Check out Kevin Hanson's top 65 running backs for Week 4 of the 2019 season.

By Kevin Hanson
September 26, 2019

Kevin Hanson joins SI for the 2019 season. His fantasy rankings have placed him in the Top 20 in each of the past two seasons among all the industry experts tracked by FantasyPros.com, and he has been in the Top 25 in six of the past eight years.

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RB Start(s) of the Week: Justin Jackson (and Austin Ekeler), Los Angeles Chargers (at MIA)

 

Initially, I listed Chargers running back Justin Jackson here as a viable RB2 play, but Jackson could miss “a few weeks” with a calf strain. Given Jackson’s injury, we will pivot to another player that was recommended in last week’s early waiver-wire column.

With Saquon Barkley out for Week 4 (and several more weeks), the team will turn to Wayne Gallman as their lead back. Neither Gallman nor Barkley (before his injury) were able to get anything going on the ground last week against Tampa’s now formidable run defense.

As three-point home favorites and with Washington playing on a short week, Gallman should benefit from positive game script. At least based on expected volume, Gallman should perform as a back-end RB2 with upside for more. In the 10 games where he has played at least 30 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, Gallman has been targeted an average of 4.0 times per game and he has four games with five-plus catches.

Barring injury, Gallman has a 15-touch floor—12 carries and three receptions—and 20-plus touches is within his range of possible outcomes. Gallman won’t make fantasy owners forget about Barkley, but he’ll at least be a serviceable starting option in Week 4.

RB Sit of the Week: Sony Michel, New England Patriots (at BUF)

It’s often difficult to rank the Patriots running backs, but it’s hard to trust Sony Michel given how he has performed through the first three weeks of the season. While he has scored in back-to-back games against the Dolphins and Jets, respectively, the second-year back has been inefficient as a runner and a zero as a receiver.

On the season, Michel is averaging just 2.4 yards per carry on his 45 rush attempts. Last week, he had nine carries for just 11 yards (and a touchdown). Meanwhile, Michel has failed to catch his only target on the season.

With James White back and the versatile Rex Burkhead playing better than Michel, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Michel finishes third in the backfield in snaps and/or touches in Week 4. In fact, Burkhead has more rushing yards (112) than Michel (108) despite having roughly half as many carries (24).

Given the difficult matchup—the Bills rank eighth in run defense this season— and the ability for the Patriots to use three backs, Michel remains a TD-dependent play in Week 4.

Week 4 fantasy football running back rankings (half-PPR scoring):

• RB1: Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ NO
• RB2: Austin Ekeler, LAC @ MIA
• RB3: Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ HOU
• RB4: Alvin Kamara, NO vs DAL
• RB5: Dalvin Cook, MIN @ CHI
• RB6: David Johnson, ARI vs SEA
• RB7: Derrick Henry, TEN @ ATL
• RB8: James Conner, PIT vs CIN
• RB9: Marlon Mack, IND vs OAK
• RB10: Mark Ingram, BAL vs CLE
• RB11: Nick Chubb, CLE @ BAL
• RB12: Leonard Fournette, JAC @ DEN
• RB13: Chris Carson, SEA @ ARI
• RB14: Todd Gurley, LAR vs TB
• RB15: Aaron Jones, GB vs PHI
• RB16: Kerryon Johnson, DET vs KC
• RB17: Joe Mixon, CIN @ PIT
• RB18: Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs JAC
• RB19: Devonta Freeman, ATL vs TEN
• RB20: Josh Jacobs, OAK @ IND
• RB21: LeSean McCoy, KC @ DET
• RB22: David Montgomery, CHI vs MIN
• RB23: Wayne Gallman, NYG vs WAS
• RB24: James White, NE @ BUF
• RB25: Royce Freeman, DEN vs JAC
• RB26: Sony Michel, NE @ BUF
• RB27: Carlos Hyde, HOU vs CAR
• RB28: Miles Sanders, PHI @ GB
• RB29: Chris Thompson, WAS @ NYG
• RB30: Adrian Peterson, WAS @ NYG
• RB31: Rex Burkhead, NE @ BUF
• RB32: Frank Gore, BUF vs NE
• RB33: Darrel Williams, KC @ DET
• RB34: Peyton Barber, TB @ LAR
• RB35: Kenyan Drake, MIA vs LAC
• RB36: Malcolm Brown, LAR vs TB
• RB37: Ronald Jones II, TB @ LAR
• RB38: Duke Johnson, HOU vs CAR
• RB39: Tarik Cohen, CHI vs MIN
• RB40: Rashaad Penny, SEA @ ARI
• RB41: Jordan Howard, PHI @ GB
• RB42: Latavius Murray, NO vs DAL
• RB43: Jamaal Williams, GB vs PHI
• RB44: Giovani Bernard, CIN @ PIT
• RB45: Melvin Gordon, LAC @ MIA
• RB46: Nyheim Hines, IND vs OAK
• RB47: Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs CIN
• RB48: Dion Lewis, TEN @ ATL
• RB49: Tony Pollard, DAL @ NO
• RB50: Kalen Ballage, MIA vs LAC
• RB51: Ito Smith, ATL vs TEN
• RB52: Gus Edwards, BAL vs CLE
• RB53: Alexander Mattison, MIN @ CHI
• RB54: Ty Johnson, DET vs KC
• RB55: Darren Sproles, PHI @ GB
• RB56: C.J. Prosise, SEA @ ARI
• RB57: T.J. Yeldon, BUF vs NE
• RB58: Devin Singletary, BUF vs NE
• RB59: Jalen Richard, OAK @ IND
• RB60: Dare Ogunbowale, TB @ LAR
• RB61: Justice Hill, BAL vs CLE
• RB62: Mike Davis, CHI vs MIN
• RB63: Darwin Thompson, KC @ DET
• RB64: Jordan Wilkins, IND vs OAK
• RB65: Chase Edmonds, ARI vs SEA
Week 4 fantasy football running back rankings (non-PPR scoring):

• RB1: Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ NO
• RB2: Austin Ekeler, LAC @ MIA
• RB3: Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ HOU
• RB4: Alvin Kamara, NO vs DAL
• RB5: Derrick Henry, TEN @ ATL
• RB6: Dalvin Cook, MIN @ CHI
• RB7: Marlon Mack, IND vs OAK
• RB8: David Johnson, ARI vs SEA
• RB9: Mark Ingram, BAL vs CLE
• RB10: James Conner, PIT vs CIN
• RB11: Nick Chubb, CLE @ BAL
• RB12: Chris Carson, SEA @ ARI
• RB13: Leonard Fournette, JAC @ DEN
• RB14: Todd Gurley, LAR vs TB
• RB15: Aaron Jones, GB vs PHI
• RB16: Joe Mixon, CIN @ PIT
• RB17: Kerryon Johnson, DET vs KC
• RB18: Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs JAC
• RB19: Josh Jacobs, OAK @ IND
• RB20: Devonta Freeman, ATL vs TEN
• RB21: LeSean McCoy, KC @ DET
• RB22: David Montgomery, CHI vs MIN
• RB23: Royce Freeman, DEN vs JAC
• RB24: Sony Michel, NE @ BUF
• RB25: Wayne Gallman, NYG vs WAS
• RB26: Carlos Hyde, HOU vs CAR
• RB27: Adrian Peterson, WAS @ NYG
• RB28: James White, NE @ BUF
• RB29: Miles Sanders, PHI @ GB
• RB30: Frank Gore, BUF vs NE
• RB31: Rex Burkhead, NE @ BUF
• RB32: Darrel Williams, KC @ DET
• RB33: Peyton Barber, TB @ LAR
• RB34: Chris Thompson, WAS @ NYG
• RB35: Malcolm Brown, LAR vs TB
• RB36: Kenyan Drake, MIA vs LAC
• RB37: Ronald Jones II, TB @ LAR
• RB38: Duke Johnson, HOU vs CAR
• RB39: Jordan Howard, PHI @ GB
• RB40: Rashaad Penny, SEA @ ARI
• RB41: Latavius Murray, NO vs DAL
• RB42: Jamaal Williams, GB vs PHI
• RB43: Melvin Gordon, LAC @ MIA
• RB44: Gus Edwards, BAL vs CLE
• RB45: Tarik Cohen, CHI vs MIN
• RB46: Kalen Ballage, MIA vs LAC
• RB47: Giovani Bernard, CIN @ PIT
• RB48: Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs CIN
• RB49: Tony Pollard, DAL @ NO
• RB50: Ito Smith, ATL vs TEN
• RB51: Nyheim Hines, IND vs OAK
• RB52: Dion Lewis, TEN @ ATL
• RB53: Alexander Mattison, MIN @ CHI
• RB54: Devin Singletary, BUF vs NE
• RB55: Ty Johnson, DET vs KC
• RB56: T.J. Yeldon, BUF vs NE
• RB57: Darren Sproles, PHI @ GB
• RB58: C.J. Prosise, SEA @ ARI
• RB59: Mike Davis, CHI vs MIN
• RB60: Justice Hill, BAL vs CLE
• RB61: Jordan Wilkins, IND vs OAK
• RB62: Dare Ogunbowale, TB @ LAR
• RB63: Darwin Thompson, KC @ DET
• RB64: DeAndre Washington, OAK @ IND
• RB65: Jalen Richard, OAK @ IND

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