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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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    Mike Sherman is a fantasy football staff writer for FantasyTeamAdvice.Covering the 2014 PPR Running Back Rankings on site, and helping with gameday advice every Sunday morning in the forums

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