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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 our pick for RB streamer.

 David Montgomery #32 of the Chicago Bears runs for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 03, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 24-14. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Week 4 is officially in the books and just as we all projected, Cordarrelle Patterson finished as the RB1 on the week with a 34.6 point performance. We saw a bounceback performance for RB Jonathan Taylor amid much panic as he ranked as the RB29 heading into Week 4, along with another solid outing for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who managed his second consecutive game of 100+ rushing yards and a receiving touchdown.

Each week, we continue to learn more about some of the more confusing backfields in the league, too. The Ravens, for example, made rookie RB Ty’Son Williams inactive for the team’s Week 4 matchup against the Broncos. This left Latavius Murray to fill the clear-cut RB1 role for the team totaling 19 touches on the day. With Giovani Bernard out of the lineup for the Bucs, Leonard Fournette was the team’s primary back, totaling 128 total yards on 23 touches to Ronald Jones’ line of six carries for 25 yards and a score.

Unfortunately, left for us to consider as we set our Week 5 fantasy football lineups, there was a slew of injuries as well. Let’s get into it.

Injury news

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (knee)

Montgomery left late in Sunday’s game after scoring two touchdowns on the ground with a nasty-looking knee injury. Monday’s MRI revealed a sprain, luckily avoiding a torn ACL, but he’s likely to miss at least 4 weeks. Damien Williams will serve as his backup, with rookie Khalil Herbert next on the depth chart.

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (ankle)

Mixon suffered a mild ankle sprain that left him sideline late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals primetime matchup against the Jaguars. Samaje Perine is his backup.

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (neck)

Carson was listed as a DNP Tuesday ahead of the team’s Thursday Night Football matchup against the Rams. Backup Alex Collins rotated snaps with Carson last week, finishing the game with 12 touches for 78 scrimmage yards and a score. Continue to keep an eye heading into Thursday.

Week 5 RB streamer

Jeremy McNichols, Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

McNichols is one of my favorite deep flex plays in full-PPR leagues. In the absence of Julio Jones and AJ Brown in Week 4, McNichols ran 32 routes — the fifth-most among RBs on the week — and finished the day with 8 catches for 74 receiving yards. If Brown and Jones are out again for the Titans, look for McNichols as a deep flex play at RB, as the team faces the Jaguars, who have allowed the 7th most catches and 6th most receiving yards to the running back position so far on the season.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 7

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Derrick Henry TEN vs KC
2 Jonathan Taylor IND @ SF
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ SEA
4 Aaron Jones GB vs WAS
5 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs DET
6 Joe Mixon CIN @ BAL
7 Damien Harris NE vs NYJ
8 Leonard Fournette TB vs CHI
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs PHI
10 D'Andre Swift DET @ LAR
11 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL @ MIA
12 Darrel Williams KC @ TEN
13 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ NYG
14 Elijah Mitchell SF vs IND
15 James Conner ARI vs HOU
16 Miles Sanders PHI @ LV
17 Chase Edmonds ARI vs HOU
18 Antonio Gibson WAS @ GB
19 Devontae Booker NYG vs CAR
20 Mike Davis ATL @ MIA
21 Javonte Williams DEN @ CLE
22 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs DEN
23 Alex Collins SEA vs NO
24 Melvin Gordon III DEN @ CLE
25 Damien Williams CHI @ TB
26 Michael Carter NYJ @ NE
27 Myles Gaskin MIA vs ATL
28 J.D. McKissic WAS @ GB
29 AJ Dillon GB vs WAS
30 Khalil Herbert CHI @ TB
31 Devonta Freeman BAL vs CIN
32 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs NYJ
33 Mark Ingram II HOU @ ARI
34 Jamaal Williams DET @ LAR
35 David Johnson HOU @ ARI
36 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ LV
37 Sony Michel LAR vs DET
38 Le'Veon Bell BAL vs CIN
39 Kenyan Drake LV vs PHI
40 Ty Johnson NYJ @ NE
41 Ronald Jones II TB vs CHI
42 Nyheim Hines IND @ SF
43 Salvon Ahmed MIA vs ATL
44 Demetric Felton CLE vs DEN
45 Trey Sermon SF vs IND
46 Jeremy McNichols TEN vs KC
47 Latavius Murray BAL vs CIN
48 Giovani Bernard TB vs CHI
49 Rashaad Penny SEA vs NO
50 DeeJay Dallas SEA vs NO
51 Malcolm Brown MIA vs ATL
52 Ty'Son Williams BAL vs CIN
53 Samaje Perine CIN @ BAL
54 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ NE
55 Phillip Lindsay HOU @ ARI
56 Royce Freeman CAR @ NYG
57 Marlon Mack IND @ SF
58 Jaret Patterson WAS @ GB
59 Jerick McKinnon KC @ TEN
60 Chris Evans CIN @ BAL
61 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs CAR
62 Brandon Bolden NE vs NYJ
63 Travis Homer SEA vs NO
64 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs IND
65 Ty Montgomery NO @ SEA
66 Kylin Hill GB vs WAS
67 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL @ MIA
68 Saquon Barkley NYG vs CAR
69 Artavis Pierce CHI @ TB
70 Dwayne Washington NO @ SEA
71 Peyton Barber LV vs PHI
72 Jalen Richard LV vs PHI
73 Jonathan Ward ARI vs HOU
74 Gary Brightwell NYG vs CAR
75 Boston Scott PHI @ LV
76 Rex Burkhead HOU @ ARI
77 Alec Ingold LV vs PHI
78 Patrick Ricard BAL vs CIN