True stud running backs are difficult to find in fantasy football.
It's not easy to just draft a couple of great RBs and then plug them in every week. You need to draft many running backs, scour the waiver wire, watch for injuries and play the matchups.
And with most leagues requiring you to start two, three or even four running backs, it means that you have to be smart and dig deep at the position.
To help you out, I put together this summary of our top 10 ranked running backs for week 5.
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No teams have a bye week this week, so you have a full slate of players to choose from.
If you want to dive head-first into the full set of projections for this week, here are our rankings for each format:
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1. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry played against the New York Jets last week. He ran for 33 carries, 157 yards and 1 touchdown. Derrick Henry is against the Jaguars this week and is projected for 21.9 carries, 113.2 yards and 1.1 touchdowns.
2. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
Alvin Kamara ran for 26 carries, 120 yards and zero touchdowns versus the New York Giants last week. He faces the Redskins this week. We're projecting him for 18.3 carries, 86.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
3. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler faces the Browns this week. We're projecting him for 13.1 carries, 61.1 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. Ekeler played against the Las Vegas Raiders last week. He ran for 15 carries, 117 yards and 1 touchdown.
4. Saquon Barkley - RB (NYG)
Saquon Barkley is against the Cowboys this week and is projected for 16.8 carries, 72.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Barkley played against the New Orleans Saints last week. He ran for 13 carries, 52 yards and 1 touchdown.
5. Aaron Jones - RB (GB)
Aaron Jones ran for 15 carries, 48 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Aaron Jones is against the Bengals this week and is projected for 14.6 carries, 73.7 yards and 0.8 touchdowns.
6. Alexander Mattison - RB (MIN)
Alexander Mattison is up against the Lions this week. Our system projects him for 18.0 carries, 81.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Last week, Mattison faced the Browns. He ran for 10 carries, 20 yards and zero touchdowns.
7. Darrell Henderson - RB (LAR)
Darrell Henderson faces the Seattle Seahawks this week. We're projecting him for 15.1 carries, 77.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Henderson played against the Arizona Cardinals last week. He ran for 14 carries, 89 yards and zero touchdowns.
8. Najee Harris - RB (PIT)
9. Ezekiel Elliott - RB (DAL)
Ezekiel Elliott faces the Giants this week. Our system projects him for 15.1 carries, 75.2 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Last week, Elliott faced the Panthers. He ran for 20 carries, 143 yards and 1 touchdown.
10. D'Andre Swift - RB (DET)
Against the Bears last week, D'Andre Swift ran for 8 carries, 16 yards and zero touchdowns. Our system projects D'Andre Swift for 8.7 carries, 34.7 yards and 0.3 touchdowns versus the Vikings this week.
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