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How to replace injured Breece Hall


Nothing derails a fantasy football season like a series of injuries and last week should stand out as one of the most tumultuous of the season. High-end wide receivers DK Metcalf and Mike Williams are all likely to miss time with injuries while role players like Allen Lazard and Mike Boone will need to be watched throughout the week. But no injury stands out more than that of New York Jets running back Breece Hall who suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season. In an age where usable stroke depth is paramount, fantasy owners are going to have to get creative.

Your first stop would have been your league’s waiver wire to see if Michael Carter was available, but with the Jets traded for James Robinson, Carter’s value is somewhat limited. He’ll likely see work as a pass-catching third back and have some value in PPR formats, but if Robinson thrives with the Jets like Hall has, he could push Carter even further off the bench. It’s a short-term band-aid at best.

Cam Akers
Cam Akers
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You can also try adding a variety of running back handcuffs. Robinson’s exit from Jacksonville could open the door for Snoop Conner to now serve as Travis Etienne’s replacement. Or you can go the speculative route and see if Cam Akers has been dropped in your league. We know the Rams don’t want to release him outright, so a potential trade might be in order. If he lands a new job, he should offer enough fantastic value to be worthy of a flexible game.

Trading for another running back is going to be tough because everyone knows you’re desperate. You will be regularly underestimated and people will only want your best players. Don’t look to trade for Austin Ekeler or even a Kenneth Walker as the cost will be way too high. Maybe targeting someone like Kareem Hunt would be better. He won’t cost as much and there’s always a chance the Browns will give him to another injury-plagued team.

Unless you have a large surplus in another position, replacing Hall will be a difficult task. Try not to panic and never accept the first offer that is made to you. It’s not the last of major injuries, so look for more opportunities to open up on the road.

Howard Bender is Vice President of Operations and Head of Content at FantasyAlarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy sports tips, player screenings, updates injury day and more



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