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James Conner Injury: Waiver Wire Replacements to Target (2022 Fantasy Football)

Sep 19, 2022
James Conner

With the injury to James Conner, fantasy football managers are left with a void on their roster. Let’s check out the extent of the injury and players you can target on your waiver wire this week.

If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, be sure to check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup, based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant – which allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team, and by how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.

Dalton Schultz Injury Outlook

James Conner exits Week 2 with an ankle injury

Arizona RB James Conner is questionable to return today due to an ankle injury. (Source: Adam Schefter)

Fantasy Impact: Conner exited early in the third quarter after nine carries and 51 yards. Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams are receiving rushing opportunities in the meantime, though Kyler Murray should also see increased ground production. We’ll update you when we learn more about Conner’s injury.

Waiver Wire Replacements to Target

Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams (ARI)

Raheem Mostert (MIA): 43% rostered

  • Next opponents: BUF, @CIN, @NYJ
  • True value: $9
  • Desperate need: $14
  • Budget-minded: $5

Analysis: Was anyone right about this backfield in Week 2? I seriously doubt it. Mostert was the lead back for the Dolphins in Week 2, with 51 yards on 11 carries and 28 yards receiving on three grabs. Week 1 “starter” Chase Edmonds was second fiddle all day, only finally earning some snaps as Miami’s offense came roaring back for their dramatic comeback win. Mostert does have more familiarity with the McDaniel offense as a derivative from their time together in San Francisco with Kyle Shanahan. It remains to be seen if this was a one-off and whether this backfield will be a thoroughly frustrating revolving door of a committee. Since Mostert looked good with the work given, I am leaning toward this as a sign of continuing preference of Mostert as the RB to covet as the more consistent option.

Kenneth Gainwell (PHI): 45% rostered

  • Next opponents: @WAS, JAX, @ARI
  • True value: $6
  • Desperate need: $10
  • Budget-minded: $3

Analysis: Many fantasy experts preach “talent over situation.” I have long believed that Kenneth Gainwell is the most talented RB on the Eagles. He is the superior receiver and open-field ballcarrier compared to Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. The frustration is with usage. All three of them scored touchdowns in Week 1. Most of the 39 rushing attempts went to Jalen Hurts and Sanders, while Gainwell tied for a distant second in targets behind A.J. Brown. I will be keeping close tabs on the division of labor during the Eagles’ Monday night clash with the Vikings, but there is plenty of evidence to support the idea that Gainwell’s role in the offense is very stable.

Khalil Herbert (CHI): 48% rostered

  • Next opponents: HOU, @NYG, @MIN
  • True value: $5
  • Desperate need: $10
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: Even with a strong game for David Montgomery on Sunday night, Herbert is a very valuable player to keep rostered for spot starts and especially in the event of an injury to Monty. Few handcuff options have standalone value independent of injury, but Herbert is just that. It certainly appears that Luke Getsy is “riding the hot hand” at RB this season, as long as his backfield is healthy. This means there will be Monty weeks and Herbert weeks alike. The Texans and Giants are on the upcoming schedule, which lends optimism that the Chicago offensive line will continue to run-block well and produce despite an anemic passing game.

Rachaad White (TB): 34% rostered

  • Next opponents: GB, KC, ATL
  • True value: $5
  • Desperate need: $10
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: The first two weeks of the NFL season have been absolutely belligerent. Most of our preseason assumptions have been wadded up and tossed in the fire. One of those dreams that has not yet materialized, nor been dashed, is a key role for the exciting rookie from Arizona State. White cleaned up with eight Week 1 touches vs. Dallas but was an afterthought in the Week 2 snooze fest in New Orleans. The fact of the matter is the Bucs are using Leonard Fournette at an unsustainable rate, and White is already the clear No. 2 behind him. White is an excellent receiver and pass protector, both of which should curry favor with the ancient warlock Tom Brady as the season progresses. Get him while he’s still cheap.

Zack Moss (BUF): 15% rostered

  • Next opponents: @MIA, @BAL, PIT
  • True value: $4
  • Desperate need: $7
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: The former Utah Ute standout immediately flipped the script on a preseason filled with uncertainty with his surprising Week 1 workload and performance. This will be published before the Bills take the field on Monday night, but there is already reason to believe that Moss is not rostered in enough leagues. Most managers assumed that the rookie James Cook would be a lock to wedge Moss out of the picture in this committee, but Cook’s early fumble paved the way for Moss to earn 12 touches. Six of those were in the passing game, which was interesting in that Buffalo used Moss in neutral and positive game scripts. It was clear that Moss is a different player than the one who struggled last season. The question will be which, if any, of these RBs in Buffalo will be trustworthy for fantasy purposes.

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If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, be sure to check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup, based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant – which allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team and by how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.

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