Monday, October 26, 2020

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Ranking Week 8 RB Options

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 8 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by our preference to add.]

1. Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (43%)

Kelley's efficiency in Week 7 leaves a lot to be desired, but the workload (17 touches) makes us take a long look. The fourth-round rookie carried the ball 12 times for 29 yards and added five catches for 24 yards. Meanwhile, backfield mate Justin Jackson had only 10 touches (after getting 20 before the bye in Week 5).

It's certainly possible that Jackson out-touches Kelley in Week 8, but the duo has a favorable upcoming schedule after their difficult Week 8 matchup (Broncos). From Weeks 9 to 11, the Chargers face the Raiders, Dolphins and Jets, who have allowed the second-most, ninth-most and seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

2. Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills (46%)

Moss had his best game of the season against the Jets on Sunday with seven carries for 47 yards and three catches for 25 yards. Meanwhile, Devin Singletary had a season-low and identical-to-Moss 10 touches on Sunday. While both Moss and Singletary are averaging less than four yards per carry, Singletary has now averaged 3.1, 2.3, 3.2 and 3.6 YPC, respectively, in his past four games.

Going forward, Moss has the potential to either maintain an even split with Singletary or perhaps become the 1(a) to Singletary as a 1(b). Either way, he's worth a stash if he's available in your league.

3. Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks (11%)

With Chris Carson exiting Sunday night's game with a mid-foot sprain, Hyde had 15 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown and added three catches for eight yards. Depending on the results of Carson's MRI on Monday, it's possible that Hyde could get the start in Week 8.

4. Damien Harris, New England Patriots (47%)

As bad as the team's offense has looked, it's difficult to get excited about any Patriot on the waiver wire. That said, Harris was one of the few offensive bright spots (10 carries for 58 yards and a 12-yard reception) on Sunday. Looking past Week 8 (Buffalo) to Week 9 (NY Jets), it's certainly possible that Harris is a top-24 back in Week 9 as the Patriots should be favored by double digits.

Related: Jets are 20-point underdogs in Week 8

5. JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers (21%)

Before suffering a high-ankle sprain, Jeff Wilson Jr. ran all over the Patriots to a tune of 112 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Once again, Hasty has looked good as well as he gained 57 yards on nine carries and added a 16-yard reception.

With Raheem Mostert and Wilson sidelined, Hasty could lead the backfield in touches next week. Per The Athletic's David Lombardi, Kyle Shanahan said that the team was "planning to rest" McKinnon since he "had a large workload earlier this season." And Tevin Coleman could possibly return in Week 8. So, in other words, it remains difficult to predict the workloads for this team's backfield.

6. La'Mical Perine, New York Jets (21%)

As Frank Gore also had 11 carries on Sunday, Perine rushed 11 times for 39 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for 16 yards in Week 7. It was a season-high 13 touches for Perine and with Le'Veon Bell now in Kansas City, Gore could continue to cede a larger share of the workload going forward. In fact, Pro Football Reference charted Hasty (season-high 70%) playing more than double the number of snaps as Gore (28%, his lowest since Week 1).

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