to a backfield committee, and Lindsay has a good shot to supplant Devontae Booker as the No. 2 option if he has not already. With Denver’s offense looking pretty good, that could give him some RB3/FLEX viability even if Freeman stays healthy and keeps the starting job.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

4. Austin Ekeler, Chargers – Rostered in 17 percent of Yahoo leagues
Ekeler is just a speculative add even coming off a big game, but it is one which could pay off. Ekeler did not play on offense because of a broken hand the final two games of 2017, but he averaged just over five carries and just under three targets a game in the eight before that. He could push for 10 touches a game even with Melvin Gordon healthy, and he would be a plug-and-play starter if Gordon went down. It would not be surprising if he develops into a poor man’s Tevin Coleman.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

5. Jordan Wilkins, Colts – Rostered in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues
Wilkins worked as the clear No. 1 back Week 1, playing 56 percent of the snaps and seeing 17 touches, and played better than his numbers. Unfortunately, it is tough to get too excited about his fantasy prospects. Marlon Mack appears close to returning, and even if he misses another game or two, this offense does not appear able to create consistent running room. 61 total yards might end up being as good as it gets for Wilkins.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team leagues

6. Javorius Allen, Ravens – Rostered in 3 percent of Yahoo leagues
With Kenneth Dixon out for “some time,” Allen is now the unquestioned No. 2 back in Baltimore. That role earned him over 10 touches a game even after Alex Collins took over last season, and that was also with Danny Woodhead playing the final seven games. That should give him at worst FLEX value in deeper leagues, especially PPR.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 14-team leagues

7. Nyheim Hines, Colts – Rostered in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
Unlike with Wilkins, Hines’ passing-game role should not be dramatically affected by Marlon Mack’s return. That is great news for PPR leaguers who invested in Hines despite a rocky preseason. In an offense which looks like it will be predicated on short passing, Hines is a perfect fit who already notched nine targets in the season opener. He needs to be rostered in all PPR formats and deeper standard leagues as well.
Recommendation: Should be rostered in 14-team leagues.

Watch List: In a big L for yours truly, LeGarrette Blount lost three yards on his four carries and then suffered a knee injury. Yikes…No one in this world can prove Frank Gore does not have the philosopher’s stone, but despite his Flamel-ian longevity, it still seems unlikely he gets enough touches to be a usable fantasy option. In a good situation in which the Dolphins ran the ball 29 times from a positive game script, Gore finished with nine carries on 29 percent of the snaps…Things set up about as well as they could for Ty Montgomery in Week 1, and he finished with four touches…Giovani Bernard was only seeing a handful of touches before Joe Mixon suffered a concussion last season, and it looks like he is in the same role again this year…It is possible if not likely Darren Sproles’ usage was game-plan related – the Eagles used running back to attack the Falcons in the passing game during the playoffs – but his presence makes Corey Clement nothing more than a handcuff…Perhaps Theo Riddick will get more work if LeGarrette Blount’s injury is serious, but he is just a PPR option otherwise…Devontae Booker is on his way to third on the depth chart following Phillip Lindsay’s big game…Doug Martin managed to average more than three yards per carry, but he only touched the ball six times. He is more likely to be a thorn in Marshawn Lynch’s side than a usable fantasy option.

Deep Cuts: Corey Grant could earn some deep-league appeal if Leonard Fournette is forced to miss time, but he only saw six snaps in the season opener despite Fournette leaving in the second quarter…Devonta Freeman appears to be fine, and Tevin Coleman would handle the bulk of the work even if he was not. Still, Ito Smith is a name to know in deep leagues…A lot of ink was spilled on Alvin Kamara’s backup during the preseason, but it does not appear as if it will matter. Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams combined for four touches on 10 snaps in Week 1...All but one of Chase Edmonds’ touches came in the fourth quarter of the blowout, but it is still good to confirm he is the next man up behind David Johnson. He, Spencer Ware, and Rod Smith are pure handcuffs who could return considerable value if something happened to the starter. Wayne Gallman is not on that level, but he did look like the No. 2 before he left with a minor injury…Christine Michael played just three snaps Sunday, and it seems like Marlon Mack will be back soon…Jacquizz Rodgers worked as the No. 2 behind Peyton Barber in Week 1, but Ronald Jones would almost certainly get his shot if something happened to the starter…While Chris Ivory was the handcuff du jour in the preseason, it looks like Marcus Murphy might be the back to roster behind LeSean McCoy.


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Raymond Summerlin is a football writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter at @RMSummerlin.
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