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Running Back Rankings Week 5

Running Back Rankings Week 5

UPDATED SUNDAY
By: Pete Davidson : October 04, 2013 2:36am

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Welcome to the Week 5 Running Back Rankings.  These are the preliminary rankings.  I'll be updating them over the weekend as always.  I've been busy today.  Check out my recent blog posts on Johnathan Franklin, the Dolphins backfield and the Giants backfield as well as our updated Watch List.  I'll be posting my weekly Starts & Sits at WEEI tomorrow and Jim Hackett and I will be doing our weekly podcast sponsored by Mogegan Sun.  I'll have it all posted here in The Rotobahn, where I index all of our content for easy access.

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The bye teams for this week are Washington, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.

Rank PLAYER TEAM Opponent THE SKINNY
1 LeSean McCoy PHI @NYG He should shred these guys the way they are playing right now.
2 Jamaal Charles KC @TEN Not an easy matchup, but then again, neither is Jamaal.
3 Reggie Bush DET @GB He’ll be as much of a receiver as a tailback this week.
4 Arian Foster HOU @SF SF has some weakness up the middle right now. Foster is rolling and he’ll be ok this week.
5 Matt Forte CHI NO Forte has been very good and he should do well here.
6 Marshawn Lynch SEA @IND He’s a RB1.
7 Ray Rice BAL @MIA They (the coaches) say he’ll be for focal point going forward.
8 Darren Sproles NO @CHI Looks awesome right now.
9 DeMarco Murray DAL DEN He’s a RB1 with so may bye week losses.
10 Trent Richardson IND SEA Should be a true bell cow.
11 David Wilson NYG PHI He’s expected to see more snaps than he’s seen all year.
12 Giovani Bernard CIN NE No Wilfork gives him a legit shot at RB1 value.
13 Frank Gore SF HOU Gore will get his. He’s a fringe RB1.
14 Eddie Lacy GB DET I expect good things and plenty of touches.
15 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC @STL A good matchup and he finally has a little help.
16 Danny Woodhead SD @OAK Has been outstanding, so use him while he’s hot.
17 LeGarrette Blount NE @CIN Could play a major role if Ridley misses the game.
18 Knowshon Moreno DEN @DAL He’s a solid RB2 this week.
19 Chris Johnson TEN KC Tough matchup. CJ’s first half schedule is brutal. He’s a great guy to deal for next week if the price is right. This guy is going to rebound in the 2nd half of the season. We’ll see how Ryan Fitzpatrick does in his first start, but he may get C.J. the ball more than some folks think. He certainly got the ball to Spiller in 2012.
20 Bilal Powell NYJ @ATL Powell is proving that he’s better than a lot of folks thought, but he’s still an ordinary back in a good position . With Chris Ivory back at practice and Mike Goodson returning from suspension, Powell’s time as the unquestioned lead back could be coming to a close. He’s not a bad guy to deal if you can get something for him.
21 Lamar Miller MIA BAL Medium matchup and a maddening role for such a productive back. He’s a light RB2.
22 DeAngelo Williams CAR @ARI Tough matchup.
23 Joique Bell DET @GB He’s a solid flex play.
24 Ryan Mathews SD @OAK Should be able to close this one out. RB2 value, but make sure he’s active before you submit your final lineup. Mathews was added to the injury report late in the week with a hamstring.
25 Rashad Jennings OAK SD With RUN-DMC out, Jennings is a solid flex option.
26 Rashard Mendenhall ARI CAR He’ll be motivated, but he’ll lose snaps to Ellington and others if his play doesn’t improve. This is a big game for Mendy.
27 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL NYJ He’s got flex appeal against the Jets D, but not much more.
28 Jason Snelling ATL NYJ The Jets usually handle big backs well.
29 Zac Stacy STL JAC He’s rumored to be getting his chance this week and he’s a back I like.
30 Brandon Bolden NE @CIN He’s going to be valuable if he can get healthy. He’s been playing through a sore knee and should suit up this week.
31 Johnathan Franklin GB DET He’s flexworthy as of right now.
32 Andre Ellington ARI CAR Not a bad matchup for him this week, but he’s just a flex.
33 Daryl Richardson STL JAC He should still be involved, but this is the Rams’ backfield, so who knows.
34 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN NE He’ll be up for his old club, but he’s slowly getting pushed out by Gio Bernard.
35 Pierre Thomas NO @CHI Not getting much done lately.
36 Kendall Hunter SF HOU He’s always got a chance to make a big play or to score. He can be a flex if you need him.
37 Brandon Jacobs NYG PHI His role will grow with the release of Da’Rel Scott.
38 Bryce Brown PHI @NYG He’s a nice reach play as a flex. He should get some love against the Giants.
39 Bernard Pierce BAL @MIA Bad matchup and he’s banged up (calf) plus Rice is healthy now.
40 Ronnie Hillman DEN @DAL He’s been playing more than Ball, so he could get some action this week.
41 Daniel Thomas MIA BAL He needs to score of he’s not worth much.
42 Michael Bush CHI NO He could get a score or two this week.
43 Ben Tate HOU @SF Tough matchup and Foster’s been getting a bigger share than anticipated.
44 Isaiah Pead STL JAC Who knows how much he’ll play or if he’ll be active. The Rams are a serious headache so far.
45 Montee Ball DEN @DAL Could end up being a factor in a blowout. With Moreno’s injury history, Ball still has a good chance to pay off in 2013.
46 Jackie Battle TEN KC Will continue to get carries until Greene gets back, probably next week.
47 Chris Ivory NYJ @ATL Looks like he’ll play this week and that could negatively affect Bilal Powell’s touch total.
48 Robert Turbin SEA @IND He’s seemingly ahead of Michael for the #2 job, but I doubt he could hold Michael off if Lynch was injured.
49 Donald Brown IND SEA Bad matchup, but his value is on the rise with Bradhsaw’s neck injury.
50 Mike Tolbert CAR @ARI A reach play but he has goal line skills.
51 Mike Goodson NYJ @ATL Only a guy to watch at this point. No way to tell how much he’ll play early on.
52 Chris Polk PHI @NYG Seeing some snaps now.
53 Khiry Robinson NO @CHI He’s looked good when given carries. He’s a player to watch.
54 LaMichael James SF HOU The clear 3rd option so far.
55 Alex Green NYJ @ATL The least heralded of the four Jets backs, but he could be the best one in the end.
56 Knile Davis KC @TEN Getting a few snaps a game so far.
57 Leon Washington NE @CIN He’s no lock to play himself (questionable), but if Washington does play and Brandon Bolden sits out, he is a solid flex play in deeper PPR formats.
58 Lance Dunbar DAL DEN
59 Ronnie Brown SD @OAK
60 Alfonso Smith ARI CAR
61 Christine Michael SEA @IND Too far under the radar. As I’ve been saying since before the draft, Michael is a potential monster. He’s the back to own as a handcuff to Lynch. Disregard his place on the depth chart. This guy need to be owned in all league with 12 or more teams.
62 Jordan Todman JAC @STL
63 Marcel Reece OAK SD
64 Mark Ingram NO @CHI Unlikely to play.
65 Justin Forsett JAC @STL
66 Stevan Ridley NE @CIN He’s out for Week 5.
67 Darren McFadden OAK SD He’s listed as doubtful and not expected to play.
68 Fred Jackson BUF @CLE (Already played ... originally ranked 23rd) Should see at least half of the action with Spiller dinged up but expected to play.
69 C.J. Spiller BUF @CLE (Already played ... originally ranked 24th) He’ll play but he’s a RB2 at best with a short week and little practice. Make sure he’s active.
70 Tashard Choice BUF @CLE (Already played ... originally ranked 66th) Could see more touches than normal with both Spiller and Jackson nicked up.
71 Willis McGahee CLE BUF (Already played ... originally ranked 37th) He’s got some flex appeal here, but he’s far from a guaranty and both Ogbonnaya and Rainey have played well.
72 Chris Ogbonnaya CLE BUF (Already played ... originally ranked 41st) He is looking very good, but he’s a third of the backfield until further notice.
73 Bobby Rainey CLE BUF (Already played ... originally ranked 57th) I like what I’ve seen so far, but he’s a reach right now.