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1. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots
It may be hard to trust any running back for the Patriots, but after Bolden's performance on Sunday, I simply can't see how he could not continue to get touches for New England.
He had 16 carries, 137 yards and a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills and was one of the highest scoring running backs in all of fantasy football. The big question is whether he can keep this type of production up on a consistent basis.
With bye weeks coming into full swing, Bolden is the best waiver-wire pickup at running back this week and should be starting if you're short a running back.
2. Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers
The Chargers seem content to have a running-back-by-committee approach for the time being, and that makes Battle a must-have player on the waiver wire.
What makes Battle so valuable in fantasy football is his ability to be an impact player in both the run and pass game. Last week he had 19 total touches for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
While he might not hit those numbers every week, he definitely has a spot in the Chargers offense moving forward. That fact alone makes him worth getting on your roster.
3. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
Hillman continues his climb up the Broncos' depth chart and has firmly established himself as the No. 2 back heading into Week 5.
He touched the ball 12 times last week, and that number should continue to increase as the weeks go by. He's a risky starting option, but if you are absolutely desperate for a possible home-run threat, Hillman is your guy.
4. Shaun Draughn, Kansas City Chiefs
There are two things to watch with Draughn if you're going to make a move to add him to your roster.
The first, and most important, is the health of Peyton Hillis. If he returns this week, Draughn won't be worth very much.
The second thing to watch is the play of rookie Cyrus Gray. Gray only touched the ball once last week, but if that number increases in the upcoming weeks, then it will take away from Draughn's productivity.
Now, if Hillis isn't healthy and Gray doesn't get touches, Draughn will be a solid flex option for your fantasy team.
5. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
As hard as it may be to rely on any Jets player on offense in fantasy football, Powell should begin to get more and more touches starting this week.
Shonn Greene continues to be absolutely awful, and there is little doubt that Powell is the more talented back. If you pick him up though, you may need to stash him on your bench until he proves to be a capable addition to your starting lineup.