Week 5 Fantasy Rankings: RB

first_imgWEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThe potential returns of Tevin Coleman (ankle), Devin Singletary (hamstring), Damien Williams (knee) and Rashaad Penny (hamstring) could significantly alter the outlooks of their teams’ respective backfields. Coleman would turn San Francisco into even more of a mess (especially with a Monday night matchup against the Browns on tap), while Singletary might render everyone in Buffalo useless this week against the Titans. Williams would return to a great Sunday night matchup against the Colts, but LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams owners wouldn’t mind if he stayed away at least one more week. Chris Carson got back on track (read: didn’t lose a fumble) in Week 4, so it’s unlikely Penny would supplant him as lead back on Thursday night against the Rams, but even five fewer touches would limit Carson’s ceiling.WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endOf course, the most watched “committee” this week will be in the Chargers backfield, where the return of Melvin Gordon against the Broncos threatens the fantasy stud status of Austin Ekeler. It’s unclear how carries will be divvied up right away, but we expect Gordon to see slightly more work. Ekeler will still be valuable, especially in PPR leagues, but his upside certainly takes a hit.WEEK 5:Top waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsAs always, there’s a lot to unpack when it comes to running backs. No one predicted Jordan Howard’s three-TD Thursday night or Rex Burkhead getting one touch last week, but we’ll do our best to prepare you for the week ahead.MORE WEEK 5 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup builderReminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for the latest updates and analysis!WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 5 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 5 Fantasy RB RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.1Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. GB.2Dalvin Cook, MIN @ NYG.3Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. JAX.4David Johnson, ARI @ CIN.5Marlon Mack, IND @ KC. Was Mack hurt last week? Was he just taken out because the Colts were in hurry-up mode? There have been conflicting reports, but the latter seems to be the case. As such, we’re not overly concerned about Mack heading into a matchup against a Kansas City defense allowing a league-high 5.9 yards per carry — just hope Indianapolis doesn’t fall behind by two scores in the second half.6Alvin Kamara, NO vs. TB.7Joe Mixon, CIN vs. ARI.8Mark Ingram, BAL @ PIT.9Le’Veon Bell, NYJ @ PHI.10James Conner, PIT vs. BAL. Conner is nursing a sore ankle and could be “questionable” for this game, but as long as he’s active, he’s a strong play against a Ravens defense that was just shredded on the ground by Nick Chubb. If Conner can’t go, Jaylen Samuels would be a solid fill-in and might have standalone PPR value even if Conner suits up.11Leonard Fournette, JAX @ CAR.12Derrick Henry, TEN vs. BUF.13Nick Chubb, BAL @ SF.14Todd Gurley, LAR @ SEA. Gurley didn’t see many carries early in Week 4, but he was still active in the receiving game. He remained on the field even after the Rams fell behind big in the second half. There are reasons to be concerned about Gurley playing this week on short rest against a decent run defense, but his touchdown upside still gives him plenty of value.15LeSean McCoy, KC vs. IND. Indianapolis is allowing 5.5 yards per carry, so even if Damien Williams is back and stealing more passing-down work, McCoy has upside. 16David Montgomery, CHI vs. OAK (in UK). Montgomery is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, but he posted a season-high 21 carries in Week 4. He’s also had a respectable three catches in each of the past two games. The Raiders have been surprisingly solid against backs in three of four weeks this year, but Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison both carved them up in Week 3 (28 carries, 168 yards, two TDs). Montgomery seems on verge of a breakout, and this could be the spot. 17Melvin Gordon, LAC vs. DEN. No one knows how many touches Gordon will get in his first true game back, but he should see at least an even split of the carries. Austin Ekeler should still handle the majority of the passing-down duties and at least seven carries, but Gordon might very well see action around the goal line. Denver is allowing 25.2 fantasy points per game (FPPG) to RBs and were just shredded by power-runner Leonard Fournette. 18Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. MIN. Gallman’s matchup is on the opposite end of the spectrum as last week’s, but after getting 24 touches, fantasy owners have to like his volume. Even if the Giants fall behind early, Gallman should rack up short catches in come-back mode, and he will likely be pounded on the ground early. 19Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. DEN.20Chris Carson, SEA vs. LAR.21Aaron Jones, GB @ DAL. Jones is likely to be the only game in town this week with Jamaal Williams (head) still ailing. While that should mean around 20 touches, it’s coming in a tough matchup against a Cowboys defense that just limited Alvin Kamara to 69 yards on 17 carries. Jones is explosive and always a candidate for a big game, so make sure he’s in your lineups.22Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ LAC. Lindsay and Royce Freeman continue to play equal snaps, but Lindsay remains the leader for carries. Surprisingly, their receptions are equal, with Freeman actually having one more target. Lindsay rushed for 79 yards and two scores on just 11 carries against the Chargers last year, and it seems like only a matter of time before he starts pulling away from Freeman in this competition.23Carlos Hyde, HOU vs. ATL.24Sony Michel, NE @ WAS. One week Michel looks like he’s on the verge of being benched, the next he runs 17 times. The numbers still weren’t great (63 yards), but that was again a solid Bills defense. This week, he gets a porous Redskins unit that’s giving up 4.7 yards per carry. You never know what the Patriots are going to do, but Michel looks safe this week.25Josh Jacobs, OAK vs. CHI (in UK). The Raiders keep saying they want to get Jacobs more involved in the passing game, and this would be a good week to do it. Chicago has allowed 29 catches (tied for fourth) and 236 receiving yards (fifth) to RBs, so perhaps Jacobs has more upside than it first appears. Jacobs has been largely game-script dependent this year, and even with Chicago’s superior defense, this game figures to be relatively tight, at least through three quarters. He’ll get his touches and have a decent shot at a touchdown. 26Damien Williams, KC vs. IND.27James White, NE @ WAS.28Ronald Jones, TB @ NO. Is this it? Has Jones officially taken over as the Bucs lead back? Maybe, maybe not. While he’s impressed in three of four games this season, it’s worth noting that he split carries with Barber in Week 3 and was splitting again in Week 4 until the Bucs turned to Jones to kill the clock with a big lead in the fourth quarter. In other words, this is still probably more of a split than fantasy owners want to believe it is. Still, it’s tough to deny Jones’s obvious talent and Barber’s obvious mediocrity. The Saints have been death to RBs this year, shutting down Ezekiel Elliott (18 carries, 35 yards), Todd Gurley (16-63), and Chris Carson (15-53). Jones might need a touchdown to really pay off, especially in PPR leagues. 29Miles Sanders, PHI vs. NYJ. Sanders has been a constant source of frustration for fantasy owners. He outproduced Jordan Howard in Week 3 and looked to be on the verge of taking over as the “lead back” (if there is such a thing in Philadelphia), but Howard reclaimed the top spot in Week 4 with 115 total yards and three TDs. Sanders still impressed with 72 rushing yards on 11 carries, but he’s tough to start if he’s not getting any goal-line snaps. We still like him more than Howard because of his explosiveness, but Howard might be more of a touchdown threat. 30Jordan Howard, PHI vs. NYJ.31Frank Gore, BUF @ TEN.32Devonta Freeman, ATL @ HOU. Freeman is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry this year, and the only thing that’s salvaging his fantasy value is that he’s eighth in RB catches (17) and seventh in RB receiving yards (133). Houston has faced a true gauntlet of receiving backs (Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette, Austin Ekeler, Christian McCaffrey), and that’s reflected in the league-high 34 RB catches and 251 yards (fourth). Ultimately, Freeman is a dodgy FLEX play in standard leagues and a low-end RB2 in PPR formats.33Royce Freeman, DEN @ LAC.34Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. OAK. 35Devin Singletary, BUF @ TEN. If Singletary (hamstring) returns, he can’t be counted on for more than eight-to-10 touches (he’s maxed out at nine this year). What might save him is Tennessee is allowing 4.6 yards per carry, so Singletary’s big-play upside could allow him to do a lot with a little. As it stands, he’s just a low-end FLEX like teammate Frank Gore. If Singletary is out, Gore would be a low-end RB2. 36Adrian Peterson, WAS vs. NE.37Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. LAR. Penny (hamstring) likely won’t be 100 percent and receive just five-to-eight touches. He still has long-term upside, but Chris Carson should dominate touches for at least one more week.38Duke Johnson Jr., HOU vs. ATL.39Raheem Mostert, SF vs. CLE. We’re assuming Tevin Coleman returns this week at less than 100 percent, which would make this backfield a complete mess. We give Mostert a slight edge because he’s explosive and been the best pass-catcher, but it’s tough justify playing Coleman, Matt Breida, Mostert.40Latavius Murray, NO vs. TB.41Ito Smith, ATL @ HOU.42Peyton Barber, TB @ NO.43Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs. BAL. Samuels took advantage of a gimmick offense against a bad defense to have a big game in Week 4. Even though Baltimore is statically bad against RBs, Samuels only has value in PPR leagues unless James Conner is out. 44Tevin Coleman, SF vs. CLE.45Matt Breida, SF vs. CLE.46Chris Thompson, WAS vs. NE.47Nyheim Hines, IND @ KC. Hines is a sneaky play in PPR leagues because it seems likely Indianapolis will be throwing a lot in the second half. That was the surprisingly the situation last week when Hines caught all six targets.48Chase Edmonds, ARI @ CIN.49Alexander Mattison, MIN @ NYG. If there was ever a week to try using Mattison as a FLEX, it’s this one. The Giants aren’t particularly bad against backs (3.9 yards per carry), but Minnesota could jump out to a big lead and use Mattison more in the second half. 50Gus Edwards, BAL @ PIT.51Malcolm Brown, LAR @ SEA.52Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. ARI.53Darrel Williams, KC vs. IND.54Jordan Wilkins, IND @ KC.55Dion Lewis, TEN vs. BUF.56C.J. Prosise, SEA vs. LAR.57Dontrell Hilliard, CLE @ SF.58Ty Montgomery, NYJ @ PHI. You’d like to think we’d have more clarity on certain running back committees by this point in the year, but Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Kansas City, and New England (among others) remain start ’em, sit ’em nightmares. We might (emphasis on “might”) be seeing a breakout in Tampa with Ronald Jones, but we’ve thought that before only to be disappointed, so we’re still taking it easy with Bucs backs in our Week 5 fantasy RB rankings. With the Lions and Dolphins on bye, fantasy owners should still have almost all of their top backs available this week. Injuries are causing problems, as always, but Marlon Mack (ankle) is really the only “big” injury worry. A Sunday night matchup against Kansas City makes his situation even more difficult, as his owners will definitely want to start him if he’s available. Jordan Wilkins will be a popular waiver pickup this week if there’s any concern about Mack’s status. (Update: Early reports suggest Mack will be fine for Sunday night.)last_img read more