Fantasy owners need to scan McKinnon's 2014 game logs to recall how successful he can be as the Vikings primary back. While he averaged 4.8 yards per rush in place of a suspended Adrian Peterson, the then rookie running back failed to find the end zone. Granted, he only played in 11 games as he, too, fought to stay on the field. McKinnon's absence opened the door for our next injury replacement waiver wire target.
He's available in 83 percent of FS.com leagues.
Don't forget about Matt Asiata
Speaking of the 2014 AP-less season, Asiata only averaged 38 rush yards per game, but scored nine touchdowns (10 total). He's a bit of a agile bulldozer that will be a prime vulture option in red zone. So, those competing in standard scoring leagues should definitely prioritize Asiata.
He's available in 99 percent of FS.com's leagues.
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Tevin Coleman has carved out a role in Falcons backfield
Coleman looked solid at the start of the 2015 season, but a cracked rib pushed him out of the rotation and Devonta Freeman took full control of the backfield. This year the Falcons are focusing on the running back by committee. Freeman worked over the Raiders defense for 93 yards on 17 carries (5.5 YPR), while Coleman picked up 25 yards on two receptions in addition to 46 yards on the ground with a touchdown. With so many running backs on the mend heading into Week 3, second-string NFL running backs may very well become starters in fantasy football lineups.
He's available in 42 percent of FS.com's leagues.
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Lions' Abdullah to see foot specialist this week
Theo Riddick is owned in more than 70 percent of fantasy leagues on the site and odds are he's already owned in your league. So, that leaves rookie Dwayne Washington (6-foot-1, 223 pounds) as the coveted waiver wire running back in Detroit. Washington rushed four times for 31 yards as he earned some burn against the Titans. For what it's worth, he averaged 4.5 yards per rush with two touchdowns during the preseason.
He's available in 99 percent of FS.com's leagues
Deeper leagues should look at Christine Michael (again)
The Seahawks' offense is a mess and reports suggest Thomas Rawls' leg injury that knocked him out of Week 2 isn't a concern. Regardless, the running back waiver wire is picked over and beggars can't be choosers. Michael is averaging five yards per carry this season with no touchdowns and one lost fumble against the Rams.
He's available in 62 percent of FS.com leagues.
Not sure anybody wants to touch Ajayi and Drake in Miami
Between the Ravens and Dolphins minus Arian Foster, you're looking at the ugliest running back committee options. The team left Jay Ajayi back in Miami during Week 1's road game at Seattle. He did little to boost his internal stock against the Patriots by losing a fumble. The rookie, Drake, didn't earn a touch in Week 1 and only touched the ball four times against the Patriots. He scored from seven yards out.
Ajayi is available in 55 percent and Drake 99 percent of FS.com leagues.
PPR-owners in need of an RB should take a flier on Shane Vereen
Giants RB-1 Rashad Jennings only played 34-of-79 offensive snaps as he dealt with various hand injuries. The dual-threat Vereen picked up 66 yards on 17 touches, but also lost a fumble against the Saints. He finished the 2015 season with 59 receptions for 495 yards with four touchdowns. Vereen's track record provides him some benefit of the doubt if Jennings was limited in Week 3.
He's available in 78 percent of FS.com leagues.
Long-term plan: Ravens Kenneth Dixon
Justin Forsett and Terrance West have looked awful in Marc Trestman's offense the first two weeks. Dixon is working his way back from a MCL tear himself, but it wouldn't shock me to see a Dixon and Buck Allen (PPR) timeshare sooner rather than later.