After ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted on Sunday that Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles would miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear, fantasy football owners across the nation scrambled to find a player on the waiver wire to replace their first-round pick.
Here are three injury replacements for the injured Chiefs running back that are owned in less than 10 percent of ESPN leagues. These RBs probably won't produce the same game-changing results as Charles, but they will add another option on your bench each week.
Dexter McCluster – Kansas City Chiefs
McCluster was worth owning prior to the Charles injury because it was clear Chiefs head coach Todd Haley had plans to work in the diminutive back. He also has position eligibility at both running back and wide receiver, which is a nice option to have.
He picked up 51 yards on eight carries and caught four passes after Charles went down against the Detroit Lions. McCluster isn't big enough to carry to load by himself, but he should be in line for around 15 touches per game, which is good enough to be fantasy worthy.
Thomas Jones, who is already owned in 63 percent of leagues, will also see a boost in value moving forward. That's especially true in TD-only leagues with the Chiefs lacking another option once they get in the red zone.
Delone Carter – Indianapolis Colts
Carter split time with starter Joseph Addai for the second straight week against the Cleveland Browns. The difference isn't in the stats, which are almost identical, but rather the fact that Addai is owned in 99 percent of leagues and Carter just three percent.
The rookie out of Syracuse should continue to see his workload increase on rushing downs moving forward. It's unclear who would get the goal line carries for Indianapolis since they ran just one play inside the Browns' 10 on Sunday.
Addai also has a history of injury problems. The sixth-year back has missed at least one game in every season since his rookie year. If he would go down again in 2011, Carter's value would skyrocket because it's clear the Colts have lost all faith in Donald Brown.
Justin Forsett – Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch struggled against a stout Pittsburgh Steelers defense in Week 2 and is now averaging an abysmal 2.3 yards per carry this season. Anybody who watched Lynch with the Buffalo Bills could see this coming. His “beast mode” run in last year's playoffs was an aberration.
Lynch's struggles should open the door for Forsett to receive more carries. The former seventh-round pick has averaged at least 4.4 carries per carry in his two seasons with Seattle, a number that Lynch has never touched for a full season.
You pick up Forsett with the hope that Pete Carroll's coaching staff figures out that Lynch doesn't deserve to be a starter in the NFL. Forsett will never carry the ball 25 times per game, but he should be touching it more than six.
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