Week 5 RB Rankings PPR: Running Back Fantasy Stats & Projections

It was another big week for Christian McCaffrey, but a lot of top backs struggled. Nick Chubb and Leonard Fournette were certainly not part of that group however. Miami and Detroit are on bye this week, which means you will have to find a replacement for Kerryon Johnson. If you are in need of help, check our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 5 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. These are the top ranked running backs, with season long stats, and their projections for Week 5.

Week 5 Running Back Rankings + Stats & Projections

Week 5 Ranking Player Week 5 Opponent Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Rushing Touchdowns Receptions Receiving Yards Receiving Touchdowns Week 5 Projection
1 Christian McCaffrey JAX 86 411 4 25 218 0 23.9
2 Alvin Kamara TB 59 280 1 20 199 1 21.4
3 Dalvin Cook @NYG 71 410 5 15 114 0 20.6
4 Ezekiel Elliott GB 73 324 3 11 63 0 19.3
5 David Johnson @CIN 47 173 1 21 182 2 18.4
6 Leonard Fournette @CAR 72 404 0 16 114 0 17.4
7 Le'Veon Bell @PHI 56 163 0 20 121 1 17.4
8 Nick Chubb @SF 78 398 4 14 99 0 16.6
9 Joe Mixon ARI 32 87 0 7 51 1 16.0
10 Austin Ekeler DEN 56 220 3 24 270 3 15.3
11 James Conner BAL 34 97 1 11 70 0 14.6
12 Todd Gurley @SEA 49 219 3 11 62 0 14.5
13 Aaron Jones @DAL 59 195 4 12 75 0 14.4
14 Chris Carson LAR 67 262 1 14 101 1 14.4
15 Devonta Freeman @HOU 47 157 0 17 133 0 14.3
16 Derrick Henry BUF 78 310 3 5 97 1 14.2
17 Wayne Gallman MIN 25 93 2 9 79 1 14.1
18 Phillip Lindsay @LAC 54 213 2 13 109 0 13.2
19 Mark Ingram @PIT 55 328 5 7 62 0 13.0
20 LeSean McCoy IND 40 214 2 9 71 1 13.0
21 Chris Thompson NE 16 46 0 20 251 0 12.6
22 David Montgomery @OAK 58 200 1 8 61 0 12.5
23 Marlon Mack KC 72 338 2 4 26 0 12.1
24 Melvin Gordon DEN 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.1
25 James White @WAS 8 37 0 16 132 1 11.1
26 Sony Michel @WAS 62 171 2 0 0 0 10.9
27 Tarik Cohen @OAK 13 27 0 14 89 1 10.1
28 Royce Freeman @LAC 42 189 0 14 97 0 10.0
29 Miles Sanders NYJ 45 178 0 6 84 0 9.9
30 Carlos Hyde ATL 52 250 1 5 8 0 9.9
31 Josh Jacobs CHI 62 307 2 3 57 0 9.7
32 Duke Johnson ATL 23 146 0 8 77 0 9.6
33 Matt Breida CLE 41 226 0 3 31 0 9.5
34 Jordan Howard NYJ 40 186 3 6 47 1 9.4
35 Darrel Williams IND 17 75 2 8 90 0 9.2
36 Ronald Jones @NO 50 234 1 3 71 0 9.0
37 Rex Burkhead @WAS 24 112 1 14 117 0 8.8
38 Frank Gore @TEN 61 273 2 4 28 0 8.5
39 Devin Singletary @TEN 10 127 1 5 28 0 8.2
40 Tevin Coleman CLE 6 23 0 2 33 0 8.0
41 Peyton Barber @NO 53 182 2 5 26 0 7.9
42 Damien Williams IND 22 34 1 9 87 0 7.8
43 Dion Lewis BUF 13 45 0 9 22 0 7.4
44 Nyheim Hines @KC 11 31 0 14 74 0 7.0
45 Adrian Peterson NE 33 90 1 3 4 0 7.0
46 Rashaad Penny LAR 16 80 1 1 3 0 6.6
47 Jaylen Samuels BAL 5 22 0 2 15 0 6.6
48 Giovani Bernard ARI 16 32 0 5 56 0 6.6
49 Ito Smith @HOU 13 74 1 5 42 0 5.9
50 Raheem Mostert CLE 34 202 0 4 68 1 5.6

Week 5 Studs

ezekiel elliottThis is a great week to be a top back. Christian McCaffrey is coming off back-to-back strong weeks, and takes on a Jaguars defense that ranks 23rd against the run. McCaffrey’s volume is also very reliable. On the other side of that game, Leonard Fournette should continue last week’s form. Carolina ranks 29th against the run this season. Ezekiel Elliot had a quiet week on the road against New Orleans, but stands to face a Green Bay defense that is funneling everything into their rush defense that ranks 27th in the league. Dallas should ride Elliot at home this week, and his ceiling is one of the highest. Dalvin Cook should get back on track this week, as slight favorites against a below average Giants defense.

David Johnson is in a great spot alongside the rest of the Cardinals offense. He takes on the Bengals, and they have been trashed on the ground and through the air by running backs this season. On the flip side, Joe Mixon has a chance to get things going after a slow start to the season. However, he is still at a disadvantage because of the poor offensive line play.

Streaming Options

As long as Damien Williams sits out practices and games, Darrel Williams is worth a plug and play. The Chiefs backfield is split up right now, but with a team putting up 30+ points, there is plenty of exposure to be had. A home matchup against Indy is going to likely be an easy win, and they should be up comfortably to get the ball to the backfield. Williams has produced 15 and 18 PPR point games in the last two weeks. The Saints rush defense has been stout dating back to last year, and over the last two weeks this defense has really picked up their play. However, Ronald Jones continues to be the best back in Tampa, and is less than 50% owned right now. Not only is he a streamer, but he is a pickup worth hanging onto. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in three of the four weeks, and has seen 14, 4, 15, and 20 touches.

Melvin Gordon & Austin Ekeler ROS Outlook

The Melvin Gordon holdout is over, and he was active last week, but did not see the field. This was only due to Justin Jackson missing time, and he was an emergency back. With Week 5 on the horizon, Gordon’s draftees will be rewarded with the risk. Ekeler also rewarded fantasy players with a strong first four games. Ekeler’s fantasy value is about to drop, especially in non-PPR leagues. He is a FLEX option at most moving forward. We should see a decent split in Week 5 and even possibly Week 6, as Gordon gets back up to game speed. Ekeler is still worth a start  in Week 5, where I am more hesitant to get Gordon going. There is some injury and rust risk for Gordon after the holdout as well. Moving forward past the next few weeks, Gordon should see around 18 touches a game, with Ekeler in the 8-12 range depending on game flow.

Tough Matchups

Le’Veon bellWayne Gallman had a solid return for those who blew their FAAB money on the Giants back. However, this week he runs into a 4th ranked Minnesota rush defense. They are allowing just 15.6 fantasy points per game, and that is not an appealing number. Gallman might have some PPR appeal still, but the Vikings are strong on that front too. You might be wondering if this 49ers defense is for real, and they certainly are. The 6th best rush defense in the land, and they are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing backs. Nick Chubb is a workhorse, so you will continue to start him regardless of matchup, but the ceiling is a bit capped this week. As for Le’Veon Bell, he was going to have a lot of tough weeks given the state of the offensive line and offense overall. Philadelphia is a strong defense against the run, ranking 5th overall this season. Volume is still the factor for starting him though. Josh Jacobs, Washington backs, and Devonta Freeman are all in tough spots as well.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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