If you’ve been a little underwhelmed by the options available to you on the waiver wire so far this season, you’re not alone. But that could change fundamentally in Week 4, as Khalil Herbert could be the FAB busting add we’ve been waiting for.
Of course, that depends on how bad David Montgomery’s injury is. Montgomery left Sunday’s game early with a knee/ankle injury and was ruled doubtful fairly quickly, a sign we could be dealing with something serious. Even if Montgomery is only out for a few weeks, Herbert is a must-add and potential must-start from Fantasy Running Back.
Herbert was excellent against the Texans on Sunday, rushing for 157 yards with 20 carries and two touchdowns. He added two catches for 12 yards and mostly dominated the work. Tristan Ebner mostly replaced Herbert’s role, ending with seven carries as a tempo change option. When Montgomery was healthy, he got two to three drives each for Herbert, and it looks like there was a similar pattern with Montgomery.
And that’s what I expect from this offense from the Bears if Montgomery misses the time. That offense wasn’t great or even particularly good, but they ran the ball pretty well. And perhaps more importantly, they ran the ball enthusiastically. This team has decided to follow the Eagles’ plan for 2021 and try to win every game with as few pass attempts as possible. That limits the advantage of the offense as a whole, but for a team that likes to consolidate running back snaps and touches like this, you’ll take it from their lead back.
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And it looks like Herbert has a chance to take the lead back here. Say what you will about Justin Fields’ passing ability — “It remains suspicious” is the nicest way I can put it right now — but his athleticism will open up hasty lanes for the back that’s there. Montgomery also had 122 yards on 15 carries in Week 2. Herbert is available in 44% of the CBS Fantasy leagues and he needs to be added in every single one he’s available in this week.
Hopefully, for Montgomery’s sake, the injury isn’t as serious as it first seemed. If that’s the case, Herbert has a pretty soft Giants defense on the way in Week 4, potentially ranking him as a consensus top 12 RB. This is the type of player you spend your FAB on – and he’s worth over 50% if available. If Montgomery’s absence ends up being measured in months rather than weeks, then Herbert could be that kind of league-winning signing.
Here’s who else we’ll be following on the Waiver line in Week 3.
Week 4 Early Waiver Goals (Add/Delete)
https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/football/news/fantasy-football-early-week-4-waiver-wire-add-khalil-herbert-with-david-montgomery-hurt-plus-more-waivers/ Fantasy Football Early Week 4 Waiver Wire: Add Khalil Herbert with David Montgomery’s injury, plus more waivers