It’s been a rough season for RBs so far. In week 1 it was fumbling issues and only 2 RBs breaking 100 yards. In week 2 it was injuries with Reggie Bush, Ray Rice, Stephen Jackson, Eddie Lacy, and MJD all in danger of missing time going forward. Not all backup RBs are equal and I will highlight a few worth owning below. As usual, these are players owned in less than 60% of Yahoo leagues.
Rueben Randle WR – 58%: Randle’s numbers in week 2 (3-14-0) might cause some owners to send Randle back to the waiver wire. If that happens in your league, go get him. Randle’s numbers were bad last week, but he still got 9 targets and plays in one of the NFL’s most prolific passing offenses behind two injury prone WRs. Nicks sat out a drive Sunday with a jammed finger. We all know jammed fingers hurt, but cmon. Randle is going to get some starts this year.
Max FAAB: $10
DeAndre Hopkins WR– 52%: Rookie WRs are a risky proposition, but Hopkins has been productive in all three of his appearances this year (1 preseason game) and already has an established role as the #2 WR in Houston’s offense. His game winning TD and 7 catches for 117 yards (13 targets) in week 2 is just going to build Schaub’s faith in the young WR and his numbers should continue to improve as the season goes on.
Max FAAB: $22
Alshon Jeffery WR – 50%: Like Randle, Jeffery failed to improve on a solid week 1 performance and his numbers were even worse (1-11-0). I still think Jeffery deserves a spot on your fantasy rosters. He only got 5 targets, but one was a deep ball in the end zone that just missed and he also got two carries in the running game. Look for the Bears to make an effort to get Jeffery more involved in Week 3.
Max FAAB: $5