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Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 4 running back rankings.
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1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
2. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
4. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
5. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
6. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
7. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
8. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
9. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
10. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
11. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
12. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
13. Matt Forte, New York Jets
14. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
16. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
17. Spencer Ware, , Kansas City Chiefs
18. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
19. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
20. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
22. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
23. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers
24. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
25. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
26. Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions
27. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
28. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
29. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
30. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
31. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
32. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
33. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
34. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
35. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
36. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
37. Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings
38. Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
39. Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina Panthers
40. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
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Here’s my updated Week 4 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay are on bye.

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1. Chris Johnson
2. Maurice Jones-Drew
3. Arian Foster
4. Frank Gore
5. Michael Turner
6. LeSean McCoy
7. Rashard Mendenhall
8. Ryan Matthews
9. Cedric Benson
10. Darren McFadden
11. Ray Rice
12. Ladainian Tomlison
13. DeAngelo Williams
14. Jahvid Best
15. Matt Forte
16. Beanie Wells
17. Shonn Greene
18. Joseph Addai
19. Ahmad Bradshaw
20. Clinton Portis
21. Brandon Jackson
22. Justin Forsett
23. Peyton Hillis
24. Ronnie Brown
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
26. Jonathan Stewart
27. Ricky Williams
28. Marshawn Lynch
29. Clinton Portis
30. Pierre Thomas
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Notable changes:

  • It looks like Ryan Mathews and Jahvid Best will be able to give it a go so I added them to the rankings. John Kuhn and Tim Hightower were shown the door.
  • Pierre Thomas looks to be a game-time decision so I bumped him down to a flex spot. He’s too risky a play. Chris Ivory would get the start, but I think the Saints would just rely on Brees more.
  • I’m expecting Clinton Portis to lose touches to Ryan Torian so he got dropped from 14 to 20.
  • BenJarvus  Green-Ellis will likely start for the Patriots, making his stock rise from 29 to 25.
  • Steven Jackson and Knowshon Moreno remain unlikely to play this week and once again were omitted.

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    Here’s my Week 4 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay are on bye.

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    1. Chris Johnson:  CJ should dominate Denver at home.
    2. Maurice Jones-Drew:  263 total yards and 3 TDs vs. Indy last year.
    3. Arian Foster:  Favorable match-up against Oakland.
    4. Frank Gore:  Will new OC get things going for San Fran offense?
    5. Michael Turner:  Niners defense is not as advertised.
    6. Pierre Thomas:  81 yards and a score against Carolina last year.
    7. LeSean McCoy:  101 total yards vs. Skins at home last year.
    8. Rashard Mendenhall:  Tough draw against Baltimore.
    9. Cedric Benson:  Strong play against Cleveland.
    10. Darren McFadden:  Run DMC continues to shed the bust label vs. HOU.
    11. Ray Rice:  Tough draw against Baltimore, if he plays at all (knee).
    12. Ladainian Tomlison: The LT rebirth continues vs. BUF.
    13. DeAngelo Williams:  149 yards and 2 TDs last time he played Saints.
    14. Clinton Portis:  McNabb will need his new friends to beat his old ones.
    15. Matt Forte:  Should be active in passing game vs. Giants.
    16. Beanie Wells:  Nice play if he can stay healthy vs. SD.
    17. Mike Tolbert:  Nice play vs. Arizona if Ryan Mathews remains out.
    18. Shonn Greene:  I expect the Greene-LT 1-2 punch to be busy.
    19. Joseph Addai:  Solid RB2 during bye weeks.
    20. Ahmad Bradshaw:  Bears have tough run D. Will have to add rec. yards.
    21. Brandon Jackson:  Splitting carries, but good start vs. Detroit.
    22. Justin Forsett:  130 yards and 2 TDs last time he played STL.
    23. Petyon Hillis:  Will need his tough running against Cincy.
    24. Ronnie Brown:  Aside from one monster game, he’s struggled vs. Pats.
    25. Jonathan Stewart:  163 total yards and TD in 2 games vs. NO last year.
    26. Ricky Williams:  Fins will try to control clock to keep Brady watching.
    27.  John Kuhn:  Good chance to score vs. Detroit
    28. Marshawn Lynch:  Top choice of an ugly three-headed RB set.
    29. BenJarvus Green-Ellis:  Law firm will move up ranks if Fred Taylor is out.
    30. Tim Hightower:  Second fiddle now that Beanie is back.

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