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Fantasy Football 2016 Running Back Rankings: Week 5

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It sure didn’t take Le’Veon Bell long to show why he’s one of the best running backs in the league and will find his name at or near the top of our fantasy rankings from here out. In fact, if Bell continues to line up as a wide receiver, like he did last week against Kansas City, he may be matchup-proof.

But Bell is not the No. 1 option for Week 5 at his position, as that distinction goes to David Johnson. The Cardinals may be struggling, but Johnson gets his shot at San Francisco and the NFL’s worst rushing defense on Thursday night. Bell actually checks in at No. 6 because guys like DeMarco Murray, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson mainly because of matchups. Can Bell prove his mettle against the Jets’ vaunted front seven?

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And don’t forget that four teams on bye means no Mark Ingram, Spencer Ware, Jamaal Charles, Christine Michael, T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory or any other Chiefs, Jaguars, Saints or Seahawks running back in Week 5.

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

Teams on bye: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle

Rk

Player

Team

Opp

1

David Johnson

ARI

at SF (Thurs.)

2

DeMarco Murray

TEN

at MIA

3

Melvin Gordon

SD

at OAK

4

Todd Gurley

LA

vs. BUF

5

C.J. Anderson

DEN

vs. ATL

6

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

at NYJ

7

Ezekiel Elliot

DAL

vs. CIN

8

Jordan Howard

CHI

at IND

9

LeSean McCoy

BUF

at LA

10

Lamar Miller

HOU

at MIN

11

Devonta Freeman

ATL

at DEN

12

Frank Gore

IND

vs. CHI

12

Jerick McKinnon

MIN

vs. HOU

14

Matt Forte

NYJ

at PIT

15

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

vs. NE

16

LeGarrette Blount

NE

at CLE

17

Eddie Lacy

GB

vs. NYG

18

Theo Riddick

DET

vs. PHI

19

Carlos Hyde

SF

vs. ARI (Thurs.)

20

Latavius Murray

OAK

vs. SD

21

Terrance West

BAL

vs. WAS

22

Jeremy Hill

CIN

at DAL

23

Matt Jones

WAS

at BAL

24

Charles Sims

TB

at CAR (Mon.)

25

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at DAL

26

Ryan Matthews

PHI

at DET

27

James White

NE

at CLE

28

Jay Ajayi

MIA

vs. TEN

29

Duke Johnson

CLE

vs. NE

30

Bilal Powell

NYJ

at PIT

31

Fozzy Whitaker

CAR

vs. TB (Mon.)

32

Darren Sproles

PHI

at DET

33

Matt Asiata

MIN

vs. HOU

34

Orleans Darkwa

NYG

at GB

35

DeAndre Washington

OAK

vs. SD

36

Chris Thompson

WAS

at BAL

37

Cameron Artis-Payne

CAR

vs. TB (Mon.)

38

Tevin Coleman

ATL

at DEN

39

Wendell Smallwood

PHI

at DET

40

Josh Ferguson

IND

vs. CHI

41

Zach Zenner

DET

vs. PHI

42

Kenyan Drake

MIA

vs. TEN

43

Devontae Booker

DEN

vs. ATL

44

Kenneth Dixon

BAL

vs. WAS

45

James Starks

GB

vs. NYG

46

Jalen Richard

OAK

vs. SD

47

DeAngelo Williams

PIT

vs. NYJ

48

Mike Gillislee

BUG

at LA

49

Dexter McCluster

SD

at OAK

50

Bobby Rainey

NYG

at GB

— Rankings 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.