Brian Robinson, RB, Washington Commanders

The rookie nearly had everything fall into place. He earned himself the starting tailback position for the Commanders after Antonio Gibson had a training camp and preseason to forget. Then Robinson was the victim of an attempted robbery and got shot multiple times. Thankfully, he was shot cleanly with no career threatening injuries.

Robinson and the doctors are confident he can make a full recovery within weeks. He was placed on the IR, so he is required to miss the first four games, but a full recovery is very possible. The minute he was shot, Robinson was dropped in thousands of fantasy leagues across the country. But that’s why you check to see if your league has an IR spot and stash him there while you monitor his health. If he gets back on the same path prior to where he was pre-robbery attempt, you could have a big time points producer ready to come off the bench in October.

Travis Homer, RB, Seattle Seahawks

This is strictly an insurance play because here is what we know. Chris Carson retired. Rashaad Penny inherits the lead back position in this offense. Pete Carroll loves to run the ball. We also know that Penny has never been healthy enough to last more than 10 games since 2019. At some point he will get hurt. Rookie Kenneth Walker is nursing a hernia injury.

That leaves Homer as the next guy in line to be featured if both Penny and Walker can’t go. Homer has looked good in preseason play and is the unsung player in this backfield. It’s a sneaky play that will earn some eyebrow raises at the draft, but knowing the situation and the medical history of players is half the battle.