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. Saquon Barkley - RB (NYG)
Saquon Barkley played against the Chicago Bears last week. He ran for 31 carries, 146 yards and zero touchdowns. He is up against the Packers this week. Barkley is projected for 18.7 carries, 81.0 yards and 0.4 touchdowns.
2. Christian McCaffrey - RB (SF)
We're projecting 15.0 carries, 57.2 yards and 0.4 touchdowns for Christian McCaffrey this week as he faces the 49ers. McCaffrey ran for 8 carries, 27 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Arizona Cardinals last week.
3. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler faces the Cleveland Browns this week. Our system projects him for 13.0 carries, 51.0 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Last week, Ekeler faced the Texans. He ran for 13 carries, 60 yards and 2 touchdowns.
4. Leonard Fournette - RB (TB)
We're projecting 15.4 carries, 60.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns for Leonard Fournette this week as he faces the Texans. Fournette ran for 3 carries, zero yards and zero touchdowns versus the Philadelphia Eagles last week.
5. Joe Mixon - RB (CIN)
6. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
We're projecting 12.0 carries, 57.2 yards and 0.4 touchdowns for Alvin Kamara this week as he faces the Seahawks. Against the Vikings last week, Kamara ran for zero carries, zero yards and zero touchdowns.
7. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry played against the Indianapolis Colts last week. He ran for 22 carries, 114 yards and 1 touchdown. Our system projects Derrick Henry for 20.4 carries, 81.0 yards and 0.7 touchdowns versus the Redskins this week.
8. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Dalvin Cook ran for 20 carries, 76 yards and zero touchdowns versus the New Orleans Saints last week. He is up against the Bears this week. Cook is projected for 16.4 carries, 71.0 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
9. Nick Chubb - RB (CLE)
Nick Chubb is playing against the Los Angeles Chargers this week. Our system projects him for 18.0 carries, 84.2 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Chubb ran for 19 carries, 118 yards and 1 touchdown versus the Atlanta Falcons last week.
10. Aaron Jones - RB (GB)
Our system projects Aaron Jones for 12.4 carries, 59.7 yards and 0.5 touchdowns versus the Giants this week. Jones played against the New England Patriots last week. He ran for 16 carries, 110 yards and zero touchdowns.
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