Good fantasy managers are always looking for ways to improve their teams. Below are running backs who played well in Week Five, despite being owned in fewer than 20% of Yahoo fantasy leagues when the week began.
1. Armando Allen, Chicago Bears
The Bears crushed the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-3, allowing Allen to get some playing time. He responded with five carries for 59 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Although Allen is available in nearly 100% of Yahoo fantasy leagues, he will not be getting consistent work right now. If Matt Forte or Michael Bush were injured, Allen might have more value and could be a good add. For now though, Chicago's running game is solid, and Allen will likely only get work when games are out of reach.
2. David Wilson, New York Giants
Fantasy owners loved Wilson in this year's drafts. But early fumble troubles earned him a spot on the bench, and he was dropped in most leagues. An early injury to Andre Brown in Week Five opened the door for Wilson to get a couple of carries, and he brought one in for a 40-yard score. If Brown returns soon, Wilson may not be worth adding yet in standard redraft leagues. In dynasty formats, though, Wilson likely has more upside and could be New York's running back of the future. He was available in 83% of leagues.
3. Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins
Despite having Reggie Bush available, Thomas still got 10 carries in the Dolphins' upset victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins may want to keep Bush healthy by sharing his workload with Thomas. In Week Five, Thomas rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown, a first-half goal line attempt. Thomas was available in 81% of leagues. He has value in deeper leagues and is a great handcuff for Bush owners.
4. Ronnie Brown, San Diego Chargers
Heading into Week Five, many fantasy owners were expecting Chargers running back Jackie Battle to have a big game against the New Orleans Saints. Instead, starter Ryan Mathews played great, leaving Battle with minimal opportunities. In fact, when the game was close, the team turned to Brown at crunch time. He rushed for 27 yards on two attempts and caught five passes for 47 yards. He looked impressive and made a case to receive more work in the future. Available in 94% of leagues, Brown should get more chances now. Mathews has not proven that he can stay healthy, so Brown may have more value as the season progresses.
Mike Patton is a co-host on the Deep Sleeper Fantasy Football Podcast. He has been a fantasy enthusiast since 1997 and has won championships in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and pick 'em leagues.
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