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Top 50 RB standard options for Week 4 fantasy football

Injuries are shaking up the running back world. We break down the implications in our Week 4 running back rankings for standard fantasy football leagues.

New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The good news regarding Week 3 fantasy football running backs is all the current top five rushers performed near or above expectations. The horrible news is that we’ll be without Saquon Barkley for multiple weeks as he recovers from a high ankle sprain. James White was made unavailable on Sunday morning so he could be with wife who is expecting (congrats!) which left plenty of opportunities for Rex Burkhead to reward DFS players who were brave enough to roster him. Ito Smith left his game early due to a concussion. This left Devonta Freeman to carry the load en route to his best game of the season.

Week 4 brings byes for The San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets. We’ll be without the services of Le’Veon Bell and Matt Brieda. Saquon Barkley’s extended absence will bring on another Wayne Gallman era in New York. He’ll be very affordable in the Week 4 contests so it will be interesting to see how he plays against Washington. Devin Singletary, Rashaad Penny and Damien Williams all missed their Week 3 games. Be sure to monitor the injury reports to see if they’ll be inactive once again.

With 3 weeks in the books we have a general understanding of the role of most running backs. Tarik Cohen has seen his role reduced significantly from 2018. He’ll be a tough play until there’s a shakeup in the Chicago Bears offense. Austin Ekeler continued to impress, but Justin Jackson’s snaps and touches are rising. Both are playable against the Miami Dolphins. Other running backs with potentially plus matchups include Marlon Mack against the Oakland Raiders and Adrian Peterson versus the New York Giants.

On to the rankings!

Running Back (standard) rankings, Week 4

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