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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 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