It is officially week five of the fantasy football season and in this article we are once again focusing on the rankings for this week. These rankings will help you determine which running backs you should play and sit this week and are based off standard scoring with a point per reception.
It has kind of been an up and down season for running backs thus far, with some big-time surprises and big disappointments. One of the biggest busts after the first three weeks of the season was Titans running back Chris Johnson. Many of you im sure picked the former 2,000 yard rusher in the first round of your point per reception league draft (don’t feel bad, I did it too) but after last week, when Johnson surprised us all with 141 rushing yards against the Texans, we all have to re-think our strategy with him.
Now this week may not be the best week for your faith in Johnson to be completely restored, not with the Stingy Minnesota run defense looming. Yet, there is one thing about Johnson. With his performance last week the Titans now are probably more committed in having him as their sole ball carrier and also to keep his production up. Plus, Matt Hasselbeck will now be the quarterback and may be more able to make defenses pay for stacking the box to stop Johnson.
This week, we at FantasyPPR.com have Johnson ranked at no.18. This is a reflection of two things. One, we think Johnson will get a fair share of opportunities against the Vikings on Sunday and two he will make a few catches. He also was targeted much more frequently as a receiver last season with Hasselbeck (4.9 targets per game) than with Locker (3.5 targets per game). So don’t be surprised if Johnson catches a few more passes this week.
Overall, Johnson is still a risky play but has upside still as he frustratingly showed us all last week.
One guy that is sure thing to do well this week and comes with no risk at all is Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who once again went over a hundred yards and scored a touchdown. Lynch had 155 total yards last week included four receptions for 37 yards, meaning he had over 25 fantasy points last week in point per reception formats.
The thing that makes Lynch so great is that he has gotten more than carries in each of the first four games and has found the end zone in two of the last three. He also has gained at least 98 total yards in every game this season and with the Panthers terrible run defense on the slate, Lynch is a top-5 running back this week.
If you have any question on what running back to play consult the rankings below or hit us up with your lineup question on twitter @ThePPRExperts.