Fantasy Football: Week 5 Running Back Rankings

By Adam Pfeifer




Ranking the top running backs week to week is a bit more difficult than ranking signal-callers.

Especially when there are certain running back by committee situations to keep an eye on, such as the San Diego Chargers situation. Ryan Mathews is clearly the most talented back on the roster, but Jackie Battle is listed as the starter on the Chargers depth chart.

Should make for a very interesting Sunday of football.

Anyway, the show must go on. So let’s take a look at my top 30 running backs for this week’s action.

Remember, players active on Thursday night will not be featured in these rankings.

Week 5 byes: (Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)


Running Back


1)      Arian Foster @ New York Jets
2)      Ray Rice @ Kansas City Chiefs
3)      Marshawn Lynch @ Carolina Panthers
4)      Adrian Peterson vs Tennessee Titans
5)      Frank Gore vs Buffalo Bills
6)      LeSean McCoy @ Pittsburgh Steelers
7)      Reggie Bush @ Cincinnati Bengals
8)      Jamaal Charles vs Baltimore Ravens
9)      Matt Forte @ Jacksonville Jaguars
10)   Maurice Jones-Drew vs Chicago Bears
11)   Trent Richardson @ New York Giants
12)   Alfred Morris vs Atlanta Falcons
13)   Cedric Benson @ Indianapolis Colts
14)   Ryan Mathews @ New Orleans Saints
15)   Stevan Ridley vs Denver Broncos
16)   Willis McGahee @ New England Patriots
17)   Darren Sproles vs San Diego Chargers
18)   Michael Turner vs Washington Redskins
19)   Chris Johnson @ Minnesota Vikings
20)   Ahmad Bradshaw vs Cleveland Browns
21)   BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs Miami Dolphins
22)   Michael Bush @ Jacksonville Jaguars
23)   Fred Jackson @ San Francisco 49ers
24)   C.J. Spiller @ San Francisco 49ers
25)   Jackie Battle @ New Orleans Saints
26)   DeAngelo Williams vs Seattle Seahawks
27)   Donald Brown vs Green Bay Packers
28)   Jonathan Stewart vs Seattle Seahawks
29)   Rashard Mendenhall vs Philadelphia Eagles
30)   Shonn Greene                                                         vs Houston Texans

Here are the Week 5 QB Rankings.


Adam Pfeifer is a fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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