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Fantasy Football 2015 Running Back Rankings: Week 4

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One trend that appears to be taking shape this fantasy season is that you cannot count on supposed stud running backs each week. First or early second-round picks like Marshawn Lynch, Jeremy Hill, C.J. Anderson and DeMarco Murray have been severely outplayed by guys who were late-round fliers or even went undrafted in many fantasy leagues (Karlos Williams, Matt Jones, Darren Sproles — to name a few) and the list could keep on going.

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The important takeaway in all this is that you can't have enough depth in your backfield and need to try and identify those running backs that are seemingly well positioned to have a big week. That's why these running back rankings are so important.

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Here are the Week 4 RB rankings:

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

Matt Forte

 CHI 

vs. OAK

2

Le'Veon Bell

 PIT 

vs. BAL (Thurs.)

3

Jamal Charles

 KC 

at CIN

4

Latavius Murray

 OAK 

at CHI

5

Joseph Randle

 DAL 

at NO

6

Adrian Peterson

 MIN 

vs. DEN

7

Karlos Williams

 BUF 

vs. NYG

8

Devonta Freeman

 ATL 

vs. HOU

9

Carlos Hyde

 SF 

vs. GB

10

Frank Gore

 IND 

vs. JAC

11

Mark Ingram

 NO 

vs. DAL

12

T.J. Yeldon

 JAC 

at IND

13

Jonathan Stewart

 CAR 

at TB

14

Melvin Gordon

 SD 

vs. CLE

15

Chris Ivory

 NYJ 

at MIA (London)

16

Marshawn Lynch*

 SEA 

vs. DET (Mon.)

17

Jeremy Hill

 CIN 

vs. KC

18

Lamar Miller

 MIA 

vs. NYJ (London)

19

Arian Foster*

 HOU 

at ATL

20

DeMarco Murray

 PHI 

at WAS

21

Giovani Bernard

 CIN 

vs. KC

22

Justin Forsett

 BAL 

at PIT (Thurs.)

23

Isiah Crowell

 CLE 

at SD

24

Danny Woodhead

 SD 

vs. CLE

25

C.J. Anderson

 DEN 

vs. MIN

26

Todd Gurley

 STL 

at ARI

27

Alfred Morris

 WAS 

vs. PHI

28

Rashad Jennings

 NYG 

at BUF

29

Matt Jones

 WAS 

vs. PHI

30

Andre Ellington

 ARI 

vs. STL

31

Ameer Abdullah

 DET 

at SEA (Mon.)

32

Ronnie Hillman

 DEN 

vs. MIN

33

Shane Vereen

 NYG 

at BUF

34

Doug Martin

 TB 

vs. CAR

35

Duke Johnson

 CLE 

at SD

36

Bilal Powell

 NYJ 

at MIA (London)

37

Chris Johnson

 ARI 

vs. STL

38

Charles Sims

 TB 

vs. CAR

39

Darren Sproles

 PHI 

at WAS

40

Lance Dunbar

 DAL 

at NO

41

C.J. Spiller

 NO 

vs. DAL

42

Ryan Matthews

 PHI 

at WAS

43

Alfred Blue

 HOU 

at ATL

44

Darren McFadden

 DAL 

at NO

45

Thomas Rawls

 SEA 

vs. DET (Mon.)

46

Lorenzo Taliaferro

 BAL 

at PIT (Thurs.)

47

Mike Davis

 SF 

vs. GB

48

Tre Mason

 STL 

at ARI

49

Joique Bell

 DET 

at SEA (Mon.)

50

Anthony Dixon

 BUF 

vs. NYG

*May or not play due to injury, monitor status this week

— Written 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.