This week was a busy one for the running backs. Several backfields had to adjust after losing contributors to injury, while others had to adjust for players returning from injury. This, of course, led to plenty of changes, giving us more than a few players to add, drop, trade and trade for.
At wide receiver, the focus is also on receivers who have recently come back from injury, as well as those who should be coming back soon. In each case, there is an adjustment in the value of that player and the value of their teammates. As always, some players had a particularly good or bad week but should regress to their normal level of play going forward.
Five players to add
1. RB Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills
Moss was a late-round flier in fantasy drafts this past August. Things looked promising after two games, with the rookie back playing 43% of snaps and seeing a very healthy portion of the goal-line work, but fantasy managers let him go after he got hurt. He returned to a limited role last week, seeing the field on 25% of snaps, but this week he returned to where he was to begin the season at 47% of snaps.
There are a few reasons to be optimistic about Moss in the second half of the season. Firstly, he played 90% of goal-line snaps over his first four games, meaning he is most likely scoring the rushing touchdowns for Buffalo. Secondly, he has flat-out outplayed Devin Singletary over the last two weeks, recording a higher PFF rushing grade, averaging more yards after contact per carry and forcing more missed tackles per attempt. To cap it off, Moss has also generated more receiving yards on a per-route basis.
The Bills don’t have a clear early-down back and third-down back like many teams, so the Bills could easily decide to give Moss more snaps than Singletary. Most running backs have a limit on how many snaps they could get, but there isn’t a limit for Moss if the Bills decide that he is their guy.
2. RB La’Mical Perine, New York Jets