RB - FA
Week 7 Outlook
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the New Orleans Saints have released RB Terrance West.
West's stay in New Orleans didn't last long. His release likely speaks volumes in Jonathan Williams' play in training camp and through two preseason games. Moreover, with West out of the picture, Williams is on the fast track to opening Week 1 as the Saints' early-down running back. Still, I'm not sure how much stock I'll put into Williams from a fantasy football perspective. While he was the talk of the town as the Bills' RB2 prior to his Buffalo release, Mark Ingram will reclaim his job upon his Week 5 return, and due to Alvin Kamara's presence, limits Williams' season-long upside. I'd likely target Williams in a similar manner as I did DeAngelo Williams during the years Le'Veon Bell was serving his early-season bans. However, DeAngelo Williams had a history of playing well at times during his career up to that point, which can't be said for Jonathan Williams. He should remain undrafted entering Week 1.
NFL.com reporter Herbie Toepe is reporting that the Saints have agreed to terms with free agent running back Terrance West.
The details of the contract haven't been specified, but West is clearly being brought in to help fill the void left by Mark Ingram's four-game suspension. This is West's third team in five years, though we wouldn't expect his stay to be long with the Saints, either. After hearing about backups Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams, and Trey Edmunds the last couple weeks, the Saints decided that they needed more depth at the position. The Saints have been hosting a bevy of running backs, including Jamaal Charles, so they wanted a veteran who could walk in and play right away. I'd expect West to have a 8-10 touch role over the first four weeks, giving him low-end flex potential, provided he makes the team.
Along with Jamaal Charles and Tim Hightower, free agent running back Terrance West is also scheduled to visit New Orleans and try out for the Saints on June 13. West previously visited Indianapolis and Philadelphia this offseason.
West, 27, would presumably be signed as depth in the wake of Mark Ingram's looming suspension to open the 2018 season. Selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Browns, West spent the past three seasons in Baltimore, where he averaged a paltry 3.8 yards-per-carry and scored eight total touchdowns. If he signs with the Saints, West would merely be veteran depth behind Alvin Kamara.
Free agent running back Terrance West was in Indianapolis today to visit with the Colts. West, who averaged just 3.5 yards-per-carry in five games with Baltimore last season, previously visited Philadelphia earlier this offseason.
West is a plodder who has a career 3.9 yards-per-carry average and caught more than 11 passes just once in his four NFL seasons with the Browns and Ravens. Indy's backfield is thin, but with Marlon Mack atop the depth chart, Robert Turbin acting as the short-yardage specialist and two rookie pass-catching backs in the fold, there might not be a lot of touches for West if he were to join the Colts.
Terrance West is healthy enough to play after recovering from a calf injury but is a healthy inactive for the Ravens on Sunday, according to multiple reports.
With Alex Collins playing well, Danny Woodhead returning, and Buck Allen seemingly ahead of West on the depth chart, West is the odd man out in Baltimore for the time being and has no short-term fantasy value.