Running Back Rankings: NFL Fantasy Week 5

Even with Melvin Gordon back, Austin Ekeler is still a fantasy option

Many fantasy owners used a waiver claim or spent a high percentage of their FAAB budgets on New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman ahead of Week 4. Gallman came through with 118 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Granted, this was against the Redskins, and the Vikings in Week 5 should be a tougher test, but he still did what fantasy owners hoped for. While it's not clear how long he'll have the job for (Saquon Barkley has reportedly already shed his walking boot), he did well in his first shot as Barkley's understudy.

 

The running back waiver wire is a bit bare, but always check your league in case a player was dropped or may be available. Tevin Coleman, for example, is available in 64 percent of leagues. He should still be the 49ers' primary running back once healthy. Frank Gore is 58 percent owned, and as long as he's healthy, he'll get plenty of work in Buffalo, even once Devin Singletary (available in 25 percent of leagues) returns. Keep an eye also on the running back situation with the Los Angeles Chargers. Melvin Gordon is back, and a fantasy owner may make a mistake and drop Austin Ekeler. Both backs should be owned, and until Gordon is the No. 1 back (if that happens), Ekeler will still have value.

 

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Teams on bye: Detroit, Miami

 

NFL RB Rankings: Week 5

 

 

 

 

— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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