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Week 5 Rankings

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Week 5 Running Backs 

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 LeSean McCoy at NYG -
2 Jamaal Charles at TEN Probable (toe)
3 Matt Forte vs. NO -
4 Reggie Bush at GB Probable (knee)
5 Marshawn Lynch at IND Probable (-)
6 Arian Foster at SF -
7 Frank Gore vs. HOU -
8 DeMarco Murray vs. DEN -
9 Ray Rice at MIA -
10 Trent Richardson vs. SEA -
11 Chris Johnson vs. KC -
12 Darren Sproles at CHI -
13 Eddie Lacy vs. DET Probable (concussion)
14 DeAngelo Williams at ARZ -
15 Bilal Powell at ATL -
16 Knowshon Moreno at DAL -
17 David Wilson vs. PHI -
18 Lamar Miller vs. BAL -
19 C.J. Spiller at CLE Questionable (ankle)
20 Giovani Bernard vs. NE -
21 LeGarrette Blount at CIN -
22 Maurice Jones-Drew at STL -
23 Danny Woodhead at OAK -
24 Fred Jackson at CLE Probable (knee)
25 Rashad Jennings vs. SD -
26 Willis McGahee vs. BUF -
27 Ryan Mathews at OAK Probable (hamstring)
28 Rashard Mendenhall vs. CAR Probable (toe)
29 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. NYJ -
30 Joique Bell at GB -
31 Ben Tate at SF -
32 Pierre Thomas at CHI -
33 Brandon Bolden at CIN Questionable (knee)
34 Jason Snelling vs. NYJ -
35 Andre Ellington vs. CAR -
36 Zac Stacy vs. JAC -
37 BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. NE Probable (ankle)
38 Bernard Pierce at MIA Questionable (calf)
39 Daryl Richardson vs. JAC -
40 Isaiah Pead vs. JAC -
41 Mike Tolbert at ARZ -
42 Daniel Thomas vs. BAL -
43 Ronnie Hillman at DAL -
44 Johnathan Franklin vs. DET Probable (foot)
45 Tashard Choice at CLE -
46 Kendall Hunter vs. HOU -
47 Donald Brown vs. SEA -
48 Michael Bush vs. NO -
49 Chris Ogbonnaya vs. BUF Sidelined (concussion)
50 Bryce Brown at NYG -
51 Jeremy Stewart vs. SD -
52 Chris Ivory at ATL Probable (hamstring)
53 Mike Goodson at ATL -
54 Robert Turbin at IND -
55 Jackie Battle vs. KC -
56 Montee Ball at DAL -
57 Leon Washington at CIN -
58 Marcel Reece vs. SD Questionable (knee)
59 Benny Cunningham vs. JAC -
60 Brandon Jacobs vs. PHI -
61 Ronnie Brown at OAK -
62 Bobby Rainey vs. BUF -

RB Notes: Jamaal Charles is getting stronger every week. Matchups aren’t going to matter for the sixth-year back this season, particularly since he’s averaging 5.75 catches per game. … The only running back catching as many balls as Charles? Matt Forte. It’s the main reason why Forte has made the leap from back-end RB1 to top-five RB1 under new coach Marc Trestman. His 4.6 yards per carry — which would be the second highest of his career — hasn’t hurt. … How good has Reggie Bush been in the Motor City? He’s ninth in yards from scrimmage despite missing Week 3. He’s on pace for 2,165 YFS, which would be tied for 29th all time. Again, this is despite the fact that he’s missed a game. That’s the problem with Bush — he’s been known to miss games — but whenever he’s on the field, he’s a locked-and-loaded RB1 in Detroit’s elite offense.

We talked at length about Arian Foster last week. The short of it? Maybe his best days are behind him, but he’s still very much a higher-end NFL back. He looked to be trying to prove as much against the Seahawks, totaling 171 yards from scrimmage, but averaging only 3.8 yards per carry. Foster’s 2010-12 heights appear to be gone, but he still has the workload and juice to make him an every-week RB1, regardless of matchup. … Coming into Week 4, Frank Gore demanded a bigger workload, both with his words and his play. He got it, surpassing 11 carries for the first time since Week 1. How did he respond? By taking the rock 20 times for 153 yards against the Rams. It’s not a recipe the 49ers are going to go away from against a Texans team that’s much stouter against the pass than the run. … Facing two soft run defenses the past two weeks, DeMarco Murray has averaged 6.13 yards per carry. The going will be tougher against Denver, but having been held to less than 90 yards from scrimmage just once in four games, Murray has been one of the few reliable RB1s to start off the season.        

They don’t make disappointments more mammoth than Ray Rice, who’s yet to surpass 36 yards on the ground, has just one touchdown and is playing through a hip injury. Rice got the ball all of five times in Sunday’s loss to the Bills, including only twice after halftime. The silver lining, however, is that he came out of the game healthy. Expect “re-establish the run or give me death” to be the Ravens’ motto against the Dolphins. … Chris Johnson is averaging 3.3 yards per carry through his first four games. His reward? A matchup with a Chiefs Run D that’s far more stout than the numbers suggest. Throw in that Johnson is no longer a part of the passing game, isn’t the Titans’ preferred option at the goal and gets the Seahawks and 49ers after the Chiefs, and he might be the rare player worth selling low on. Then again, slow starts have become CJ?K’s thing the past few seasons, while his schedule lightens up after the Titans’ Week 8 bye. It’s your call.

Eddie Lacy returns from his Week 3 concussion to a matchup with a Lions team permitting 5.2 yards per carry. Throw out the fact that Lacy has just 15 total carries, and fire him up in a game that will almost certainly restart his hype train. … The DeAngelo Williams miracle isn’t going to last, but he’s yet to run for fewer than 85 yards in a game. Even in a tough matchup against Arizona, he’s a must-start RB2 in a week with so little clarity at fantasy’s most important position. … Bilal Powell: It’s all about the workload. The dude is also a little more talented than we thought, even if he’s still not a special player. … Knowshon Moreno’s biggest problem so far is that Denver’s games keep getting too out of hand early, giving them little incentive to use their lead back in the second half. Just 20 of Moreno’s 54 touches have come after the break, which is unusual for a volume back on a team that’s milking big second-half leads every week. He’s not a bad sell-high. … Lamar Miller is thoroughly out-playing Daniel Thomas, but until the Dolphins abandon their inane timeshare, he’s still an RB2 diceroll. OC Mike Sherman has promised more of the frustrating same in Week 5.

The Giants’ release of Da’Rel Scott is a huge vote of confidence in David Wilson. Coming off his best game of the season, the talented second-year back is now in for a much-bigger role, particularly in the passing game. In other words, if he can’t make it happen against the Eagles’ swinging-gate defense, we’ll officially have another Ryan Mathews on our hands. … There’s no point in wishing away reality: Stevan Ridley is the lead back of a committee. How long it lasts depends on how long LeGarrette Blount can keep averaging 4.6 yards per carry. History suggests it won’t be long. Ridley’s health is also a concern. He could end up being removed from the ranks. … Check out Evan Silva’s Matchups column for the dope on C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson Thursday evening. … Rashad Jennings is carrying the mail for Oakland this week. Averaging just 2.97 yards per carry since the start of last season, however, he’s nothing more than a middling FLEX option against the Chargers’ soft run defense. … Avoid Rashard Mendenhall if at all possible. It’s never a good sign when a coach publicly rips a player. … Daryl Richardson has admitted (before backtracking) he’s no longer the Rams’ lead dog. He’s a bench option for all but the most desperate of owners.

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