The last week before bye weeks start is very important for fantasy football owners. These running backs will give you an edge in Week 5.
During the NFL Week 4, fantasy owners in PPR leagues enjoyed a top-ten performance from Kenneth Gainwell, a very nice performance from Austin Ekeler, and a 20-point output from James Conner. They also saw Cordarrelle Patterson lead all running backs in points. Just how it was written up, right?
This fantasy football season has been interesting, to say the least. The top-two picks Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook have both missed time already. An Atlanta Falcons wide receiver convert is the third-highest scoring player at the position. Beyond the surprises, however, injuries are the main takeaway from this week. Add the Chicago Bears’ David Montgomery and the Bengals’ Joe Mixon to the ever-growing list. This could lead to some interesting plays at the position.
Which running backs will help you win in Week 5 of fantasy football?
10. Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott looks like the guy who should have been taken in the top five in drafts. He’s the sixth-highest scoring running back in PPR leagues averaging more than 17 points per game. That is a quality production from the running back position. Despite his counterpart thriving, that hasn’t terribly hurt Pollard’s production.
Pollard is touchdown-dependent. This matchup with the Giants should provide a ton of opportunities for the running game. Coming off their first win of the season, the Giants are vulnerable for a letdown. Mostly because they aren’t a very good team. The Giants are allowing 1.5 rushing touchdowns per game on the road. The Cowboys are going to take advantage of the Giants’ front seven in the red zone, with Elliott and Pollard getting touchdowns.