The 2023-24 NFL season has begun which means fantasy football is back! Since every week is important it would be irresponsible to start a player with a rough matchup over a player with a more favorable one that is ranked or projected to perform similar to the original player. Here are fantasy football Week 4 running back rankings.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to the Injured Reserve List
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting RB1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High-End RB2- a player who may not be likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 territory.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low RB2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and cause a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deep League Flex- a player who is more of a Hail Mary throw at the position. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Christian McCaffrey||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB1|
|Must Start||Austin Ekeler*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB2|
|Starting RB1||Tony Pollard||vs New England Patriots||RB3|
|Starting RB1||Bijan Robinson||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB4|
|Starting RB1||Kenneth Walker III||vs New York Giants||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Travis Etienne Jr.||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB6|
|High-End RB2||Kyren Williams||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB7|
|High-End RB2||Josh Jacobs||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB8|
|High-End RB2||Kyren Williams||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB9|
|High-End RB2||Derrick Henry||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB10|
|Starting RB2||James Cook||vs Miami Dolphins||RB11|
|Starting RB2||James Conner||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB12|
|Starting RB2||Raheem Mostert||vs Buffalo Bills||RB13|
|Starting RB2||Zack Moss||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB14|
|Starting RB2||Alexander Mattison||vs Carolina Panthers||RB15|
|Starting RB2||Joe Mixon||vs Tennessee Titans||RB16|
|Starting RB2||Aaron Jones*||vs Detroit Lions||RB17|
|Starting RB2||D’Andre Swift||vs Washington Commanders||RB18|
|Low RB2||Miles Sanders||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB19|
|Low RB2||Jerome Ford||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB20|
|Low RB2||Javonte Williams||vs Chicago Bears||RB21|
|Flex||David Montgomery||vs Green Bay Packers||RB22|
|Flex||Rhamondre Stevenson||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB23|
|Flex||Isiah Pacheco||vs New York Jets||RB24|
|Flex||Alvin Kamara||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB25|
|Flex||Jahmyr Gibbs||vs Green Bay Packers||RB26|
|Flex||Khalil Herbert||vs Denver Broncos||RB27|
|Flex||Jaylen Warren||vs Houston Texans||RB28|
|Deep League Flex||Brian Robinson Jr.||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB29|
|Deep League Flex||Roschon Johnson||vs Denver Broncos||RB30|
|Deep League Flex||Najee Harris||vs Houston Texans||RB31|
|Deep League Flex||Rachaad White||vs New Orleans Saints||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Matt Breida||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||Dameon Pierce||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||De’Von Achane||vs Buffalo Bills||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||Kenneth Gainwell||vs Washington Commanders||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Breece Hall||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB37|
|Deep League Flex||Ezekiel Elliott||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB38|
|Leave on the Bench||Gus Edwards||vs Cleveland Browns||RB39|
|Leave on the Bench||A.J. Dillon||vs Detroit Lions||RB40|
|Leave on the Bench||Zach Charbonnet||vs New York Giants||RB41|
|Leave on the Bench||Gary Brightwell||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB42|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyjae Spears||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Allgeier||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||Justice Hill||vs Cleveland Browns||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Dalvin Cook||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Chuba Hubbard||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Kareem Hunt||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||Samaje Perine||vs Chicago Bears||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||Latavius Murray||vs Miami Dolphins||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Devin Singletary||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Jerick McKinnon||vs New York Jets||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Kendre Miller||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Joshua Kelley||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||Antonio Gibson||vs Philadephia Eagles||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Elijah Mitchell||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB56|
|Leave on the Bench||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||vs New York Jets||RB57|
|Leave on the Bench||Damien Harris||vs Miami Dolphins||RB58|
|Leave on the Bench||Tank Bigsby||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB59|
|Leave on the Bench||Cam Akers||vs Carolina Panthers||RB60|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Juszczyk||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB61|
|Leave on the Bench||Melvin Gordon II||vs Cleveland Browns||RB62|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
RB2 Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
Austin Ekeler missed the past two games with an ankle injury. Brandon Staley told reporters that there is “no timeline” for his return from his ankle injury. He is hoping to return this week but the Chargers have a bye next week. If Ekeler misses Week 4 against the Las Vegas Raiders Joshua Kelley moves up to RB37 between Breece Hall and Ezekiel Elliott.
RB17 Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Jones missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice on Thursday. If Jones misses Week 4 against the Detroit Lions A.J. Dillon moves up to RB27 between Khalil Herbert and Jaylen Warren.
RB22 David Montgomery, Detroit Lions
David Montgomery missed last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a thigh injury. There is a good chance that Montgomery returns this week. But if Montgomery misses Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers Jahmyr Gibbs moves up to RB22 between Javonte Williams and Rhamondre Stevenson. Craig Reynolds becomes the RB47 between Chuba Hubbard and Kareem Hunt
Baltimore Ravens Running Backs: RB39 Gus Edwards & RB45 Justice Hill
Gus Edwards could possibly be dealing with a concussion. Justice Hill missed last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a foot injury. If Edwards is active and Hill misses Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns Melvin Gordon moves up to RB51 between Devin Singletary and Jerick McKinnon.
If Hill is active and Edwards misses Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns Hill moves up to RB40 between A.J. Dillon and Zach Charbonnet. Melvin Gordon moves up to RB51 between Devin Singletary and Jerick McKinnon.
If both Edwards and Hill are inactive in Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns Melvin Gordon moves up to RB42 between Gary Brightwell and Tyjae Spears. Kenyan Drake becomes the RB57 between Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Damien Harris.
Players that are currently not expected to play
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Saquon Barkley is expected to miss a few weeks with a sprained ankle. Even though he wasn’t ruled out till late last week, Barkley doesn’t appear to be ready to play any time soon. When Barkley returns he should be inserted back into fantasy lineups.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins
Salvon Ahmed was inactive in last week’s game because of a groin injury. Ahmed appears to be on track to miss next week’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Even if Ahmed is active he would likely have a minimized role after the explosion of De’Von Achane last week.