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Fantasy Football: Analyzing waiver wire adds for Week 5

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Running backs

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T.J. Yeldon

Yeldon is in prime position to have a big week. It seems like Leonard Fournette, the former No. 4 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, is never going to put together a full slate of 16 games, and that’s okay for a Jacksonville team that can use other backs until the playoffs. 2018 might be a lost year for Fournette, fantasy wise, due to several hamstring issues. The good news for Yeldon owners is that the former Alabama running back has the chance to assume the role as the lead back behind Blake Bortles. One week ago, Yeldon eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage, scoring a touchdown on the ground and through the air.

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Nick Chubb

Carlos Hyde is the No. 1 running back for the Cleveland Browns, but that may not last long with the emergency of Chubb against the Oakland Raiders. Chubb has shown his talent in four games, although he has carried the ball just 10 times. But during those 10 touches he has gained over 146 yards which includes two runs of 63 and 41 yards for touchdowns against Oakland. Chubb is on his way to get more touches, which makes him a nice RB3 and stash option — just in case Hyde goes down with an injury.


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Blake Bortles

Bortles’ numbers have fluctuated each week, but he’s facing a Kansas City defense that is on a short week and one of the worst in the league when it comes to pass coverage. Against the Patriots and Jets, Bortles put up over 300 yards and at least two touchdowns. In those two games, he totaled 764 yards and six passing touchdowns. It wouldn’t be surprising if the former UCF star did the same against a lackluster Chief secondary.

If you need a quarterback, Bortles is available in 68 percent of fantasy leagues.

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Marcus Mariota

Mariota hasn’t had the greatest luck in the world, dealing with injuries to himself and to his weapons. The rampage of bad luck began when Delanie Walker went down with a broken ankle in the season opener. Mariota followed that up with injuring his shoulder in Week 2. Week 3 wasn’t his greatest outing, throwing for 100 yards and no touchdowns — following the game Rishard Matthews iterated to management and the coaching staff that he wasn’t happy with the amount of targets he was receiving and asked for a release.

With an elbow and shoulder issue — which has caused him to loose feeling in his fingers at times — Mariota bounced back with 344 yards and two scores against the defending Super Bowl champs and giving his team a victory. The former Oregon quarterback may not have season-long fantasy value, but the Titans have a matchup with the Buffalo Bills this week, which makes Mariota a nice streamer option for a team dealing with quarterback issues.