A quick look at the Week 4 fantasy running back rankings sees two names that immediately jump out. One is far higher than the Expert Consensus Ranking (ECR) and one is far lower.
Let's discuss the latter first. Why is Miles Sanders still getting the love he is getting? Maybe in a full point-per-reception league he is an RB1. But in a traditional league, he's a high-end RB2 at best right now. He has yet to crack the century mark this year. It might not be his fault, as the Eagles' offensive line has been decimated by injuries. But the point is Sanders is running behind an patchwork line and right now, Carson Wentz is giving defenses little reason not to stack the box. Plus, it's not like Sanders has a cushy matchup this week either. Quite the opposite in fact, drawing the 49ers on Sunday night. San Francisco's defense has allowed the fewest fantasy points to RB so far this year. Sanders will have a big game before you know it this season, but not this weekend.
While Sanders has been a nightmare for his owners, Myles Gaskin has been a breath of fresh air for his continually growing group of owners. How is he not a low-end RB2 at least? I'd chastise the ECR but my guess is before week's end my ranking is far closer to the ECR than it is this Tuesday night. Gaskin saw 22 carries this past Thursday in addition to hauling in all five of his targets for an additional 29 yards. But unlike the previous two weeks, he played 75 percent of the snaps. His owners do need to worry about Jordan Howard vulturing touchdowns, but it is worth noting that Gaskin did get three carries inside the five-yard line as well. With the Seahawks' legendary defense a thing of the past, don't be surprised to see Gaskin score and put up close to 20 fantasy points this week.
NOTE: Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET has been postponed by the NFL due to COVID-19 concerns. Players from those two teams will not be available for fantasy lineups in Week 4.
NFL RB Rankings: Week 4
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
(Top photo by Ben Green, courtesy of chiefs.com)