How to Treat Bears RB Khalil Herbert as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target
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Perhaps no player raised his stock more in Week 3 than Bears running back Khalil Herbert. The second-year back gashed the Texans for 157 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in relief of starter David Montgomery, who exited the game with a knee/ankle injury.
Herbert is undoubtedly one of the top adds of the week, and our experts weigh in below on why you should be rushing to acquire him.
Sean Koerner: Herbert should already be rostered in most leagues due to his RB2 upside in the event David Montgomery misses time. And with Montgomery now dealing with a potential multi-week injury, Herbert is a high-priority add — unless Jamaal Williams or Alexander Mattison happen to also be available.
The risk in going all-in to get Herbert is we do not know exactly how many games, if any, Montgomery will miss due to his knee/ankle injury. Montgomery has typically returned faster than expected with previous injuries.
Samantha Previte: Herbert was near-perfect with David Montgomery exiting in the first quarter with an ankle injury. The backup had 20 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears' last-minute 23-20 win over the Texans. He also caught both of his targets for 12 yards and was the RB1 for Week 3.
Herbert was a popular waiver wire add after outperforming Montgomery in Week 1. He promptly fell off the radar in Week 2, which means he could be available in some of your leagues.
Montgomery is day-to-day and could miss the next game. Regardless, Herbert is by far the best running back add if available and is worth a premium bid for those playing in FAAB waiver systems. He is one of the best backups and has a soft schedule on deck.
Chris Raybon: Herbert is a priority add as an RB2 with RB1 upside in Chicago’s run-heavy offense for as long as David Montgomery (ankle) is out.
Matt Eberflus hasn’t ruled out a trip to the IR for Montgomery, but did call him day-to-day on Monday. It’s looking unlikely Montgomery plays against the Giants, so Herbert should be useful for at least the next week, if not longer.
The second-year back is intriguing not just because of volume, but also because of how efficient he’s been. Among 59 RBs with 10-plus carries, Herbert ranks first in yards after contact per attempt (4.82, per PFF).