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Running back rankings for XFL Week 5

We take you through some of the best running backs going into Week 5 of the XFL for fantasy football.

De’Veon Smith #24 of the Tampa Bay Vipers flexes during the XFL game against the Houston Roughnecks at Raymond James Stadium on February 22, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Carmen Mandato/XFL via Getty Images

XFL running backs had a big Week 4 as two topped 100 yards rushing. No back had topped the century mark up to last week and amazingly enough, the two 100-yard rushers both play for the Tampa Bay Vipers. Both Jacques Patrick and De’Veon Smith topped 20 rushing attempts, which isn’t something I figured would ever happen in the XFL. Cardale Jones generating no offense of course helped, but there’s no doubt that the Vipers can run the ball with their two good backs, who split the work closely. And this week they face a Wildcats team that allows over five yards per carry and the most total rushing yards on the season.

The loss of Landry Jones could hurt Dallas’ overall offense, but with Philip Nelson in Week 1, Lance Dunbar and Cameron Artis-Payne combined for 10 receptions. I expect both will continue to be a big part of the offense moving forward.

James Butler has lost some of his luster due to his inability to get into the end zone the last two weeks, but his 10 touch average in the Roughnecks’ offense should keep him in scoring opportunities, but with little room for error.

Kenneth Farrow separated himself from the Dragons RBBC a little last week, and should remain the slightly better play of the group moving forward, but does face a tough defensive line in Houston.

Darius Victor separated himself from Tim Cook last week and looks to be a much safer play than he was earlier on. Cook isn’t going away, but Victor played like a bowling ball last week in an upset win over the BattleHawks.

Running back rankings for XFL Week 5

RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
RK Player Tm Opp DK PPG
1 Cameron Artis-Payne DAL NY 8200 16.2
2 DeVeon Smith TB at LA 7900 11.58
3 Lance Dunbar DAL NY 7600 13.9
4 James Butler HOU SEA 6700 11.85
5 Matt Jones STL at DC 7300 9.98
6 Darius Victor NY at DAL 5800 6.4
7 Jacques Patrick TB at LA 7000 9.72
8 Donnel Pumphrey DC STL 6400 7.48
9 Kenneth Farrow SEA at HOU 6100 9.72
10 Christine Michael STL at DC 5200 5.25
11 Martez Carter LA TB 4600 15.25
12 Tim Cook NY at DAL 5400 5.35
13 Keith Ford STL at DC 4400 9.2
14 Trey Williams SEA at HOU 4200 6.95
15 Elijah Hood LA TB 4800 2.27
16 DuJuan Harris LA TB 3600 2.6
17 Ja'Quan Gardner SEA at HOU 4000 2.88
18 Andre Williams HOU SEA 3800 2.18
19 Jhurell Pressley DC STL 5000 5.7
20 Marquis Young DAL NY 3700 3.6
21 Nick Brossette DC STL 3400 4.9
22 Larry Rose LA TB 3500 3.62
23 Justin Stockton NY at DAL 3300 7.1
24 Matt Colburn NY at DAL 3200 1.7
25 Mack Brown TB at LA 3100 0
26 Austin Walter DAL NY 3000 0.78
27 Dimitri Flowers DAL NY 3000 0
28 Khalid Abdullah DC STL 3000 2.77
29 Ryan Yurachek DC STL 3000 0
30 De'Angelo Henderson HOU SEA 3000 -0.6
31 Marquez Williams HOU SEA 3000 0
32 Steve McShane HOU SEA 3000 0
33 Winston Dimel LA TB 3000 0
34 James Wilder LA TB 3000 0
35 Tommy Bohanon NY at DAL 3000 0
36 Lenard Tillery STL at DC 3000 1.75
37 Sherman Badie STL at DC 3000 0
38 Marcus Murphy TB at LA 3000 0
39 Tarean Folston TB at LA 3000 0
40 Ralph Webb TB at LA 3000 0