In what has slowly turned into the year of the running back, there are a bunch of good matchups there for this coming week. Bye weeks are plentiful with the Jaguars, Chiefs, Saints and Seahawks getting this Sunday off. Who are the best plays for week 5?
#1 David Johnson @ San Francisco: The running back from Northern Iowa just continues to churn his legs for solid fantasy performances week in and week out. Of all running backs, Johnson has the 3rd most points (based on ESPN standard scoring). He’s been between 111-143 scrimmage yards in each of the last 4 weeks. In comes a juicy match-up against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night who Ezekiel Elliott torched last week. Also, with Carson Palmer being out, expect a lot of running plays and check-downs to Johnson out of the backfield. Chris Johnson also being on IR now makes David the 3-down back.
#2 Demarco Murray @ Miami: If you had Demarco having the most fantasy points amongst running backs after 4 weeks, raise your hand. Stop lying. Murray is regaining his form in Tennessee and this week should be no different against the Dolphins. Marcus Mariota has struggled, so they have leaned on the rushing attack of Murray and Derrick Henry throughout. Don’t expect that to change. 5 touchdowns in 4 weeks, take your chances on him scoring at least one more against the Dolphins.
#3 Leveon Bell vs. NYJ: The juice is loose! Returning from his three-game suspension, in what was a beatdown of the Chiefs, Mike Tomlin kept Bell in the game late. To the happiness of his fantasy owners, he earned 17.8 points on 18 carries and 5 catches out of the backfield. The Jets run defense, although tough, allowed Christine Michael to have a solid afternoon last week with 15 points. Bell is better than him. With their focus on covering Antonio Brown, they will forget to cover Leveon out of the backfield.
#4 CJ Anderson vs. Atlanta: He’s going to get the ball 19-25 times per game especially if Paxton Lynch is starting. He will most likely score a touchdown. That right there is a solid game. Atlanta’s horrendous defense has been disguised by it’s tremendous offense. Expect a day from CJ.
#5 LeSean Mccoy @ Los Angeles: Shady seems to be getting the swagger back after just an okay season last year in Buffalo. He is being utilized much more out of the backfield and his offensive line has been impressive this season leading them to a 2-2 start in Buffalo. The Rams D, although pretty good at not giving up points, give up 16 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.