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2021 Fantasy Football: Week 5 RB Rankings

Glad to see y’all back for another week for RB rankings. My Week 5 RB rankings have moved around quite a bit. Some crucial injuries happened in Week 4 such as David Montgomery going down with a knee injury. Also through four weeks, we are starting to see which running backs are getting the snap shares.

Some RBs that I was high on at the beginning of the season are starting to lose their roles. Myles Gaskin, Mike Davis, and Damien Harris have dropped in their rankings this week. Mostly due to matchups, but also their usage in the backfield.

Just as a reminder if you haven’t seen the last four weeks of rankings, this list is based on half PPR scoring.

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Week 5 RB Notes:

Is Saquon Barkley back? I think so, and this is why I have him ranked as my RB3 for Week 5. The Cowboys have been one of the better teams against the run. But, it is Barkley in the passing game that moves him up in this list. The Giants are banged up on the receiving end, leaving more and more targets for Barkley. Last week Barkley had 52 yards on the ground and 74 yards through the air. He had two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air as well. The Saints are no joke when it comes to defense and Barkley showed looks of his rookie year last week.

I have Cordarrelle Patterson as RB19 this week against the Jets. Like I said above, Davis is not the guy in the backfield for the Falcons this year. Patterson has moved into that role. Also, Patterson is getting more red-zone snaps than Davis as well. In half-PPR scoring, Patterson could easily jump into the top-15 if he keeps up his production. So far this season Davis has only had 22 more carries than Patterson. But, Patterson has 4.4 yards per carry to Davis’ 3.1. It is only a matter of time till Patterson completely takes over. The Jets are also the second-worst rushing defense this season. Don’t be surprised if Patterson drops over 20 fantasy points this week.

Lastly, I have both Kenneth Gainwell and J.D. McKissic ranked in the higher end of the 30s. I have Gainwell as my RB31 and McKissic as RB33 for Week 5. Both these backups have shown they could be starters on their teams. And at times have been better than the starters. McKissic is going against the Saints who do have a solid defense. But, McKissic is strongest in the passing game, and we saw what Barkley did last week. Also, McKissic has been thrown in slightly more than Gibson in the red zone the last couple of weeks. As for Gainwell, his production has been through the air as well. The Eagles are playing the Panthers this week. They have been solid against the run, so expect Miles Sanders to get stuff and Gainwell will capitalize in the passing game.

Week 5 RB Rankings

More Week 5 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | PPR | Flex

1Derrick HenryTENat JAC
2Alvin KamaraNOat WAS
3Saquon BarkleyNYGat DAL
4Austin EkelerLACvs. CLE
5Aaron JonesGBat CIN
6Ezekiel ElliottDALvs. NYG
7Nick ChubbCLEat LAC
8Dalvin CookMINvs. DET
9Jonathan TaylorINDat BAL
10Najee HarrisPITvs. DEN
11D'Andre SwiftDETat MIN
12James RobinsonJACvs. TEN
13Darrell Henderson Jr.LARat SEA
14Kareem HuntCLEat LAC
15Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCvs. BUF
16Antonio GibsonWASvs. NO
17Damien HarrisNEat HOU
18Chris CarsonSEAvs. LAR
19Cordarrelle PattersonATLvs. NYJ
20Chase EdmondsARIvs. SF
21Josh JacobsLVvs. CHI
22Damien WilliamsCHIat LV
23Leonard FournetteTBvs. MIA
24Zack MossBUFat KC
25Miles SandersPHIat CAR
26Chuba HubbardCARvs. PHI
27Trey SermonSFat ARI
28Latavius MurrayBALvs. IND
29Melvin Gordon IIIDENat PIT
30Mike DavisATLvs. NYJ
31Kenneth GainwellPHIat CAR
32James ConnerARIvs. SF
33J.D. McKissicWASvs. NO
34Samaje PerineCINvs. GB
35Javonte WilliamsDENat PIT
36Jamaal WilliamsDETat MIN
37Tony PollardDALvs. NYG
38Devin SingletaryBUFat KC
39Michael CarterNYJat ATL
40Nyheim HinesINDat BAL
41Kenyan DrakeLVvs. CHI
42Alexander MattisonMINvs. DET
43Myles GaskinMIAat TB
44Malcolm BrownMIAat TB
45AJ DillonGBat CIN
46Darrel WilliamsKCvs. BUF
47Sony MichelLARat SEA
48Ronald Jones IITBvs. MIA
49Mark Ingram IIHOUvs. NE
50Alex CollinsSEAvs. LAR

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