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Running back non-PPR rankings for Week 5 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-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 the day closed with the first injury report of the week. There were no DNPs, but some notable limited players. Browns RB Kareem Hunt is likely to play this week, but his groin injury will remain a concern. 49ers RB Raheem Mostert got in is first practice since spraining his knee in Week 2. Phillip Lindsay was back at practice in full and is on track to return to action after being inactive in Week 4.

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)


Surprise, surprise. We’ve had yet another week of surprising fantasy football finishes in Week 4. Joe Mixon finally found the end zone, not once, not twice, but three times, to lead all running backs in non-PPR scoring formats. Mixon had yet to score on the season and ranked as the RB38 prior to Sunday’s outing. In the coming weeks, he’ll face the Ravens, Colts and Browns, who all rank top-10 in fewest yards per attempt allowed to opposing teams.

We saw plenty of other familiar names at atop the list of best performers in Week 4, like Dalvin Cook, who has now had back-to-back weeks of 100 rushing yards or more. Melvin Gordon also made an appearance in the top-five this week, in the absence of teammate Phillip Lindsay, out with a toe injury. We should expect fewer touches for Gordon when Lindsay returns to the active lineup, possibly in Week 5.

Speaking of unexpected performers, a special shout out goes to Carolina RB Mike Davis, who has posted his second consecutive week in the top-12 in non-PPR scoring formats. In the absence of Christian McCaffrey, Davis has handled the bulk of the team’s touches, managing 277 yards and two touchdowns on 51 touches.

Injury news

The injuries continue to mount for NFL teams in 2020. Notably, Chargers RB Austin Ekeler went down with a hyperextended knee and hamstring injury. He’s been placed on injured reserve with an expected time table of 4-6 weeks. In his place, we should expect to see more of rookie Joshua Kelley and soon-to-return veteran Justin Jackson.

Nick Chubb also went down with a knee injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s shoot out with the Cowboys. Kareem Hunt dominated the carries, but a pleasant surprise was former UDFA RB D’Ernest Johnson. Johnson rushed 14 times for 100 yards and should likely see 10-15 touches per game in Kevin Stefanki’s run-heavy offensive scheme. There remain plenty of questions regarding how these backs will be deployed heading into Week 5. Each of these stud RBs were placed on injured reserve and will be out for at least three weeks, joining stud Christian McCaffrey.

The good news is, we can expect some of our fantasy assets back in the coming weeks. Rookies Cam Akers and Zack Moss each seem likely to return in Week 5. Akers’ presence may be more of a nuisance to Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown than anything else.

Bye weeks

In Week 5, the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will each be on bye. Naturally, only one of these teams will really have any effect on your fantasy football lineups. Packers RB Aaron Jones will be a tough loss as one of the most consistent fantasy football assets so far on the season. He ranks second in the NFL in scrimmage yards and is tied with Dalvin Cook for six total touchdowns scored on the season, the second-most in the league. Jamaal Williams saw a season-high 16 touches in Week 4 but has largely been unreliable for a consistent stream of fantasy points.

Detroit’s backfield has been a nightmare to navigate between the constant rotation of RBs Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson and rookie D’Andre Swift. Peterson has led the team in rushing attempts and yards per carry, but as long as there remain two other backs to receive carries and targets, none of them will manage consistent fantasy relevance.

Streaming options

Devin Singletary, Bills

Rookie RB Zack Moss is likely to return this week from a toe injury that has keep him out of each of the Bills last two games. His usage returning from injury does remain in question, however. Though the Bills have had difficulty finding consistency in the run game (aside from QB Josh Allen), Singletary should continue to manage the bulk of the RB carries until they can get Moss going. This week, the Bills face the Titans defense, who have allowed a league-high 5.8 yards per carry.

Mark Ingram II, Ravens

Mark Ingram as a “streamer” might seem a little iffy, but there’s some reason to believe he could be of value in Week 5 despite the running back by committee in Baltimore. Ingram leads the team in rush attempts and carries within the red zone. He can break any one of those for a score. The Bengals have averaged the fourth-most rushing yards allowed to the RB position in Weeks 1-4, and if there is any offense capable of getting the rush-attack engine rolling, it’s the Ravens.

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