The 2018 NFL season is just four weeks old and while many might think it’s premature to start picking up people from their fantasy football waiver wire, they are wrong. 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.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Leonard Fournette returned to action against the New York Jets on Sunday, and he was headed for a big workload with 12 touches in middle of the second quarter. But he left the game with a hamstring issue and did not return, at least due in part to the Jaguars having a comfortable lead, and Yeldon stepped in with 100 total yards on 21 touches (18 carries) with a receiving touchdown.
Fournette’s status for next week against the Kansas City Chiefs has to be considered up in the air. So Yeldon could get the start against a Chiefs’ defense that entered Week 4 allowing the most fantasy points to running backs (38.8 per game; ESPN PPR scoring). Even a workload split with a potentially limited Fournette would put Yeldon on the flex radar in 12 and 14-team leagues.
Fournette owners in deeper leagues can consider adding Yeldon (again?) as a priority handcuff. But there’s some standalone potential here too, if you’re a Fournette owner or not.
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