As if the running back position wasn’t thin enough, we’ll be without Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb and James Conner for Week 7 since all of their teams will be on a bye. If you’re in need of some help on the waiver wire, here are four players worth targeting who are still available in the majority of ESPN leagues.
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (37 percent)
Make no mistake, Marlon Mack is the main man out of the backfield for the Colts. He’s logged at least 20 rushing attempts in three of the Colts’ five games and already has 101 carries on the season. However, he hasn’t been that involved in the passing game with only nine targets. That’s where Hines makes his impact, catching 18 of 21 targets for 120 yards. The Colts will play the Texans on Sunday, leaving the potential for a high-scoring affair. If you’re in a PPR league, Hines has the potential to provide value.
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams (25 percent)
With Todd Gurley (quadriceps) out for Week 6, Brown had a chance to shine. However, a matchup against the tough 49ers defense contributed to him accumulating just 40 rushing yards on 11 carries. He wasn’t targeted in the passing game, either, leaving him with a mostly underwhelming state line. There is a chance that Gurley could be back for Week 7, but if he doesn’t return, Brown is primed for a big game against a porous Falcons defense. For those who have Gurley on their squad, handcuffing Brown with him is a must even if Gurley is cleared to play.
Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers (2 percent)
Adding Snell is more of a move for the future than it is for the short term considering the Steelers are on a bye this week. Still, he’s the main backup to James Conner with Jaylen Samuels (knee) out at least three more weeks. When Conner went down with a quadriceps injury versus the Chargers on Sunday, Snell shined with 75 yards on 17 carries. The bye week will probably aid Conner in his attempt to return for Week 8, but adding Snell now could pay off, especially with the Steelers set to face the Dolphins in that game.
Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins (1 percent)
Walton makes this list yet again after coming off of his best game of the season against Washington. Not only did he turn six carries into 32 yards, but he also caught five of six targets for an additional 43 yards. Kenyan Drake was also active with 10 carries and nine targets. The Dolphins are likely still looking to trade Drake before the deadline, so grab Walton while you can. He could be in line for a featured role in the near future.