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Running back PPR rankings for Week 5 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 5 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Final injury report

The NFL wrapped up practices on Friday most of the schedule, which brings the final injury report. The teams still completing practices over the weekend are the Broncos, Patriots, Saints, Chargers, Titans, and Bills. Saints-Chargers is a go for Monday Night Football. Broncos-Patriots is scheduled for Monday and Bills-Titans is scheduled for Tuesday so long as there are no more positive Covid-19 tests. We’ll add those six teams’ players as their final injury reports arrive.

Out: N/A
Doubtful: N/A
Questionable: RB Joe Mixon (shin), RB Buddy Howell (hamstring), RB Raheem Mostert (knee), RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)

Removed from final injury report: RB Kenyan Drake (chest), RB Kareem Hunt (groin), RB Jalen Richard (ankle), RB Josh Jacobs (hip), RB Cam Akers (ribs), RB Chris Carson (knee), RB Phillip Lindsay (foot)

Wednesday injury report

The NFL returned to practice on Wednesday to get Week 5 going, and that means we got our first injury report of the week. There were no DNPs, leaving the limited players to watch for more news. Of the list below, Raheem Mostert is probably the biggest question mark for Week 5. He sprained his knee in Week 2 and had not practiced since. He and Zack Moss are both worth keeping an eye on as two notable backs who might be least likely to play on Sunday.

DNP: N/A
Limited: Zack Moss (toe), Kareem Hunt (groin), Jalen Richard (ankle), Cam Akers (ribs), Raheem Mostert (knee), Chris Carson (knee), Carlos Hyde (shoulder)
Full: Kenyan Drake (chest), Darrynton Evans (hamstring), Phillip Lindsay (foot), Josh Jacobs (hip)


Week 4 brought some usual suspects near the top of the the fantasy running backs list, with Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook, Melvin Gordon and Chris Carson rounding out the Top-4 PPR scorers. It was good to see Mixon get off the schneid, as he went for 171 total yards and three touchdowns, while also catching six passes. Those receptions are going to continue to come in handy if he can keep getting them.

Rookie Antonio Gibson had a breakout game to land him as RB5 in PPR. His yards per carry aren’t going to blow your socks off against the Ravens, but he found the end zone on the ground and found space after the catch to rack up receiving yards. That’s the kind of player he is and at some point this season he should see enough touches to find real consistency.

Injury news

Raheem Mostert is likely to return in Week 6, but there is a chance he beats that timeline this week and plays against the Dolphins. For now, he’ll stay down in the rankings, but positive news could push him back up.

Cam Akers is likely to return this week, making the Rams backfield a big headache after Malcolm Brown played ahead of Darrell Henderson last week.

Austin Ekeler is out for a while and Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson will take over the running back snaps. Kelley has been ahead of Jackson, so should be the lead back against the Saints.

Nick Chubb is on I.R., which means Kareem Hunt becomes an elite option this week and for as long as Chubb misses. D’Ernest Johnson saw a lot of work against Dallas last week, but Hunt wasn’t at 100 percent and they were gashing Dallas at every turn. IN a tougher matchup with the Colts, I expect Hunt to be the lead back.

Zack Moss may return this week after looking close last week. His presence would hurt Devin Singletary, who has had a good workload in his Moss’ absence. But, the Titans run defense has been awful this season, so Singletary should be a start either way.

Bye weeks

The Packers and Lions are on byes this week, pushing Aaron Jones off our auto-start plan. Jamaal Williams has played well and has spot start appeal, but Jones is the guy his backers will miss the most.

The lack of Lions running backs isn’t a big loss, as Adrian Peterson, D’Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson are sharing work and have limited upside. Swift is the only back worth stashing of the group while Peterson is someone you can flex out, but has limited big game appeal.

Streaming options

Ronald Jones, Buccaneers

The Bears have allowed 408 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to running backs this season along with a 4.25 ypc. Jones has held onto the lead role in Tampa Bay and will have scoring opportunities in a strong overall offense.

David Johnson, Texans

It’s hard to know how the Texans will play coming off their coach getting fired, but I have a feeling they’ll be a little pumped to show they can get things going and Romeo Crennel is such a snuggly bear of a man, that you have to want to do him proud. The good news is that the Jaguars remain a bad defense, giving up 618 total yards, 28 receptions and six touchdowns to running backs through four games.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Jonathan Taylor IND @ JAC
2 Austin Ekeler LAC @ LV
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ ATL
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs CHI
5 Nick Chubb CLE vs CIN
6 David Montgomery CHI @ MIN
7 Joe Mixon CIN @ CLE
8 Najee Harris PIT @ BAL
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs LAC
10 Elijah Mitchell SF @ LAR
11 Rashaad Penny SEA @ ARI
12 Devin Singletary BUF vs NYJ
13 Darrel Williams KC @ DEN
14 Sony Michel LAR vs SF
15 D'Andre Swift DET vs GB
16 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ MIA
17 D'Onta Foreman TEN @ HOU
18 Antonio Gibson WAS @ NYG
19 Javonte Williams DEN vs KC
20 Boston Scott PHI vs DAL
21 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ PHI
22 Saquon Barkley NYG vs WAS
23 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs KC
24 James Conner ARI vs SEA
25 Chase Edmonds ARI vs SEA
26 Damien Harris NE @ MIA
27 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs NO
28 Devonta Freeman BAL vs PIT
29 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs IND
30 Rex Burkhead HOU vs TEN
31 Patrick Taylor Jr. GB @ DET
32 Tony Pollard DAL @ PHI
33 Jamaal Williams DET vs GB
34 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ BUF
35 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ LAR
36 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA vs NE
37 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CIN
38 Ronald Jones II TB vs CAR
39 Michael Carter NYJ @ BUF
40 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs CAR
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ BUF
42 Mike Davis ATL vs NO
43 AJ Dillon GB @ DET
44 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ TB
45 Devontae Booker NYG vs WAS
46 Le'Veon Bell TB vs CAR
47 Jordan Howard PHI vs DAL
48 Aaron Jones GB @ DET
49 Justin Jackson LAC @ LV
50 Derrick Gore KC @ DEN
51 Jaret Patterson WAS @ NYG
52 Nyheim Hines IND @ JAC
53 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
54 Mark Ingram II NO @ ATL
55 Latavius Murray BAL vs PIT
56 Alexander Mattison MIN vs CHI
57 Craig Reynolds DET vs GB
58 Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs DAL
59 Dontrell Hilliard TEN @ HOU
60 Ameer Abdullah CAR @ TB
61 Phillip Lindsay MIA vs NE
62 Austin Walter NYJ @ BUF
63 Zack Moss BUF vs NYJ
64 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ ARI
65 Peyton Barber LV vs LAC
66 Cam Akers LAR vs SF
67 Brandon Bolden NE @ MIA
68 Myles Gaskin MIA vs NE
69 Samaje Perine CIN @ CLE
70 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CIN
71 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
72 Khalil Herbert CHI @ MIN
73 Alex Collins SEA @ ARI
74 JaMycal Hasty SF @ LAR
75 Jonathan Williams WAS @ NYG
76 Royce Freeman HOU vs TEN
77 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ LAR
78 Ryquell Armstead JAC vs IND
79 Michael Burton KC @ DEN
80 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BAL
81 Damien Williams CHI @ MIN
82 Eno Benjamin ARI vs SEA
83 Joshua Kelley LAC @ LV
84 Wendell Smallwood WAS @ NYG
85 Kene Nwangwu MIN vs CHI
86 Wayne Gallman Jr. MIN vs CHI
87 Travis Homer SEA @ ARI
88 Jalen Richard LV vs LAC
89 Ty Montgomery NO @ ATL
90 Corey Clement DAL @ PHI
91 Reggie Bonnafon CAR @ TB
92 Jake Funk LAR vs SF
93 Demetric Felton CLE vs CIN
94 Nathan Cottrell JAC vs IND
95 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs WAS
96 Keith Smith ATL vs NO
97 Deon Jackson IND @ JAC
98 Jakob Johnson NE @ MIA
99 Godwin Igwebuike DET vs GB
100 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ DEN