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Fantasy Football: Which running backs to add on waiver wire

Pete Davidson
September 10, 2019 - 12:30 pm

I offered up three rookie receivers for your perusal earlier today. Now it’s time to check out the top six running backs who are available on a good percentage of waiver wires.

For my take on all of this week’s top pickups, check out my free expanded waiver wire and podcast at every Tuesday around noon.  It’s a good resource, especially if you play in a deep league.  We’re just scratching the surface in this space.

Malcolm Brown, Rams

Ronald Jones, Bucs

Justice Hill, Ravens

Alexander Mattison, Vikings

Carlos Hyde, Texans

Adrian Peterson, Washington

If Brown is available, you really ought to go get him.  He’s the clear alternative to Todd Gurley based on what we saw in Week 1.  Brown played ahead of rookie Darrell Henderson and really looked the part, scoring two times while accumulating 53 yards in 11 attempts.  The thing is, it was impressive to watch.  Brown is making strong inside cuts and it’s hard to imagine him not getting a lot of goal line love going forward.  The bottom line is this.  Gurley is a major injury risk and the Rams are an awesome fantasy platform for a running back.  Brown is next in line and may have some stand alone value with Gurley healthy.  There’s nobody out there this week who I want more, especially if I am invested in Gurley.

Jones is a swing at upside.  He has some nice explosive traits and he’s in Bruce Arians’ scheme.  Hill is a long play but I love his ceiling in the Ravens RPO and run laden offense.  He’s already got flex appeal in larger formats and he’s a highlight waiting to happen.  Mattison got plenty of work behind Dalvin Cook and looks like the clear handcuff option, which has obvious value in the Vikings ground-based attack. He’s also a good receiver.  He’d have three down potential if Cook was to go down.  Hyde has been traded and released a bit too often over the last year or so, but he did look good on Monday night versus the Saints.  He’s in a battle with Duke Johnson for snaps and touches and should be rostered in all 12-team leagues.  Peterson is a right now acquisition and is worth more in non-PPR formats.  He’ll fill in for Derrius Guice, who will be out several weeks with a meniscus injury.