With the holiday season right around the corner, the fantasy football season approaches its stretch run as owners make a final push towards the playoffs. That is also the final week we need to worry about byes, but the waiver wire will remain an important factor.
We saw yet more major injuries at running back Week 10. The just about all worrisome is usually Devonta Freeman, who experienced a concussion that could keep him out multiple weeks (it’s his second diagnosed concussion of the season). Fantasy owners who hung on to Tevin Coleman (possessed in 87 percent of Yahoo! leagues) can safely fire him up as an RB1.
Elsewhere, Aaron Jones transpired with a sprained MCL and Rob Kelley experienced a higher ankle sprain. The other day I stated Matt Forte as a advised add, so of course, he re-aggravated his knee injury and might miss more games. Sorry about that.
This week’s bye teams are the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, NY Jets, and San Francisco 49ers. Which means Carlos Hyde, Christian McCaffrey, Bilal Powell, and Frank Gore won’t be available for fantasy owners.
Once more, let’s dive in with a consider the best waiver wire running backs, owned in 50 percent or perhaps less of Yahoo! typical leagues.
Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings (43 percent)
Murray continues to take up in a good committee with Jerick McKinnon, but he’s been outplaying the latter in latest weeks. Murray played a key position in the Vikings’ make an impression on Washington, taking 17 bears for 68 yards and a touchdown. McKinnon is still the preferred option on passing downs, but Murray is getting enough volume in which to stay the RB2 conversation. He and the Vikings could have a hardcore matchup against the Los Angeles Rams this week.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (42 percent)
The Lions’ running game remains a week-to-week proposition, but Riddick continues to satisfy his role as the pass-catching back. He’s up to 32 receptions in nine games and is even getting some appears in the running game, taking 13 bears for 67 yards previously three games. Riddick plays too particular of a job to get an every-week starter in typical leagues, but he’s even now on the PPR as a flex take up and has good upside against the Chicago Bears.
Mike Gillislee has officially fallen right out of favor and was a wholesome scratch Sunday, so that clears up at least one sign in the Patriots’ backfield jam. Now Burkhead is usually back from a rib injury and making plays, adding 63 total yards and a touchdown on 13 touches against the Denver Broncos. James Light and Dion Lewis remain factors, but it’s clear Burkhead is a factor in this offense. He offers great flex potential down the stretch of the season.
The Packers are running out of running backs again. Aaron Jones is out for a month and Ty Montgomery seems to have re-harmed his ribs. That leaves Williams as another gentleman up, and he received a big workload with 20 bears for 67 yards against the Chicago Bears. The fourth-round rookie statistics to play a heavy position in the backfield as the Packers make an effort to conceal Brett Hundley. Williams is a risk-incentive RB2 against the Baltimore Ravens.