10 RB sleepers to target for fantasy football week 5

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Who are the top fantasy football running back sleepers for Week 5?

In this series, we identify players who you will want to find space for in your fantasy football starting lineups this week. We cover names who aren’t on your list of “must-starts”, but could fit into gaps where you need a boost.

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10. Eddie Lacy

Even though all of the signs are against it, I just can’t seem to completely quit on Eddie Lacy. It’s the combination of production and situation that leads me to believe he still has a chance to contribute to fantasy football this season. The statistics so far telling a different tale.

As the starter in Week 1, Lacy only had five carries for three yards. The team was simply waiting to get Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise back from injury, but Chris Carson broke out and proved his worth over the next couple of weeks.

After Carson’s season-ending leg break, Lacy got the bulk of the carries against the Indianapolis Colts with 11 rushes for 52 yards. But he was outshined by J.D. McKissic, one of this week’s top waiver wire options, who found the end zone twice with a speedy run and leaping touchdown catch – two things Lacy can’t do.

While McKissic wowed, those long plays aren’t sustainable, whereas the volume could be. Thomas Rawls is back and as you’ll see later on in this list, he is the player to start this backfield. But we saw with the Jets running backs last week – when there is an uncertain situation you can take a chance on more than one player – especially against a weak defense.

Lacy is a long shot option, but it could pay off. The Seahawks face the Los Angeles Rams, who are giving up over 150 yards on the ground (151.5 – third-worst in the NFL) and any player who sees touches will benefit. One of them may well be Lacy.