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Week 9 Rankings

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Week 9 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Todd Gurley at NO -
2 Kareem Hunt at CLE -
3 Ezekiel Elliott vs. TEN -
4 Melvin Gordon at SEA -
5 James Conner at BAL -
6 Christian McCaffrey vs. TB -
7 Alvin Kamara vs. LAR -
8 Adrian Peterson vs. ATL -
9 Phillip Lindsay vs. HOU -
10 James White vs. GB -
11 Lamar Miller at DEN -
12 Nick Chubb vs. KC -
13 Latavius Murray vs. DET -
14 Mark Ingram vs. LAR -
15 Chris Carson vs. LAC Questionable (hip)
16 Tarik Cohen at BUF -
17 Kenyan Drake vs. NYJ -
18 Aaron Jones at NE -
19 Kerryon Johnson at MIN -
20 Jordan Howard at BUF -
21 Isaiah Crowell at MIA -
22 Doug Martin at SF -
23 Tevin Coleman at WAS -
24 Alex Collins vs. PIT -
25 Matt Breida vs. OAK -
26 Peyton Barber at CAR Questionable (ankle)
27 Dion Lewis at DAL -
28 LeSean McCoy vs. CHI -
29 Frank Gore vs. NYJ -
30 Sony Michel vs. GB Questionable (knee)
31 Jalen Richard at SF -
32 Austin Ekeler at SEA -
33 Ito Smith at WAS -
34 Devontae Booker vs. HOU -
35 Mike Davis vs. LAC -
36 Duke Johnson vs. KC -
37 Derrick Henry at DAL -
38 LeGarrette Blount at MIN -
39 Jamaal Williams at NE -
40 Javorius Allen vs. PIT -
41 Alfred Blue at DEN -
42 Elijah McGuire at MIA -
43 Dalvin Cook vs. DET -
44 Theo Riddick at MIN -
45 Chris Ivory vs. CHI -
46 Alfred Morris vs. OAK -
47 Kapri Bibbs vs. ATL Questionable (shoulder)
48 Jacquizz Rodgers at CAR -
49 Trenton Cannon at MIA -
50 Rashaad Penny vs. LAC -
51 Raheem Mostert vs. OAK I.L. (arm)

RB Notes: Todd Gurley,,,,, that hurt. … After averaging 58 yards from scrimmage across his first three starts, Kareem Hunt has resumed producing like it’s 2017, averaging 136 over his past five. The Browns are both leaky on the ground and vulnerable to running back receptions. … Ezekiel Elliott had a game to forget heading into the Cowboys’ Week 8 bye. Nevertheless, his 88.4 rushing yards per game are third in the league even though he’s running behind an offensive line that just got its coach fired. … Melvin Gordon had a bye week to heal up after his surprise Week 7 deactivation with a hamstring issue. If he can go, he will be facing a Seahawks team that just put on a 35-minute time of possession clinic in Detroit. Gordon will be looking to counter against a run defense that’s true middle of the road. … Terminating memories of Le'Veon Bell, James Conner is averaging a jaw-dropping 175 yards from scrimmage over his past three games. He should be in the top three, but the Ravens are genuinely foreboding on the ground, allowing the league’s fewest running back fantasy points.

Christian McCaffrey has cleared 60 yards rushing once in seven games. He is averaging 103 yards from scrimmage by virtue of his receiving work. You would like to see him goose his ground production against the league’s worst defense, but the Bucs’ true vulnerability is through the air. … Alvin Kamara has out-touched Mark Ingram 39-30 over the past two games. A Rams defense that has coughed up the ninth-most running back receptions is not a concerning matchup. The Rams are also allowing 4.83 yards per carry. … With Sony Michel sideliend against the Bills, James White caught 10 passes for the second time this season. White is averaging eight weekly grabs since Tom Brady demanded he be more involved five games ago. Michel has been active for four of those games, so a potential Michel return would not significantly dent White’s fantasy ranking. Perhaps he would slide to the RB13-15 range. Michel would be slotted in somewhere similar. … At least for one game, Damon Harrison made zero difference for the Lions’ awful run defense. Detroit got run over by the Seahawks. That’s excellent news for Latavius Murray, who is averaging 5.38 yards per carry over his past three contests.    

Phillip Lindsay has averaged at least 4.50 yards per carry in 8-of-8 games. With Royce Freeman (ankle) sidelined for Week 8, Lindsay went 18/95/1 on the ground, adding 3/17 through the air. As Evan Silva would say, some guys are just good at the game. … The Rashaad Penny revival lasted all of one game, as the first-rounder did not touch the ball in last week’s smackdown of the Lions. Chris Carson is the once and future king in the Seahawks’ backfield, and has cleared 100 yards rushing in 3-of-4 games. Carson is averaging 23 carries during that time frame. … Back from the dead, Lamar Miller has rushed 40 times for 233 yards (5.82 YPC) over his past two games, finding the end zone each week. I will be the first to admit I did not see it coming. Week 9 opponent Denver is tissue soft on the ground. … Nick Chubb has posted touch totals of 18 and 20 since Carlos Hyde was traded. That will be put to the test against the Chiefs, as game flow could get away from the Browns in a hurry. If it doesn’t, Chubb has a golden matchup in a defense silver plattering 5.37 yards per carry.    

Isaiah Crowell has been arguably fantasy’s most volatile running back. Even with Bilal Powell done for the year, it’s never quite clear what Crowell is going to provide. His Week 9 setup could scarcely be better in a Dolphins run defense in full-on meltdown mode. … Kerryon Johnson had his worst rushing performance since Week 1 against the Seahawks but compensated with 6/69 through the air. That firewall will be gone against the Vikings if Theo Riddick (knee) returns from his two-game absence. Riddick resumed practicing on Wednesday. … Tarik Cohen has been James White with less volume but more big plays. He’s averaging 122 yards from scrimmage since the Bears made a bigger commitment to him four games ago. That number is just 54 for Jordan Howard during the same time period. Howard has one catch since Week 3, rendering him entirely touchdown dependent. … It all feels a bit uncertain for Kenyan Drake, but he is averaging 94 yards from scrimmage over his past four games. With Albert Wilson (hip) done for the season, the Dolphins badly needed Drake’s space/yards after catch ability.  

The Packers would seem to have cleared the deck for Aaron Jones by trading Ty Montgomery. Jones had his biggest game yet in Week 8, going 12/86/1 against the Rams. There is eruption potential against the Patriots if coach Mike McCarthy will allow it. … #AsExpected, Doug Martin slid right into Marshawn Lynch’s old role. He will be the sneakiest of RB2s if Nick Mullens is forced to start for the 49ers, thereby guaranteeing excellent game script for the Raiders. … It’s not an appealing spot for Tevin Coleman against a Redskins D that limits both rushing volume and production. … Ty Montgomery’s Ravens arrival could be the kiss of death for Javorius Allen. It should have zero effect on Alex Collins. … At far less than 100 percent on a short week, Matt Breida will be the wildest of wild cards against the Raiders’ talent-less defense. … LeSean McCoy has exceeded 40 yards rushing twice. … Dion Lewis #DidAThing against the Chargers in Week 7. Don’t expect lightning to strike twice against the Cowboys’ stout run defense. … There is no such thing as a “Duke Johnson week,” but the Chiefs would be one for a normal team. … Jalen Richard is dollar store James White.          

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