By Jacob Johnson
Waiver Wire pickups:
Wayne Gallman- Saquon Barkley exited Sunday’s match against the Buccaneers with a high ankle sprain, and is expected to miss 4-8 weeks. That leaves Gallman as the current RB1 in New York. Gallman won’t replicate Barkley’s production, and didn’t have a memorable feature role on Sunday either; rushing for 13 yards on 5 carries. Nonetheless, he is still a starting running back and for that is worth the pickup
Jamaal Williams- The Packers have split carries between Aaron Jones and Williams through 3 games, with mixed results. Williams has seen his touches increase each week, as he carried the ball 12 times for 59 yards with a couple receptions for 27 yards against the Broncos. While Williams is not a reliable starter, Jones has been inconsistent at times, and with his injury history, Williams may be in for a bigger role in the near future. Owned in just 16% of leagues, he’s worth a spot on your bench for now.
Aaron Jones- Jones averaged 5 YPC in 2018 in a limited Mike McCarthy offense, but has been inconsistent through 3 games this year, averaging 3.8 YPC. Aside from 2 touchdowns set up by teammates, Jones had a terrible performance against the Broncos, rushing for 19 yards on ten carries. The Eagles are currently allowing the 2nd fewest rushing yards per game, with the Packers facing a short week on a Thursday night matchup. Don’t expect a breakout performance this week.
Matt Ryan- Matt Ryan has thrown over 300 yards in every game, but the interceptions are a red flag. The former MVP has already been picked off six times in 3 games, and at times the Falcons offense has looked completely out of sync. The Titans are currently giving up the third fewest passing yards per game (189 YPG) and have 4 interceptions on the season. If you have another starting level QB, it might be worth your time to bench Ryan
Brandin Cooks- Cooper Kupp stole the show Sunday night with over 100 yards and two touchdowns, but lost in the mix was Brandin Cooks. Cooks was targeted 12 times an hauled in 8 catches for over 100 yards, and was used much more in the short passing game than in the past. The Rams will face the Bucs at home, who currently have the 14th ranked passing defense but have not faced an offense as explosive as the Rams this season.
Joe Mixon- Joe Mixon hasn’t quite lived up to expectations this season, but the Bengals have a matchup with the lowly Pittsburgh Steelers this week. Last week Mixon had his first double digit performance of the season; rushing for 61 yards on 15 carries to go with a couple receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers are currently giving up the fifth most rushing yards per game, and after giving up some big runs against Matt Breida last week, consider Mixon to be a strong RB2.
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