2020 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Running Back Rankings
2020 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Running Back Rankings originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Another week, another pair of serious injuries in the return position.
This time it was Nick Chubb and Austin Ekeler who went down and each landed on the IR, hoping to return later this season. They join Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Marlon Mack, Le'Veon Bell, Tevin Coleman and Tarik Cohen as major fantasy rushers sitting on the IR in Week 5 and beyond.
Fantasy owners will instead need to take a closer look at this year's running back class to determine how to set their lineups.
Here are the top 20 rushers to trust in week 5.
Bye: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL RB RANKING: WEEK 5 (STANDARD SCORING)
1. Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys) at Giants
Rushing stats for 2020: 70 tries, 273 yards, 3 TDs
2020 reception statistics: 23 catches, 159 meters, 1 TD
Ezekiel Elliott jumps to the top of the leaderboard this week thanks to tough matchups against Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook. Elliott has only completed 88 yards and a touchdown in the last two games, but has managed to stay involved in the passing game long enough to sustain solid fantasy production. He will be looking for a great performance against the exploitable Giants defense on Sunday.
2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Chiefs) versus Raiders
Rushing stats for 2020: 71 tries, 304 yards, 1 TD
2020 Reception Statistics: 14 catches, 129 yards, 0 TD
In week 1, Clyde Edwards-Helaire impressed with 138 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Though he hasn't sniffed those numbers since then, the Clemson rookie has still shown that he can be an RB1 player in week 5 - especially when you consider that the Raiders allowed the most fantasy points to be in running back the league season.
3. Alvin Kamara (saint) against chargers
Rushing stats for 2020: 50 tries, 236 yards, 4 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 30 catches, 321 yards, 3 TDs
A fight with stingy Chargers Run Defense puts Alvin Kamara in third place this week. Los Angeles has only allowed one quick touchdown this season, which means it won't be easy for the Saints' offense in the red zone to hit the ball. However, Kamara has three hits so far this year so he has a proven record of being able to find the mid-air end zone if necessary.
4. Josh Jacobs (Raiders) at Chiefs
Rushing stats for 2020: 83 tries, 300 yards, 3 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 13 catches, 100 yards, 0 TDs
Josh Jacobs hurried just 48 meters last Sunday, the third-lowest mark in his young career. He will try to bounce back against the Chiefs who may be without star DT Chris Jones for the second straight week. The Raiders are also expected to forego some of their top options at the receiver, which could then force them to rely more on Jacobs.
5. Dalvin Cook (Vikings) at Seahawks
Rushing stats for 2020: 75 tries, 424 yards, 6 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 7 catches, 40 yards, 0 TDs
Nobody has rushed to more yards or touchdowns this season than Dalvin Cook, a trend that bodes well for a high manufacturing base even against an effective run defense like Seattle. It doesn't do much as a recipient, but that's unnecessary when you have an average of 5.7 yards per carry-on bag - more than a full yard higher than the 2019 average.
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6. James Robinson (Jaguars) at Texans
Rushing stats for 2020: 60 tries, 285 yards, 3 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 14 catches, 161 yards, 0 TDs
James Robinson is quickly becoming a household name in Jacksonville, surpassing 100 yards in each of his last three games. The Texans have allowed the second most fantasy points to come back this season, giving Robinson the opportunity to top up his stats for the Rookie of the Year election. It is a must have in all formats as a real RB1.
7. Derrick Henry (Titans) versus Bills
Rushing stats for 2020: 82 tries, 319 yards, 2 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 5 catches, 26 yards, 0 TDs
The Titans' game against the Bills this weekend is still at risk due to the coronavirus outbreak in Tennessee. So watch out for it before kick-off on Sunday. When the game is played, Derrick Henry will be tasked with bullying a Buffalo defense who tends to carry out the bullying in the trenches. But with an average of over 27 broadcasts per game, he has plenty of options to try.
8. Chris Carson (Seahawks) versus Vikings
Rushing stats for 2020: 53 tries, 237 yards, 2 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 15 catches, 113 yards, 3 TDs
Chris Carson was supposed to be restricted with a knee sprain last week, but he showed no signs of reluctance as he raced 80 yards and two touchdowns and added another three catches for 20 yards. He has only had limited training time this week but is expected to be back against the Vikings this weekend.
9. Mike Davis (Panthers) at Falcons
Rushing stats for 2020: 30 tries, 131 yards, 1 TD
2020 reception statistics: 21 catches, 146 yards, 1 TD
Waiver Wire Hawks were rewarded for grabbing Mike Davis after Christian McCaffrey went down with a high ankle sprain. Davis found the end zone in back-to-back games and received a surprising number of targets in the process. McCaffrey is hoping to come back next week so this may be the last time Davis has a starting value this season.
10. Kareem Hunt (Browns) versus Colts
Rushing stats for 2020: 50 tries, 275 yards, 3 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 8 catches, 42 yards, 2 TDs
The Browns lost Nick Chubb to a sprained MCL that forced them to roll their top back on IR. Cleveland will now turn to Kareem Hunt to lead the backcourt forward, a role he should flourish in considering how well he has played in the fold with Chubb himself. Hunt is only 25 years old and only three years away from leading the NFL as a rookie.
11. Jonathan Taylor (Colts) at Browns
Rushing stats for 2020: 65 tries, 250 yards, 2 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 10 catches, 90 yards, 0 TDs
12. David Johnson (Texan) versus Jaguars
Rushing stats for 2020: 51 tries, 197 yards, 2 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 9 catches, 100 yards, 0 TDs
13. Joe Mixon (Bengals) in Ravens
Rushing stats for 2020: 77 tries, 315 yards, 2 TDs
2020 get statistics: 13 catches, 88 meters, 1 TD
14. Devin Singletary (Bills) at Titans
Rushing stats for 2020: 50 tries, 212 yards, 1 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 16 catches, 114 yards, 0 TDs
15. James Conner (Steelers) versus Eagles
Rushing stats for 2020: 40 tries, 224 yards, 2 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 8 catches, 63 yards, 0 TDs
16. Todd Gurley II (Falcons) versus Panthers
Rushing stats for 2020: 65 tries, 254 yards, 4 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 4 catches, 9 yards, 0 TDs
17. Raheem Mostert (49er) against dolphins
Rushing stats for 2020: 23 tries, 148 yards, 1 TD
2020 Reception Statistics: 6 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD
18. Ronald Jones II (privateer) at Bears
Rushing stats for 2020: 57 tries, 253 yards, 1 TD
2020 Reception Statistics: 12 catches, 57 yards, 0 TDs
19. Antonio Gibson (Washington) versus Rams
Rushing stats for 2020: 44 tries, 186 yards, 3 TDs
2020 Reception Statistics: 10 catches, 98 yards, 0 TDs
20. Kenyan Drake (Cardinals) with Panthers
Rushing stats for 2020: 67 tries, 254 yards, 1 TD
2020 Reception Statistics: 5 catches, 20 yards, 0 TDs
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