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Fantasy Football 2023: Week 5 RB Rankings

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

More Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End

These RB rankings are based on half-PPR scoring

1Christian McCaffreySFvs. DAL
2Bijan RobinsonATLvs. HOU
3Josh JacobsLVvs. GB
4Derrick HenryTENat IND
5Tony PollardDALat SF
6Joe MixonCINat ARI
7De'Von AchaneMIAvs. NYG
8D'Andre SwiftPHIat LAR
9Brian Robinson Jr.WASvs. CHI
10Kyren WilliamsLARvs. PHI
11Travis Etienne Jr.JACat BUF
12David MontgomeryDETvs. CAR
13Alvin KamaraNOat NE
14James CookBUFvs. JAC
15Breece HallNYJat DEN
16Aaron JonesGBat LV
17Isiah PachecoKCat MIN
18Saquon BarkleyNYGat MIA
19James ConnerARIvs. CIN
20Raheem MostertMIAvs. NYG
21Rhamondre StevensonNEvs. NO
22Alexander MattisonMINvs. KC
23Khalil HerbertCHIat WAS
24Dameon PierceHOUat ATL
25Jahmyr GibbsDETvs. CAR
26Miles SandersCARat DET
27Najee HarrisPITvs. BAL
28Gus EdwardsBALat PIT
29Zack MossINDvs. TEN
30Tyler AllgeierATLvs. HOU
31Jaylen WarrenPITvs. BAL
32Jaleel McLaughlinDENvs. NYJ
33Roschon JohnsonCHIat WAS
34Tyjae SpearsTENat IND
35Samaje PerineDENvs. NYJ
36AJ DillonGBat LV
37Kenneth GainwellPHIat LAR
38Chuba HubbardCARat DET
39Ezekiel ElliottNEvs. NO
40Dalvin CookNYJat DEN
41Antonio GibsonWASvs. CHI
42Jerick McKinnonKCat MIN
43Matt BreidaNYGat MIA
44Cam AkersMINvs. KC
45Latavius MurrayBUFvs. JAC
46Devin SingletaryHOUat ATL
47Justice HillBALat PIT
48Tank BigsbyJACat BUF
49Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCat MIN
50Rico DowdleDALat SF
51Damien HarrisBUFvs. JAC
52Kendre MillerNOat NE
53Ronnie RiversLARvs. PHI
54Jordan MasonSFvs. DAL
55Tony Jones Jr.NOat NE
56Zamir WhiteLVvs. GB
57Michael CarterNYJat DEN
58Melvin Gordon IIIBALat PIT
59Deuce VaughnDALat SF
60Craig ReynoldsDETvs. CAR

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