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Fantasy Football News and Updates: Week 4 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 4 Waiver Wire Running Backs

September 24, 2013

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Week 4 Waiver Wire Running Backs

It has been a frustrating season for fantasy footballers so far this year because of injuries and running back committees.  The waiver wire is becoming more and more important each week, and fantasy owners are wrecking their heads trying to figure out who will be the next running back to step up and become a fantasy force.  Here is a quick analysis of the running backs that top the week 4 waiver wire.

1. Bilal Powell - Powell tops this list because he has the best chance of keeping the lead role for the remainder of the season, and the Jets like to run the ball.  Powell does not possess the "wow" factor that many lead backs have, but he is going to get lots of work since Ivory will be out for a while.  The only concern with Powell is the looming return of Mike Goodson.  Powell has performed very well, and the job should be his to lose despite Goodson's return.

Fantasy Football News and Updates: Week 4 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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2. Brandon Bolden - Bolden was the 3rd man on the Patriots depth chart to start the season.  Now, could the argument be made that he is the top option in New England?  The Patriots backfield has been giving fantasy owners headaches since the first week of the season, and investing in a New England running back may be more trouble than its worth.  If Bolden can take the place of Vereen, then picking him up would be well worth the headache that could ensue.

3. Jason Snelling - The only reason Snelling is not on top of this list is the impending return of Steven Jackson.  Snelling had another great game, and he is a very serviceable backup.   Looking at the schedule, the Falcons have two more games before their bye week.  Since Jackson will most likely return after the bye week, Snelling has two more games to be a starter in fantasy.  If he is still available, pick him up and enjoy the next two weeks of his production.

4. Danny Woodhead - Woodhead had a slow first week of the season, but he has gotten more involved in the passing game the last two weeks.  Over the last two games, Woodhead had a total of 15 catches and has looked like the same guy in the same role from New England.  Woodhead is not flashy, but he is looking quite consistent.  Since the running back market is lacking consistent producers, Woodhead is looking like a decent add, especially in ppr leagues.

5. Ronnie Hillman - What, Ronnie Hillman, not another Bronco running back to worry about!  Just when it looked safe to roll with Moreno, Hillman wins a Rock, Paper, Scissors battle and gets to score an easy one yard touchdown.  Now, all of a sudden, Hillman is getting back into the fantasy conversation.  Moreno seems to be the best at keeping Peyton upright, but Hillman has not made any huge mistakes in pass protection while on the field and he is a much more explosive player than Moreno.  Since Ball fumbled in the fourth quarter last week and still looks lost at times on the field, Hillman is looking like a guy that might just get a chance to be the lead dog in Denver.  Hillman makes for a very risky start, but he looks like he is worth a long term investment if you have room on your bench.

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