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Fantasy Football Week 4 Running Back Rankings

Derrick Henry

The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. It has shown fantasy trends that have started to develop and show what could happen the rest of the season. Already some players have proven to be fantasy relevant while some fantasy stars have been alarmingly disappointing to this point. Injuries have started to mount up this season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Week 4  fantasy football running back rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 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)

Key:
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 isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 category.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is 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 causes 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.
CategoryNameOpponentRanking
Must StartDerrick Henryvs New York JetsRB1
Must StartAlvin Kamaravs New York GiantsRB2
Must StartDalvin Cook*vs Cleveland BrownsRB3
Starting RB1Austin Ekelervs Las Vegas RaidersRB4
Starting RB1Najee Harrisvs Green Bay PackersRB5
Starting RB1Jonathan Taylor*vs Miami DolphinsRB6
Starting RB1Nick Chubbvs Minnesota VikingsRB7
Starting RB1Aaron Jones*vs Pittsburgh SteelersRB8
Starting RB1Ezekiel Eliottvs Carolina PanthersRB9
Starting RB1D’Andre Swiftvs Chicago BearsRB10
High-End RB2Antonio Gibson*vs Atlanta FalconsRB11
High-End RB2Saquon Barkleyvs New Orleans SaintsRB12
Starting RB2David Montgomeryvs Detriot LionsRB13
Starting RB2Elijah Mitchell*vs Seattle SeahawksRB14
Starting RB2Darrell Henderson*vs Arizona CardinalsRB15
Starting RB2Chris Carsonvs San Francisco 49ersRB16
Low RB2Joe Mixonvs Jacksonville Jaguars13.7 points
Low RB2James Robinsonvs Cincinnati Bengals20.6 points
Low RB2Josh Jacobs*vs Los Angeles ChargersRB19
Low RB2Zack Mossvs Houston TexansRB20
Low RB2Kareem Huntvs Minnesota VikingsRB21
Low RB2Chuba Hubbardvs Dallas CowboysRB22
FlexChase Edmondsvs Los Angeles RamsRB23
FlexMyles Gaskinvs Indianapolis ColtsRB24
FlexClyde Edwards-Helairevs Philadelphia EaglesRB25
FlexMike Davisvs Washington Football TeamRB26
Deep League FlexNyheim Hinesvs Miami DolphinsRB27
Deep League FlexMelvin Gordon*vs Baltimore RavensRB28
Deep League FlexCordarrelle Pattersonvs Washington Football TeamRB29
Deep League FlexMiles Sandersvs Kansas City ChiefsRB30
Deep League FlexKenyan Drakevs Los Angeles ChargersRB31
Deep League FlexDevin Singletaryvs Houston TexansRB32
Deep League FlexJavonte Williamsvs Baltimore RavensRB33
Deep League FlexJamaal Williamsvs Chicago BearsRB34
Deep League FlexLeonard Fournettevs New England PatriotsRB35
Deep League FlexDamien Harrisvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB36
Deep League FlexTy’Son Williamsvs Denver BroncosRB37
Deep League FlexJ.D. McKissicvs Atlanta FalconsRB38
Deep League FlexTony Pollardvs Carolina PanthersRB39
Deep League FlexMichael Cartervs Tennesee TitansRB40
Deep League FlexMark Ingramvs Buffalo BillsRB41
Deep League FlexKenneth Gainwellvs Kansas City ChiefsRB42
Leave on the BenchJeremy McNicholsvs New York GiantsRB43
Leave on the BenchTrey Sermonvs Seattle SeahawksRB44
Leave on the BenchTy Johnsonvs Tennessee TitansRB45
Leave on the BenchLatavius Murrayvs Denver BroncosRB46
Leave on the BenchCarlos Hydevs Cincinnati Bengals0 points
Leave on the BenchRonald Jonesvs New England PatriotsRB48
Leave on the BenchDarrel Williamsvs Philadelphia EaglesRB49
Leave on the BenchPhillip Lindsayvs Buffalo BillsRB50
Leave on the BenchTony Jones Jr.vs New York GiantsRB51
Leave on the BenchMalcolm Brownvs Indianapolis ColtsRB52
Leave on the BenchSony Michelvs Arizona CardinalsRB53
Leave on the BenchTevin Colemanvs Tennessee TitansRB54
Leave on the BenchTravis Homervs San Francisco 49ersRB55
Leave on the BenchSamaje Perinevs Jacksonville Jaguars3.2 points
Leave on the BenchDavid Johnsonvs Buffalo BillsRB57
Leave on the BenchRoyce Freemanvs Dallas CowboysRB58
Leave on the BenchGiovanni Bernard*vs New England PatriotsRB59
Leave on the BenchJames Connervs Los Angeles RamsRB60
Leave on the BenchAlexander Mattisonvs Cleveland BrownsRB61
Leave on the BenchBrandon Boldenvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB62
Leave on the BenchPeyton Barbervs Los Angeles ChargersRB63
Leave on the BenchAlex Collinsvs San Francisco 49ersRB64
Leave on the BenchDamien Williamsvs Detriot LionsRB65
Leave on the BenchKyle Juszczykvs Seattle SeahawksRB66
Leave on the BenchDemetric Feltonvs Minnesota VikingsRB67
Leave on the BenchA.J. Dillonvs Pittsburgh SteelersRB68
Leave on the BenchJ.J. Taylorvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB69
Leave on the BenchLarry Rountree IIIvs Las Vegas RaidersRB70
Leave on the BenchSalvon Ahmedvs Indianapolis ColtsRB71
Leave on the BenchJake Funkvs Arizona CardinalsRB72
Leave on the BenchJarret Pattersonvs Atlanta FalconsRB73
Leave on the BenchRhamondre Stevensonvs New Orleans SaintsRB74

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB3 Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook’s ankle injury turned out to be severe enough to keep him out of Minnesota’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Alexander Mattison did great last week and is extremely capable of filling in for Cook. Mattison would jump up to RB17 between Joe Mixon and James Robinson if Cook missed another week.

RB6 Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Taylor was limited in practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. The Colts have a great matchup this week against the Dolphins who were decimated by Peyton Barber last week. If Taylor was to miss this week Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins would fill his role because Marlon Mack will continue to be a healthy scratch due to trade rumors. Hines would bump up to RB22 between Chuba Hubbard and Chase Edmonds. Wilkins would join the list slotting in at RB31 between Miles Sanders and Kenyan Drake.

RB8 Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones was limited in Wednesday’s practice because of an ankle injury. This would be a huge blow to Green Bay’s offense if he was to miss this week’s game against the Steelers. His backup A.J. Dillon would become RB31 between Kenyan Drake and Devin Singletary.

RB11 Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

News broke Thursday that Antonio Gibson did not participate in practice Thursday because of a shin injury. A late-week injury like this doesn’t bode well for his status for Sunday. If Gibson misses this week J.D. McKissic would shoot up to RB20 between Zack Moss and Kareem Hunt. Rookie Jarret Patterson would be an interesting play this week as well and would slot in at RB35 between Jamaal Williams and Leonard Fournette.

RB14 Elijah Mitchell, San Fransisco 49ers

Last week Elijah Mitchell was held out of the game against the Green Bay Packers due to a shoulder injury. If he comes back he will likely lead this backfield in snaps and carries. If Mitchell misses this week against the Seattle Seahawks there is no guaranteed replacement in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Trey Sermon and Kyle Juszczyk would likely split carries for the 49ers again. Sermon would bump up to RB21 between Kareem Hunt and Chuba Hubbard. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk would become RB41 between Michael Carter and Mark Ingram.

RB15 Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams

Darrell Henderson was ruled out last week because of a rib issue. He was limited in practice Wednesday because of the injury. Sony Michel took a majority of the snaps for the Rams last week and would likely do the same this coming week if Henderson sat out again. Michel would become RB19 between Josh Jacobs and Zack Moss. While Jake Funk would join the list at RB62 between Alexander Mattison and Brandon Bolden.

RB19 Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has been dealing with multiple injuries over the past two weeks. He was able to practice Thursday which is an encouraging sign for his status for Sunday. If Jacobs was to miss his third game in a row Peyton Barber would likely resume replacing Jacobs in this offense while Kenyan Drake could see an increase in snaps too. Barber would be the RB21 between Kareem Hunt and Chuba Hubbard. While Drake would take a slight boost to RB29 between Melvin Gordon and Cordarrelle Patterson.  f

RB28 Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos

Melvin Gordon has been dealing with a rib injury. It was the reason why he was a limited participant in practice in practice Wednesday. If was to miss this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens rookie Javonte Williams would shoot up to RB20 between Josh Jacobs and Zack Moss.

RB59 Giovanni Bernard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers running back Giovanni Bernard had an outstanding game last week against the Los Angeles Rams. However, he missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury. If he misses this week Ke’Shawn Vaughn will likely be active and Leonard Fournette would be the primary pass-catching back.

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