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Week 2 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

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RB Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups 

Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers (1.9%)

With Raheem Mostert exiting the game early against a poor Lions defense and rookie Trey Sermon a healthy scratch, the door opened for Elijah Mitchell and he performed. He had 19 carries for 104 yards and one touchdown for a solid 16.4 fantasy points. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said that there’s no true lead back now that Mostert is out for eight weeks, but Mitchell has a solid chance to be that guy. There’s no telling how much Sermon affects his workload, considering he was a surprise scratch, but Mitchell looked pretty good in camp and during the preseason. The 49ers have a strong offense and face some mediocre run defenses in PHI, GB, and SEA through the next three games, so for those teams that are in need of a running back, he’s a solid option moving forward.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles (3.5%)

Kenneth Gainwell’s workload was surprising coming out of the gate for the Eagles. It’s clear that they’ve never fully trusted Miles Sanders to be an every-down back, but Gainwell’s usage shouldn’t go unnoticed. He carried the ball nine times for 37 yards and caught two passes for six yards, but seemed to be the third-down back over Sanders, who has been injury prone his whole career, and if he were to go down, Gainwell would be an awesome fantasy football waiver wire pickup. The Eagles dominated in all facets of the game on Sunday, but don’t expect that to happen week in and week out. He’s a solid stash, if he’s not rostered, to see how much his role carves out and also how much he eats into Sanders’ role. 

Mark Ingram, Houston Texans (11.0%)

There were some questions about how a backfield as busy as the Texans’ would look, but it seems that Ingram took the lead role and played pretty well for a guy that’s looked washed up over the past few seasons. He carried the ball 26 times for 85 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars on Sunday. A major thing worth noting is that he carried all four of the carries inside of the five, so his role as the goal line back seems to be locked up. That backfield already features Phillip Lindsay, David Johnson and Rex Burkhead, so he’ll likely never be involved in the passing game, but he’s worth the stash on your bench to see if his usage keeps up. 

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