Fantasy RBs to Target on Waiver Wire and Buy-Low Trades After Breece Hall's Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVOctober 24, 2022

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 16: Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) on the field prior to the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns on October 16, 2022, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The New York Jets received the unfortunate news on Monday that rookie running back Breece Hall, amid a fantastic first campaign, will miss the rest of the 2022 season after tearing his ACL.

Breece Hall @BreeceH

Appreciate the endless love and support! Another step along the journey, see y’all soon❤️🤞🏾 <a href="https://t.co/igPCYca5Qn">https://t.co/igPCYca5Qn</a>

It's also major news in the world of fantasy football, where players who had rostered Hall will now be seeking replacements, either via the waiver wire or trade. So who are some players to be monitoring or pursuing?

The most obvious answer, if he's still available in your league, is Jets running back Michael Carter, who kept some fantasy value intact even when Hall was healthy as the No. 2 option in this backfield. Now Carter—who rushed for 639 yards and four scores as a rookie last season—will be the clear No. 1.

That role has real value in the Jets offense, assuming the team doesn't bring in another player to compete with him for touches.

One name worth monitoring in that regard is Kareem Hunt, who is reportedly on the trade block:

Brad Stainbrook @StainbrookNFL

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> are listening to offers on RB Kareem Hunt, per a league source. <a href="https://twitter.com/TheOBR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheOBR</a>

Rich Cimini @RichCimini

If Breece Hall’s MRI confirms ACL injury, I’ll be curious to see if <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jets</a> call Browns to check on Kareem Hunt’s availability. He’s in final year of contract, so it would be a rental. Talent is there. Browns need draft picks. Depends on price tag + confidence in Carter/Johnson.

Nick Pedone @NickPedone12

A Kareem Hunt <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> trade feels inevitable.<br><br>Don't be surprised when there's not a big return for him. He's 27 and needs a new contract.

John Sabol @John_Sabol

With the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> continuing to slide out of playoff contention, it makes total sense to trade Kareem Hunt. Impending free agency &amp; with good RB depth on roster, might as well deal him before the deadline to restock some draft capital. <a href="https://twitter.com/fox8news?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@fox8news</a>

Hunt very likely isn't available to be had on waivers in your league, but you could probably get him for fairly cheap in a trade in the hope that he either gets moved to the Jets or to another team where he could serve as the primary option in the backfield.

You could take a similar approach with James Robinson, who appears to be ceding ground to Travis Etienne Jr. in the Jacksonville backfield, though it appears to be much less likely that he would be traded than Hunt, despite not having a single carry on Sunday:

John Shipley @_John_Shipley

"I feel like as an offense we are better when both those guys are playing." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jaguars?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jaguars</a> HC Doug Pederson on Travis Etienne and James Robinson. Says Robinson has been dealing with a knee injury, including during yesterday's game <a href="https://t.co/ZY1Ydv6RCn">pic.twitter.com/ZY1Ydv6RCn</a>

JJ Zachariason @LateRoundQB

Travis Etienne played a season high 81.5% of Jacksonville's snaps today. His previous high was a little over 53%. James Robinson didn't see a single carry, and he ran just four routes. There've been reports that Doug Pederson said that Robinson might not be 100% right now.

Demetrius Harvey @Demetrius82

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jaguars?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jaguars</a> head coach Doug Pederson says RB James Robinson has some “lower body” issues, specifically knee soreness. <br><br>But says that it goes back to how well Travis Etienne has been playing as opposed to lost confidence in Robinson.

Robinson is much riskier in a "trade for and stash" approach to bolstering your running back depth. Target Hunt first if you are going to go that route.

One last player you could look at in the "maybe he'll get traded to the Jets" approach to replacing Hall in your lineup is Cam Akers, who has completely fallen out of favor in Los Angeles and seems destined to be traded.

Greg Beacham @gregbeacham

Sean McVay has no update on Cam Akers' situation, but says: "There is a possibility we could help him look for a fresh new start for another team ... there's probably a move that will be made with regards to him being on another team."

Unlike Hunt, however, Akers may not be a guaranteed starter over a player like Carter. But there's also a better chance you could get Akers on waivers rather than having to make a trade for him, with Darrell Henderson Jr. now the clear No. 1 in Los Angeles.

Another option: Go get Gus Edwards. He pretty firmly established himself as the starter so long as J.K. Dobbins remains out of action, rushing 16 times for 66 yards and two scores on Sunday, while Kenyan Drake saw 11 carries but only managed a measly five yards.

Coming into Sunday, Drake would have been presumed the better fantasy option, but that was turned on its head. Chances are, Edwards will be available on waivers in your league and is a nice option.

Finally, if you can nab either D'Onta Foreman or Chuba Hubbard, do it. Both had solid fantasy days at the office for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in the first game of the post-Christian McCaffrey era.

Prioritize Foreman, who turned 15 carries into 118 yards. Hubbard will get work as well—he went into the game as the de factor starter, though an ankle injury cut his afternoon short—and it's possible this becomes a full timeshare, which would limit the upside of both players.

But either is worth rostering regardless, especially if the Hall injury has your running back cupboard looking bare.