Week 5 Waiver Wire Running Backs

Blah blah blah... Week 4 was boring and didn't have many injuries. I suppose that's a good thing so here are some sleeper stashes.

DeAndre Washington

One of my sleeper picks coming into the season may finally be waking up soon. It isn't any surprise that the staff has grown tired of Latavius Murray as they had been mixing in many different players in that backfield for some time now. The reason to be intrigued by Washington is that he was playing during crunch time. At the same time, the reason to be worried about him is that he fumbled and almost cost them the game. The staff seemed to be fond of him up until that point so for now he is a stash.

Terrance West/Kenneth Dixon

Let me start by saying that this guy is not a good running back but just like Justin Forsett in 2014, he may still be productive for your fantasy team. We saw the Ravens bench the horrendous Forsett and give a majority of the workload to West and he produced solid numbers. In fantasy, opportunity doesn't always result in points but in this case it did. Even though I don't believe in West as a player he is still a worthy pickup just keep in mind that Kenneth Dixon looks to return this week and it may be worth waiting another week to see how that backfield unfolds.

Bilal Powell

Yeah that stiff arm happened on Sunday I fuckin' love it! Powell played a lot more on Sunday than expected and at first I thought Matt Forte was hurt but he ended up coming back into the game later on. Lately the Jets have been using him more and more in the passing game and it is likely due to the fact that Forte is an older player and it makes sense to cut back on the huge workload he had been receiving. Powell is one of the best stashes in the league right now because he is just a Forte injury away from becoming an RB1 with huge upside!

Zach Zenner

Another one of my deep sleepers got on the field after a Dwayne Washington injury. He looked great too! At least as great as you can look against a terrible Bears defense without overreacting. There isn't a doubt in my mind that Zenner is a better running back between the tackles than Washington. It is also worthy to note that the rookie Washington may only be dealing with a minor ankle sprain so if he is back and fully healthy, then Zenner may remain irrelevant. However, if Washington should miss time then Zenner will get an opportunity and this struggling Lions offense will gladly stick with any player that can make a play. Stash Zenner in deep leagues and see how the next week or two unfolds with the health of Washington.