Week Three: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire RB (aka Running On Empty)

Waiver Wire Running Back

Week Three Waiver Wire: QB  RB  WR  TE

Week two is behind us and some of you are starting to understand that fantasy football is a marathon, not a sprint.  And more of you are ready to quit this marathon after running three blocks.  Some of you believed Phillip Lindsay was a one-week wonder.  And you were wrong.  Some of you thought Jay Ajayi would be better than Corey Clement.  And you were wrong.  Some of you thought fantasy football was just a game.  And oh boy were you wrong. Lucky for you, there are week three waiver wire RB options available to save you from yourself.  So let us examine what our best waiver wire running back options for week three are.

Week Three Fantasy Football Waiver Wire RB

Giovani Bernard – Owned in 4% of leagues – With the knee injury to Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard became the number one waiver priority of week three.  Just don’t expect Bernard to produce like Joe Mixon.  If you watched the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night football game against the Baltimore Ravens, you saw that the Bengals offense did not look nearly as good when Bernard was in there.  However, the Ravens also had one of the best run defenses last year and that looks to have carried over into the 2018 season.  Giovani Bernard is going to get a lot of opportunities over the next couple of weeks and if you need week three fantasy waiver wire RB help, he is your best bet.

Austin EkelerOwned in 44% of leagues – Last week, I told you to be wary of adding Austin Ekeler to your team.  To spite me, Ekeler had 97 total yards to put up a low-end RB2 performance.  But what was true last week remains true today.  While Ekeler saw 42% of the Charger snaps and had an astonishing 7 yards per carry, he also did this against a Buffalo Bills defense that was so bad, it forced Vontae Davis to retire at halftime.  Next week, Ekeler faces a terrifying Los Angeles Rams defense.  If he is able to keep his production up, then I will consider adding him if he is still available.

Javorius Allen – Owned in 14% of leagues – In fantasy circles, Alex Collins was a preseason darling to many experts.  In many eyes, he was the superior talent.  However, two weeks through the NFL season, Javorius Allen has out-snapped Alex Collins 72 to 69.  That is not so nice for Alex Collins owners, but it does make Javorius Allen someone fantasy owners should consider.  In week two, Allen has 5 catches for 36 yards and 8 rushing yards and a touchdown.  Through two weeks, Allen is an RB2.  If you need running back help, Javorius Allen is someone who should be on your radar.

Other notable week three fantasy football waiver wire RBs to monitor:

Corey ClementOwned in 23% of leagues

Chris IvoryOwned in 4% of leagues

Theo RiddickOwned in 32% of leagues