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Week 4 Running Back (RB) Rankings

Who would’ve thought that the running back position would have so many injuries? As always, the running back position is a mess already coming into Week 4. We don’t know the status of guys like Stevan Jackson and Daryl Richardson. We’re starting to see players showing their true colors as sample sizes are getting larger and larger. For example, it’s starting to look obvious that managers who drafted CJ Spiller in the first round are going to be disappointed by the results. Not only has he played awful so far this season, but week 3 against the Jets he left the game with a knee injury. He’s not a guy you want to start as anything more than a flex option. Then some workloads are still in question. Is Foster ready for the full workload? I think so as he’s been eased into the season slowly enough. Arian’s done just fine with only a few touches, but he needs his usual monster carries to be truly considered elite. Then you have to factor in the matchup. No running back can sleep well before they play the Seahawks. He’s more of a RB2 than a RB1 heading into Week 4.

 

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Week 4 Running Back (RB) Rankings

Rank Player TEAM Status Analysis AVG
PPG
Week 4
1 Adrian Peterson MIN Adrian Peterson at the top. Who knew? 18.4 PIT
2 Jamaal Charles KC Nobody really doubted him. He’s not letting
anyone down and if anything exceeding
expectations
18.5 NYG
3 Alfred Morris WAS Should have a good game against a weak
defense
11.6 @OAK
4 LeSean McCoy PHI Q McCoy’s entire season can be described
in one word: awesome
23.1 @DEN
5 Doug Martin TB So consistent and may have Nicks coming back
next week
11.5 ARI
6 Marshawn Lynch SEA Somewhat disappointing against Jaguars
considering the matchup. Don’t expect a new
trend
14.5 @HOU
7 Matt Forte CHI Well on his way to 1000 rushing yards and
100 receptions
15.7 @DET
8 Ray Rice BAL Q Assuming Rice plays, he has a great matchup
against a Bills team that just got run over
7.8 @BUF
9 Trent Richardson IND This should be the game where he gets the
workload. Week 3 was mostly an introduction
to the offense
8.4 CIN
10 Knowshon Moreno DEN Looked like a new player in Denver’s new offense 14.6 PHI
11 Arian Foster HOU Touches haven’t been there, but they’re coming
sooner rather than later
10.2 SEA
12 Chris Johnson TEN Tough matchup against the Jets. Expect the
Titans to ride him, though
8.6 NYJ
13 Maurice Jones – Drew JAC P Touchdown saved his day against Seattle.
Easier matchup against the Colts
6.5 IND
14 Frank Gore SF Has performed well against easier matchups,
incredibly consistent player
8.6 @STL
15 Reggie Bush DET Q Assuming he plays, he’ll be a solid start despite
injury, matchup and Bell’s breakout
17 CHI
16 Lamar Miller MIA Easy matchup and a talented player 7 @NO
17 Bilal powell NYJ Looked great against the Bills. Expect him to
keep it going against the Titans
11.4 @TEN
18 DeMarco Murray DAL SD hasn’t been very good against the run. If
Murray can get enough carries, he should have a big game
15.4 @SD
19 Darren McFadden OAK Redskins have struggled against the run,
we’ll see if McFadden can take advantage
13.1 WSH
20 Stevan Ridley NE Hasn’t played as well as expected, but I’m not
giving up on him just yet
3.6 @ATL
21 David Wilson NYG Has been a big disappointment, we’ll see if he
get his season back on track
1.2 @KC
22 Darren Sproles NO 7.6 MIA
23 Ryan Matthews SD 7.6 DAL
24 Joique Bell DET Big game in Week 3. He’s a flex play if Bush plays, and a RB1 if he doesn’t 15.9 CHI
25 Giovani Bernard CIN Bernard has looked really electric through 3 games, no reason to expect that to end anytime soon 12.5 @CLE
26 C.J. Spiller BUF Q Been awful so far. He left his Week 3 game
against the Jets with a knee injury. If he doesn’t
get better fast, Jackson is going to start seeing
a lot more work
4.7 BAL
27 Ben Tate HOU 6.9 SEA
28 Bernard Pierce BAL His value depends on Rice’s availability 9 @BUF
29 Rashard Mendenhall ARI P Not bad so far in Arizona 8.6 @TB
30 Fred Jackson BUF Expect a bigger workload with a Spiller injury
and struggles
11.1 BAL
31 Ahmad Bradshaw IND Got large end of workload in Week 3, expect
that to be the last week
11.6 @JAC
32 Benjarvis Green-Ellis CIN 7.9 @CLE
33 Jacquizz Rogers ATL 4.7 NE
34 Felix Jones PIT 3.2 @MIN
35 Willis McGahee CLE 0.9
36 Isaiah Pead STL 4.1 SF
37 Mark Ingram NO 1.5 MIA
38 Michael Bush CHI 2.6 @DET
39 Kendall Hunter SF 3.2 @STL
40 Ronnie Hillman DEN 2.2 PHI
41 Daniel Thomas MIA 7.2 @NO
42 Montee Ball DEN 2.2 PHI
43 Pierre Thomas NO 5.8 MIA
44 Jonathan Dwyer PIT 0.8 @MIN
45 Mikel LeShore DET 0 CHI
46 Chris Ivory NYJ 2.1 @TEN
47 Ronnie Brown SD 4.5 DAL
48 Bryce Brown PHI 1.5 @DEN
49 Tashard Choice BUF 0 BAL
50 Zac Stacy STL 0.4 SF
BYE James Starks GB 9.7 BYE
BYE Deangelo Williams CAR 9.1 BYE
BYE Eddie Lacy GB 4.5 BYE
i DuJuan Harris GB O 0 BYE
i Vick Ballard IND O 5.8 @JAC
i Jonathan Stewart CAR O 0 BYE
i Andre Brown NYG O 0 @KC
i Daryl Richardson STL Q 8.8 SF
i Shane Vereen NE O 15.9 @ATL
i Le’Veon Bell PIT D 0 @MIN
i Steven Jackson ATL Q His status is unknown for Week 4 9.5 NE

Thanks for reading and good luck in Week 4!

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2 Comments

  1. Brenton

    September 24, 2013 at 01:14

    Curious if your ranking of Knowshon Moreno changed after tonight’s performance (12 carries for 39 yards)

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