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Running back PPR rankings for Week 4 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 4 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter at SoFi Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Friday update: Remember to take Derrick Henry and James Conner and move them to the bench, as their game has been moved to Week 7.

Doug Pederson says Miles Sanders will play against the 49ers despite his glute injury. He’s been a workhorse so far. Get him in your lineups.

Cam Akers doesn’t look like he will be able to go against the Giants, giving Darrell Henderson another good chance of putting up lead back numbers.

Chris Carson has been limited in practice this week, and is trending toward playing against the Dolphins. If he can’t go, Carlos Hyde becomes a must start.

Zack Moss has gotten limited practices in this week and is trending toward playing. His presence doesn’t kill Devin Singletary’s fantasy value, but it does hurt his upside.

Raheem Mostert hasn’t practiced yet this week and with Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson available, I doubt they push him too hard. Both Wilson and McKinnon have value for fantasy in Week 4.

Kareem Hunt’s groin injury is reportedly not serious, but he hasn’t practiced yet. As long as he plays, he’s a start. If he doesn’t, Nick Chubb gets a good boost.

Leonard Fournette is on his way to being out for Week 4 with an ankle injury. If so, Ronald Jones should get enough touches to be startable in most leagues.

I’ve moved Singletary down and Henderson and Jones up in this update, but will likely wait until we get a full report on these injuries before moving any others.

Week 4 injury report

Teams returned to practice on Wednesday, and we have an idea of some of the players to keep an eye on as the final injury reports arrive later this week. Below are the running backs who showed up in some capacity.

Full participants: Josh Jacobs (hip, knee), Justin Jackson (quadricep), David Montgomery (wrist), Jerick McKinnon (ribs)
Limited participants: Zack Moss (toe), Nyheim Hines (shoulder), Duke Johnson (ankle), Sony Michel (quadricep), Miles Sanders (glute), Chris Carson (knee), Carlos Hyde (shoulder)
Did not practice: Kareem Hunt (groin), Leonard Fournette (ankle), Cam Akers (ribs), Raheem Mostert (knee)

Titans-Steelers postponed

The NFL announced that Titans-Steelers will not take place in Week 4 as another Titans player and non-player tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. The game will be played later in the season on an unspecified date. For running backs, this means Derrick Henry, James Conner, and Benny Snell will not be available in Week 4.

Last week gave us a huge game from Alvin Kamara, as he helps make up for Michael Thomas’ injury while Austin Ekeler got back on track as the elite fantasy option he often is. Derrick Henry just needed to find the end zone again to boost his numbers back to fantasy royalty and he did so twice against the Vikings. We also get to root for Illinois State alum and UDFA rookie James Robinson, as he proves himself on the Jaguars and on our fantasy teams. And let’s not forget about Darrell Henderson, who went from future star, to bust, back to future and somewhat present star.

Covid-19 News

We’re still getting information on the Tennessee Titans Covid-19 breakout, but at the moment it looks like the NFL is going to do all they can to get both the Titans-Steelers and Vikings-Texans to play this week. If they do, the Titans and to some extent, the Vikings, won’t have been able to practice as much as their opponent’s have. But, we are still waiting for definitive news on the status of these matchups, which means there is also a chance they move the games to a later date.

Injury news

Chris Carson has a knee sprain after getting gator rolled last week, but has a chance to play against the Dolphins in Week 4. If he can’t go, Carlos Hyde gets a big bump.

Cam Akers will likely be dealing with his ribs injury for a while, but could play through the pain as early as this week. But Darrell Henderson appears to have won the starting job for the time being.

Tevin Coleman is on I.R. but Raheem Mostert is still active and could work his way into starting against the Eagles this week.

Streaming RBs

Sony Michel, Patriots

The Patriots likely won’t be able to beat the Chiefs if they go tot-to-toe in the passing game, so they will likely give Michel a long leash in this one. He looked good last week and he’ll likely be the lead back in their game plan agains the world champs.

Ronald Jones, Buccaneers

He’s not a high upside player at this point, but he has managed to hold onto the lead role in Tampa Bay. I expect he’ll keep that role for the most part and with the Bucs offense getting on track, I like his chances to score this week.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 1

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs NYJ
2 Dalvin Cook MIN @ CIN
3 Alvin Kamara NO vs GB
4 Derrick Henry TEN vs ARI
5 Aaron Jones GB @ NO
6 Najee Harris PIT @ BUF
7 Raheem Mostert SF @ DET
8 Nick Chubb CLE @ KC
9 Joe Mixon CIN vs MIN
10 Antonio Gibson WAS vs LAC
11 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ TB
12 Saquon Barkley NYG vs DEN
13 Miles Sanders PHI @ ATL
14 Jonathan Taylor IND vs SEA
15 James Robinson JAC @ HOU
16 Austin Ekeler LAC @ WAS
17 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs CLE
18 Damien Harris NE vs MIA
19 Chris Carson SEA @ IND
20 David Montgomery CHI @ LAR
21 Josh Jacobs LV vs BAL
22 Myles Gaskin MIA @ NE
23 Ty'Son Williams BAL @ LV
24 Mike Davis ATL vs PHI
25 Darrell Henderson LAR vs CHI
26 Kareem Hunt CLE @ KC
27 Chase Edmonds ARI @ TEN
28 Melvin Gordon III DEN @ NYG
29 D'Andre Swift DET vs SF
30 Ronald Jones II TB vs DAL
31 Javonte Williams DEN @ NYG
32 Trey Sermon SF @ DET
33 James Conner ARI @ TEN
34 Leonard Fournette TB vs DAL
35 Jamaal Williams DET vs SF
36 Zack Moss BUF vs PIT
37 Nyheim Hines IND vs SEA
38 Devin Singletary BUF vs PIT
39 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ CAR
40 David Johnson HOU vs JAC
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ CAR
42 Kenyan Drake LV vs BAL
43 AJ Dillon GB @ NO
44 Tony Pollard DAL @ TB
45 J.D. McKissic WAS vs LAC
46 Tony Jones Jr. NO vs GB
47 Carlos Hyde JAC @ HOU
48 Phillip Lindsay HOU vs JAC
49 James White NE vs MIA
50 Sony Michel LAR vs CHI
51 Giovani Bernard TB vs DAL
52 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs MIA
53 Darrel Williams KC vs CLE
54 Justin Jackson LAC @ WAS
55 Rashaad Penny SEA @ IND
56 Malcolm Brown MIA @ NE
57 Devontae Booker NYG vs DEN
58 Boston Scott PHI @ ATL
59 Alex Collins SEA @ IND
60 Salvon Ahmed MIA @ NE
61 Alexander Mattison MIN @ CIN
62 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ ATL
63 Mark Ingram II HOU vs JAC
64 Damien Williams CHI @ LAR
65 Marlon Mack IND vs SEA
66 Jerick McKinnon KC vs CLE
67 Joshua Kelley LAC @ WAS
68 Chuba Hubbard CAR vs NYJ
69 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ IND
70 Larry Rountree III LAC @ WAS
71 Michael Carter NYJ @ CAR
72 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BUF
73 Jordan Wilkins IND vs SEA
74 Matt Breida BUF vs PIT
75 Samaje Perine CIN vs MIN
76 Jermar Jefferson DET vs SF
77 Kalen Ballage PIT @ BUF
78 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL vs PHI
79 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ DET
80 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs DAL
81 Rex Burkhead HOU vs JAC
82 Jaret Patterson WAS vs LAC
83 Eno Benjamin ARI @ TEN
84 Jordan Howard PHI @ ATL
85 Jake Funk LAR vs CHI
86 Dare Ogunbowale JAC @ HOU
87 Travis Homer SEA @ IND
88 Devine Ozigbo JAC @ HOU
89 Elijah Mitchell SF @ DET
90 Chris Evans CIN vs MIN
91 Jaylen Samuels PIT @ BUF
92 Kylin Hill GB @ NO
93 Khalil Herbert CHI @ LAR
94 Trayveon Williams CIN vs MIN
95 JaMycal Hasty SF @ DET
96 Alec Ingold LV vs BAL
97 D'Ernest Johnson CLE @ KC