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RB Projections: Week 5

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Adrian Peterson is virtually the unanimous pick as the top running back to start this week. The Vikings play the Rams, who are giving up 135 yards per game. Here are some links to complete lists as you try to assemble your starting lineups:

Fantasy Football Jungle's top five are Peterson, Chris Johnson (vs. Indianapolis), Maurice Jones-Drew (at Seattle), DeAngelo Williams (vs. Washington) and Brandon Jacobs (at Oakland).

Brian Westbrook (vs. Tampa Bay) slides in at No. 5 on NFL.com's list, replacing Jacobs. Westbrook is nursing a sore ankle and will cede carries to LeSean McCoy, but the Bucs have the 31st defense in the league.

FFToolbox has Peterson, Johnson and Jones-Drew as the top three with Michael Turner (at San Francisco) and Steve Slaton (at Arizona) fourth and fifth, respectively. Turner owners are still waiting for a moster performance. At this time last season, Turner had 366 yards and five touchdowns. This season he has 226 and two.

KFFL has Jones-Drew first, followed by Peterson, Johnson, Turner and Ronnie Brown (vs. N.Y. Jets).

Brown has 419 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns, and the Dolphins lead the NFL in rushing this season. Brown is facing a defense that's giving up 100.3 yards per game and surrendered just two rushing touchdowns.

Marion Barber (at Kansas City) had just one carry for two y ards in the second half of Sunday's loss to Denver, but he's the No. 5 running back on Bruno Boys' list. Barber had 68 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in the first half before aggrevating his sore quadriceps. The Chiefs are giving up 128.5 rushing yards per game, and Bruno Boys project Barber for 18 fantasy points.

By Gene Wang  |  October 8, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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