Raheem Mostert (RB-San Francisco 49ers) – 11% owned
Kyle Shanahan is the running back whisperer. Everywhere he goes, running backs succeed. There isn’t even a concern when the top 2 running backs to start the season are injured. He just has a way to make running backs shine through.
Raheem Mostert rushed 13 times for 83 yards and added another 68 yards on 3 catches. He also scored a touchdown. 24 PPR points is nothing to ignore. It is such a speedy and high play-count offense that he can share the load with Matt Breida and have success. They will have it on week 3 at home against the struggling Steelers.
You should try to make space for Raheem Mostert on your roster. Dump that benched Tight End, DST, or Kicker. The only reason you wouldn’t try to pick him up would be if you’re already stacked.
FAAB Recommendation: 15%. It is so early in the season, I’d be nervous to commit more. The 49ers have a large number of offensive players who will return from injury in the coming weeks.
Frank Gore (RB-Buffalo Bills) – 16% owned
Thankfully, most leagues don’t process their waivers until Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Put this claim on hold until we hear the final news about Devin Singletary. (Author’s note, this was written on Monday night.)
Devin Singletary is possibly injured and the Bills love to run the ball. Hamstring injuries are no joke. Even if Singletary dresses for the game, this is likely Frank Gore’s backfield until further notice. He’s not going to light up the world, but he will get you that consistent 9 or 10 points every week.
If you’re desperate at the position, you could easily do worse.
FAAB Recommendation: 7%. Such an unexciting player deserves an unexciting bid. Increase to 13% if you’re very needy at the position.
Carlose Hyde (RB-Houston Texans) – 45% owned
Well, it does not appear that the Texans are going to throw to their running back. This reduces Duke Johnson’s value and increases Carlos Hyde’s. He is the clear lead back for the team and should be owned as such.
To further strengthen this pick, the Texans are facing the Chargers in week 3. These Chargers were absolutely annihilated by Marlon Mack in week 1 and allowed over 100 total yards and a touchdown to the running back position against the Lions in week 2. They can be beaten on the ground.
I would not place a waiver bid expecting an RB1 or even an RB2, but Carlos Hyde is a fabulous Flex. Once we hit the bye weeks, he will fit comfortably into that RB2 slot and provide you a solid floor.
FAAB Recommendation: 10%. Clear starting role, decent to above average offense? Give it a whirl and see if you catch him! Same as above, if you’re desperate at the position, up your bid to 15%.