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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 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