These runners can give your fantasy football squad a boost.
As we approach the second half of the NFL season, the running back position continues to yield fantasy football Managers a weekly headache.
Nick Chubb will not play while dealing with a positive COVID test, Alvin Kamara was ruled out for a knee problem and several others are hit and listed as questionable for Sunday with a variety of issues.
Despite the worsening, there is still hope on the horizon for many and a continued look at your exemption cable could be your saving grace.
The first thing to do is scan your exemption cable for names like Mark Ingram, Devin Singletary, and Brandon Bolden. If any of them are available, adding just one of them could be a huge boost to your lineup.
Beyond Ingram filling in for Kamara for the Saints, Singletary should find himself in a similar position as Zack Moss struggles to recover from a concussion. Singletary actually has an even smoother showdown, against the Jets.
In New England, with Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson seeking clearance through the league’s concussion protocol, Bolden should see an increase in plays. The names are not attractive, but none of the three will give you a zero.
The situation in Seattle is one you should also be monitoring, and if you see Alex Collins or Chris Carson on your waiver wire, you better act fast. Carson has missed the past four weeks with a neck problem and is considered a game-time decision for Monday.
Even if he’s active, it seems unlikely Pete Carroll will give him the full complement of plays, keeping Collins in the game.
And while no one wants the ill will of any player, a neck injury can be complicated and may well become severe, so Collins retains his courage even in a complementary role.
You can even check to see if anyone in your league eliminated Clyde Edwards-Helaire because they needed someone else to play on their active roster this week.
The Chiefs opened the 21-day window to officially activate him from injury reserve, and reports outside of practice said he looked good. Perhaps Darrel Williams will keep a role, but the Chiefs are likely to return Edwards-Helaire to his main role.
Few fantasy owners check the waiver wire over the weekend as they remain focused on this week’s games.
Whether you need help right now or in the future, stealth grabs like these are the ones that win championships.
If you don’t, you’re leaving the door open for your competition to pass it by.