Check out our week five fantasy football running back sleepers below! As always, these guys are owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! leagues, with one RB available in over 90% of leagues. See if the guys from Waleed Ismail’s Week Five Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet are available before checking out these week five fantasy football running back sleepers.
Both LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams are banged up, and the Darwin Thompson Hype Train is officially 100% off the rails. I don’t believe that both Damien and Shady are active on Sunday Night, likely one of them will be held back because Darrel Williams has filled in admirably in the last couple of weeks. The Other Williams has the eleventh-most fantasy football points over the last two games, and there’s no reason to think he slows down this weekend. He’s on track to steal the job outright from Damien Williams. Neither has shown much in their careers thus far, but a Darrel breakout is far more likely (he’s a sophomore) than Damien Williams (it’s his sixth season). He’s out there in half of fantasy football leagues, and worth a stash. This week, he gets a Colts squad that has allowed double-digit fantasy football days to four different running backs already this year. Stash him at worse: both Williams Brothers have had two games getting touches, and there’s little doubt who’s been more productive.
Mostert played well last weekend outside of a fumble that limited his overall production. He ended with an extremely efficient 12 carries for 79 yards. With Kyle Shanahan non-committal about Tevin Coleman, this provides an opportunity for Mostert to continue running at his torrid 5.94 yards per attempt pace (fourth-highest among RBs with at least 20 rush attempts). The Brownies aren’t a great running back matchup on paper, because they don’t allow touchdowns. That shouldn’t be a problem for Mostert, whose main usage on the 49ers is getting shot out of a cannon 10-15 times a contest. The 49ers hope to keep the Browns on their heels, and using all three running backs heavily should help facilitate that.
Call me a homer but I’m running it back on Jeff Wilson, who has four touchdowns in two games. Copy and paste everything I said about Mostert’s opportunity and add in that he’ll get the goal line opportunity against the Brownies. Yes, I’m a 49ers fan. Yes, this is wish crafting. No, there isn’t a much better option at sub-10% fantasy football ownership (except Jordan Wilkins at 6% owned) if Marlon Mack doesn’t play this weekend.