Week seven is almost behind us and with it your belief that the running back you drafted will ever play football again. Some of you thought Sony Michel was a Patriots running back you could believe in. And you were wrong. Some of you thought you could figure out the San Francisco running game. And you were wrong. Some of you thought fantasy football could be fun. And oh boy were you wrong. Lucky for you, there are waiver wire running back options available to save you from yourself. If I don’t mention someone whom you think I should be talking about, just know there are many reasons why I overlooked them. Maybe they are owned in most leagues. Maybe they are so bad I don’t even consider them. Maybe it’s because your opinions cannot be trusted. After all, you are here. So let us examine what our best week 8 waiver wire RBs are.
Week 8 Waiver Wire RBs
Ito Smith – Owned in 50% of leagues – Last week, I had a note saying that Ito Smith could have value, so long as Devonta Freeman remained hurt. In response to my assessment, the Atlanta Falcons promptly placed Freeman on Injured Reserve. While Freeman has been out, Ito Smith has been getting a similar amount of usage as Tevin Coleman. More importantly, Smith has been getting the goal-line looks. That means that if you need help at running back, he should probably be on your roster.
Marlon Mack – Owned in 55% of leagues – Last week, Marlon Mack was out-snapped by Nyheim Hines. This week, Mack was on the field 56% of the time. More importantly, he had 22 offensive opportunities, triple the looks that Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins received. Most important of all, he had 159 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. If Mack is available in your league, you would be crazy not to add him first among week 8 waiver wire RBs.
ABSURDITY CHECK AKA Maybe This Journeyman Running Back Will Be Good
Raheem Mostert– Owned in 8% of leagues – Over the last two weeks, Raheem Mostert has been on the field 40% of the time for the San Francisco 49ers. What this means is that the 49ers like him. What it doesn’t mean is that Raheem Mostert is good. Because he is not good. However, he might get you volume if you are desperate. Just don’t expect anything more than a ceiling of low-end RB2 numbers if you are incredibly lucky and the defender he is facing dies.
Other notable running backs to monitor
Kapri Bills — Owned in 1% of leagues (A.K.A. Owned in 1% too many leagues)
Chris Ivory — Owned in 9% of leagues (A.K.A. The Handcuff of an injured McCoy)
LeGarrette Blount — Owned in 14% of leagues (A.K.A. The Vulture of Kerryon Johnson’s hard-earned touchdowns.)