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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1. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
Alvin Kamara faces the Los Angeles Chargers this week. Our system projects him for no carries, 56.1 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Last week, Kamara faced the Lions. He ran for 19 carries, 83 yards and 1 touchdown.
2. Ezekiel Elliott - RB (DAL)
Our system projects Ezekiel Elliott for no carries, 76.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns versus the Giants this week. Elliott played against the Cleveland Browns last week. He ran for 12 carries, 54 yards and zero touchdowns.
3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire - RB (KC)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 16 carries, 64 yards and zero touchdowns versus the New England Patriots last week. He is playing against the Las Vegas Raiders this week. Our system projects him for no carries, 79.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
4. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
5. Mike Davis - RB (CAR)
We're projecting no carries, 56.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns for Mike Davis this week as he faces the Dolphins. Davis ran for 16 carries, 84 yards and 1 touchdown versus the Philadelphia Eagles last week.
6. Kareem Hunt - RB (CLE)
Kareem Hunt played against the New England Patriots last week. He ran for 11 carries, 71 yards and 2 touchdowns. Our system projects Kareem Hunt for no carries, 75.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns versus the Raiders this week.
7. Chris Carson - RB (SEA)
Chris Carson is against the Vikings this week and is projected for no carries, 64.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Carson played against the Miami Dolphins last week. He ran for 16 carries, 80 yards and 2 touchdowns.
8. Josh Jacobs - RB (LV)
Josh Jacobs faces the Kansas City Chiefs this week. We're projecting him for no carries, 80.5 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Jacobs ran for 15 carries, 48 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Buffalo Bills last week.
9. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry didn't play last week. He is up against the Bills this week. Henry is projected for no carries, 98.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns.
10. James Conner - RB (PIT)
James Conner didn't play last week. He faces the Eagles this week. Our system projects him for no carries, 71.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns.
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