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If you took Christian McCaffrey with your first pick, you're feeling very, very good about how at least one of the running back spots on your Fantasy Football rosters looks right now. 

Otherwise? Well, I hope you got David Montgomery or Kenneth Walker in the middle rounds of your draft or got lucky with a waiver-wire add for someone like Kyren Williams. Because as things stand heading into Week 5, there is not a lot to like about the running back position these days. 

Partially, we have a couple of nagging injuries to blame for that, as Austin Ekeler and Saquon Barkley should be must-start options right now but have missed three and two games at this point and will both be out in Week 5 as well. 

14 running backs are averaging 15-plus PPR points per game, though that includes four names who have only played two or fewer games, plus De'Von Achane, who had 1.9 PPR points entering Week 3 and was only really started in significant numbers in Week 4 (when he came through with 27 PPR points). 

It also includes Raheem Mostert, Achane's teammate, whose Fantasy appeal is very much in question given Achane's emergence, and Zack Moss, who has been terrific but also faces Jonathan Taylor's impending return. 

Which is to say, there just aren't a lot of running backs you can feel really good about at this point in Fantasy. Before we get to my Week 5 rankings, I'm going to try to identify them, with an eye on both the short and long-term, which should hopefully help you figure out how to manage trade decisions moving forward. 

And then there are guys like Khalil Herbert and Gus Edwards you can probably feel pretty good about starting right now but don't really have much long-term upside – and there are probably a couple of guys from the last two tiers you can include in that conversation. So, that's maybe 11 guys I feel good to very good about moving forward, and another six or so who should be starters moving forward. And then you're already at the part of the rankings where you've either got real questions about how useful this player currently is or real questions about how long they'll be useful.

Obviously, injuries will shake up the landscape several times between now and the Fantasy playoffs, and plenty of guys will lose their jobs – including a few we probably can't see coming right now. 

You might notice one surprising name in that first list: Jonathan Taylor. Taylor practiced for the first time this week and will make his debut Sunday after signing a three-year extension with the Colts. It was his first practice with new coach Shane Steichen and new QB Anthony Richardson, of course, so I wouldn't be particularly surprised if Taylor was still somewhat limited in his first game back. 

However, given how few truly must-start RBs there are out there, I'm ranking him as a top-20 option for the week -- Taylor is the kind of back who might only need one crease on one carry to be worth starting, after all. Moss is more like an RB3, but the way this offense has worked, there very well could be room for both of them, at least for one week, even against a tough matchup. 

It's not ideal, but that's the way the RB position works these days. 

Here are my full rankings for Week 5 at running back for PPR leagues:

Week 5 Running Back Rankings

  1. Christian McCaffrey vs. DAL
  2. Bijan Robinson vs. HOU
  3. Tony Pollard @SF
  4. Josh Jacobs vs. GB
  5. David Montgomery vs. CAR
  6. Derrick Henry @IND
  7. Alvin Kamara @NE
  8. Travis Etienne @BUF
  9. Kyren Williams vs. PHI
  10. D'Andre Swift @LAR
  11. Joe Mixon @ARI
  12. James Cook vs. JAX
  13. Raheem Mostert vs. NYG
  14. De'Von Achane vs. NYG
  15. James Conner vs. CIN
  16. Miles Sanders @DET
  17. Breece Hall @DEN
  18. Jonathan Taylor vs. TEN
  19. Isiah Pacheco @MIN
  20. Alexander Mattison vs. KC
  21. Rhamondre Stevenson vs. NO
  22. Dameon Pierce @ATL
  23. Najee Harris vs. BAL
  24. Aaron Jones @LV
  25. Gus Edwards @PIT
  26. Jaleel McLaughlin vs. NYJ
  27. Zack Moss vs. TEN
  28. Samaje Perine vs. NYJ
  29. Jaylen Warren vs. BAL
  30. Chuba Hubbard @DET
  31. Matt Breida @MIA
  32. Dalvin Cook @DEN
  33. Kenneth Gainwell @LAR
  34. Ezekiel Elliott vs. NO
  35. AJ Dillon @LV
  36. Cam Akers vs. KC
  37. Gary Brightwell @MIA
  38. Jerick McKinnon @MIN
  39. Tyler Allgeier vs. HOU
  40. Justice Hill @PIT
  41. Tyjae Spears @IND
  42. Devin Singletary @ATL
  43. Craig Reynolds vs. CAR
  44. Clyde Edwards-Helaire @MIN
  45. Tank Bigsby @BUF
  46. Ameer Abdullah vs. GB
  47. Chris Evans @ARI
  48. Rico Dowdle @SF
  49. Damien Harris vs. JAX
  50. Elijah Mitchell vs. DAL
  51. Kendre Miller @NE