Cleveland running back Jerome Ford just became the hottest name on the fantasy football waiver wire. The Browns‘ rusher filled in for an injured Nick Chubb on Monday and is making an immediate impact.
Ford provided viewers with big plays in both the run and pass game as he tried to will his team to a victory.
In the first quarter of action, superstar Nick Chubb went down with a leg injury. A gruesome hit caused his knee to buckle, leading many to fear the worst in terms of his football future.
After seeing their starter carted off the field, the Browns turned to Jerome Ford.
The tailback is a fifth-round draft pick out of Cincinnati, though he started his college career at Alabama. As a senior, Ford totaled 1,319 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. He added 220 receiving yards and another score.
After being selected by Cleveland in the 2022 NFL Draft, he suffered an ankle injury in Week 4 that sent him to the injured reserve list. Now, though, he’s getting his chance to shine.
Ford has racked up 106 yards on 16 carries while adding 25 receiving yards and a touchdown Monday night. On his most memorable play of the night, he pulled off an incredible 69-yard run to set up a Cleveland go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.
.@JeromeFord cutback and take off for 70!! 😱
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 19, 2023
Given the huge production against a solid Pittsburgh defense, his name is quickly making the rounds in fantasy football threads. He’s sure to be a popular pickup in the coming week.
jerome ford, congrats on becoming the top waiver wire pickup of the weekpic.twitter.com/AtUCQNd4B2
— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) September 19, 2023
Fantasy Football managers emptying their FAAB budget for Jerome Ford pic.twitter.com/3vQHblfwdj
— Jay Felicio (@GMenJay) September 19, 2023
Every Fantasy Football player watching that Jerome Ford run pic.twitter.com/tgWgpOzjRq
— Devine Sports Gospel (@DevineGospel) September 19, 2023
— Mile High HQ (@MileHighHQ) September 19, 2023
For those that had him riding on the bench, our condolences.
Jerome Ford fantasy managers right now 👀 pic.twitter.com/6zVMhuSYX9
— ESPN Fantasy Sports (@ESPNFantasy) September 19, 2023
Raise your hand if Jerome Ford is on your #FantasyFootball bench* 🙋
*Of course he is
— FantasyPros (@FantasyPros) September 19, 2023
Jerome Ford finished the night with more than 20 points in PPR fantasy leagues. We’ll see if Cleveland continues to use him as the lead back with Chubb likely sidelined for an extended period.