Fantasy Football 2016 Running Back Rankings: Week 5

Melvin Gordon already has six rushing touchdowns this season after scoring none all of 2015

It sure didn’t take Le’Veon Bell long to show why he’s one of the best running backs in the league and will find his name at or near the top of our fantasy rankings from here out. In fact, if Bell continues to line up as a wide receiver, like he did last week against Kansas City, he may be matchup-proof.


But Bell is not the No. 1 option for Week 5 at his position, as that distinction goes to David Johnson. The Cardinals may be struggling, but Johnson gets his shot at San Francisco and the NFL’s worst rushing defense on Thursday night. Bell actually checks in at No. 6 because guys like DeMarco Murray, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson mainly because of matchups. Can Bell prove his mettle against the Jets’ vaunted front seven?


And don’t forget that four teams on bye means no Mark Ingram, Spencer Ware, Jamaal Charles, Christine Michael, T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory or any other Chiefs, Jaguars, Saints or Seahawks running back in Week 5.


Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex


Teams on bye: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle


Rk Player Team Opp
1 David Johnson ARI at SF (Thurs.)
2 DeMarco Murray TEN at MIA
3 Melvin Gordon SD at OAK
4 Todd Gurley LA vs. BUF
5 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. ATL
6 Le'Veon Bell PIT at NYJ
7 Ezekiel Elliot DAL vs. CIN
8 Jordan Howard CHI at IND
9 LeSean McCoy BUF at LA
10 Lamar Miller HOU at MIN
11 Devonta Freeman ATL at DEN
12 Frank Gore IND vs. CHI
12 Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. HOU
14 Matt Forte NYJ at PIT
15 Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. NE
16 LeGarrette Blount NE at CLE
17 Eddie Lacy GB vs. NYG
18 Theo Riddick DET vs. PHI
19 Carlos Hyde SF vs. ARI (Thurs.)
20 Latavius Murray OAK vs. SD
21 Terrance West BAL vs. WAS
22 Jeremy Hill CIN at DAL
23 Matt Jones WAS at BAL
24 Charles Sims TB at CAR (Mon.)
25 Giovani Bernard CIN at DAL
26 Ryan Matthews PHI at DET
27 James White NE at CLE
28 Jay Ajayi MIA vs. TEN
29 Duke Johnson CLE vs. NE
30 Bilal Powell NYJ at PIT
31 Fozzy Whitaker CAR vs. TB (Mon.)
32 Darren Sproles PHI at DET
33 Matt Asiata MIN vs. HOU
34 Orleans Darkwa NYG at GB
35 DeAndre Washington OAK vs. SD
36 Chris Thompson WAS at BAL
37 Cameron Artis-Payne CAR vs. TB (Mon.)
38 Tevin Coleman ATL at DEN
39 Wendell Smallwood PHI at DET
40 Josh Ferguson IND vs. CHI
41 Zach Zenner DET vs. PHI
42 Kenyan Drake MIA vs. TEN
43 Devontae Booker DEN vs. ATL
44 Kenneth Dixon BAL vs. WAS
45 James Starks GB vs. NYG
46 Jalen Richard OAK vs. SD
47 DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. NYJ
48 Mike Gillislee BUG at LA
49 Dexter McCluster SD at OAK
50 Bobby Rainey NYG at GB


— Rankings by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.

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