Week 5 presents some intriguing choices for waiver wire pickups at the running back position. With injuries to Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and bye weeks for the Redskins, Vikings, Steelers and Buccaneers, fantasy owners are scrambling for running backs to to play in Week 5.
Luckily, there are some decent running backs out there that have decent match-ups this week and could provide an instant spark for struggling fantasy teams.
Woodhead was previously mentioned as a Fantasy Buzzer sleeper and if you took our advice to pick Woodhead up in week 2, your welcome. After his performance against Dallas during Week 4, Woodhead is now a must own in PPR leagues. Woodhead gained 32 yards on five carries and had five receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Woodhead has turned into a poor man’s Darren Sproles catching passes out of the backfield and already has 17 receptions out of the backfield. He’s only owned in 17% of ESPN leagues and 41% of Yahoo leagues. Owners with high priority waiver position need to grab Woodhead because he is now a high end RB 2 and great Flex play in all PPR formats.
Surprise, surprise, Darren McFadden is hurt again. McFadden tweaked his hamstring in Week 4 against the Redskins and was not able to return. Rashad Jennings filled McFadden’s void exceptionally and racked up 45 yards rushing and hauled in eight passes for 71.
McFadden’s status is still unclear for Week 5, but with McFadden and Marcel Reece both nursing injuries, Jennings could be the guy for several weeks in Oakland. McFadden owners should definitely consider Jennings as a handcuff and owners needing a filler for a bye week should consider Jennings as well. Jennings is virtually un-owned in fantasy leagues and he is definitely worth a look for owners needing running back help.
Handcuff Alert – Roy Helu
Alfred Morris sustained a rib injury in Week 4 against the Raiders and was not able to return to the game. Roy Helu filled in for Morris and was able to muster 41 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown and two receptions for 43 yards as well. The Redskins have bye week and Morris’ injury does not appear to be serious but it is now clear that Helu is is the handcuff to own for Morris owners.