The Post's fantasy football experts, Gene Wang and Des Bieler, discuss the major takeaways from Week 5 including Jamaal Charles, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Blake Bortles and waiver wire options. (Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post)

The Kansas City Chiefs are bracing for life without superstar running back Jamaal Charles, who suffered a non-contact knee injury in the 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.

[Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles may have torn ACL on non-contact play]

Charles was the second highest scoring fantasy running back heading into Week 5 and was a top three draft pick in many leagues this year.

It’s too early to know for sure how much time he will miss, but you are going to have to start looking for other options on your fantasy team. And while no player can fully replace what Charles offers on the field, here are three that are owned in half the leagues out there that can help ease the pain.

Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks

Seattle’s everyday starting running back Marshawn Lynch has been hobbled by a hamstring injury, giving Rawls a chance to showcase what he has to offer.

Rawls rattled off a 69-yard run in the third quarter to give the Seahawks a 17-7 lead and ended the game with 13 carries for 135 yards and one touchdown.

Run, don’t walk, to your waiver wire to see if he is available.

Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins

It is easy to look at the Redskins’ backfield and think that Alfred Morris and Matt Jones are the only viable options, but Thompson once again led the team in snaps during Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

What makes Thompson attractive is that he is good for almost any game script: if Washington is ahead they will use him to rush the football, if behind, he is a part of the passing game.

He had 184 yards from scrimmage prior to Sunday and added 49 more yards in Week 5. It isn’t much, but every little bit helps when you are scrounging for players.

Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys

Lance Dunbar was targeted 22 times by Cowboys’ quarterbacks and ran 65 routes in the passing game before his injury, which opens the door for McFadden to get some significant snaps going forward.

This season he is doing a lot with a little — 13.3 yards per reception but only one catch per game — and an expanded role could look a lot like what we saw from him in Oakland, when he was a scoring threat both out of the backfield and when asked to run in a pattern.