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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 5

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS127
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS36
    7. REC TD1

    The fact that we can safely call a game in which McCoy had 94 yards from scrimmage subpar shows how great he has been this year. He'll rebound against the Giants.

    1. 2
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS82
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS58
    7. REC TD1

    Charles kept on rolling last week, totaling 127 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown. He's every bit as good as advertised.

    1. 3
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS94
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS56
    7. REC TD0

    Forte ran for 95 yards and a TD on just 14 carries and caught another four passes for 22 yards. He's a top-five running back.

    1. 4
    2. Reggie Bush
    3. Reggie
      Bush
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS86
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS57
    7. REC TD0

    Bush cut a swath through the Bears defense, racking up 173 total yards and a TD. I love this matchup for him.

    1. 5
    2. Frank Gore
    3. Frank
      Gore
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS114
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    After the offense struggled mightily for two games, the Niners fed Gore early and often, and he finished the night with 153 yards and a TD on 20 carries. I'd be shocked if he finishes the season outside the top 15 at the position.

    1. 6
    2. DeMarco Murray
    3. DeMarco
      Murray
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS72
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS50
    7. REC TD1

    Murray was quieted against the Chargers last week, but he'll be a big factor on Sunday.

    1. 7
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Marshawn
      Lynch
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS106
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS11
    7. REC TD0

    Lynch had a big day against the Texans, running for 98 yards and a TD on 17 carries. He's in line for another great game.

    1. 8
    2. Rashad Jennings
    3. Rashad
      Jennings
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS92
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS18
    7. REC TD0

    Jennings is expected to get the majority of the work with both Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece limited.

    1. 9
    2. Lamar Miller
    3. Lamar
      Miller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS75
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS33
    7. REC TD0

    Miller continues to impress, rushing for 62 yards and a TD on just 11 carries. I'd feel good about starting him every single week.

    1. 10
    2. Arian Foster
    3. Arian
      Foster
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS64
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS44
    7. REC TD0

    Foster pushed north of 30 touches last week, totaling 171 yards and a TD. He's a must-start even in tough matchups.

    1. 11
    2. Darren Sproles
    3. Darren
      Sproles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS18
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS88
    7. REC TD1

    Sproles was a beast as a receiver and not too shabby as a runner against the Dolphins. He should be able to replicate his success this week.

    1. 12
    2. Giovani Bernard
    3. Giovani
      Bernard
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS64
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS38
    7. REC TD0

    Bernard had a rough day running the ball, but did catch six of his seven targets. I'd get him right back in your lineup this week.

    1. 13
    2. Bilal Powell
    3. Bilal
      Powell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS67
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS35
    7. REC TD0

    Even with the run game phased out because of a huge deficit, Powell had a useful game for his fantasy owners. He's a nice flex option this week.

    1. 14
    2. Knowshon Moreno
    3. Knowshon
      Moreno
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS68
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS18
    7. REC TD0

    Moreno picked up 78 yards and a TD on 12 carries last week. He should be started every week.

    1. 15
    2. Ray Rice
    3. Ray
      Rice
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS54
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS31
    7. REC TD1

    Rice was a non-factor in his return a week ago, running for 17 yards on five carries. He should be healthier this week, but the Dolphins will give him a test.

    1. 16
    2. Trent Richardson
    3. Trent
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS64
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS13
    7. REC TD0

    Richardson churned out 60 yards and a TD on 20 carries. He'll get most of the carries with Ahmad Bradshaw likely out again.

    1. 17
    2. Isaiah Pead
    3. Isaiah
      Pead
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS41
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS27
    7. REC TD0

    Pead was inactive last week and shouldn't be trusted until we see him take on a larger role in the offense. That could be coming this week, with Daryl Richardson telling fans on Twitter that he isn't starting on Sunday. That shouldn't be treated as gospel, but it bears watching.

    1. 18
    2. Rashard Mendenhall
    3. Rashard
      Mendenhall
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS44
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Mendenhall had just 21 yards on 12 carries and could start ceding more touches to Andre Ellington.

    1. 19
    2. David Wilson
    3. David
      Wilson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS62
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS36
    7. REC TD0

    Lost amid another blowout defeat last week was the fact that Wilson ran for 55 yards on 13 carries. You might want to see if you can buy him at a super-low price before Sunday gets here.

    1. 20
    2. DeAngelo Williams
    3. DeAngelo
      Williams
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS56
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS42
    7. REC TD0

    Williams has quietly had a nice season, and he should be started every single week in most formats.

    1. 21
    2. Ryan Mathews
    3. Ryan
      Mathews
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS62
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS33
    7. REC TD0

    Mathews underwhelmed on the ground last week, running for 62 yards on 19 carries, but he did catch four passes for 41 yards. His struggles finding the end zone are maddening.

    1. 22
    2. Andre Ellington
    3. Andre
      Ellington
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS53
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS38
    7. REC TD0

    Ellington had just four carries a week ago, but he picked up 29 rushing yards. He also caught three of his six targets and could be in for a bigger role in the offense.

    1. 23
    2. C.J. Spiller
    3. C.J.
      Spiller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS47
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS42
    7. REC TD0

    Spiller picked up just 77 yards on 23 carries against the Ravens a week ago, and was outperformed by Fred Jackson yet again. I hate this week's matchup -- and quick turnaround -- for him. He's looking like a game-time decision.

    1. 24
    2. Maurice Jones-Drew
    3. Maurice
      Jones-Drew
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS59
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS30
    7. REC TD0

    Jones-Drew picked up just 23 yards on 13 carries and continues to be undermined by the ineptitude all around him.

    1. 25
    2. Willis McGahee
    3. Willis
      McGahee
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS73
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    McGahee ran for 46 yards on 15 carries last week. I could see using him as a flex this week.

    1. 26
    2. Chris Johnson
    3. Chris
      Johnson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS53
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD0

    Johnson had a terrible day against the Jets, running for just 21 yards on 15 carries. This week's matchup isn't a whole lot easier.

    1. 27
    2. LeGarrette Blount
    3. LeGarrette
      Blount
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS85
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Blount busted a huge 47-yard TD run last week, but gained just 14 yards on his other eight carries. He should get the bulk of the carries with Stevan Ridley sidelined.

    1. 28
    2. Danny Woodhead
    3. Danny
      Woodhead
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS20
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS52
    7. REC TD0

    Woodhead caught two TDs last week and is bordering on must-start status in PPR leagues.

    1. 29
    2. Kendall Hunter
    3. Kendall
      Hunter
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS36
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS31
    7. REC TD0

    Hunter carried the ball 11 times last week, but that was dictated by game situation. Don't count on it against Houston.

    1. 30
    2. Johnathan Franklin
    3. Johnathan
      Franklin
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS43
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    Franklin should play a role in Green Bay's offense this week after going for 103 yards two weeks ago, but it's hard to trust him as a starter on your fantasy team with Eddie Lacy expected back.

    1. 31
    2. Bernard Pierce
    3. Bernard
      Pierce
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS42
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    The Ravens ran the ball just nine times last week, and Pierce had four of those carries for seven yards. With Ray Rice presumably a week stronger, you can't trust Pierce.

    1. 32
    2. Jason Snelling
    3. Jason
      Snelling
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS31
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS34
    7. REC TD0

    Snelling also could be considered as a flex, depending on the makeup of your roster.

    1. 33
    2. Jacquizz Rodgers
    3. Jacquizz
      Rodgers
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS38
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Steven Jackson is likely to sit again, and that makes Rodgers a decent flex play depending on your other options.

    1. 34
    2. Brandon Bolden
    3. Brandon
      Bolden
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS14
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS47
    7. REC TD0

    Bolden played on obvious passing downs a week ago, and with Stevan Ridley out this week, he could have a big game.

    1. 35
    2. Ronnie Hillman
    3. Ronnie
      Hillman
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS36
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS24
    7. REC TD0

    Hillman makes an impact for the Broncos in real life, but he shouldn't be considered in fanatsy leagues.

    1. 36
    2. Daryl Richardson
    3. Daryl
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS42
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS16
    7. REC TD0

    Richardson had just 16 yards on 12 carries against the 49ers, and now he's potentially breaking news on Twitter, telling fans that he isn't starting this week. We can't take that at face value, but keep it in mind. You do not want to start him.

    1. 37
    2. Fred Jackson
    3. Fred
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS38
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS17
    7. REC TD0

    Jackson once again did more damage with fewer touches than C.J. Spiller. This is not a very good matchup, though.

    1. 38
    2. Eddie Lacy
    3. Eddie
      Lacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS52
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Lacy is expected to return after suffering a concussion Week 2. Monitor his practice participation before starting him this week.

    1. 39
    2. Ben Tate
    3. Ben
      Tate
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS37
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    Everyone wanted to push Arian Foster out this summer, but he continues to relegate Tate to the sidelines.

    1. 40
    2. Bryce Brown
    3. Bryce
      Brown
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS34
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    Brown had eight carries for 19 yards and caught two passes for 41 yards last week. He's not yet a fantasy option.

    1. 41
    2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    3. BenJarvus
      Green-Ellis
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS44
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Green-Ellis had just six carries for 13 yards against the Browns. I believe his days of fantasy relevance have passed.

    1. 42
    2. Joique Bell
    3. Joique
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    With Reggie Bush back, Bell had just 11 touches for 42 total yards. He is not a fantasy starter with Bush healthy.

    1. 43
    2. Mike Tolbert
    3. Mike
      Tolbert
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS16
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS19
    7. REC TD0

    Tolbert gets plenty of playing time, but he isn't a fantasy factor.

    1. 44
    2. Montee Ball
    3. Montee
      Ball
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS34
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Ball had 24 yards on eight carries last week and has clearly taken a back seat to Knowshon Moreno.

    1. 45
    2. Pierre Thomas
    3. Pierre
      Thomas
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS29
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS10
    7. REC TD0

    Thomas got just four carries last week and didn't do much with them. He could be on the outs in New Orleans.

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