Even with four teams on bye in Week 5, there is no lack of injured running backs that fantasy owners have to deal with. The first crop can be found here, and below you can get the lowdown on those playing in the late game and a couple of other ball carriers trying to get back on the field after missing the past few games.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, New York Jets
Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET
Probable – Shoulder
While the matchup is tough for Murray, at least his fantasy owners know that he will be on the field. The Broncos’ defense is one of the best in the league, but Oakland will need to move the ball somehow. Look for Murray, who has had two games with less than 50 yards rushing, to struggle in Week 5. The shoulder injury isn't the concern; the matchup is. Don't panic, but he is a low RB2 this week.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
Probable – Knee
After suffering a knee injury in Week 1, Ellington is on track to be back for Week 5. The role he has in the Cardinals’ offense, however, is questionable. Chris Johnson has taken over as the No. 1 running back, although it seems that the job isn't solidified. Ellington is a RB3 this week until his role becomes clearer. Johnson is a RB2 and rookie David Johnson is a RB4.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
Probable – Ribs
Coleman has put in limited practices and looks to be on track to play in Week 5. The issue with his ribs is one of pain management, so he will likely suit up in a protective vest and give it a go. What Coleman's role will be is now a question mark with Devonta Freeman scoring six rushing touchdowns in the past two games. Don't look to plug Coleman back in your fantasy lineups just yet; see how the touches are distributed first. Also, Coleman will likely have a reduced workload as the Falcons will likely ease him back into the game plan.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET
Probable – Foot
The matchup is great for Taliaferro, but the job is Justin Forsett's. Taliaferro may end up with some goal-line carries but
touchdowns are hard to predict. His foot injury shouldn’t hamper him; but don't look to start him in fantasy leagues.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, 4:05 p.m., ET
Out – Ankle
Bell will miss another game because of a knee injury that sidelined him last week. Ameer Abdullah, even with double-digit carries, only managed 33 rushing yards in Bell’s absence last week. The matchup is tough for Abdullah again, but with Bell out, the rookie should be in line for fair amount of work. Abdullah is a RB3, while Bell can be dropped in all but the deepest fantasy leagues.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.