As Week 5 comes rolling in, these RB rankings are finally starting to sit in place. It took a couple of weeks till we found out who could be consistent and who wasn’t. Christian McCaffrey is the stand-alone number-one running back this season. Bijan Robinson and Kyren Williams are making a run for the second-best running back this year. Along with Kenneth Walker III, but this week fantasy owners will be without him.
Luckily Week 5 doesn’t bring a harsh bye to fantasy owners. Austin Ekeler will have a free week to rest for Week 6, Walker is the biggest hit of the week, Rachaad White has been getting volume but has since slowed down and the Brown’s backfield is up in the air.
Running Back Notes:
- Williams has been one of the best waiver wire pickups of the year, but I would be nervous to start him this week. He is my RB10 on the week and would be in the top three if he wasn’t going against the Eagle’s front line. This year the Eagles are the second-best defense against fantasy running backs. They are only giving up 11.4 fantasy points a game. The only team better than that is the Cowboys. Williams will get the ball fed to him, but this could be his down week.
- Breece Hall jumps up to my RB15 going against the Broncos. Denver has the worst rushing defense in the league and just gave up 103 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown to Khalil Herbert. Hall has had his spurts of big gains and I think this will be his breakout game of the year. The only thing holding Hall back is the carries Davlin Cooks has been getting.
- Speaking of Herbert, he is my RB23 for Week 5. As mentioned above, he had a huge game against the Broncos. He does have a tougher matchup this week against the Commanders. But, on the bright side, Herbert out-snapped Roschon Jonson 56 to 16. This is promising going forward if you plan to start Herbert.
- Lastly, Tyjae Spears is my RB34 this week. Spears will be a solid streaming option if you have White or Walker on a bye this week. Even with Derrick Henry going nuts last week, Spears still put up a quiet 7.3 fantasy points. He has five attempts for 40 yards and three receptions for 18 yards. He is averaging almost 4 targets a game, which is promising. Keep an eye on Spears this week.
Week 5 RB Rankings
These RB rankings are based on half-PPR scoring
|Brian Robinson Jr.
|Travis Etienne Jr.
|Tony Jones Jr.
|Melvin Gordon III
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