Week 5 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

If you thought Kareem Hunt was a nice value play in PPR before, you’re going to love him now. Nick Chubb, unfortunately, exited early with a knee injury against the Cowboys last week and he is now reportedly out for six weeks. That will open the door for Hunt to potentially be a top back in PPR formats, but it isn’t the only injury impacting fantasy football owners. Austin Ekeler also went down with a hamstring injury, and now, Joshua Kelley will be on the rise. That, combined with the potential players returning from injuries (Raheem Mostert, Le’Veon Bell, and Phillip Lindsay), will make our Week 5 fantasy PPR RB rankings look a lot different than they did last week.

The usual suspects are still near the top, but one notable riser is Tampa Bay’s Ronald Jones. With Leonard Fournette (ankle) absent and LeSean McCoy banged up, Jones was targeted nine times and had six catches against the Chargers. If Fournette and McCoy miss time going forward, Jones and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn will handle the workload out of the backfield and Jones will have more PPR upside, as Tom Brady loves to throw to his RBs.

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

Elsewhere, the return of James White will be a boon for potential flex plays, and White will continue to be a solid PPR option against the Broncos in Week 5. The Rams RBs, Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown, continue to be heavily involved in the passing game, as well, so while it may be hard to figure out the rotation there on a weekly basis, both flex options.

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

A PPR sleeper to keep an eye on moving forward is Chase Edmonds. The Cardinals backup saw six targets (good for second on the team) and caught five passes for 24 yards and a TD against the Panthers in Week 4. He’s clearly behind Kenyan Drake in terms of carries, but Edmonds could continue to work as the team’s top pass-catcher out of the backfield. He does have two receiving TDs on the year, so he could be an intriguing flex play against the Jets in Week 5. If Drake’s chest injury is more serious than initially though, Edmonds would be a legit RB2.

Other key players that move up in PPR include Jerick McKinnon (vs. Dolphins), Devin Singletary (@ Titans), Dion Lewis (@ Cowboys), and Nyheim Hines (@ Browns). None can “replace” Aaron Jones, who’s on bye this week, but McKinnon and Singletary come the closest to being able to fill his shoes. Both Lewis and Hines make good replacements for Detroit’s Adrian Peterson and D’Andre Swift, who are also on bye.

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

Week 5 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Alvin Kamara, NO vs. LAC
2 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. NYG
3 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ SEA
4 Josh Jacobs, LV @ KC
5 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. LV
6 Derrick Henry, TEN vs. BUF
7 James Robinson, JAX @ HOU
8 Todd Gurley, ATL vs. CAR
9 Chris Carson, SEA vs. MIN
10 Raheem Mostert, SF vs. MIA
11 Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. IND
12 Mike Davis, CAR @ ATL
13 Jonathan Taylor, IND @ CLE
14 Kenyan Drake, ARZ @ NYJ
15 David Johnson, HOU vs. JAX
16 David Montgomery, CHI vs. TB
17 Miles Sanders, PHI @ PIT
18 James Conner, PIT vs. PHI
19 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. LAR
20 Devonta Freeman, NYG @ DAL
21 Joe Mixon, CIN @ BAL
22 Le’Veon Bell, NYJ vs. ARZ
23 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ NO
24 Jerick McKinnon, SF vs. MIA
25 Melvin Gordon, DEN @ NE
26 Devin Singletary, BUF @ TEN
27 Ronald Jones II, TB @ CHI
28 Mark Ingram, BAL vs. CIN
29 James White, NE vs. DEN
30 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ WAS
31 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ SF
32 Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ NE
33 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ WAS
34 Sony Michel, NE vs. DEN
35 Latavius Murray, NO vs. LAC
36 Leonard Fournette, TB @ CHI
37 Justin Jackson, LAC @ NO
38 Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ NYJ
39 Dion Lewis, NYG @ DAL
40 Nyheim Hines, IND @ CLE
41 Zack Moss, BUF @ TEN
42 Gus Edwards, BAL vs. CIN
43 JK Dobbins, BAL vs. CIN
44 Duke Johnson, HOU vs. JAX
45 Jordan Howard, MIA @ SF
46 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. IND
47 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ SEA
48 Cam Akers, LAR @ WAS
49 Matt Breida, MIA @ SF
50 Darwin Thompson, KC vs. LV
51 Damien Harris, NE vs. DEN
52 Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. MIN
53 Giovani Bernard, CIN @ BAL
54 Rex Burkhead, NE vs. DEN
55 Boston Scott, PHI @ PIT
56 LeSean McCoy, TB @ CHI
57 Chris Thompson, JAX @ HOU
58 Wayne Gallman, NYG @ DAL
59 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. NYG
60 Jalen Richard, LV @ KC
61 Jordan Wilkins, IND @ CLE
62 Brian Hill, ATL vs. CAR
63 J.D. McKissic, WAS vs. LAR
64 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF vs. MIA
65 Anthony McFarland, PIT vs. PHI
66 Darrynton Evans, TEN vs. BUF
67 Reggie Bonnafon, CAR @ ATL
68 Benny Snell, PIT vs. PHI
69 Royce Freeman, DEN @ NE
70 Frank Gore, NYJ vs. ARZ
71 La’Mical Perine NYJ vs. ARZ