Week 4 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Week 2 was not kind to the running back position, so fantasy football owners were probably relieved to see few players go down with major injuries in Week 3. Some RBs did suffer unfortunate injuries, such as Tarik Cohen and possibly Chris Carson, but for the most part, our Week 4 fantasy RB rankings won’t be impacted all that much by new injuries. Of course, there are still plenty of key absences, including Christian McCaffrey (ankle) and Le’Veon Bell (knee), and there are questions about Raheem Mostert (knee) that make it important to identify sleepers and find potential streamers to help teams get a “W” this week.

Fortunately, there are plenty of good matchups that fantasy football owners can take advantage of. Notably, Kenyan Drake and Melvin Gordon move from the RB2 to RB1 range. Drake has disappointed this year, but he’s playing a woeful Panthers run defense that has been the worst in the league since the start of last season. Meanwhile, Gordon will be playing the Jets’ mediocre defense on a short week and Denver, still could be without Phillip Lindsay (toe). He should be a top-10 play and will likely be a top-15 play even if Lindsay does return.

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Elsewhere, it looks like Darrell Henderson can officially be trusted as he has emerged as the Rams’ lead back, though that might be threatened if Cam Akers (ribs) returns. Henderson will get a great matchup against a Giants defense that was just gashed through the air by Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr. James Robinson is also officially an RB1 after his performance against the Dolphins. He’s playing the Bengals, who have had a hard time against RBs this year, so fire him up as a top-10 producer.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

There are still some frustrating committees that will be tough to make sense of. Devin Singletary did well for the Bills with Zack Moss (toe) out in Week 3, but will he have as many opportunities if Moss returns? (And would it kill him to score from inside the five-yard line?) And how will the touches be split between the aforementioned McKinnon and Wilson in the 49ers backfield? Those questions will need to be answered as owners try to decide who to start and who to sit, but generally, those involved in committees can at least be flexed. The committee members just have lower floors.

If you’re looking for sleeper flex plays that could be on the waiver wire, Myles Gaskin could be a good pickup. The Dolphins RB is emerging as the team’s leader at the position and could have an opportunity to catch some passes against a porous Seattle pass defense. Frank Gore (vs. Broncos) and Adrian Peterson (vs. Saints) also figure to get enough volume to pay off as flexes in standard leagues.

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

  • 26 Devin Singletary, BUF @ LV
    27 Sony Michel, NE @ KC
    28 JK Dobbins, BAL @ WAS
    29 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. SEA
    30 Adrian Peterson, DET vs. NO
    31 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. LAC
    32 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF vs. PHI
    33 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ TB
    34 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. BAL
    35 Frank Gore, NYJ vs. DEN
    36 Ronald Jones II, TB vs. LAC
    37 Zack Moss, BUF @ LV
    38 Devonta Freeman, NYG @ LAR
    39 Latavius Murray, NO @ DET
    40 Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. NYG
    41 James White, NE @ KC
    42 Jordan Howard, MIA vs. SEA
    43 Nyheim Hines, IND @ CHI
    44 Cam Akers, LAR vs. NYG
    45 Carlos Hyde, SEA @ MIA
    46 D’Andre Swift, DET vs. NO
    47 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. ATL
    48 Gus Edwards, BAL @ WAS
    49 Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. NO
    50 Matt Breida, MIA vs. SEA
    51 Chris Thompson, JAX @ CIN
    52 Royce Freeman, DEN @ NYJ
    53 Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ CAR
    54 Dion Lewis, NYG @ LAR
    55 Damien Harris, NE @ KC
    56 LeSean McCoy, TB vs. LAC
    57 Boston Scott, PHI @ SF
    58 Rex Burkhead, NE @ KC
    59 Darwin Thompson, KC vs. NE
    60 Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. JAX
    61 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ HOU
    62 Benny Snell Jr., PIT @ TEN
    63 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. CLE
    64 Brian Hill, ATL @ GB
    65 Corey Clement, PHI @ SF
    66 La’Mical Perine NYJ vs. DEN
    67 Devontae Booker, LV vs. BUF
    68 Jalen Richard, LV vs. BUF
    69 Reggie Bonnafon, CAR vs. ARZ
    70 J.D. McKissic, WAS vs. BAL
    71 Peyton Barber, WAS vs. BAL
    72 AJ Dillon, GB vs. ATL