Riding the Waive: How to Deal With Running Back Woes in Week 3
All hail the Prince of Los Angeles! All hail Todd Gurley! That’s what I was saying to myself when I went all in on the Los Angeles Rams’ star running back Todd Gurley, drafting him in three out of four leagues. LeBron James even showed up at the game in L.A. on Sunday to bear witness to Todd Gurley the Great.
Two weeks into the season, Gurley is averaging a whopping 2.7 yards per carry, has 12 total Fantasy points, and zero touchdowns. In my opinion, Gurley was going to be this season’s Adrian Peterson, and I mean 2015 rushing champ Adrian Peterson. Not the AP who’s averaging 1.6 yards per carry, has 6 total Fantasy points, and zero touchdowns this season. Are your eyes bleeding yet? These are two names who were drafted top 5 overall in Fantasy leagues. This is going to sound harsh, but at least AP Fantasy owners get to bench him while he’s recuperating from a torn MCL he suffered in the Vikings’ Sunday night matchup against the Packers. Don’t pretend you weren’t thinking it too!
One does not simply bench a Todd Gurley or an AP. Despite their underwhelming numbers to start the season, it is not time to hit the panic button on either of the ball carriers, and please for the love of nachos and Beyoncé, do not initiate a Gurley/AP for Isaiah Crowell trade because AP will be back and Gurley should pull it together. By a show of hands, who needs a running back this week? Let’s Ride the Waive.
Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon
Should I add Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata? That question has the Fantasy world buzzing with debate in the wake of Peterson’s injury. The Vikings are going to look to both McKinnon and Asiata, in that order, to replace AP. McKinnon is the better running back, and has the better upside to make dazzling plays, but Asiata is going to come in at the end of those dazzling plays and vulture the touchdowns from McKinnon. Check out this tweet from Vikings reporter Matt Vensel:
That sounds like a no-brainer to me. Add Asiata as a top waiver priority, and put in a second waiver for McKinnon if you’re in the bottom half of the rotation this week. Asiata is currently owned in 0.2% of NFL leagues and 2% of Yahoo leagues.
Another running back, another injury. In the words of the wise Steve Smith Sr.: “Ice up son!” The Panthers’ starting running back Johnathan Stewart will miss their upcoming matchup against the Vikings due to a hamstring injury. The Panthers will start Fozzy Whittaker in Stewart’s place along with fellow running back Cameron Artis-Payne. I’ll keep this short and sweet. Whittaker had 130 total yards Sunday against the Niners, and averaged 6.2 yards per carry after Stewart left the game. Whittaker is currently owned in 0.4% of NFL leagues and 7% of Yahoo leagues.
Welp, running back Arian Foster is listed as “questionable” for the Dolphins’ upcoming matchup against the Browns due to a groin injury. Next in line to lead Miami’s backfield is Jay Ajayi. Remember when I said I was going to encourage you to add some players who aren’t going to look so hot on your roster? The time has come! This is a volume and depth chart add, as Ajayi failed to impress when Foster went down Sunday against the Patriots. What I’m trying to say is, if you fail to secure Asiata, Whittaker or McKinnon and Foster does sit out Sunday, consider Ajayi. He gets to play a Browns defense on Sunday that just blew a 20-point lead to the Ravens, and allows 106 rushing yards per game! Ajayi is currently owned in 78% of NFL leagues (looks like some folks have been waiting on a Foster injury) and 27% of Yahoo leagues.
Waives to Watch
Kenyan Drake, Deandre Washington, James White
Are you going for McKinnon or Asiata this week? What are your thoughts on Todd Gurley? Let us know in the comments!