Runningbacks top the list of pickups this week. Injuries are piling up and there are many young backs waiting their turn.
It looks like Bears starter Jeremy Langford will be out 4-6 weeks. Even healthy Langford was average at best. Jordan Howard has a great opportunity to remain the starter the rest of the way. He’s averaging 5.6 yards of 12 carries and caught 6 balls. If you need a back I’d say Howard is priority number 1.
Dixon is still most likely a week away from returning. After that I suspect they will ease him in. None of the Ravens backs have cemented a spot as the starter. Dixon was far and away the best back the Ravens had this August. He will get his chance to earn the starting role and i would grab him now.
Darka has been on my radar for a couple of season with the Giants. I’m not sure why they haven’t tried to see what they have in him. Rashad Jenning has been underwhelming since his arrival in New York. With Vereen out for good and Jennings nursing thumb injury, Darkwa could play a big role. If Jennings returns this week and fumbles due to the injury we may still see Darkwa. If you have a big bench in a smaller league I’d give him a look. Especially if you own Jennings.
If you own Ryan Mathews or have in the past you know the deal. Sometimes he’s good. Sometimes he does nothing or is hurt. Smallwood played a big role in the Eagles offense this past week. 17 carries for 79 yards and a score. He’s worth a shot if you are desperate at runningback. The Eagles are off this week so know ou ont be using him week 4. Kenjon Barner chipped in for Philly also and should be monitored
Brate reaped the benefits of Austin Seferian-Jenkins DUI and release. Bucs QB Jameis Winston targeted him ten times against the Rams. two of them ended in touchdowns. He has 11 receptions overall this season. If you need tight end depth, I’d grab Brate. I suspect he wont be around in coming weeks.