Many fantasy football managers, myself included, were ecstatic to get De’Von Achane back in their lineups. However, it was short-lived, as he was hurt in the game against the Las Vegas Raiders after one carry for one yard and one catch for four yards.
He left the game with a knee injury and was unable to return in the Miami Dolphins’ 20-13 win. Raheem Mostert was the go-to running back, as he finished with 22 carries for 86 yards. The Dolphins like having two running backs manage the load, so should fantasy football managers consider Jeff Wilson Jr. off the waiver wire?
Should Jeff Wilson Jr. Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 12?
It should be said that Achane, in his mind, was good enough to go and wanted to be back in the game, according to Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel. However, understandably so, McDaniel held him out as a precaution.
Achane missed multiple games with his knee injury, and in his first game back, he suffered another injury to the same knee after just two touches. Any team in the NFL would have held him out.
After the game, McDaniel talked to the media about the decision-making process involved in keeping Achane out.
“He kind of got landed on, and it was a little painful,” McDaniel said. “He was politicking to try to come back in the game, but I was a little worried off the rust to go and do that. We kind of held him back, and we’ll see what it looks like tomorrow.”
“We just didn’t want to mess with him. We had some positive feedback from the training staff at the end of the second quarter and after halftime, but I didn’t feel like at that point that would have been fair to him.”
For the time being, it sounds like Achane will be back playing sooner rather than later. With that in mind, I would hold off on Wilson right now, as there just doesn’t seem to be a path for him to get on the field often.
First of all, he was a healthy scratch, meaning he isn’t even the third running back on the Dolphins depth chart. Salvon Ahmed was active over Wilson and was able to get three carries for six yards. Obviously, that isn’t a great number, but the fact he was in uniform and Wilson wasn’t is something to keep an eye on.
Achane is such an explosive player that he’ll get a substantial allotment of touches when he’s healthy. However, if he isn’t able to go, then Mostert is going to get the majority of the carries for the Dolphins.
Up next for Miami is a matchup against the New York Jets on Black Friday. With such a quick turnaround, look for the Dolphins to rely heavily on Mostert in this game. To not have Wilson active on Sunday and then have him heavily involved in the game plan five days later just doesn’t seem reasonable.
For now, avoid Wilson. There are other running backs on the waiver wire with more fantasy upside, including Zach Charbonnet of the Seattle Seahawks.
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