Week 5 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (Updated)

Injuries have played a huge role in the rankings this week, as numerous backs have already been ruled out for Week 5.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Buffalo
  2. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – vs. New York Giants
  3. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Jahvid Best – Detroit Lions – vs. St. Louis
  6. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – at Detroit
  7. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – at Cleveland
  8. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at Dallas
  9. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – at Indianapolis
  10. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Denver
  11. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Jets
  12. Peyton Hillis – Cleveland Browns – vs. Atlanta
  13. LaDanian Tomlinson – New York Jets – vs. Minnesota
  14. Joseph Addai – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Kansas City
  15. Ryan Torain – Washington Redskins – vs. Green Bay
  16. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – at San Francisco
  17. DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – vs. Chicago
  18. Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
  19. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at Carolina
  20. Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants – at Houston
  21. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills – vs. Jacksonville
  22. Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New Orleans
  23. Michael Bush – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
  24. Mike Tolbert – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
  25. Tim Hightower – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New Orleans
  26. Thomas Jones – Kansas City Chiefs – at Indianapolis
  27. Marion Barber – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tennessee
  28. Brandon Jackson – Green Bay Packers – at Washington
  29. Christopher Ivory – New Orleans Saints – at Arizona
  30. Shonn Greene – New York Jets – vs. Minnesota
  31. Brandon Jacobs – New York Giants – at Houston
  32. Felix Jones – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tennessee
  33. Mike Bell – Philadelphia Eagles – at San Francisco
  34. Carnell Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Cincinnati
  35. Jason Snelling – Atlanta Falcons – at Cleveland
  36. C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills – vs. Jacksonville
  37. Laurence Maroney – Denver Broncos – at Baltimore
  38. LaGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Cincinnati
  39. Ladell Betts – New Orleans Saints – at Arizona
  40. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – vs. Chicago

Thoughts:

  • Jahvid Best has been “limited” in practice and is listed as questionable, but the word around town is that he is still expected to play on Sunday.  Of course, check the news on Sunday morning, but for now he’s going to remain towards the top of our rankings with a very favorable matchup.
  • Darren McFadden has officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, though Michael Bush is a very capable replacement.  Prior to his injury at the start of the season, the thought was that Bush could be the main back over McFadden.  In his first meeting with the Chargers in ’09 he had 55 yards and 1 TD on 12 carries.  It’s still a tough matchup, but he’s now worth considering as a RB2.
  • There were a lot of questions on if Pierre Thomas would play, but the Saints made a lot of fantasy owners’ decisions easy, already ruling him out for their game against Arizona.  Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts will both see action, but neither is more then a FLEX option, at best.
  • Initially thought to be possibly returning this week, the Broncos have ruled Knowshon Moreno out for the third straight week.  Laurence Maroney & Correll Buckhalter will see carries, though neither are overly exciting options.
  • While Ahmad Bradshaw was “limited” in practice, he is expected to play this weekend.  Check the news on Sunday morning, just to be safe, but at this point there’s no reason to be worried.
  • Steven Jackson, who has been suffering from groin problems, is listed as probable on the injury report.  Make sure he’s active in all formats.
  • According to the Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (click here for the article), “The Chargers are being cautious both with Mathews’ ankle and his psyche. With the luxury of Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles being able to take snaps in the backfield, it is possible”.  That’s certainly not what Mathews owners want to hear, so we are knocking him down a few spots in the rankings.  We have been considering Tolbert a RB2 all week, so this news certainly doesn’t change that.  In fact, it only increases the potential for him to outperform our ranking.
  • Peyton Hillis is listed as questionable on the injury report, so make sure you check the news on Sunday morning.  For now, we’ll leave him where we had him on our rankings.
  • The Buffalo Bills have a tough matchup, but the trade of Marshawn Lynch improves the potential of Fred Jackson producing.  He’s worth considering as a FLEX option this week.
  • LeSean McCoy looks like he’s going to play, but he is a huge risk with the rib injury.  There’s always a chance that he aggravates the injury, causing him to leave the game early.  Use him, but do so with caution.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 5 Rankings:

Week 5 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks (Updated)
Week 5 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

2 comments

  1. kyle says:

    Which 3 should I start out of, Tim hightower, john kuhn, percey harvin, Danny amendola, lee Evans, and I also have d Thomas from Denver

  2. admin says:

    Hmmm….

    I would go Hightower, Evans and Harvin

    I could see Kuhn or Harvin, but that’s really a coin flip. At this point, it’s no guarantee that Kuhn is going to get regular carries. If he were, then he’d clearly be the better play.

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