Week 5 Waiver Wire: Sleeper RBs Who Will Thrive with More Touches

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 7, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Bilal Powell of the New York Jets poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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The New York Jets need a spark offensively, and no that doesn't mean its Tebow time. Instead, it could be time to go Bilal Powell-style. Not as catchy, but it may be twice as a effective.

Shonn Greene has struggled mightily this year, and Powell seems primed to make more of his carries. The Jets are going into a Monday night matchup with the Houston Texans. Before you freak out and say the Texans are going to torch Powell, keep in mind what Chris Johnson did against Houston on Sunday.

CJ went for 141 yards on 25 carries. He didn't find the end zone, and the Texans crushed the Tennessee Titans, but CJ's production proved there are fantasy points to be had against the Texans.

Powell could be the next beneficiary. Even if he doesn't cash in this week, he figures to become more of a focal point of the offense. Per Conor Orr of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Powell has already overtaken Greene in snap count. It is only logical to think he could be getting more carries shortly.


Daryl Richardson

It seems like every season we see at least one player from Abilene Christian that is startlingly fast. This year's blazing fast Wildcat is Richardson.

He's the type of guy that looks like he's one move from taking it the distance every time he touches the ball. With Steven Jackson's groin injury, and the St. Louis Rams recently giving him the option to void his contract at the end of the season (per Mike Sando of ESPN), the team seems ready to move in another direction.

Richardson isn't an every down back, but the more touches he gets, the more dangerous he'll be. Look for the Rams to look to incorporate him more and more as the season progresses.


Brandon Bolden

Bolden is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, per ESPN, but you can't ignore what he did against Buffalo in Week 4. Bolden rushed for 137 yards on 16 carries and he scored one touchdown.

Granted, this was against the Bills, but Bill Belichick loves unconventional tandems at tight end and running back. If he can find a way to continually team Bolden with Stevan Ridley he will.

Ridley got 18 carries in the game as well, and will likely remain the starter. However, when Bolden does take the field again he's one to monitor. This could be the beginning of a surprising fantasy stud.


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