Adrian Peterson isn't going to be a top option this week because he's on a bye, so his owners might have a hole in their starting lineup this week. The Steelers, Buccaneers and Redskins will join the Vikings for their week off and all four teams have backs that are shaping up to be serious assets. Doug Martin leads the NFL in carries through four weeks, Alfred Morris was second in the NFL in rushing in 2012, and Le'Veon Bell started off his career with a bang thanks to two scores.
This week there are quite a few games that could be high scoring. The Lions and Packers could score 60 points, Chicago gets to take on the Saints, and the two hapless defense face off with the Giants hosting the Eagles. Let's take a look at some of the storylines heading into Week 5:
Editor's note: This was updated on Wednesday afternoon
C.J. Spiller did not practice on Tuesday due to an ankle sprain. That's not a good sign and his owners should be prepared for a game-time decision. Fred Jackson was back at practice and would resume a featured role sans Spiller. They do take on the Browns, a team that has been holding teams to limited rushing numbers so far. They lead the NFL in yards per carry allowed and rank fourth in rushing yards per game. Spiller is a buy-low player and his price tag could drop even more after Week 5's road game.
Update: Spiller is questionable for Thursday and was limited in practice on Wednesday. He was moved down in the ranks while Fred Jackson was moved up. Jackson is listed as probable.
Darren McFadden left Sunday's game with a hamstring and did not return. He was on the sidelines getting worked on by the training staff and also had a baseball on his hamstring to try and get loose. If his career is any indicator, he's going to miss Week 5's matchup against the Chargers. What's more, Marcel Reece is also hurt and could miss time.
Enter Rashad Jennings. He proved to a capable backup in Jacksonville, but he didn't bounce back too quickly from an ACL tear suffered in 2011. He gets a nice matchup since the Chargers haven't been effective in stopping the run, ranking 30th in yards per carry allowed and 25th in rushing yards allowed. He'll be a sneaky play this week, but playing on Sunday night at 11:35 ET could make it risky unless DMC and Reece are ruled out.
Eddie Lacy put in a full practice this week and he's expected to be ready to go against the Lions. He can be started confidently in all standard leagues. Jonathan Franklin could get some snaps on third down and is a Hail Mary play in PPR leagues.
Ahmad Bradshaw was ruled out early for Week 4, so he's not likely back to 100 percent yet. Even though they Colts have a horrible matchup against the Seahawks, Trent Richardson's upside makes him nearly impossible to bench. Plus, the Colts offense has looked good for the most part.
Update: Bradshaw is doubtful to play and he's extremely unlikely to play. He was moved out of the rankings.
Mark Ingram is still dealing with a toe injury and his return may not be in sight. If you watched Monday Night Football, you can see the Saints are in good hands with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.
Alfred Morris suffered a rib injury on Sunday, but he'll have a bye to get better. It's not a terrible idea to pick up Roy Helu as insurance, though.
The Giants cut bait on Da'Rel Scott, which could mean that David Wilson is on his way out of the doghouse. If you can, try and get a deal for Wilson before Sunday since he has a tremendous chance to gash the worst defense in the league based on yards allowed. Brandon Jacobs could also get some more goal-line work.
Chris Ivory is out indefinitely, but the Jets get Mike Goodson back after his four-game suspension. Bilal Powell hasn't really done anything to lose carries, but he's been far from spectacular. Goodson ripped off runs at a 6.2 yards-per-carry clip, so he could be a weapon as long as he doesn't do anything stupid.
The Rams are a mess. No team passes the ball more based on percentage of plays and Sam Bradford also leads the NFL in passes attempted. Benny Cunningham got some snaps after Daryl Richardson squandered his chance to shine with Isaiah Pead being a healthy scratch. It's more or less a hands-off situation, but Richardson and Cunningham are worth owning in competitive leagues. Plus, they get the Jaguars this week, so there's that.
Stevan Ridley still looks to be the main man in New England, but he's definitely on the hot seat. LeGarrette Blount ripped off a big TD run on Sunday night and Brandon Bolden has been a nice weapon on third down. We can probably rule out Ridley as an RB1 these days, but he's still a guy worth starting in most formats.
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|Standard League||PPR League|
|1||LeSean McCoy (@NYG)||Matt Forte (NO)|
|2||Matt Forte (NO)||Reggie Bush (@GB)|
|3||Marshawn Lynch (@IND)||LeSean McCoy (@NYG)|
|4||Reggie Bush (@GB)||Jamaal Charles (@TEN)|
|5||Jamaal Charles (@TEN)||Ray Rice (@MIA)|
|6||Ray Rice (@MIA)||Darren Sproles (@CHI)|
|7||Arian Foster (@SF)||Marshawn Lynch (@IND)|
|8||DeMarco Murray (DEN)||DeMarco Murray (DEN)|
|9||Darren Sproles (@CHI)||Arian Foster (@SF)|
|10||Chris Johnson (KC)||Trent Richardson (SEA)|
|11||Trent Richardson (SEA)||Chris Johnson (KC)|
|12||Frank Gore (HOU)||Lamar Miller (BAL)|
|13||Eddie Lacy (DET)||David Wilson (PHI)|
|14||Fred Jackson (@CLE)||Fred Jackson (@CLE)|
|15||David Wilson (PHI)||Joique Bell (@GB)|
|16||Lamar Miller (BAL)||Giovani Bernard (NE)|
|17||Knowshon Moreno (@DAL)||Eddie Lacy (DET)|
|18||DeAngelo Williams (@AZ)||Frank Gore (HOU)|
|19||Bilal Powell (@ATL)||Rashad Jennings (SD)|
|20||Giovani Bernard (NE)||C.J. Spiller (@CLE)|
|21||C.J. Spilller (@CLE)||Knowshon Moreno (@DAL)|
|22||Rashad Jennings (SD)||DeAngelo Williams (@AZ)|
|23||Stevan Ridley (@CIN)||Bilal Powell (@ATL)|
|24||Ryan Mathews (@OAK)||Pierre Thomas (@CHI)|
|25||Daryl Richardson (JAX)||Danny Woodhead (@OAK)|
|26||Maurice Jones-Drew (@STL)||Maurice Jones-Drew (@STL)|
|27||Rashard Mendenhall (CAR)||Rashard Mendenhall (CAR)|
|28||Pierre Thomas (@CHI)||Stevan Ridley (@CIN)|
|29||Danny Woodhead (@OAK)||Ryan Mathews (@OAK)|
|30||Jacquizz Rodgers (NYJ)||Jacquizz Rodgers (NYJ)|
|31||Jason Snelling (NYJ)||Jonathan Franklin (DET)|
|32||Willis McGahee (BUF)||Chris Ogbonnaya (BUF)|
|33||BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE)||Jason Snelling (NYJ)|
|34||Bernard Pierce (@MIA)||Bryce Brown (@NYG)|
|35||Jonathan Franklin (DET)||Willis McGahee (BUF)|
|36||Ben Tate (@SF)||Mike Goodson (@ATL)|
|37||Bryce Brown (@NYG)||Andre Ellington (CAR)|
|38||Kendall Hunter (HOU)||Ben Tate (@SF)|
|39||Chris Ogbonnaya (BUF)||Bernard Pierce (@MIA)|
|40||Mike Goodson (@ATL)||BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE)|
|41||Benny Cunningham (JAX)||Kendall Hunter (HOU)|
|42||Brandon Jacobs (PHI)||Ronnie Hillman (@DAL)|
|43||Mike Tolbert (@AZ)||Benny Cunningham (JAX)|
|44||LeGarrette Blount (@CIN)||LeGarrette Blount (@CIN)|
|45||Andre Ellington (CAR)||Tashard Choice (@CLE)|
|46||Tashard Choice (@CLE)||Daniel Thomas (BAL)|
|47||Michael Bush (NO)||Mike Tolbert (@AZ)|
|48||Daniel Thomas (BAL)||Brandon Bolden (@CIN)|
|49||Brandon Bolden (@CIN)||Brandon Jacobs (PHI)|
|50||Isaiah Pead (JAX)||Michael Bush (NO)|