Fantasy Football: Week 5 RB rankings

October 5, 2018

We’re still at least a few weeks (we think) from attempting to figure out what Le’Veon Bell’s potential return means for James Conner, and it appears the health statuses of Gio Bernard and Tevin Coleman will help crystalize where Joe Mixon and Devonta Freeman belong in our rankings upon their Week 5 returns from injury.

But what about Mark Ingram, who’s back from suspension and set to make his 2018 debut Monday night vs. a stout Washington ‘D?’ Although the circumstances are different — Ingram is healthy, first and foremost, and sidekick Alvin Kamara just had his best rushing day as a pro and is averaging over 152 yards from scrimmage through four games — we went back and checked how Ingram previously fared upon returning from multi-game absences:

· In his rookie 2011 campaign, Ingram missed Games 8-9, then managed 8 carries for 11 yards (and three receiving yards on one catch) in a win over the Falcons.

· In 2013, Ingram returned from a five-game injury absence to total 19 yards on four carries.

· In 2014, Ingram returned from a three-game injury absence to manage 16 rushing yards on 10 carries and two catches for 13 yards.

So, pretty disappointing production in his first game back following layoffs, which may or may not mean anything as it relates to Monday. But it’s also worth noting that in his second game back in those three seasons, Ingram tallied rushing lines of 13-80-1, 14-145-1 and 24-172-1 rushing. Interesting (at least to me).

Now, New Orleans actually rests in Week 6, before visiting Baltimore and Minnesota — fantasy’s second- and ninth-stingiest run defenses. Washington is middle of the pack against fantasy RBs and arrives at the Superdome after allowing 44 rushing yards and a score to Saquon Barkley and 37 rushing yards and a score to David Johnson.

Ingram owners surely are anxious to insert him in lineups — we get it. But with Kamara scorching hot and Ingram likely to have some rust to shake off, ideally Ingram can be reserved as a FLEX play.

1. Todd Gurley, Rams at Seahawks

2. Melvin Gordon, Chargers vs. Raiders

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys at Texans

4. Alvin Kamara, Saints vs. Washington

5. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers vs. Giants

6. David Johnson, Cardinals at 49ers

7. Saquon Barkley, Giants at Panthers

8. Sony Michel, Patriots vs. Colts

9. Adrian Peterson, Washington at Saints

10. Saquon Barkley, Giants at Panthers

11. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders at Chargers

12. James Conner, Steelers vs. Falcons

13. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs vs. Jaguars

14. T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars at Chiefs

15. Joe Mixon, Bengals vs. Dolphins

16. Lamar Miller, Texans vs. Cowboys

17. James White, Patriots vs. Colts

18. Matt Breida, 49ers vs.Cardinals

19. Devonta Freeman, Falcons at Steelers

20. James White, Patriots vs. Colts

21. Aaron Jones, Packers at Lions

22. Tevin Coleman*, Falcons at Steelers

23. Austin Ekeler, Chargers vs. Raiders

24. Chris Thompson, Washington at Saints

25. Kerryon Johnson, Lions vs. Packers

26. Mark Ingram, Saints vs. Washington

27. Dion Lewis, Titans at Bills

28. Carlos Hyde, Browns vs. Ravens

29. LeSean McCoy, Bills vs. Titans

30. Alex Collins, Ravens at Browns

31. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos at Jets

32. Jay Ajayi, Eagles vs. Vikings

33. Dalvin Cook, Vikings at Eagles

34. Nyheim Hines, Colts at Patriots

35. Frank Gore, Dolphins at Bengals

36. Bilal Powell, Jets vs. Broncos

37. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins at Bengals

38. Derrick Henry, Titans vs. Bills

39. Javorius Allen, Ravens at Browns

40. Ty Montgomery, Packers at Lions

41. Royce Freeman, Broncos at Jets

42. Nick Chubb, Browns vs. Ravens

43. Isaiah Crowell, Jets vs. Broncos

44. Mike Davis, Seahawks vs. Rams

45. Alfred Morris, 49ers vs. Cardinals

46. Corey Grant, Jaguars at Chiefs

47. Theo Riddick, Lions vs. Packers

48. Duke Johnson, Browns vs. Ravens

49. Darren Sproles*, Eagles vs. Vikings

50. Devontae Booker, Broncos at Jets

Not listed: Giovani Bernard, Chris Carson

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