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Running Back Rankings Week 5

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Bye weeks are here and as it relates to fantasy football that means finding running backs you are comfortable starting might be harder than usual for Week 5. This is especially the case considering all the injuries and uncertainty surrounding this position.

The studs remain atop the rankings, but guys like Bilal Powell, Ameer Abdullah and Duke Johnson are likely going to be key parts of many fantasy rosters this week. And while owners know they won’t have the services of Devonta Freeman, C.J. Anderson, Mark Ingram, Tevin Coleman, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson and any other Bronco, Falcon, Redskin or Saint RB this because of a bye, there are some others who are questions marks – for one reason or another.

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Teams on bye: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Washington

Rk

Player

Team

Opp

1

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

vs. JAC

2

Ezekiel Elliott  

DAL

vs. GB

3

Kareem Hunt 

KC

at HOU

4

Todd Gurley

LAR

vs. SEA

5

LeSean McCoy 

BUF

at CIN

6

Leonard Fournette 

JAC

at PIT

7

Carlos Hyde 

SF

at IND

8

Jay Ajayi 

MIA

vs. TEN

9

Melvin Gordon 

LAC

at NYG

10

Lamar Miller

HOU

vs. KC

11

DeMarco Murray

TEN

at MIA

12

Jordan Howard

CHI

vs. MIN (Mon.)

13

Bilal Powell

NYJ

at CLE

14

Mike Gillislee 

NE

at TB (Thurs.)

15

Ameer Abdullah 

DET

vs. CAR

16

Joe Mixon 

CIN

vs. BUF

17

Christian McCaffrey 

CAR

at DET

18

Marshawn Lynch 

OAK

vs. BAL

19

Duke Johnson 

CLE

vs. NYJ

20

Frank Gore 

IND

vs. SF

21

LeGarrette Blount 

PHI

vs. ARI

22

Doug Martin 

TB

vs. NE (Thurs.)

23

Ty Montgomery

GB

at DAL

24

Isaiah Crowell 

CLE

vs. NYJ

25

Tarik Cohen

CHI

vs. MIN (Mon.)

26

James White 

NE

at TB (Thurs.)

27

Jonathan Stewart 

CAR

at DET

28

Wendell Smallwood 

PHI

vs. ARI

29

Wayne Gallman 

NYG

vs. LAC

30

Latavius Murray 

MIN

at CHI (Mon.)

31

Alex Collins 

BAL

at OAK

32

Derrick Henry 

TEN

at MIA

33

Andre Ellington 

ARI

at PHI

34

Thomas Rawls 

SEA

at LAR

35

Javorius Allen 

BAL

at OAK

36

Aaron Jones 

GB

at DAL

37

Jacquizz Rodgers 

TB

vs. NE (Thurs.)

38

Giovani Bernard 

CIN

vs. BUF

39

Eddie Lacy 

SEA

at LAR

40

Theo Riddick 

DET

vs. CAR

41

Jerick McKinnon 

MIN

at CHI (Mon.)

42

C.J. Prosise 

SEA

at LAR

43

D'Onta Foreman 

HOU

vs. KC

44

Chris Johnson 

ARI

at PHI

45

Elijah McGuire 

NYJ

at CLE

46

Terrance West 

BAL

at OAK

47

Shane Vereen 

NYG

vs. LAC

48

Matt Breida 

SF

at IND

49

Matt Forte 

NYJ

at CLE

50

Jeremy Hill 

CIN

vs. BUF

— 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.