The 2022-23 NFL season began two weeks ago which means so did fantasy football. After getting a taste of the NFL season last week, it is important not to overreact and make risky moves when setting lineups for this week. For the first few weeks, fantasy managers should pay attention to trends that they see from teams that could shape the rest of the season. Here are fantasy football week 4 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)
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.
|Must Start||Jonathan Taylor||vs Tennessee Titans||RB1|
|Must Start||Christian McCaffrey||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB2|
|Starting RB1||Saquon Barkley||vs Chicago Bears||RB3|
|Starting RB1||Austin Ekeler||vs Houston Texans||RB4|
|Starting RB1||Leonard Fournette||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Derrick Henry||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB6|
|High-End RB2||Nick Chubb||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB7|
|High-End RB2||James Robinson||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB8|
|High-End RB2||Najee Harris||vs New York Jets||RB9|
|High-End RB2||Alvin Kamara||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB10|
|High-End RB2||Joe Mixon||vs Miami Dolphins||RB11|
|High-End RB2||Dalvin Cook*||vs New Orleans Saints||RB12|
|High-End RB2||Cordarrelle Patterson||vs Cleveland Browns||RB13|
|Starting RB2||Javonte Williams||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB14|
|Starting RB2||David Montgomery*||vs New York Giants||RB15|
|Starting RB2||Aaron Jones||vs New England Patriots||RB16|
|Low RB2||Jeff Wilson Jr.||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB17|
|Low RB2||Jamaal Williams||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB18|
|Low RB2||James Conner||vs Carolina Panthers||RB19|
|Low RB2||Antonio Gibson||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB20|
|Low RB2||Dameon Pierce||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB21|
|Low RB2||Kareem Hunt||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB22|
|Flex||Breece Hall||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB23|
|Flex||Ezekiel Elliott||vs Washington Commanders||RB24|
|Flex||A.J. Dillon||vs New England Patriots||RB25|
|Flex||Rhamondre Stevenson||vs Green Bay Packers||RB26|
|Flex||Chase Edmonds||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB27|
|Flex||Tony Pollard||vs Washington Commanders||RB28|
|Flex||Damien Harris||vs Green Bay Packers||RB29|
|Flex||Rashaad Penny||vs Detroit Lions||RB30|
|Deep League Flex||Travis Etienne Jr.||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB31|
|Deep League Flex||Josh Jacobs||vs Denver Broncos||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||Melvin Gordon||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||J.K. Dobbins||vs Buffalo Bills||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||Miles Sanders||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Devin Singletary||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB37|
|Deep League Flex||J.D. McKissic||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB38|
|Deep League Flex||Cam Akers||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB39|
|Deep League Flex||Michael Carter||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB40|
|Deep League Flex||Nyheim Hines||vs Tennessee Titans||RB41|
|Leave on the Bench||Khalil Herbert||vs New York Giants||RB42|
|Leave on the Bench||Raheem Mostert||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||Craig Reynolds||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||Darrell Henderson||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenneth Walker III||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Allgeier||vs Cleveland Browns||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Rex Burkhead||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||Mark Ingram||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||Brandon Bolden||vs Denver Broncos||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Jerick McKinnon||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Alexander Mattison||vs New Orleans Saints||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Eno Benjamin||vs Carolina Panthers||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Sony Michel||vs Houston Texans||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||Samaje Perine||vs Miami Dolphins||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Zack Moss||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB56|
|Leave on the Bench||Joshua Kelley||vs Houston Texans||RB57|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenneth Gainwell||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB58|
|Leave on the Bench||Travis Homer*||vs Detroit Lions||RB59|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Juszczyk||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB60|
|Leave on the Bench||Reggie Gilliam||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB61|
|Leave on the Bench||Dontrell Hillard||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB62|
|Leave on the Bench||James Cook||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB63|
|Leave on the Bench||Chuba Hubbard||vs New Orleans Saints||RB64|
|Leave on the Bench||Jeff Mason||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB65|
|Leave on the Bench||Rachaad White||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB66|
|Leave on the Bench||Darrel Williams||vs Carolina Panthers||RB67|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
RB12 Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin Cook is considered day-to-day with a shoulder injury he sustained last week against the Detroit Lions. If he was to miss next week against the New Orleans Saints then Alexander Mattison would jump up to RB14 between Javonte Williams and David Montgomery.
RB15 David Montgomery, Chicago Bears
David Montgomery left Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans early with an ankle and knee injury. He is considered day-to-day at this point. If Montgomery misses this week against the New York Giants then Khalil Herbert moves up to RB18 between Jamaal Williams and James Conner.
RB59 Travis Homer, Seattle Seahawks
Travis Homer suffered a rib injury against the Atlanta Falcons last week. If he is to miss this week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons DeeJay Dallas would be the third running back in Seattle’s rotation.