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With Week 5 already in the books, you’re really starting to see the extreme lack of productive Running Backs this year. You will see some backs who have no business being ranked where they are, but due to bye weeks and lack of talent it is where they belong.
|Rank||Running Back||Points YTD||Team||Week 5|
|1||Ray Rice||72||BAL||at KC|
|2||Arian Foster||67||HOU||at NYJ|
|3||LeSean McCoy||46||PHI||at PIT|
|4||Ryan Mathews||14||SD||at NO|
|5||Marshawn Lynch||59||SEA||at CAR|
|6||Adrian Peterson||52||MIN||vs TEN|
|7||Maurice Jones-Drew||56||JAC||vs CHI|
|8||Reggie Bush||56||MIA||at CIN|
|9||Trent Richardson||58||CLE||at NYG|
|10||Jamaal Charles||65||KC||vs BAL|
|11||Matt Forte||26||CHI||at JAX|
|12||Chris Johnson||27||TEN||at MIN|
|13||Cedric Benson||36||GB||at IND|
|14||Stevan Ridley||57||NE||vs DEN|
|15||Frank Gore||53||SF||vs BUF|
|16||Ahmad Bradshaw||25||NYG||vs CLE|
|17||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||41||CIN||vs MIA|
|18||Darren Sproles||43||NO||vs SD|
|19||Steven Jackson||24||STL||vs ARI|
|20||Willis McGahee||55||DEN||at NE|
|21||Ryan Williams||13||ARI||at STL|
|22||Donald Brown||25||IND||vs GB|
|23||Shonn Greene||26||NYJ||vs HOU|
|24||Michael Turner||51||ATL||at WAS|
|25||Spiller, C.J.||66||BUF||at SF|
|26||Fred Jackson||7||BUF||at SF|
|27||Ben Tate||27||HOU||at NYJ|
|28||Rashard Mendenhall||0||PIT||vs PHI|
|29||Bilal Powell||14||NYJ||vs HOU|
|30||Jacquizz Rodgers||22||ATL||at WAS|
|31||Michael Bush||35||CHI||at JAX|
|32||Mark Ingram||15||NO||vs SD|
|33||Pierre Thomas||25||NO||vs SD|
|34||DeAngelo Williams||32||CAR||vs SEA|
|35||Daniel Thomas||15||MIA||at CIN|
|36||Robert Turbin||10||SEA||at CAR|
|37||Mike Tolbert||17||CAR||vs SEA|
|38||Jonathan Stewart||18||CAR||vs SEA|
|39||Tashard Choice||15||BUF||at SF|
|40||Kendall Hunter||18||SF||vs BUF|
Week 5 News and Notes
Ryan Matthews- You may think that we’re crazy for continuing to rank Matthews this high, but this should be the week when he gets the carries. Last week, a large reason why his workload was limited was due to his fumble early in the game. Don’t expect Norv Turner to continue to limit his carries in this game as well, and facing the worst defense in the NFL he needs to be started.
Update- Norvanagans? With Jackie Battle listed as the starting Running Back for the Chargers, there’s a good chance that Matthews and Battle will be splitting carries until Matthews inevitably runs away with the job. It appears like Battle could be getting goalline work, which would make him an interesting sleeper in deeper leagues. Against the swiss cheese Saints Defense, both should have a productive week.
Rashard Mendenhall- Finally, Pittsburgh got their top guy back. After Redman and Dwyer did a dreadful job of filling in, Mendenhall will make his earlier than expected return to the Steelers. Don’t expect much out of his for this week, as his touches will likely be limited. To add on to that, he’s facing the elite Eagles Run Defense. He’s a Flex option at back in his return from an ACL injury.
Chris Johnson- Johnson is mostly ranked here based on the players around him. Don’t think that I think he’s “back”, I remain skeptical. If you’ve been listening to me, you bought low on Johnson to wait for his breakout game. Plenty of fantasy owners are thinking that the Chris Johnson of old is back, and makes him an excellent sell high candidate.
CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson- We told you to avoid starting the two star Bills Running Backs in their first game back from injury, and it continues into this week. Their time will come, but you can’t expect them to do much splitting carries against the best defense in the NFL. They’re both a low-end Flex in standard 10 team leagues.
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