Week two is in the books and by this point, you probably have identified what the weakness of your fantasy team is. If you are like a large portion of the fantasy world, you are probably in need of a running back. But starting fantasy running backs are hard to come by, so who can you acquire for a cheap price that give you a decent option at the position.
Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins: He has had a two big weeks to start out the season so his owners may be in “sell high” mode but he should still come cheaper than a lot of other options. Thompson has proven himself throughout his years in Washington as a reliable pass catcher out of the backfield, and this year it seems his role has expanded. While his big fantasy production has come off a few big plays, if you can acquire him for cheap, he could give consistent decent PPR fantasy production.
James White, New England Patriots: Through two weeks, it appears that White is the most trusted pass catching back. Despite not finding the end zone yet, White has 11 receptions through two games. Whenever owning a Patriots running back, it is hard to predict game by game usage, but White seems to be a staple of this offense, especially as he as gained Brady’s trust over the past few years. White can be a serviceable RB2 if you are desperate to upgrade the position without braking the bank.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Yes, he is suspended until week five, but when he returns, he figures to take over a majority of the Bucs early down running duties. The best part about Martin, you could probably snag him for very cheap if you can afford to wait until week five. If not, you can try and acquire current starting running back Jaquizz Rodgers to hold down the fort until Martin returns.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons: While he is technically Devonta Freeman’s backup, Coleman has etched out a steady role in the Falcons high powered offense. Coleman is good for about ten touches a game, a few of those being catches, and should give you seven points per game at least in PPR formats. And should Freeman get hurt, Coleman is instantly vaulted to an RB1.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans: We all know of Henry’s physical prowess and talent, but yet, he is still the backup to DeMarco Murray. In the second half against the Jaguar in week two, Murray was on the sideline with a minor hamstring issue as the Titans were well on their way to victory. But Henry came in and played great, with 14 rushes for 95 yards and a touchdown. While Murray is still the starter, should he underperform or get hurt, Henry will be an RB1. While still a handcuff, if can acquire Henry for cheap, he could turn into a player that wins you your league.