These running backs in fantasy football might benefit from new quarterbacks

These running backs in fantasy football might benefit from new quarterbacks

The Thanksgiving holiday is intended to be a time to reflect on what we are most grateful for in life while spending time with friends and family. The fantasy football season may sometimes be a difficult time for managers.

Week 12 has arrived, and if you are on the postseason bubble, winning is not only essential, but every point matters. Already three games have been played this week, and if you’ve used Josh Allen or Justin Jefferson, you may be struggling and in need of a spark. This recent flurry of quarterback changes has opened the door of opportunity for you.

The Jets’ decision to bench Zach Wilson in favor of Mike White has been well reported, but there are other noteworthy moves for fantasy purposes. In Carolina, Sam Darnold will replace the poor Baker Mayfield, while Bryce Perkins might replace the concussed Matthew Stafford. Those in need of assistance in PPR formats now have three pass-catching running backs who may merit starting positions.

Welcome to the world of check-downs and flat access cards. As James Robinson continues to acclimatize to the Jets’ playbook, Michael Carter not only retains his position as the team’s top back, but his worth increases with White at quarterback. During White’s four-game span at quarterback last season, slightly over 30 percent of the throwing targets went to running backs. As a point of reference, the running backs averaged thirteen targets each game. That’s a massive value increase.

With Darnold at quarterback and Perkins a possibility, you must reevaluate Chuba Hubbard and Kyren Williams, who are likely available on your waiver wire. Neither has much value with the typical gunslingers, but because to their relative inexperience, poor offensive lines, and difficult defensive matchups, both should receive a large percentage of targets this week. Where there was previously little worth, you may discover a redeeming grace.

When you are fighting tooth and nail for points and victories, you must seek assistance in odd areas. Rarely will players on the waiver wire rescue you out of a jam, so you must pull out all the stops. Carter, Hubbard, and Williams are often unreliable quarterbacks, but these backups will help you transform this garbage into fantasy gold.’s vice president of operations and head of content is Howard Bender. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and tune in to his award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” weekdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel. Visit for fantasy sports tips, player estimates, injury updates, and other information.



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