Ultimate Zero RB Watchlist: NFC Week 3

Welcome to the Ultimate Zero RB Watchlist. The goal of this piece is to help you find RB targets for your Zero-RB teams before anyone else even knows about them. We know that startable RB weeks can come from almost anywhere in the NFL. By being aware of depth charts that could yield surprising weekly starters, we put ourselves in position to grab the next breakout RB before he breaks out. Each week, we’ll take a close look at depth charts around the league in order to find the next-man-up situations that nobody is talking about . . . yet. Throughout the season we’ll monitor playing time and usage to identify exploitable, under-the-radar trends that have the potential to pay off with league-winning upside. Be sure to check out Cort Smith’s companion piece on the AFC.

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By Blair Andrews | @AmItheRealBlair | Archive

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  1. Awesome stuff as always. Helped me grab Carson a week early last week.

    Went zero RB-ish in a 12tm .5 PPR auction draft-- wondering if you think I should move some WR depth for Montgomery if he can be had, or Crowell as a fallback. Currently sitting at 2-0 in 1st place so I don't NEED to make a move so sitting tight is an option as well.

    RBs: CJA, T West, Duke Johnson, Vereen, Carson
    WRs: AJG, Mike Evans, Larry Fitz, Diggs, Landry, John Brown, Hurns

  2. If you are starting fast I'd hold tight, and let the RB chaos flow.

    I usually only consider trading for RBs about half way through the season, unless I'm just starting slow and I need a boost to not drop out of the playoff hunt.

  3. Yeah that's the way I was leaning. Appreciate the push in the right direction.

  4. Matt says:

    You'll have to give up a LOT for Ty Montgomery right now. Since you already have an injury prone RB in CJA I wouldn't add one with the sickle cell trait who has never handled a full RB workload before. I would try to trade T West to the Buck Allen owner if possible (let him own that) and if possible, package Fitz and T West for an upgrade at WR (Brandin Cooks? Demaryius Thomas? Doug Baldwin? Dez?) to make your squad even more dominant at WR. CJA and Carson will start most weeks and Vereen can fill in when necessary. Doing that trade also allows you another roster spot for someone like D'Onta Foreman.

  5. Sorry for the late reply. You might be able to buy low on Montgomery now, since he wasn't able to do much against CIN. His workload isn't going anywhere. I might sit tight, but I do believe TyMo is a pretty significant upgrade over your current RBs. It wouldn't surprise me if we were talking about him as a first-round pick next year. If you can move one of your WRs for him, I might do it (just don't get rid of Diggs, whatever you do!).

    Carson should have a pretty stable workload going forward but I wouldn't feel comfortable with CJA as my other RB. I know he's had some big weeks, but as we saw he also has a lot of duds, and Denver's just not committed to him. Charles out-carried him yesterday and looked better too. The sell-high window might have closed on CJA, but I'd look to move him if possible--maybe there are owners who think they'd be buying low after yesterday's game. I personally think it's a signal to avoid CJA.

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