Time is running short to patch backfield holes

It’s late enough in the season that all fantasy football managers should be fortifying their depth for the playoffs. As such, backup running backs are likely to a top priority on the waiver wire this week.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook left Sunday’s game early with a shoulder injury, so Alexander Mattison (21 rushing yards, TD) will be the lead back for however long Cook is out.

Of course, Mattison is already rostered in many fantasy leagues — hopefully the team with Cook already locked up Mattison as insurance earlier in the season. However, there are a few other potential pickups who could possibly fill the void.

At this point in the season, use whatever free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) you have left to get the players you need most.

Running back Chuba Hubbard returns to the Panthers’ starting lineup once again with Christian McCaffrey now out for the season.

Best bets

RB Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers. Like Mattison, Hubbard should already be safely tucked away on fantasy rosters in the wake of Christian McCaffrey’s recurring injury problems. However, with CMC officially out for the rest of the season, Hubbard will return to the starting role. The only problem: the Panthers have a Week 13 bye.

RB Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions. With D’Andre Swift dealing with a shoulder sprain on Thanksgiving Day, Williams rushed for 65 yards on 15 carries – and also caught five passes. He looks fully recovered from the thigh injury that sidelined him earlier in the season.

RB Dontrell Hilliard, Tennessee Titans. Although he won’t help you this week because Tennessee is also on a bye, Hilliard has had solid back-to-back games. Against the Patriots, he carried the ball 12 times for 131 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown. If you can handle delayed gratification, the Titans host the Jaguars in Week 14.

RB Matt Breida, Buffalo Bills. We’ve mentioned Breida before, but his stock has seemed to rise as Zack Moss has fallen out of favor. The speedster had a…

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