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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week 8 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Todd Gurley vs. GB -
2 Kareem Hunt vs. DEN -
3 James Conner vs. CLE -
4 Saquon Barkley vs. WAS -
5 Joe Mixon vs. TB -
6 James White at BUF -
7 David Johnson vs. SF -
8 Alvin Kamara at MIN -
9 Marlon Mack at OAK Questionable (ankle)
10 Phillip Lindsay at KC -
11 Christian McCaffrey vs. BAL -
12 Nick Chubb at PIT -
13 Adrian Peterson at NYG -
14 Kerryon Johnson vs. SEA -
15 Latavius Murray vs. NO -
16 Tarik Cohen vs. NYJ -
17 Isaiah Crowell at CHI -
18 Lamar Miller vs. MIA -
19 Mark Ingram at MIN -
20 Jordan Howard vs. NYJ -
21 Chris Carson at DET -
22 Kenyan Drake at HOU -
23 Alex Collins at CAR -
24 Doug Martin vs. IND -
25 T.J. Yeldon vs. PHI -
26 Chris Thompson at NYG -
27 Jalen Richard vs. IND -
28 LeSean McCoy vs. NE -
29 Wendell Smallwood at JAC -
30 Kenjon Barner at BUF -
31 Peyton Barber at CIN -
32 Raheem Mostert at ARZ -
33 Corey Clement at JAC -
34 Aaron Jones at LAR -
35 Frank Gore at HOU -
36 Carlos Hyde vs. PHI -
37 Duke Johnson at PIT -
38 LeGarrette Blount vs. SEA -
39 Matt Breida at ARZ -
40 Javorius Allen at CAR -
41 Jamaal Williams at LAR -
42 Nyheim Hines at OAK -
43 Devontae Booker at KC -
44 Chris Ivory vs. NE Questionable (hamstring)
45 Mike Davis at DET -
46 Trenton Cannon at CHI -
47 Alfred Morris at ARZ -
48 Rashaad Penny at DET -
49 Ronald Jones at CIN -
50 Alfred Blue vs. MIA -
51 Ty Montgomery at LAR -

RB Notes: Todd Gurley is on pace for 32 total touchdowns, which would be a new single-season record. … Doing more damage on the ground, catching more passes and scoring more touchdowns, Kareem Hunt has piled up 595 yards from scrimmage over his past four appearances. Now he gets a Broncos defense allowing over five yards per carry and nearly 150 yards per game. Hunt is both a floor and upside play for Week 8. … With Le'Veon Bell nowhere in sight, James Conner gets another afternoon as lead back against the Browns’ bottom-five run defense. Conner headed into the Steelers’ Week 7 bye with 314 yards from scrimmage over his past two games. … Saquon Barkley was finally held below 100 yards from scrimmage in Week 7, though he still managed 94 while finding the end zone and catching nine passes. His concern for Week 8 is a Redskins offense that has dominated time of possession. … Coming off his least-productive game of the season, Joe Mixon gets a pick-me-up matchup in a Bucs D missing Gerald McCoy (calf). The Bucs can score points, but game flow will not get away from the Bengals the way it did against the Chiefs.  

With Sony Michel (knee) week to week, the Patriots’ plans at running back are murky. Will Kenjon Barner be paired with James White? Or will Kenneth Farrow be promoted from the practice squad? What is clear is that White will lead in touches while the game is in doubt against the Bills. Hopefully that is long enough for White to get RB1 numbers. … David Johnson has the same bad teammates but will no longer have the same bad offensive coordinator. Bruce Arians acolyte Byron Leftwich has replaced clueless Mike McCoy. When the Cardinals kick off against the 49ers, Leftwich will have had 10 days to figure out how to get Johnson out in space and feature him as a pass catcher. A bottom-10 defense by running back fantasy points allowed, the 49ers are a great spot to unveil “new David.” … One game after getting out-touched 18-9 by Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara won the battle 19-14 in Week 7. Both players caught two passes and received goal-line looks. I expect Kamara to win more often than not, but I will hedge the situation against the Vikings’ stout ground defense.   

With Royce Freeman battling a high-ankle sprain, it will be full steam ahead for Phillip Lindsay against a Chiefs defense silver plattering over five yards per carry and the third-most running back fantasy points. Lindsay’s lowest YPC for an individual game is 4.50. … Nick Chubb delivered in his Week 7 start, rushing the rock 18 times for 80 yards and a score. 20 will be his weekly touch over/under for the Browns’ desperate offense. … Christian McCaffrey continues to play every snap but is averaging a modest 80 yards from scrimmage over his past three games. It will be hard to get that number up against the Ravens’ forbidding run defense. … Adrian Peterson has looked surprisingly springy despite playing through a variety of injuries, turning 41 Weeks 6-7 carries into 196 yards (4.78 YPC). Those big days came with Chris Thompson on the shelf. Thompson is tentatively expected back against the Giants. Alex Smith's favorite pass catcher will be a low-end FLEX. … Kerryon Johnson roughed up the Dolphins in Week 7 but still ceded 10 carries and a touchdown to LeGarrette Blount. Keeping Johnson on the RB1/2 borderline against the Seahawks is Theo Riddick’s (knee) expected absence.

Latavius Murray has finally found a rhythm, rushing 39 times for 224 yards (5.74 YPC) for three touchdowns over the past two weeks. He would be an RB1 for Week 8 if not for a matchup with the Saints’ genuinely elite run D. … Tarik Cohen out-gained Jordan Howard for the third-straight game in Week 7, out-touching him for the second time in three weeks. Cohen has emerged as Mitchell Trubisky’s favorite receiver, catching 22 passes in that timespan. The Jets have been permissive to enemy backs through the air. Although he’s averaged 12 carries during Cohen’s takeover, Howard has become completely touchdown dependent. … One of the league’s most underappreciated players, Bilal Powell has received the awful news that his career is in doubt because of his neck injury. Isaiah Crowell gets a massive opportunity in Powell’s absence, though the Jets will likely keep a two-man backfield, with rookie Trenton Cannon mixing in to catch passes and change the pace. Crowell will have monster games down the stretch, but the Bears are not vulnerable on the ground. They have yet to surrender a rushing score. … Fresh off a random revival, Lamar Miller gets a Dolphins defense allowing the second-most running back fantasy points on a short week.

Chris Carson is ceding a non-trivial amount of work to his backups but is still decisively winning the touch war. The Lions have added Damon Harrison to address their soft run defense but are not going to transform into a stay-away matchup overnight. … With Albert Wilson (hip) and Kenny Stills (groin) on the shelf, Kenyan Drake should be force fed passing-game looks, upping both his floor and ceiling. … Coach Jon Gruden has said Doug Martin will slide right into Marshawn Lynch’s bell-cow role. Sadly, we believe him. 29-year-old Martin is averaging 2.99 yards per carry since the start of the 2016 season. Expect Jalen Richard to catch plenty of passes for a team adjusting to life without Amari Cooper. … The Jaguars did not acquire Carlos Hyde to sit on the bench, but T.J. Yeldon is still the touch favorite. Hyde’s presence has downgraded Yeldon from mid-range RB2 to borderline RB2/FLEX. … Will Matt Breida (ankle) finally miss a game? If he does, Raheem Mostert has demonstrated that he possesses far more upside than Alfred Morris. … Even if LeSean McCoy (concussion) gets cleared, he will be facing some of the worst game script of his career. … If Peyton Barber (ankle) sits, Ronald Jones will be a top-30 option. …. Believe things have changed with Aaron Jones when you see it.             

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