We are now down to the home stretch. We are officially at the halfway point of the 2021 NFL season. It also happens to be past the halfway point in the fantasy football season. With trade targets such as Marlon Mack staying put and Derrick Henry getting injured, it’s clear what teams will likely look like the rest of the fantasy season at running back. After more injuries and a new set of teams on bye, here are running back streamers for Week 9.
Read on for three RB fantasy football streamers that are worth consideration for Week 7. In some cases, one might still be able to claim these rushers off of waivers. In order to be included in the fantasy football RB streamers article, they must be rostered in less than 60 percent of ESPN leagues.
Week 9 Fantasy Football RB Streamers
Boston Scott | Philadelphia Eagles (vs LAC)
While many may think that Boston Scott’s breakout game last week was a fluke, it was anything but. Following the Miles Sanders injury, the Eagles needed a new early-down running back, which is not a role they feel Kenneth Gainwell can fill. Instead, Scott leap-frogged him on the depth chart, as we predicted. Scott is rostered in just 37.8% of leagues and will be in line for another solid week. He faces a Los Angeles Chargers defense that has more than enough trouble stopping the run.
Scott “only” had 12 carries last week. Plenty of that can be attributed to an absolute blowout of the Detroit Lions, however. In a closer game, he will see more work and that is exactly what we can expect this week. Not only was Scott efficient, averaging five yards per carry, he also saw plenty of usage in the red zone. More often than not, the person punching it in with Sanders out is now Boston Scott.
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Mark Ingram II | New Orleans Saints (vs ATL)
The Houston Texans deserve some credit for doing right by Mark Ingram II. By trading him to the New Orleans Saints, they gave him new life. New Orleans is now down their number one quarterback, with Jameis Winston’s season-ending injury, and they needed a backup running back for Alvin Kamara. That’s exactly where Ingram, who is only rostered in 24.6% of leagues, will step in.
The Saints have been absolutely loading up Kamara with touches to start the season. With this being a longer season, it’s no secret that New Orleans will want to keep his workload down so he doesn’t burn out come playoff time. Fresh off his trade from Houston, Ingram had six carries and two receptions in a big divisional win against Tampa Bay. With the Atlanta Falcons on deck, the Saints are likely going to have a large lead for a majority of this game. With Kamara’s usage likely being monitored, Ingram should be in line for a big role Sunday.
Jordan Howard | Philadelphia Eagles (vs LAC)
It might seem dumb that there are two running backs on the same team, but this week is an exception. Rostered in just 4.4% of leagues, there is no reason that he shouldn’t be picked up in more. Although some might see his performance last week as a false front, it’s anything but. Jordan Howard had 12 carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Not only was he efficient on the ground, but he also found touches in goal-to-go situations multiple times. Most of those touches came before the game was out of hand, which tells us we should see something close to the same role going forward.
The Chargers play the Eagles this week in Philadelphia. This is a game where the Eagles should be pounding the rock the entire game. While head coach Nick Sirianni is known for being hard-headed and doing the exact opposite, the pressure will be on by the fans, and he’d be dumb to turn away from something so successful. With the Chargers ranking 28th against opposing running backs so far this season, Howard should see enough touches and possibly a score or two to make his pickup well worth it.