First it was injuries, now bye weeks have added to chaos that is reflected in Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 4. With six teams on bye, owners’ backfield depths will be tested, especially those who rely on Marshawn Lynch, Montee Ball, Giovani Bernard or Zac Stacy on a weekly basis. Instead, Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell tops our rankings following his impressive 147-yard effort against what is usually a stingy Carolina defense. The Giants’ Rashad Jennings also is a top-10 option after running all over the Texans (176 yards). Elsewhere, Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster owners are optimistic they will be back on the field after missing last week, situations that not only need to be monitored throughout the week, but likewise complicate the outlooks for their backups Knile Davis and Alfred Blue. Davis in particular thrived with more playing time, rushing for 132 yards and a touchdown against Miami last week. A popular waiver wire target, Charles’ return would certainly damper the enthusiasm of those who were able to enjoy the fruits of Davis’ labor and don’t have Charles on their roster.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.
2014 NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs
Teams on bye: Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, St. Louis, Seattle
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
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(Rashad Jennings photo courtesy of New York Giants' Web site, newyorkgiants.com)