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Fantasy Football 2014 Running Back Rankings: Week 5

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DeMarco Murray is leading the NFL in rushing by a pretty wide margin, so it makes sense that he sits in the top spot in Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 5. Murray has reeled off four straight 100-yard rushing games to start this season, and there’s no reason to believe the Cowboys won’t continue to feed him the ball in their in-state matchup with Houston. Last season’s rushing champion, LeSean McCoy, has gotten off to a slow start, but it’s way too early to give up on him. The matchup against St. Louis isn’t ideal, which is why McCoy is near the back end of this week’s top 10, but this is still a legitimate RB1. If someone who has McCoy thinks otherwise, now would be an ideal time to see if he can be had for less than market value in a trade.

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.

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

2014 NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Teams on bye: Miami, Oakland

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Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

DeMarco Murray

DAL

vs. HOU

2

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

at JAC

3

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at WAS (Mon.)

4

Rashad Jennings

NYG

vs. ATL

5

Matt Forte

CHI

at CAR

6

Jamaal Charles

KC

at SF

7

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at NE

8

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. STL

9

Alfred Morris

WAS

vs. SEA (Mon.)

10

Arian Foster

HOU

at DAL

11

Eddie Lacy

GB

vs. MIN (Thurs.)

12

Zac Stacy

STL

at PHI

13

Andre Ellington

ARI

at DEN

14

Frank Gore

SF

vs. KC

15

Montee Ball

DEN

vs. ARI

16

Doug Martin

TB

at NO

17

Matt Asiata

MIN

at GB (Thurs.)

18

Chris Ivory

NYJ

at SD

19

Reggie Bush

DET

vs. BUF

20

C.J. Spiller

BUF

at DET

21

Khiry Robinson

NO

vs. TB

22

Ahmad Bradshaw

IND

vs. BAL

23

Fred Jackson

BUF

at DET

24

Steven Jackson

ATL

at NYG

25

Justin Forsett

BAL

at IND

26

Ben Tate

CLE

at TEN

27

Trent Richardson

IND

vs. BAL

28

Bishop Sankey

TEN

vs. CLE

29

Jerick McKinnon

MIN

at GB (Thurs.)

30

Jeremy Hill

CIN

at NE

31

Stevan Ridley

NE

vs. CIN

32

Shane Vereen

NE

vs. CIN

33

Chris Johnson

NYJ

at SD

34

Donald Brown

SD

vs. NYJ

35

Darren Sproles

PHI

vs. STL

36

Pierre Thomas

NO

vs. TB

37

Darrin Reaves

CAR

vs. CHI

38

Lorenzo Taliaferro

BAL

at IND

39

Toby Gerhart

JAC

vs. PIT

40

Knile Davis

KC

at SF

41

Shonn Greene

TEN

vs. CLE

42

Bernard Pierce

BAL

at IND

43

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

at TEN

44

Terrance West

CLE

at TEN

45

Carlos Hyde

SF

vs. KC

46

Benny Cunningham

STL

at PHI

47

Alfred Blue

HOU

at DAL

48

Joique Bell

DET

vs. BUF

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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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