The 2018 NFL season is just five 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 6.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
With Jay Ajayi banged up and Corey Clement dressed but not playing, Smallwood had 71 total yards on six touches (three catches) with a receiving touchdown and a run for a two-point conversion against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5. On Monday, the Eagles placed Ajayi on season-ending IR with a torn ACL. Darren Sproles has missed four straight games with a hamstring injury, and he doesn’t appear close to a return.
The Eagles are operating on a short week in Week 6, with a Thursday night game against the New York Giants, so Clement may only be available in a limited capacity. A big game from Alvin Kamara skews the numbers, but the Giants entered Week 5 allowing 30.6 fantasy points to running backs (tied for sixth-most in the league, ESPN PPR scoring) and Christian McCaffrey had 93 total yards and a receiving touchdown against them on Sunday.
Smallwood is the last man unscathed in the Eagles’ backfield, and he’s averaging nine touches per game over the last three. That volume will increase going forward, and he’s shaping up to at least be a weekly flex option in 12 and 14-team leagues until further notice.
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