Fantasy Football Week 5 RB Rankings: Damien Harris, Joshua Kelley Up

Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings Week 5

Getty Damien Harris #37 of the New England Patriots.

Welcome to our Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL regular season. In this week’s column, we discuss the fallout from the likely loss of Austin Ekeler from our lineups as well as the emergence of Damien Harris. Plus, Kareem Hunt rises up the ranks due to Nick Chubb’s injury, while Joe Mixon may be in for a rough week.

* If you’re looking for more information on how to best set your lineup this coming week check out our Week 5 RB Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em.

Reminder: These rankings are based on full-PPR scoring formats.

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Running Back Outlook Week 5

It is believed Austin Ekeler will be on the mend for “several weeks,” meaning the majority ownership of the Chargers’ backfield shifts to Joshua Kelley (RB18). Kelley did little this past Sunday to excite fantasy owners. However, the UCLA product had averaged 4.4 yards per carry on 35 carries heading into Week 4. In Week 5 Kelley gets a plus-matchup against a Saints defense who has allowed five total touchdowns to the RB positions since Week 2.

Joe Mixon (RB27) fantasy owners are riding high after the Bengals running back totaled three touchdowns and topped 150 yards rushing in Week 4. Still, his three games prior he averaged just 3.13 yards per carry and totaled zero touchdowns. A Week 5 matchup against a Baltimore defense that has allowed just one rushing touchdown all season and no more than 60 rushing yards since Week 2 leaves much to be desired.

While the Patriots struggled mightily without Cam Newton on Monday, Damien Harris (RB26) certainly made his presence felt in his season debut. With Sony Michel landing on IR, the former Alabama standout manned the lead-back role for New England, collecting 100 rushing yards on 17 attempts.

His opponents this coming weekend, the Broncos, have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to the position this year. However, they’ve struggled defending the run more than meets the eye. Matchups against a crapshoot Bucs and Jets backfield have vastly skewed the numbers of a defense who allowed a 100-yard rusher in back-to-back weeks to open the season.

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Week 5 Fantasy Rankings: Running Back

  1. [QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | DEF | Ks]
    • Matchup: Great l Avg l Tough
  1. # Running Backs TEAM Opp.

    1

    Alvin Kamara NO

    vs. LAC

    2

    Ezekiel Elliott DAL

    vs. NYG

    3

    Chris Carson SEA

    vs. MIN

    4

    Dalvin Cook MIN

    @ SEA

    5

    Austin Ekeler LAC INJ

    @ NO

    6

    Derrick Henry TEN

    vs. BUF

    7

    Josh Jacobs LV

    @ KC

    8

    James Conner PIT

    vs. PHI

    9

    James Robinson JAC

    @ HOU

    10

    Nick Chubb CLE INJ

    vs. IND

    11

    C, Edwards-Helaire KC

    vs. LV

    12

    Devin Singletary BUF

    @ TEN

    13

    Mike Davis CAR

    @ ATL

    14

    Jonathan Taylor IND

    @ CLE

    15

    Kenyan Drake ARI

    @ NYJ

    16

    Kareem Hunt CLE

    vs. IND

    17

    Melvin Gordon DEN

    @ NE

    18

    Joshua Kelley LAC

    @ NO

    19

    Miles Sanders PHI

    @ PIT

    20

    Darrell Henderson LAR

    @ WAS

    21

    Raheem Mostert SF INJ

    vs. MIA

    22

    David Johnson HOU

    vs. JAC

    23

    Jerick McKinnon SF

    vs. MIA

    24

    Todd Gurley ATL

    vs. CAR

    25

    Myles Gaskin MIA

    @ SF

    26

    Damien Harris NE

    vs. DEN

    27

    Antonio Gibson WAS

    vs. LAR

    28

    Joe Mixon CIN

    @ BAL

    29

    Mark Ingram II BAL

    vs. CIN

    30

    Le’Veon Bell NYJ INJ

    vs. ARI

    31

    James White NE

    vs. DEN

    32

    Ronald Jones II TB

    @ CHI

    33

    David Montgomery CHI

    vs. TB

    34

    Devonta Freeman NYG

    @ DAL

    35

    Nyheim Hines IND

    @ CLE

    36

    Rex Burkhead NE

    vs. DEN

    37

    Frank Gore NYJ

    vs. ARI

    38

    Malcolm Brown LAR

    @ WAS

    39

    Chase Edmonds ARI

    @ NYJ

    40

    Latavius Murray NO

    vs. LAC

    41

    D’Ernest Johnson CLE

    vs. IND

    42

    J.K. Dobbins BAL

    vs. CIN

    43

    Phillip Lindsay DEN INJ

    @ NE

    44

    Duke Johnson HOU

    vs. JAC

    45

    Justin Jackson LAC

    @ NO

    46

    Reggie Bonnafon CAR

    @ ATL

    47

    Leonard Fournette TB INJ

    @ CHI

    48

    Zack Moss BUF INJ

    @ TEN

    49

    Wayne Gallman NYG

    @ DAL

    50

    Carlos Hyde SEA

    vs. MIN

    51

    Cam Akers LAR INJ

    @ WAS

    52

    Alexander Mattison MIN

    @ SEA

    53

    Jeff Wilson Jr. SF

    vs. MIA

    54

    Benny Snell Jr. PIT

    vs. PHI

    55

    Travis Homer SEA

    vs. MIN

    56

    Dion Lewis NYG

    @ DAL

    57

    Chris Thompson JAC

    @ HOU

    58

    Anthony McFarland PIT

    vs. PHI

    59

    Brian Hill ATL

    vs. CAR

    60

    Jordan Howard MIA

    @ SF

    61

    Tony Pollard DAL

    vs. NYG

    62

    Kalen Ballage NYJ

    vs. ARI

    63

    Ke’Shawn Vaughn TB

    @ CHI

    64

    Giovani Bernard CIN

    @ BAL

    65

    Royce Freeman DEN

    @ NE

    66

    La’Mical Perine NYJ

    vs. ARI

    67

    LeSean McCoy TB INJ

    @ CHI

    68

    DeeJay Dallas SEA

    vs. MIN

    69

    Boston Scott PHI

    @ PIT

    70

    JD McKissic WAS

    vs. LAR

    71

    Jordan Wilkins IND

    @ CLE

    72

    Dontrell Hillard CLE

    vs. IND

    73

    Devontae Booker LV

    @ KC

    74

    Peyton Barber WAS

    vs. LAR

    75

    Jalen Richard LV

    @ KC

    76

    Gus Edwards BAL

    vs. CIN

    77

    Matt Breida MIA

    @ SF

    78

    J.J. Taylor NE

    vs. DEN

    79

    Patrick Laird MIA

    @ SF

    80

    Corey Clement PHI

    @ PIT

    81

    Kyle Juszczyk SF

    vs. MIA

    82

    Darrynton Evans TEN

    vs. BUF

    83

    Ito Smith ATL

    vs. CAR

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