Unfortunately, if you spent a first-round pick on Ezekiel Elliott in early September after hearing his suspension would be put on hold, you are probably scrambling for his replacement now that his six-game suspension is likely to be restored.
Here are five backs you should be able to snag off waivers and slip into your lineup prior to Sunday:
1. Darren McFadden/Alfred Morris DAL
The obvious first choice(s), would be the McFadden/Morris duo. One of these backs will benefit highly from Elliott’s absence — the trick will be figuring out which will be receiving the bulk of the workload. Although, with Dallas on bye this week you’ll obviously still need another immediate replacement. Stick either McFadden or Morris on your bench for a week and snag the next guy on your list for this Sunday.
2. Adrian Peterson, ARI
In one of my leagues, Peterson is somehow sitting on waivers right now despite his recent trade to the Arizona Cardinals. In Arizona, with David Johnson out, Peterson is sure to get the immediate No. 1 slot for the Cards. His age and his early-season struggles in New Orleans are red flags, but a change in scenery could be just what the future Hall of Famer needs. Worth a shot.
3. Alvin Kamara, NO (R)
Chances are, Kamara has already been snagged up by someone in your league after his impressive performance through the passing game last week. With Peterson gone, Kamara’s shot is here and now. Better grab him while you can!
4. Elijah McGuire, NYJ (R)
McGuire has received double-digit carry totals for the Jets in back-to-back weeks, and has a highly-favorable match-up with a struggling New England run defense coming to town. He had 11 of the team’s 18 carries against Cleveland last week, and ran for 93 yards and his first career touchdown against Jacksonville two weeks ago. McGuire’s stock is certainly on the rise.
5. Wayne Gallman, NYG (R)
Well, New York’s stock-pile of offensive weapons has already been depleted, with Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Sheppard all lost to injury. Starting running back Paul Perkins is struggling mightily this season. In steps the rookie Gallman. The only thing is New York’s offensive line is truly struggling, so it’s a risk going with Gallman. But he’s capable of being a decent fantasy starter down the stretch given the lack of weapons for Eli Manning.
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