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Week 4 Running Back (RB) Rankings

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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

RankPlayerTEAMStatusAnalysisAVG
PPG
Week 4
1Adrian PetersonMINAdrian Peterson at the top. Who knew?18.4PIT
2Jamaal CharlesKCNobody really doubted him. He’s not letting
anyone down and if anything exceeding
expectations
18.5NYG
3Alfred MorrisWASShould have a good game against a weak
defense
11.6@OAK
4LeSean McCoyPHIQMcCoy’s entire season can be described
in one word: awesome
23.1@DEN
5Doug MartinTBSo consistent and may have Nicks coming back
next week
11.5ARI
6Marshawn LynchSEASomewhat disappointing against Jaguars
considering the matchup. Don’t expect a new
trend
14.5@HOU
7Matt ForteCHIWell on his way to 1000 rushing yards and
100 receptions
15.7@DET
8Ray RiceBALQAssuming Rice plays, he has a great matchup
against a Bills team that just got run over
7.8@BUF
9Trent RichardsonINDThis should be the game where he gets the
workload. Week 3 was mostly an introduction
to the offense
8.4CIN
10Knowshon MorenoDENLooked like a new player in Denver’s new offense14.6PHI
11Arian FosterHOUTouches haven’t been there, but they’re coming
sooner rather than later
10.2SEA
12Chris JohnsonTENTough matchup against the Jets. Expect the
Titans to ride him, though
8.6NYJ
13Maurice Jones – DrewJACPTouchdown saved his day against Seattle.
Easier matchup against the Colts
6.5IND
14Frank GoreSFHas performed well against easier matchups,
incredibly consistent player
8.6@STL
15Reggie BushDETQAssuming he plays, he’ll be a solid start despite
injury, matchup and Bell’s breakout
17CHI
16Lamar MillerMIAEasy matchup and a talented player7@NO
17Bilal powellNYJLooked great against the Bills. Expect him to
keep it going against the Titans
11.4@TEN
18DeMarco MurrayDALSD hasn’t been very good against the run. If
Murray can get enough carries, he should have a big game
15.4@SD
19Darren McFaddenOAKRedskins have struggled against the run,
we’ll see if McFadden can take advantage
13.1WSH
20Stevan RidleyNEHasn’t played as well as expected, but I’m not
giving up on him just yet
3.6@ATL
21David WilsonNYGHas been a big disappointment, we’ll see if he
get his season back on track
1.2@KC
22Darren SprolesNO7.6MIA
23Ryan MatthewsSD7.6DAL
24Joique BellDETBig game in Week 3. He’s a flex play if Bush plays, and a RB1 if he doesn’t15.9CHI
25Giovani BernardCINBernard has looked really electric through 3 games, no reason to expect that to end anytime soon12.5@CLE
26C.J. SpillerBUFQBeen 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
4.7BAL
27Ben TateHOU6.9SEA
28Bernard PierceBALHis value depends on Rice’s availability9@BUF
29Rashard MendenhallARIPNot bad so far in Arizona8.6@TB
30Fred JacksonBUFExpect a bigger workload with a Spiller injury
and struggles
11.1BAL
31Ahmad BradshawINDGot large end of workload in Week 3, expect
that to be the last week
11.6@JAC
32Benjarvis Green-EllisCIN7.9@CLE
33Jacquizz RogersATL4.7NE
34Felix JonesPIT3.2@MIN
35Willis McGaheeCLE0.9
36Isaiah PeadSTL4.1SF
37Mark IngramNO1.5MIA
38Michael BushCHI2.6@DET
39Kendall HunterSF3.2@STL
40Ronnie HillmanDEN2.2PHI
41Daniel ThomasMIA7.2@NO
42Montee BallDEN2.2PHI
43Pierre ThomasNO5.8MIA
44Jonathan DwyerPIT0.8@MIN
45Mikel LeShoreDET0CHI
46Chris IvoryNYJ2.1@TEN
47Ronnie BrownSD4.5DAL
48Bryce BrownPHI1.5@DEN
49Tashard ChoiceBUF0BAL
50Zac StacySTL0.4SF
BYEJames StarksGB9.7BYE
BYEDeangelo WilliamsCAR9.1BYE
BYEEddie LacyGB4.5BYE
iDuJuan HarrisGBO0BYE
iVick BallardINDO5.8@JAC
iJonathan StewartCARO0BYE
iAndre BrownNYGO0@KC
iDaryl RichardsonSTLQ8.8SF
iShane VereenNEO15.9@ATL
iLe’Veon BellPITD0@MIN
iSteven JacksonATLQHis status is unknown for Week 49.5NE

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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