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Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 5 running back rankings.
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1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
2. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
4. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
5. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
6. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
7. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
8. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
9. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
10. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
11. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
12. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears1
13. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
14. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
15. Matt Forte, New York Jets
16. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
17. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
18. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
19. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
20. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
21. Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens
22. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
23. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
25. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers
26. Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
27. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
20. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
29. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
30. Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles
31. DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders
32. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
33. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
34. Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina Panthers
35. Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions
36. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
37. Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings
38. James White, New England Patriots
39. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
40. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens
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Here’s my Week 5 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Miami, New England, Pittsburgh, and Seattle are on bye.

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1. Michael Turner @ Cleveland
2. Chris Johnson @ Dallas
3. Jahvid Best vs. St. Louis
4. Adrian Peterson @ New York Jets
5. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Buffalo
6. Ray Rice vs. Denver
7. Arian Foster vs. New York Giants
8. Cedric Benson vs. Tampa Bay
9. Steven Jackson @ Detroit
10. Frank Gore vs. Philadelphia
11.  Peyton Hillis vs. Atlanta
12. Ryan Mathews @ Oakland
13. Jamaal Charles @ Indianapolis
14. Ladainian Tomlinson vs. Minnesota
15. Beanie Wells vs. New Orleans
16. Matt Forte @ Carolina
17. Thomas Jones @ Indianapolis
18. Fred Jackson @ Jacksonville
19. Ryan Torain vs. Green Bay
20. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Houston
21. LeSean McCoy @ San Francisco
22. Joseph Addai vs. Kansas City
23. Michael Bush @ San Diego
24. DeAngelo Williams vs. Chicago
25. Mike Tolbert @ Oakland
26. Shonn Greene vs. Minnesota
27. Brandon Jacobs @ Houston
28. Marion Barber vs. Tennessee
29. Brandon Jackson @ Washington
30. Knowshon Moreno @ Baltimore

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Notable Changes:

  • With Marshawn Lynch going to Seattle, he is off the list due to his bye. Fred Jackson takes advantage of the less crowded backfield by jumping to #18.
  • LeSean McCoy’s rib injury scares me. He is going to play, but is a risk to aggravate his injury. Mike Bell will likely play a larger role this week, especially in goal line packages.
  • It looks like Ahmad Bradshaw will be good to go so he moves up a few slots.
  • Darren McFadden will likely miss the game so Michael Bush moves up a few slots.
  • The Cowboys plan to have Felix Jones more involved so Marion Barber slides down a few slots.
  • With Clinton Portis out, Ryan Torain jumps up a few slots against a Packers run defense that is yielding 5.2 ypc.

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Here’s my Week 5 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Miami, New England, Pittsburgh, and Seattle are on bye.

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1. Michael Turner @ Cleveland
2. Chris Johnson @ Dallas
3. Jahvid Best vs. St. Louis
4. Adrian Peterson @ New York Jets
5. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Buffalo
6. Ray Rice vs. Denver
7. Arian Foster vs. New York Giants
8. Cedric Benson vs. Tampa Bay
9. Steven Jackson @ Detroit
10. Frank Gore vs. Philadelphia
11.  Peyton Hillis vs. Atlanta
12. Ryan Mathews @ Oakland
13. Jamaal Charles @ Indianapolis
14. Ladainian Tomlinson vs. Minnesota
15. Beanie Wells vs. New Orleans
16. Matt Forte @ Carolina
17. Thomas Jones @ Indianapolis
18. LeSean McCoy @ San Francisco
19. Joseph Addai vs. Kansas City
20. Marion Barber vs. Tennessee
21.  DeAngelo Williams vs. Chicago
22. Shonn Greene vs. Minnesota
23. Michael Bush @ San Diego
24. Mike Tolbert @ Oakland
25. Ryan Torain vs. Green Bay
26. Brandon Jacobs @ Houston
27. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Houston
28. Brandon Jackson @ Washington
29. Jonathan Stewart vs. Chicago
30. Marshawn Lynch vs. Jacksonville

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Inside the numbers:

  • Mojo finally looked liked his old self. He should explode against Buffalo’s league worst run defense.
  • Steven Jackson was a game-time decision and responded with 124 total yards against Seattle.  He’s a great play against a Detroit run defense that’s allowing 134.5 rushing ypg.
  • I assume Arian Foster will show up to his meetings on time. The Giants returned to form in a big way on SNF, which made me hold off on putting Foster in the top five.
  • Peyton Hillis has scored a TD every week. He’s the only RB that can say that.
  • Norv Turner made it a point to say that Ryan Mathews remains his starter. Look for more carries out of the rookie this week. Tolbert will still be in the mix, and makes a solid flex position play against Oakland.
  • LeSean McCoy is dealing with broken ribs. If he plays, he’ll be limited.
  • Michael Bush is expected to make the start against San Diego.
  • Ryan Torian is expected to start against Green Bay.
  • Brandon Jacobs could get the start against Houston.

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