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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 5 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Waiver Wire RBs for Week 5 in Fantasy Football

October 1, 2013

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We do it every Tuesday during the fantasy football season: it’s now time to scan the waiver wire and see if there’s anyone out there worth picking up in your league. In this edition, we’re looking at running backs, and we’ve got a few noteworthy trends for your perusal this morning. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see what you think about these RB prospects.

Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders: Prior to Week 4, Jennings was unowned in all but the deepest leagues by rosters which featured him as a backup to Raiders starting RB Darren McFadden. What a difference a week makes, as he’s now rocketing up the waiver wire charts as a potential injury replacement. McFadden strained his hamstring during the loss against the Redskins, and though it seems he escaped a long-term issue, his health and availability for Week 5 remains cloudy.
That’s where Jennings comes in. He filled in pretty well in Week 4 as a replacement (116 total yards), and could thrive if given an expanded role. We’d pick him up as a speculative add in deeper leagues or if you’re a McFadden owner.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 5 Waiver Wire Running Backs

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Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers: Ah, Woodhead. It seems a fantasy year never passes by without his name popping up as a waiver wire consideration. He’s really caught fire these past couple of weeks, serving as a crafty change-of-pace back and reliable hand in the passing game. Just this past Sunday, he carved up the Dallas defense for 86 total yards and two touchdowns.
In years past, Woodhead has served as an all-or-nothing type option. Now that San Diego knows what he can do, however, we like the way his numbers are trending. He could be an effective low-end add for the upcoming Raiders game.

Roy Helu, Washington Redskins: Moving on to Washington, Helu is starting to make some waiver wire noise of his own after a great game against Oakland. He helped the Redskins to their first win of the year with his 84 total yards and a touchdown. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that he got some extra looks--and thus, some extra statistics--after No. 1 RB Alfred Morris was sidelined with a rib contusion. The Redskins are on a bye this week, and it looks like Morris will be just fine, so Helu makes more of a deep-league depth player. He may get enough looks in the passing game to be effective here and there, but as long as Morris is featured, he’ll be overshadowed.

LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots: And now on to the “Let’s Make Guesses About What the Patriots Will Do Offensively” portion of our show. Blount is trending in fantasy after a big night against the Falcons. He went for 60 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and was the beneficiary of New England’s attempts to hold their sizeable lead.
This performance comes a week after Blount posted 65 rush yards on 14 attempts, so there seems to be a theme here. If the Pats can get out to a lead against the Bengals this week, Blount may get some sufficient work and be a worthwhile fantasy name. There’s sizeable risk here, though, so don’t even consider him unless you’re in a pretty deep league.

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