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Top 50 RB standard options for Week 5 fantasy football

Chris Carson finally broke out in Week 4, and Nick Chubb had a monster game in a big Ravens win. We break it all down in our Week 5 rankings for running backs in standard leagues.

Running back Chris Carson of the Seattle Seahawks tries to elude the tackle of Rodney Gunter and Jordan Hicks of the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL football game at State Farm Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Author’s updated 10/5 3:20 p.m.: Following the release of Friday’s practice reports we have updated our rankings. James Conner was removed from the injury report and figures to share snaps with Jaylen Samuels. Damien Williams also made significant process during the week and we’ll see how the touches shake out between him, LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams. Saquon Barkley returned to practice, but is listed as out for Week 5. Devin Singletary will be a game-time decision so you’ll have to check Sunday’s report to see his status. Finally, Rex Burkhead is out and has been removed from the rankings.

Editor’s update 10/3: Two practices into Week 5, we’ve got plenty to consider on the injury reports and have updated our rankings accordingly. Most notably, Chiefs running back Damien Williams put in two straight full participation practices and seems on track to play on Sunday vs. the Colts. That will impact LeSean McCoy and/or Darrel Williams, with the latter more likely to take a hit in playing time. The Chiefs offense has mostly good matchups this season, but with so many questions in the backfield, it might be wiser to stay away.

The bruising backs led the way in Week 4 daily fantasy football. Nick Chubb obliterated the Baltimore Ravens en route to a 3 touchdown day. Jordan Howard actually got the 3-TD party started on Thursday night with 2 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. Leonard Fournette didn’t find the end zone, but he did hang 225 rushing yards against the Denver Broncos. Many daily fantasy players drafted Wayne Gallman Jr who started in place of the injured Saquon Barkley. Many daily fantasy players were very pleased with their decision after Gallman had an impressive game against a very unimpressive Washington defense.

Heading into Week 5 we’ll need the monitor the injury reports for James Connor and Marlon Mack. Connor seems to be the most at risk of missing his Week 5 contest, but both could be very useful if they healthy enough to play. Melvin Gordon is back! He didn’t play in Week 4, but his return certainly changes how we view Austin Eckeler going forward. Though if you can tolerate the risk, both Chargers backs might be fine plays against the Denver Broncos.

There are a few divisional games that could be ripe for running back success in Week 5. Thursday night might be a good night for Chris Carson when the Seattle Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams who’ve given up the 8th most points to the position this season. Mark Ingram continues to run well and the Ravens’ divisional rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling to stop the run thus far.

We’ve got all the running backs to consider as you head into Week 5 for your standard fantasy football leagues.

Running back (standard) rankings, Week 5

Rnk Player Team Opp
Rnk Player Team Opp
1 Alvin Kamara NO vs. TB
2 Dalvin Cook MIN @ NYG
3 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. JAC
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. GB
5 Mark Ingram BAL @ PITT
6 Nick Chubb CLE @ SF
7 David Johnson ARI @ CIN
8 Derrick Henry TEN vs. BUF
9 Le'Veon Bell NYJ @ PHI
10 Carlos Hyde HOU vs. ATL
11 Leonard Fournette JAC @ CAR
12 Melvin Gordon LAC vs. DEN
13 Aaron Jones GB @ DAL
14 Joe Mixon CIN vs. ARI
15 Marlon Mack IND @ KC
16 Wayne Gallman NYG vs MIN
17 Todd Gurley II LAR @ SEA
18 Sony Michel NE @ WAS
19 David Montgomery CHI @ OAK
20 Devonta Freeman ATL @ HOU
21 LeSean McCoy KC vs. IND
22 Jaylen Samuels PIT vs. BAL
23 Austin Ekeler LAC vs. DEN
24 Chris Carson SEA vs. LAR
25 Josh Jacobs OAK vs. CHI
26 Phillip Lindsay DEN @ LAC
27 Royce Freeman DEN @ LAC
28 James White NE @ WAS
29 Miles Sanders PHI vs. NYJ
30 Jordan Howard PHI vs. NYJ
31 Damien Williams KC vs. IND
32 Adrian Peterson WAS vs. NE
33 Frank Gore BUF @ TEN
34 Matt Breida SF vs. CLE
35 Malcolm Brown LAR @ SEA
36 Chris Thompson WAS vs. NE
37 Peyton Barber TB @ NO
38 Ronald Jones TB @ NO
39 Jaylen Samuels PIT vs. BAL
40 Tevin Coleman SF vs. CLE
41 Giovani Bernard CIN vs. ARI
42 Devin Singletary BUF @ TEN
43 Rashaad Penny SEA vs. LAR
44 Tarik Cohen CHI @ OAK
45 Duke Johnson Jr. HOU vs. ATL
46 Latavius Murray NO vs. TB
47 Dion Lewis TEN vs. BUF
48 Gus Edwards BAL @ PITT
49 Ito Smith ATL @ HOU
50 Dion Lewis TEN vs. BUF