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Week 5 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 6, 2019, 11:52 am ET

Week 5 Running Backs

 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Christian McCaffrey

CAR

JAC

2

Ezekiel Elliott

DAL

GB

3

Dalvin Cook

MIN

@NYG

4

Alvin Kamara

NO

TB

5

David Johnson

ARI

@CIN

6

Nick Chubb

CLE

@SF

7

Chris Carson

SEA

LA

8

Leonard Fournette

JAC

@CAR

9

Derrick Henry

TEN

BUF

10

Mark Ingram

BAL

@PIT

11

James Conner

PIT

BAL

12

Aaron Jones

GB

@DAL

13

Todd Gurley

LA

@SEA

14

Le'Veon Bell

NYJ

@PHI

15

Joe Mixon

CIN

ARI

16

Wayne Gallman

NYG

MIN

17

Melvin Gordon

LAC

DEN

18

David Montgomery

CHI

@OAK

19

Austin Ekeler

LAC

DEN

20

Josh Jacobs

OAK

CHI

21

Marlon Mack

IND

@KC

22

Devonta Freeman

ATL

@HOU

23

Phillip Lindsay

DEN

@LAC

24

Sony Michel

NE

@WAS

25

LeSean McCoy

KC

IND

26

Frank Gore

BUF

@TEN

27

Royce Freeman

DEN

@LAC

28

Jordan Howard

PHI

NYJ

29

James White

NE

@WAS

30

Ronald Jones

TB

@NO

31

Carlos Hyde

HOU

ATL

32

Miles Sanders

PHI

NYJ

33

Damien Williams

KC

IND

34

Matt Breida

SF

CLE

35

Chris Thompson

WAS

NE

36

Jaylen Samuels

PIT

BAL

37

Rashaad Penny

SEA

LA

38

Adrian Peterson

WAS

NE

39

Peyton Barber

TB

@NO

40

Tarik Cohen

CHI

@OAK

41

Duke Johnson

HOU

ATL

42

Gus Edwards

BAL

@PIT

43

Raheem Mostert

SF

CLE

44

Malcolm Brown

LA

@SEA

45

T.J. Yeldon

BUF

@TEN

46

Nyheim Hines

IND

@KC

47

Ito Smith

ATL

@HOU

48

Darrel Williams

KC

IND

49

Tony Pollard

DAL

GB

50

Giovani Bernard

CIN

ARI

51

Tevin Coleman

SF

CLE

52

Alexander Mattison

MIN

@NYG

53

Dexter Williams

GB

@DAL

54

Jordan Wilkins

IND

@KC

55

Jonathan Hilliman

NYG

MIN

56

Jeff Wilson

SF

CLE

 

RB Notes: Christian McCaffrey’s 629 yards from scrimmage through the first four games of the season are the 16th most in history. Amongst active players, only 2017 Kareem Hunt was more prolific in Games 1-4. McCaffrey is on pace for 2,516, which would break Chris Johnson’s record by seven. … Bottled up in Week 2, Ezekiel Elliott has still managed to score in 3-of-4 games while averaging 23 touches since his scaled-back Week 1. Running in the more functional offense, Elliott gets the nod over Dalvin Cook. It doesn’t hurt that he also has the better matchup. … Thanks in part to their imploding passing attack, the Vikings are a team in disarray. They are still 5.5-point road favorites against the Giants. Cook should bounce back from his quiet Week 4. … Alvin Kamara has handled the ball 45 times in two games since Drew Brees went down. It’s hard to see how he does not hit at least 20 for a home tilt where the Saints are 3.5-point favorites. … Bad: David Johnson is averaging 43 rushing yards. Good: He has caught at least six passes 3-of-4 games. With Christian Kirk (ankle) out, D.J.’s pass catching will be needed more than ever against a Bengals Defense that has hemorrhaged the second most RB receptions (31).

The 49ers emerged from their soft Weeks 1-3 slate with Football Outsiders’ No. 6 run defense. Nick Chubb has gone at least 17/62 each time out, but this will be his toughest test of the young season. … Instead of punishing Chris Carson for his fumbles, the Seahawks committed to him, and the 25-year-old back responded with 21 missed/broken tackles in Arizona, the most ever in Sports Info Solutions’ database. A tougher Rams D is on tap for Thursday night, while dangerous change-of-pace back Rashaad Penny is returning from his hamstring injury. … Leonard Fournette’s 225 yards rushing against the Broncos are the high-water mark for the young season by 51. They would have been the second most of 2018, and are the fifth most by any player over the past five seasons. This, after Fournette was humiliatingly ineffective in Week 3. The way to move the ball against Carolina is on the ground. … Marlon Mack was a Week 4 flop and is now battling an ankle injury. If he can get cleared, he will have another RB1 setup vs. a Chiefs D getting blasted for 5.9 yards per carry and 150 rushing yards per game. 

Has any player’s 2019 gone more #AsExpected than Derrick Henry’s? The Bills have a tough run defense, but Henry is guaranteed to reach his 15-touch floor, and should push for last week’s to-date ceiling of 28. … Week 4 got away from the Ravens, resulting in a season-low 13 touches for Mark Ingram. There’s no risk of a repeat vs. the Mason Rudolph-led Steelers. … James Conner finally went off in Week 4 but came away with an ankle injury. His status is genuinely uncertain. If he can go, he has a legitimate RB1 setup in a Steelers Offense being remade into a high-percentage, run-focused attack on the fly. If he can’t, Jaylen Samuels — who touched the ball 18 times and saw heavy wild cat usage against the Bengals, will be an RB1. Even if Conner ends up fine, Samuels is back in the FLEX mix, and actually has some upside this time. … Jamaal Williams (concussion) appears poised to sit in Dallas. Rookie Dexter Williams will be involved, but Aaron Jones should handle the ball at least 15 times in JerryWorld. … Might the training wheels be coming off Todd Gurley? He’s played 75 percent of the snaps over the past two weeks, while his 11 targets against the Bucs nearly doubled his previous season total.

Le’Veon Bell is averaging 25 touches. That’s “situation or opponent doesn’t matter” territory. The Jets have no choice but to keep the handles comin’. … Wayne Gallman fulfilled his plug-and-play destiny. The Vikings are a much more concerning foe than the Redskins, but the Giants still have no choice but to feature the third-year fourth-rounder. … Melvin Gordon can ease into the season as a nearly-touchdown home favorite against a Broncos Defense that just got detonated by Leonard Fournette. Austin Ekeler figures to eventually fade to FLEX status, but Gordon’s workload should be limited enough that Ekeler maintains RB2 appeal for an attackable matchup. … Joe Mixon has overcome his wounded-dove offense for 15/60 in back-to-back weeks. That’s a reasonable floor expectation vs. the Cardinals’ bottom-five run D. … David Montgomery got all the way up to 75 percent of the snaps last week as he handled 24 touches. The production still did not follow. It almost has to vs. the Vontaze Burfict-less Raiders. … Josh Jacobs posted new “season highs” in receiving in Indianapolis but ran only four more routes than the week prior (13-9). If the Bears’ defense has a soft spot, it’s RB receptions. Their 29 are tied for fourth worst. 

Pro Football Focus has a metric called “elusive rating.” It attempts to measure the “impact of a runner independent of his blocking.” Dead last, by far, is Sony Michel. The struggling second-year pro has another mouthwatering matchup. Let’s see if he can finally make that matter. … Phillip Lindsay is averaging 17 touches. Royce Freeman, 14. There’s no other deeper meaning to their rankings. … Devonta Freeman has looked like a runner on his last legs. He’s 53-of-60 in Pro Football Focus’ overall running back ranks. … Damien Williams’ return further complicates the Chiefs’ backfield. LeSean McCoy is the only clearly startable back. Dame is a wild card FLEX play. It’s back to the bench, for now, for Darrel Williams. … An Eagles back finally broke through in Week 4. It was Jordan Howard. Miles Sanders did not fade to black, of course. It’s an open question as to who might get to close out the pathetic Jets. Howard’s “hot hand” gives him the rankings edge. … Devin Singletary (hamstring) is back. Even if he sees the ball only 4-5 times, that’s enough to ice Frank Gore’s RB2 appeal. … With Tevin Coleman (ankle) likely to miss another game, Matt Breida maintains his tenuous hold on RB1 duties. … James White and Chris Thompson. Whose team needs their pass-catching back more this week?

Patrick Daugherty
Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .