Fantasy Football Week 5: After slow starts, Le'Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott back on top of RB rankings

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Editor's Note: Check out a deeper dive into the rankings in our Week 5 Rankings Review piece.  

With so many injuries around the NFL at the position, filling out the running back rankings would've been a tough task any week. With bye weeks for the likes of Devonta Freeman, Mark Ingram, C.J. Anderson and Chris Thompson, it's tougher than ever to get to 48. Here's what our experts have to say about the position: 

Editor's note: All Rankings updated as of 2:30 pm EST Friday.

Week 5 RB Rank Jamey Eisenberg Dave Richard Heath Cummings
1Le'Veon Bell PIT (vs JAC) Le'Veon Bell PIT (vs JAC) Le'Veon Bell PIT (vs JAC)
2Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs GB) Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs GB) Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs GB)
3Kareem Hunt KC (at HOU) Todd Gurley LAR (vs SEA) Kareem Hunt KC (at HOU)
4Todd Gurley LAR (vs SEA) Kareem Hunt KC (at HOU) Todd Gurley LAR (vs SEA)
5Jay Ajayi MIA (vs TEN) Leonard Fournette JAC (at PIT) LeSean McCoy BUF (at CIN)
6Melvin Gordon LAC (at NYG) Melvin Gordon LAC (at NYG) Leonard Fournette JAC (at PIT)
7Leonard Fournette JAC (at PIT) Jay Ajayi MIA (vs TEN) Carlos Hyde SF (at IND)
8LeSean McCoy BUF (at CIN) LeSean McCoy BUF (at CIN) Jay Ajayi MIA (vs TEN)
9Carlos Hyde SF (at IND) Bilal Powell NYJ (at CLE) Melvin Gordon LAC (at NYG)
10Bilal Powell NYJ (at CLE) LeGarrette Blount PHI (vs ARI) Jordan Howard CHI (vs MIN)
11Jordan Howard CHI (vs MIN) Jordan Howard CHI (vs MIN) Lamar Miller HOU (vs KC)
12Mike Gillislee NE (at TB) Carlos Hyde SF (at IND) Bilal Powell NYJ (at CLE)
13Lamar Miller HOU (vs KC) Lamar Miller HOU (vs KC) DeMarco Murray TEN (at MIA)
14DeMarco Murray TEN (at MIA) Mike Gillislee NE (at TB) Mike Gillislee NE (at TB)
15Marshawn Lynch OAK (vs BAL) Christian McCaffrey CAR (at DET) Ameer Abdullah DET (vs CAR)
16Frank Gore IND (vs SF) Marshawn Lynch OAK (vs BAL) Duke Johnson CLE (vs NYJ)
17Latavius Murray MIN (at CHI) Aaron Jones GB (at DAL) Christian McCaffrey CAR (at DET)
18Alex Collins BAL (at OAK) Latavius Murray MIN (at CHI) Frank Gore IND (vs SF)
19Joe Mixon CIN (vs BUF) Frank Gore IND (vs SF) LeGarrette Blount PHI (vs ARI)
20Doug Martin TB (vs NE) Ameer Abdullah DET (vs CAR) Joe Mixon CIN (vs BUF)
21LeGarrette Blount PHI (vs ARI) Joe Mixon CIN (vs BUF) Jonathan Stewart CAR (at DET)
22Wayne Gallman NYG (vs LAC) DeMarco Murray TEN (at MIA) Tarik Cohen CHI (vs MIN)
23Christian McCaffrey CAR (at DET) Thomas Rawls SEA (at LAR) Marshawn Lynch OAK (vs BAL)
24Isaiah Crowell CLE (vs NYJ) Alex Collins BAL (at OAK) Isaiah Crowell CLE (vs NYJ)
25Duke Johnson CLE (vs NYJ) Duke Johnson CLE (vs NYJ) James White NE (at TB)
26Ameer Abdullah DET (vs CAR) Wayne Gallman NYG (vs LAC) Javorius Allen BAL (at OAK)
27James White NE (at TB) Doug Martin TB (vs NE) Alex Collins BAL (at OAK)
28Andre Ellington ARI (at PHI) Andre Ellington ARI (at PHI) Latavius Murray MIN (at CHI)
29Aaron Jones GB (at DAL) Corey Clement PHI (vs ARI) Andre Ellington ARI (at PHI)
30Thomas Rawls SEA (at LAR) Tarik Cohen CHI (vs MIN) Wayne Gallman NYG (vs LAC)
31Tarik Cohen CHI (vs MIN) Isaiah Crowell CLE (vs NYJ) Aaron Jones GB (at DAL)
32Elijah McGuire NYJ (at CLE) Jonathan Stewart CAR (at DET) Thomas Rawls SEA (at LAR)
33Corey Clement PHI (vs ARI) James White NE (at TB) Doug Martin TB (vs NE)
34Eddie Lacy SEA (at LAR) Elijah McGuire NYJ (at CLE) Eddie Lacy SEA (at LAR)
35Giovani Bernard CIN (vs BUF) Eddie Lacy SEA (at LAR) Jacquizz Rodgers TB (vs NE)
36Javorius Allen BAL (at OAK) Javorius Allen BAL (at OAK) Derrick Henry TEN (at MIA)
37Jerick McKinnon MIN (at CHI) Jacquizz Rodgers TB (vs NE) D'Onta Foreman HOU (vs KC)
38Jacquizz Rodgers TB (vs NE) Giovani Bernard CIN (vs BUF) Jerick McKinnon MIN (at CHI)
39Jonathan Stewart CAR (at DET) J.D. McKissic SEA (at LAR) Terrance West BAL (at OAK)
40D'Onta Foreman HOU (vs KC) Jerick McKinnon MIN (at CHI) Theo Riddick DET (vs CAR)
41Derrick Henry TEN (at MIA) Shane Vereen NYG (vs LAC) Chris Johnson ARI (at PHI)
42Shane Vereen NYG (vs LAC) Derrick Henry TEN (at MIA) Shane Vereen NYG (vs LAC)
43J.D. McKissic SEA (at LAR) Theo Riddick DET (vs CAR) Elijah McGuire NYJ (at CLE)
44Matt Breida SF (at IND) Dion Lewis NE (at TB) Giovani Bernard CIN (vs BUF)
45Terrance West BAL (at OAK) Chris Ivory JAC (at PIT) Corey Clement PHI (vs ARI)
46Theo Riddick DET (vs CAR) Chris Johnson ARI (at PHI) Jalen Richard OAK (vs BAL)
47Dion Lewis NE (at TB) Terrance West BAL (at OAK) Chris Ivory JAC (at PIT)
48Chris Johnson ARI (at PHI) D'Onta Foreman HOU (vs KC)DeAndre Washington OAK (vs BAL)
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