Alfred Morris, San Francisco 49ers(Rostered in less than 14% of NFL.com leagues) Man oh man, the 49ers can’t catch a break! First, Jerick McKinnon goes down with a season ending ACL injury. Then, it’s their franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who suffers an ACL injury. Now this past Sunday, however numb they thought they were to injuries, 49er fans held their breath again as Matt Breida limped off the field with an ankle sprain. If Breida is forced to miss time, and coach Shanahan has stated he was doubtful to play Monday night, then Morris could be a legit start. Last week he managed 18 carries, albeit for only 61 yards. 18 carries is a starter’s load, and in a year like most others, where the running backs are thin, Morris deserves your consideration.
Alfred Blue, Houston Texans(Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Last week I had mentioned stashing Blue in the event that Miller is too hurt to play or the Texans begin to move on from Miller’s uninspiring play. Well Miller was active, but the team wanted to rest him and decided to let Blue carry the workhorse load Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Alfred Blue was uninspiring in his own right as a runner as he carried the ball a whopping 20 times for only 46 yards. That is a weak YPC of 2.6; however, he was involved in the passing game, pulling in 8 catches on 8 targets for 73 yards. Blue is worth a look for those RB needy managers as a guy who made a case for his involvement in the offense with or without Lamar Miller.
D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans(Rostered in 1% of NFL.com leagues) If Alfred Blue is the Honda Civic you use to drive to work, then Foreman is the Corvette that has been in the garage for a few months waiting for you take the cover off and enjoy the ride! Foreman has top end speed and in 10 games last year was averaging 4.2 YPC. Unlike Miller and Blue, if he can see the field and stay on it, he has the talent to truly make this running game dynamic. If you can afford the stash for a couple more weeks (he is eligible to return week 7) do yourself a favor and scoop up Foreman, even if just for the upside and potential trade bait.
Kapri Bibbs, Washington Redskins(Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Bibbs may be forced into action as the Redskins saw both Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson suffer injuries on Monday night against the Saints. Thompson injured his ribs while, according to the man himself, Peterson dislocated his shoulder. He also banged up his knee. Peterson did come back to the game from both injuries and stated he would be fine, however a starting NFL running back, which Bibbs would be if both guys were forced to miss time is always worth a longer glance.
Niles Paul, Jacksonville Jaguars(Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Given the lack of depth at the TE in fantasy football this year, Managers should take a look at Niles Paul. After trying to play through his core muscle issue, Austin Seferian-Jenkins was placed on the IR by the Jags and Paul will step in as his replacement. In this same role last weekend, Paul was targeted 9 times catching 7 balls for 65 yards. This is very intriguing usage and production, especially at tight end this year.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals(Rostered in 1% of NFL.com leagues) I have had my eye on Kirk this year as a deeper WR sleeper. He showed some solid chemistry with rookie Josh Rosen in the preseason and almost turned that into touchdowns in every one of Rosen’s starts. It was Kirk who caught a TD that was called back in the game against Seattle 2 weeks ago, and in the win against the 9ers Sunday, Rosen connected with Kirk on a 75 yard TD dime! Given Rosen’s lack of experience with Larry, he may be inclined to look Kirk’s way a bit more as rookies tend to lock onto guys they begin to trust.
Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles(Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Unfortunately for those with Jay Ajayi on their rosters, he was sent to the IR with an ACL tear on Monday. This means that the Eagles, who activated Corey Clement last week but did not play him, could lean on Wendell Smallwood even more going forward. He racked up 71 all purpose yards against a tough Minnesota defense and even caught a TD pass from Carson Wentz. This was all in a game that Ajayi played in. Scoop up Smallwood and see how his usage continues to play out.
Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles(Rostered in less than 17% of NFL.com leagues) We know the Eagles want to deploy Clement on a weekly basis, but he just hasn’t been able to stay on the field. Clement has started this week as a full participant in practice as they prepare on a short week for the New York Giants. The Giants just gave up a top 12 finish to CMC, so if Clement suits up, he could not only be a great pickup this week but slot right in to a plus matchup.
Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints(Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) There has been value over the years in finding the locked in number two wide receiver for a Drew Brees offense. If you have the ability to stash Smith, take a look as he was able to score twice on some beautiful passes from Drew Brees. Smith is a talented rookie that due to their depth at the position, the Saints didn’t necessarily need to draft. His talent is starting to show through.
Cam Meredith, New Orleans Saints(Rostered in less than 1% of NFL.com leagues) Similar to the comments above on Smith. Meredith showed flashes and could be poised for extra work as Ginn Jr. has been banged up and the ageless Brees has been throwing dimes.
Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings(Rostered in less than 21% of NFL.com leagues) Even though Murray himself has done little to create reason for consideration (he has only averaged 3.5 YPC this year and has yet to score a TD), he’s worth an add as Dalvin Cook cannot get back or stay on the field with his lingering hamstring injury. If you need running back (and I am sure a lot of you do), Murray could get a few more starts, and volume alone may help him put numbers up for your team.
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts(Rostered in less than 59% of NFL.com leagues) Mack is likely rostered in your league, but if not, snag him off waivers if you are in need of running back depth. He is working his way back from a lingering hamstring injury, but given the lack of explosion in the Colts running game thus far this year, head coach Frank Reich will want to deploy this dual purpose back often when healthy.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers(Rostered in less than 71% of NFL.com leagues) I have mentioned Olsen for a few weeks here; however, I just want to let you know again if he is available, PICK HIM UP!
Cameron Brate and Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers These two were in last week’s article but it is worth repeating here as they have returned from BYE and play the Falcons swiss cheese defense this week.