Fantasy football Rankings: Week 4 RBs for PPR, standard leagues

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There are some changes that could be coming on NFL depth charts and there are some injuries in the RB fold. Check out Week 4 running back rankings for PPR and standard leagues.

After a Week 2 that was full of carnage, Week 3 wasn't too bad on the injury front for running backs. Let's take a look at which backs could have some questions as we head to the quarter pole of the fantasy season. Here's some news on the backs heading into Week 4:


  • Reggie Bush was back at practice on Wednesday and it sounds like he's good to go. Obviously, Joique Bell owners should stick with the second-string back.
  • Ray Rice is on track to return on Sunday and could have a monster game at Buffalo.
  • Daryl Richardson looks ready to go for Week 4 with a foot injury. Although, he played just two snaps early in the game and didn't return. He's going to be a risky play, and Isaiah Pead should be owned in all leagues.
  • Steven Jackson could be out until Week 7 with a thigh injury, so his owners are going to be without him for a little while. Jacquizz Rodgers has to be owned across the board.
  • LeSean McCoy had a minor issue on Thursday night, but he's fine. He's the top option in standard leagues.
  • C.J. Spiller (knee) was back at practice on Wednesday. If you have some time in the next couple days, try and send out some buy-low offers.
  • Le'Veon Bell could be back this week and the Steelers need him. He has to be owned in even four-man leagues.
  • Chris Ivory could miss time with a hamstring issue. Bilal Powell has been a revelation after a sub-par 2012 and he's an RB2 for now. It's also worth noting that Mike Goodson could be a sneaky pickup in deeper leagues.
  • James Starks (knee) and Eddie Lacy could miss time in Week 5, so Johnathan Franklin could be worth a look. The Packers have a bye this week.
  • Mark Ingram could miss more time with a toe injury. The Saints couldn't get their ground game moving against the Cardinals on Sunday, but that could change against the Dolphins on Monday Night Football.

Depth Charts

  • Willis McGahee was signed last week and could be atop the depth chart for the Browns. The Browns are not going to have a dominant rushing attack, but Willis has to be owned should the team get it figured out.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw was surprisingly good with Trent Richardson in uniform, and the Colts are going to use a committee approach for now. It shouldn't take long for T-Rich to figure it out, and he could become an elite RB1, but Bradshaw should remain owned.
  • Brandon Bolden is on the upswing, and the ball-security issues of Stevan Ridley may have come back to bite him. Ridley is a bit of a risky play until this smooths over and obviously has more value than Bolden. Of course, Bolden should be owned in most leagues.

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Standard League PPR League
1 LeSean McCoy (@DEN) LeSean McCoy (@DEN)
2 Adrian Peterson (PIT) Matt Forte (@DET)
3 Jamaal Charles (NYG) Adrian Peterson (PIT)
4 Doug Martin (AZ) Jamaal Charles (NYG)
5 Matt Forte (@DET) Doug Martin (AZ)
6 Alfred Morris (@OAK) Ray Rice (@BUF)
7 Ray Rice (@BUF) DeMarco Murray (@SD)
8 DeMarco Murray (@SD) C.J. Spiller (BAL)
9 Marshawn Lynch (@HOU) Alfred Morris (@OAK)
10 C.J. Spiller (BAL) Marshawn Lynch (@HOU)
11 Frank Gore (@STL) Darren McFadden (WAS)
12 Trent Richardson (@JAX) Reggie Bush (CHI)
13 Lamar Miller (@NO) Lamar Miller (@NO)
14 Darren McFadden (WAS) Trent Richardson (@JAX)
15 Reggie Bush (CHI) Darren Sproles (MIA)
16 Chris Johnson (NYJ) Arian Foster (SEA)
17 Arian Foster (SEA) Chris Johnson (NYJ)
18 Darren Sproles (MIA) Frank Gore (@STL)
19 Knowshon Moreno (PHI) Giovani Bernard (@CLE)
20 Bilal Powell (@TEN) Maurice Jones-Drew (IND)
21 Giovani Bernard (@CLE) Bilal Powell (@TEN)
22 Maurice Jones-Drew (IND) Jacquizz Rodgers (NE)
23 Stevan Ridley (@ATL) Knowshon Moreno (PHI)
24 David Wilson (@KC) David Wilson (@KC)
25 Jacquizz Rodgers (NE) Pierre Thomas (MIA)
26 Ryan Mathews (DAL) Ryan Mathews (DAL)
27 Pierre Thomas (MIA) Daryl Richardson (SF)
28 LeVeon Bell (@MIN) Joique Bell (CHI)
29 Daryl Richardson (SF) Fred Jackson (BAL)
30 Fred Jackson (BAL) Stevan Ridley (@ATL)
31 Joique Bell (CHI) LeVeon Bell (@MIN)
32 Rashard Mendenhall (@TB) Danny Woodhead (DAL)
33 Bernard Pierce (@BUF) Rashard Mendenhall (@TB)
34 Ahmad Bradshaw (@JAX) Brandon Bolden (@ATL)
35 Willis McGahee (CIN) Bernard Pierce (@BUF)
36 Brandon Bolden (@ATL) Ahmad Bradshaw (@JAX)
37 Montee Ball (PHI) Willis McGahee (CIN)
38 Jason Snelling (NE) Ronnie Hillman (PHI)
39 Daniel Thomas (@NO) Bobby Rainey (CIN)
40 Michael Bush (@DET) Isaiah Pead (SF)
41 Jonathan Dwyer (@MIN) Ben Tate (SEA)
42 Ben Tate (SEA) Jason Snelling (NE)
43 Andre Ellington (@TB) Marcel Reece (WAS)
44 Danny Woodhead (DAL) Kendall Hunter (@STL)
45 Ronnie Hillman (PHI) Andre Ellington (@TB)
46 Marcel Reece (WAS) Da'Rel Scott (@KC)
47 Bobby Rainey (CIN) Chris Ogbonnaya (CIN)
48 Kendall Hunter (@STL) Jonathan Dwyer (@MIN)
49 Isaiah Pead (SF) Michael Bush (@DET)
50 Bryce Brown (@DEN) Montee Ball (PHI)

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