Le’Veon Bell Poised To Be Highest Scoring Fantasy Running Back In Week 5

It feels like every team is employing the running back by committee approach, meaning the term consistency is a seldom-used word when describing running backs. Now, each week is more about opportunity than a running back’s actual skill level. With fantasy stud Adrian Peterson on the bye, let’s take a look at some viable options that can help lead you to a Week 5 victory.

3 Must-Start Running Backs This Week

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Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
Wrist StretchBell is set for a massive night on Monday. With Big Ben on the sideline, the turnover-prone Vick is handling, or mishandling, the ball depending on how you look at it. Bell will get a major workload against a lackluster San Diego defense, and should finish as the No. 1 scoring running back this week.
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Todd Gurley – St. Louis Rams
Wrist StretchWell, Gurley showed last Sunday why the Rams used such a high pick on him last draft. His knee looks fully healed and Tre Mason won’t be stealing any carries from him in the near future. Although the matchup is at Green Bay, expect the Rams to try and slow the tempo with a solid run game. Gurley will receive at least 20 touches and should make the most of them.
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Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens
Wrist StretchThe Ravens tried to throw the ball the first three weeks and that didn’t work out well. Last week, Baltimore established the run game with Forsett and ended up pulling out a win. This week, the Ravens take on Cleveland, a mediocre squad with an even more mediocre run defense. Forsett will capitalize with 100 rushing yards and his first touchdown of the season.
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Running Back ‘Bust’ Of The Week
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Melvin Gordon – San Diego Chargers
Wrist StretchThe Steelers defense always gives rookies a hard time, and the Chargers like back-up Danny Woodhead a lot. These two statements add up to an underwhelming performance for Gordon. We like the rookie this year, just not this week.
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Deep Sleeper Running Back Of The Week
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Anthony ‘Boobie’ Dixon – Buffalo Bills
Wrist StretchWith LeSean McCoy out and Karlos Williams facing the concussion protocol, Boobie Dixon is in line for the start at running back. The Bills love to run the ball and face a Titans defense that has given up back-to-back big games to Isaiah Crowell and Frank Gore. The third-string Buffalo running back should continue this trend.
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