Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: RB – Who to Start, Sit and Stream


The fourth week of the fantasy football season is here, and with it comes some tough decisions for running back owners. Who should you start, sit or stream in your PPR leagues? Here are some tips and insights based on the latest news and rankings from NBC Sports and other sources.

Tony Pollard is the Top RB in Week 4

The Dallas Cowboys have found a new star in Tony Pollard, who has been outperforming Ezekiel Elliott in the first three weeks of the season. Pollard has handled 60-plus carries in that span, the first time in his career, and has averaged 6.4 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns. He has also been involved in the passing game, catching 10 passes for 100 yards.

Pollard is ranked as the No. 2 RB in Week 4 by NBC Sports, behind only Christian McCaffrey, who is expected to return from injury against the Arizona Cardinals. Pollard has a favorable matchup against the New England Patriots, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs this season. Pollard is a must-start in all formats and a potential league-winner.

Travis Etienne Leads the London RBs

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons will face off in London on Sunday, and both teams have some intriguing RB options for fantasy owners. The Jaguars’ rookie Travis Etienne has been impressive in his first three games, ranking third in touches (60) and fourth in yards from scrimmage (328) among RBs. He has been on the field for at least 70 percent of the snaps in each game and has shown his versatility as a runner and receiver.

Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings

Etienne is ranked as the No. 4 RB in Week 4 by NBC Sports, ahead of Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs and Aaron Jones. He has a great opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage against the Falcons, who have allowed the most fantasy points to RBs this season. Etienne is a high-end RB1 with a high floor and ceiling.

Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane are the Surprise RBs of Week 4

Two RBs who were not on many fantasy radars before the season have emerged as viable options in Week 4. Raheem Mostert of the Miami Dolphins and De’Von Achane of the Buffalo Bills have both taken advantage of injuries and opportunities in their respective backfields and have produced solid numbers.

Mostert, who was signed by the Dolphins after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers, has been the lead back in Miami since Week 2, when Myles Gaskin suffered a concussion. Mostert has rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries and has added six catches for 48 yards. He is ranked as the No. 9 RB in Week 4 by NBC Sports, ahead of James Cook, Joe Mixon and Alvin Kamara. He faces a tough Buffalo defense, but his workload and explosiveness make him a strong RB2 with upside.

Achane, who was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round, has been a revelation in Buffalo’s high-powered offense. He has scored four touchdowns in three games, two as a runner and two as a receiver. He has averaged 7.8 yards per touch and has shown his big-play ability. He is ranked as the No. 22 RB in Week 4 by NBC Sports, ahead of Breece Hall, Najee Harris and Rachaad White. He has a favorable matchup against the Miami Dolphins, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to RBs this season. Achane is a sneaky RB2 or flex option with a high ceiling.

Other RBs to Start, Sit and Stream in Week 4

Here are some other RBs to consider for your fantasy lineups in Week 4, based on their rankings, matchups and news:

  • Start: Bijan Robinson (No. 3), Kenneth Walker (No. 5), D’Andre Swift (No. 6), Zack Moss (No. 11), Javonte Williams (No. 16), Jerome Ford (No. 18), Jahmyr Gibbs (No. 19), Miles Sanders (No. 21), James Conner (No. 23), Brian Robinson Jr. (No. 24), Joshua Kelley (No. 29), Jaylen Warren (No. 30), Gus Edwards (No. 34), Matt Breida (No. 37), Kenneth Gainwell (No. 36), Justice Hill (No. 41), Trey Sermon (No. 46), Sean Tucker (No. 49)
  • Sit: Ezekiel Elliott (No. 32), Dalvin Cook (No. 42), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (No. 50), Cam Akers (No. 51), Devin Singletary (No. 53), Elijah Mitchell (No. 54), Tank Bigsby (No. 52), Isaiah Spiller (No. 48), Latavius Murray (No. 43), Kareem Hunt (No. 47), Tyjae Spears (No. 45), Rhamondre Stevenson (No. 15), Joe Mixon (No. 14), Alvin Kamara (No. 22), Najee Harris (No. 28), Breece Hall (No. 27), Rachaad White (No. 30), David Montgomery (No. 17)
  • Stream: Khalil Herbert (No. 31), Tyler Allgeier (No. 35), Samaje Perine (No. 38), A.J. Dillon (No. 39), Roschon Johnson (No. 40), Chuba Hubbard (No. 44), Gary Brightwell (No. 55), Tony Jones Jr. (No. 56), Rico Dowdle (No. 50), Zach Charbonnet (No. 45)


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