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. We're projecting him for no carries, 56.1 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Against the Lions last week, Kamara ran for 19 carries, 83 yards and 1 touchdown.
2. Ezekiel Elliott - RB (DAL)
Ezekiel Elliott is against the Giants this week and is projected for no carries, 76.6 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. Last week, Elliott faced the Browns. He ran for 12 carries, 54 yards and zero touchdowns.
3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire - RB (KC)
We're projecting no carries, 79.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns for Clyde Edwards-Helaire this week as he faces the Raiders. Edwards-Helaire ran for 16 carries, 64 yards and zero touchdowns versus the New England Patriots last week.
4. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Against the Texans last week, Dalvin Cook ran for 27 carries, 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. We're projecting no carries, 85.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns for Dalvin Cook this week as he faces the Seahawks.
5. Mike Davis - RB (CAR)
Mike Davis is playing against the Miami Dolphins this week. We're projecting him for no carries, 56.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. 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. He faces the Raiders this week. Our system projects him for no carries, 75.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
7. Chris Carson - RB (SEA)
Chris Carson played against the Miami Dolphins last week. He ran for 16 carries, 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. He faces the Vikings this week. Our system projects him for no carries, 64.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
8. Josh Jacobs - RB (LV)
9. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry is against the Bills this week and is projected for no carries, 98.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. Henry didn't play last week.
10. James Conner - RB (PIT)
Our system projects James Conner for no carries, 71.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns versus the Eagles this week. Conner didn't play last week.
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