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Best available running backs on the Week 5 waiver wire

D’Ernest Johnson highlights our list of top waiver wire running backs ahead of Week 5 amid the injury to teammate Nick Chubb.

Running back D’Ernest Johnson of the Cleveland Browns on the sideline in the third quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 29, 2019 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati won 33-23. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

There are some running backs widely available that either have good matchups heading into Week 5 or had successful Week 4 performances that raised our expectations moving forward. There aren’t a lot of quality low owned options, but here are three RBs with under 50% ownership at traditional fantasy football leagues that managers can consider picking up in their leagues.

D’Ernest Johnson, Browns (2 percent)

Nick Chubb went down in Week 4 and Johnson had a surprisingly heavy workload alongside Kareem Hunt. Johnson logged 13 carries for 95 yards for the Browns and should be a key part of Cleveland’s one-two punch out of the backfield if while Chubb is missing time with his MCL injury. The Browns will continue to be a running team moving forward and have some desirable matchups approaching. Next up — IND, @PIT, @CIN, LV, HOU

Malcolm Brown, Rams (37 percent)

Brown has tapered off since kicking off starting the season with two touchdowns and , but got five more touches than Darrell Henderson Jr. in Week 4 against the New York Giants. Don’t expect Henderson to get 20 carries while Malcolm Brown is at 100 percent. If Brown continues to get receiving work and can re-claim his goal line duties, he;ll have the higher ceiling of the two. Next up — @WAS, @SF, CHI, MIA, SEA

Justin Jackson, Chargers (5 percent)

Austin Ekeler is expected to miss multiple weeks while dealing with hamstring and knee injuries, and Los Angeles ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing attempts. It’s unclear whether the Chargers will pivot to banking on Justin Herbert’s arm moving forward, but Jackson will undoubtedly get more touches than usual while backing up Joshua Kelley. This is more of a deep league pickup, as it’s unclear how much he’ll be used. he notched six carries and caught two passes in Week 4. Up next — @NO, NYJ, @MIA, JAX, LV

Chase Edmonds, Cardinals (36 percent)

Kenyan Drake has been given every chance to succeed as the starting running back for the Cardinals, but so far, no good. Drake has 67 rushing attempts for 254 yards and one touchdown, while he’s caught all five of his targets for 20 yards. Edmonds has backed Drake up, rushing 15 times for 59 yards and has caught 13-of-17 targets for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Edmonds hasn’t out-played Drake on the ground, but the team seems to like his versatility and have given him eight red zone looks to Drake’s 12, while they both saw four each last week.