Now that we have three weeks of the NFL season under our belts, the viable running back options on the waiver wire are starting to get thin. However, with injuries continuing to pile up, you still might need some reinforcements. Here are four players worth targeting who are still available in the majority of ESPN leagues.
Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent)
Jones looked to be on his way to an expanded role after turning 13 carries into 75 yards in Week 1 against the 49ers. However, he battled an injury in Week 2, which limited him to just eight snaps. He resumed an expanded role with improved health Sunday, totaling 80 yards on 14 carries and catching his only target for an additional 41 yards. He is likely going to be in a time share with Peyton Barber, but Jones could still end up providing value.
Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers (16 percent)
The Packers would seem to have the workhorse running back that many teams would love to have in Aaron Jones. However, coach Matt LaFleur stated before Week 3 that they would like to “even out the touches” between Jones and Williams. That came to fruition Sunday with Williams being on the field for 61.4% of their offensive snaps compared to 38.6% for Jones. He took advantage of his added opportunities by rushing 12 times for 59 yards. He also caught both of his targets for 27 yards. While Jones would seem to be the better player, Williams appears to have a large enough role moving forward to be a worthy option in fantasy.
Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers (3 percent)
The absence of Tevin Coleman (ankle) has opened up opportunities for the other running backs on the 49ers. While Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert have been racking up yards on the ground, the team has turned to Wilson in the red zone. He’s cashed in with two touchdowns in both of their last two games. Although his yardage totals will likely leave a lot to be desired, his touchdown upside makes him a viable option for however long Coleman is out.
Wayne Gallman Jr., New York Giants (1 percent)
Not to be overlooked in the awesome performance that quarterback Daniel Jones provided in his first career start was that the Giants lost Saquon Barkley to an ankle injury. He is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks, dealing a huge blow to their backfield. That opens up the door for Gallman to start in what looks to be a much more explosive offense with Jones now at the helm. If you drafted Barkley, adding Gallman could be critical.
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