Overall, it was a rough week for Running Backs in fantasy football. In fact, there were none in top 12 in standard scoring. There were some who stepped up though and helped their teams out. If you owned these guys, hopefully you had them in your lineup. If not, do what you can to plug them in for next week.
Here’s the top 5 runnings backs from week 4 in the NFL.
Michael Turner-Atlanta Falcons: For a running back known for his lack of ability to get involved in the passing game, Turner sure put up numbers in the passing game on Sunday. He finished with a receiving touchdown after taking a screen pass 60 yards to the end zone as part of three catches for 68 yards. He added 103 yards rushing on 13 carries as he continued to put up big numbers in the Falcons new-look offense. So far this season Turner is 13th in points scored in standard leagues, but makes a nice RB2 going into the rest of the season.
Stevan Ridley-New England Patriots: After a total lack of involvement in week threes game plan against the Ravens, Ridley was a huge part of New England’s second half explosion as he pounded the Bills for 106 on 22 carries and a pair of touchdowns. He will continue to be a bit inconsistent but a solid RB2 going forward as the Patriots reinvent their offense to include their newly-found rushing attack.
Marshawn Lynch-Seattle Seahawks: Lynch had his best game of the year with 155 total yards with 37 coming on four catches and 118 on 20 carries. He scored his one TD on the ground as well. He’s had at least 90 total yards each game and has two touchdowns on the year. He has a great matchup with the Panthers shreddable defense which could mean a big week for Marshawn in week 5.
Brandon Bolden-New England Patriots: Stevan Ridley (see above) wasn’t the only Pats running back to turn it on in week 4. Bolden had more yards with 137 on fewer carries, 16. He had a touchdown for the second week in a row and could be a part of the New England attack. His role is somewhat undetermined but he’s worth at least a roster spot after a surprising week 4. For more surprises, click here.
Willis McGahee-Denver Broncos: McGahee was actually the top RB in some scoring formats (mostly PPR) as a result of his six catches for 23 yards. He added 112 yards rushing with a touchdown on the ground as the Broncos rolled over the Raiders. The Broncos offense was hitting on all cylinders with Peyton Manning at the helm and he should have solid value going forward. Next week though, temper expectation a bit since he’ll be facing a tough New England front seven. So far this season, the Patriots have given up big plays but usually in the passing game which may limit McGahee’s upside. Use him in lesser matchups later this season with confidence.