The 2019 NFL season is 4 weeks old and the time is now to start picking up people from their fantasy football waiver wire. Every year a no name blows up in Week 1 and ends up being a top-20 fantasy football player over the remainder of the season. So, instead of letting your competition beat you to the punch, use your fantasy football waiver wire to find the next big thing.
Let’s get things started by taking a look at some fantasy football waiver wire running backs for Week 5.
Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Howard had a big game last Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers, with 15 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns along with three catches for 28 yards and a third score. Miles Sanders also gashed the Packers’ run defense (11 carries for 72 yards), but Howard played 11 more snaps (33 vs. 22).
The Eagles have been operating without one of both of wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Desean Jackson for essentially three games now. Jeffery played in Week 4, and Jackson may be back in Week 5 with extra time between games. But Philadelphia’s Week 5 opponent, the New York Jets, entered Week 4 as a bottom-10 defense against running backs.
The schedule is very tough for Howard and the Eagles running backs after that, with the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears on the slate from Week 6-Week 9. The worst of those four in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs, the Bills, had allowed the 16th-most fantasy points to the position entering Week 4 (Yahoo! 0.5-point PPR scoring).
The carry split could easily tilt toward Sanders down the road. But right now Howard needs to be owned in 12-team leagues, where he has a chance to be a weekly flex option at minimum.
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