Week 5 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

It’s never a good thing when injuries become the primary story at the running back position, but that’s exactly what happened last week. Nick Chubb (knee), Kenyan Drake (chest), and Austin Ekeler (hamstring) all went down with injuries. Their statuses will have a big-time impact on our Week 5 fantasy RB rankings, but the good news is that some reinforcements could return to the rankings in the form of Le’Veon Bell, Raheem Mostert, and Phillip Lindsay. Still, some fantasy owners might have to find sleepers and streamers to offset some of the injuries and bye weeks.

Weekly top-10 back Aaron Jones willl be idle this week, while the Lions trio of Adrian Peterson, D’Andre Swift, and Kerryon Johnson will be unavailable, as well. Jones’ absence will have the biggest impact on our rankings, but Peterson and Swift both garner flex consideration, so the position as a whole is a bit thinner.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiverTight end | D/ST | Kicker

The most noticeable change in the rankings this week is Kareem Hunt’s spot as a standard RB2. Chubb (knee) hasn’t yet been ruled out, but if he is, Hunt will instantly become an RB1, even in a tough matchup with a rock-solid Colts defense. He can do damage as a runner and as a pass-catcher, so he should have a solid week. D’Ernest Johnson will be a potential flex play after he racked up a lot of yardage splitting carries with Hunt. Meanwhile, Joshua Kelley, who will take over most of the work with Ekeler (hamstring) absent, can be trusted as a solid RB2 though the Saints are stronger against the run than they are against the pass.

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Other risers this week include Todd Gurley (vs. Panthers), David Johnson (vs. Jaguars), and Antonio Gibson (vs. Rams). All three are high-volume players in favorable matchups, so they can be trusted as top-25 plays.

If you’re looking for sleepers, Devonta Freeman could be in for a nice game, as he’s in a favorable matchup with the Cowboys. It will be his third game with the Giants, so if he’s comfortable enough and the Giants can stay close in that contest, he should have a chance to post some solid numbers. Latavius Murray (vs. Chargers) and Gus Edwards (vs. Bengals) could also be sneaky flex plays — Murray for his steady role in a high-scoring offense and Edwards for his bigger-than-you-think role in a highly favorable matchup.

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.  

  • 26 Le’Veon Bell, NYJ vs. ARZ
    27 Mark Ingram, BAL vs. CIN
    28 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ WAS
    29 Devin Singletary, BUF @ TEN
    30 Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ NE
    31 Sony Michel, NE vs. DEN
    32 Jerick McKinnon, SF vs. MIA
    33 Latavius Murray, NO vs. LAC
    34 Leonard Fournette, TB @ CHI
    35 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ SF
    36 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ WAS
    37 Zack Moss, BUF @ TEN
    38 Gus Edwards, BAL vs. CIN
    39 James White, NE vs. DEN
    40 Justin Jackson, LAC @ NO
    41 JK Dobbins, BAL vs. CIN
    42 Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ NYJ
    43 Dion Lewis, NYG @ DAL
    44 Jordan Howard, MIA @ SF
    45 Nyheim Hines, IND @ CLE
    46 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ SEA
    47 Cam Akers, LAR @ WAS
    48 Duke Johnson, HOU vs. JAX
    49 Damien Harris, NE vs. DEN
    50 Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. MIN
    51 Wayne Gallman, NYG @ DAL
    52 Matt Breida, MIA @ SF
    53 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. NYG
    54 Darwin Thompson, KC vs. LV
    55 Giovani Bernard, CIN @ BAL
    56 Rex Burkhead, NE vs. DEN
    57 Boston Scott, PHI @ PIT
    58 LeSean McCoy, TB @ CHI
    59 Chris Thompson, JAX @ HOU
    60 Brian Hill, ATL vs. CAR
    61 Jordan Wilkins, IND @ CLE
    62 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF vs. MIA
    63 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. IND
    64 Anthony McFarland, PIT vs. PHI
    65 Jalen Richard, LV @ KC
    66 J.D. McKissic, WAS vs. LAR
    67 Darrynton Evans, TEN vs. BUF
    68 Reggie Bonnafon, CAR @ ATL
    69 Benny Snell, PIT vs. PHI
    70 Frank Gore, NYJ vs. ARZ
    71 Royce Freeman, DEN @ NE
    72 La’Mical Perine NYJ vs. ARZ

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