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Running Back Rankings for Week 4 Fantasy Football

Antonio Gibson is ready to smash against the vulnerable Atlanta Falcons. Full running back rankings for 2021 Week 4 fantasy football.

Welcome to the fantasy football Week 4 running back rankings hub!

Derrick Henry and Alvin Kamara hold the top two spots with Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) and Dalvin Cook (ankle) likely to miss Week 4. Najee Harris’ 19 targets were one-part match-up based and one-part injury based. At least the latter remains intact this week the availability of WRs Diontae Johnson (knee) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) in doubt. Bronco-backs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams’ high-floor ways should continue against’s Baltimore’s vulnerable defensive-front.

Below you will find my top-60 running backs for Week 4. These rankings are geared toward .5PPR scoring formats for Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season but should aid those who play in both non-PPR and full-point PPR formats. Check back throughout the week to see how expectations have changed as news continues to roll in, enhancing our prognostication abilities. Feel free to hit me up on twitter @Ginger__Nic for any fantasy related advice.

Week 4 Standouts

Antonio Gibson (RB8) & J.D. McKissic (RB36) — Both Washington backs should run (and receive) wild this week. The Falcons’ defense has allowed 1,121 yards from scrimmage (14th most) and 94 points to opposing offenses. Running backs are totaling 20.8 .5PPR PPG (14th most), crushing the Dirty Birds through the air—6.3 receptions and 45.7 receiving yards per game. While JDM still owns rights to the passing down work, Gibson’s seeing respectable dual threat usage while on the field, running 46 routes to McKissic’s 51, per PFF.com. Plus, The Team has to be eager to put more receiving work on Gibson’s plate after this 73-yard beauty. Treat Gibson as a mid-tier RB1 and JDM as a back-end RB3.

Chuba Hubbard (RB15) — After Christian McCaffrey exited with a hamstring injury Thursday night, rookie Chuba Hubbard handily out-worked veteran Royce Freeman. Hubbard dominated snaps (40 vs. 11) and intended touches (11 carries and 5 targets vs. 5 carries and 1 target). Freeman could get some run but Hubbard is hands down the preferred back here. Expect Hubbard to keep that 5+ intended-touches per quarter pace, en route to a 20+ touch day against Dallas this week.

Peyton Barber (RB21) — Expect another highly usable fantasy week out of the Raiders’ current No. 1 back. Josh Jacobs (toe) was unable to practice at all last week and HC Jon Gruden piled the touches high on Barber’s plate. The recent free agent signee torched the Miami front-seven for 142 yards from scrimmage and 1 touchdown. He only saw one fewer target (five) than designated pass catching back Kenyan Drake (six). This week’s foe, the LA Chargers own the worst run defense per NEFF rating (32.3%).

Week 4 Running Back Rankings
RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Derrick HenryTENat NYJ
2Alvin KamaraNOvs. NYG
3Dalvin CookMINCLE
4Austin EkelerLACvs. LV
5Joe MixonCINvs. JAC
6Ezekiel ElliottDALvs. CAR
7Jonathan TaylorINDat MIA
8Antonio GibsonWASat ATL
9Najee HarrisPITat GB
10Nick ChubbCLEat MIN
11Aaron JonesGBvs. PIT
12Saquon BarkleyNYGat NO
13D'Andre SwiftDETat CHI
14Chris CarsonSEAat SF
15Chuba HubbardCARat DAL
16David MontgomeryCHIvs. DET
17Kareem HuntCLEat MIN
18Chase EdmondsARIat LAR
19James RobinsonJACat CIN
20Peyton BarberLVat LAC
21Trey SermonSFvs. SEA
22Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCat PHI
23Darrell HendersonLARvs. ARI
24Jamaal WilliamsDETat CHI
25Melvin Gordon IIIDENvs. BAL
26Javonte WilliamsDENvs. BAL
27Miles SandersPHIvs. KC
28Nyheim HinesINDat MIA
29Zack MossBUFvs. HOU
30Sony MichelLARvs. ARI
31Damien HarrisNEvs. TB
32Leonard FournetteTBat NE
33Devin SingletaryBUFvs. HOU
34Mike DavisATLvs. WAS
35Ty'Son WilliamsBALat DEN
36Tony PollardDALvs. CAR
37J.D. McKissicWASat ATL
38Cordarrelle PattersonATLvs. WAS
39Myles GaskinMIAvs. IND
40Kenyan DrakeLVat LAC
41Michael CarterNYJvs. TEN
42AJ DillonGBvs. PIT
43Mark Ingram IIHOUat BUF
44James ConnerARIat LAR
45Latavius MurrayBALat DEN
46Ty JohnsonNYJvs. TEN
47Kenneth GainwellPHIvs. KC
48Ronald Jones IITBat NE
49Brandon BoldenNEvs. TB
50Kyle JuszczykSFvs. SEA
51Jeremy McNicholsTENat NYJ
52David JohnsonHOUat BUF
53Malcolm BrownMIAvs. IND
54Demetric FeltonCLEat MIN
55J.J. TaylorNEvs. TB
57Tony Jones Jr.NOvs. NYG
58Royce FreemanCARat DAL
59Tevin ColemanNYJvs. TEN
60Chris EvansCINJAC