The Raiders and Ravens are saying goodbye this week, but fantasy football owners likely won’t miss their running backs too much. That’s especially true in receiving points leagues, where you couldn’t really count on any of your key RBs to catch passes in any given week. Nonetheless, our Week 8 fantasy RB PPR rankings still don’t have some notable endorsements due to injuries.
Unfortunately, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee), Chris Carson (neck), Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) and Kareem Hunt (calf) are still on IR and can’t return this week, but we could have Saquon Barkley (ankle) , Nick Chubb (calf) and David Montgomery (knee) back. Montgomery plans to stay out, but Barkley (@ Chiefs) and Chubb (against Steelers) have opportunities to come back.
They’ll be mandatory starts if they come back, though Chubb would go back to a less-than-ideal showdown. If he’s out, Week 7 hero D’Ernest Johnson will get another chance to lead Cleveland’s backfield, but it’s just a RB2 / flex against a solid Pittsburgh running defense. If Chubb is back, Johnson isn’t worth using out of very deep leagues.
A pair of running backs who tend to be much more valuable in the PPR leagues, Chase Edmonds (vs. Packers) and Myles Gaskin (@ Bills), have tough matchups this week. Due to the PPR aspect, they still have some value, but are riskier than usual. Edmonds may depend on the fact that the Packers entered Week 7 allowing 5.5 receptions per game to the RBs (11th place plus), but total yards and certainly a touchdown could be hard to come by. PPR teachers Austin Ekeler (vs. Patriots), Cordarrelle Patterson (vs. the only guy you can consider benching in PPR half-point or full-point leagues.
There could be a lot of RB catches in the Jets and Bengals game as both teams ranked in the top three in RB catches / game allowed going into Week 7. That gives Samaje a slight boost in value. Perine (@ Jets) and Michael Carter (vs. Bengals), but they’re both just flexible plays (at best). The Bucs, Cowboys, Eagles, Seahawks, Chiefs and Dolphins were giving up at least six catches / game heading into Week 7, so give slight increases in PPR to border players Jamaal Williams (vs. Eagles), Devontae Booker if Barkley is out of. (@ Chiefs) and Zack Moss / Devin Singletary (vs. Dolphins).
The Bills duo is one of several difficult to pin down. However, since both corridors have some upside reception, they are valuable RB2s given the highly favorable showdown. The same cannot necessarily be said for the Bears duo of Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert (against 49ers) or the Broncos duo of Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon (against Washington), who face a WFT defense that has been relatively good. limiting receptions to RBs (4.0 per game). The Broncos are even more tight-fisted (2.7), which is bad news for JD McKissic. The 49ers give up a fair share of RB catches, so Herbert, who caught all five of his goals last week, may be worth his usual value.
Several border runners are in good places simply based on the running defenses they face. Damien Harris (@ Chargers), Darrel Williams (vs. Giants) and Kenneth Gainwell (@ Lions) should all do well on the ground, even if they don’t have a ton of catches. Tony Pollard (@ Vikings) is in a similar situation as a secondary running back, with Brandon Bolden (@ Chargers) and Rashaad Penny / Alex Collins (against Jaguars) also set to have at least flexible value.
Note: We will update these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for the analysis and the latest player movement.
Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 8: who to start with as a runner
Ratings are based on Full point PPR punctuation
|1||Derrick Henry, TEN @ IND|
|2||James Robinson, JAX @ SEA|
|3||Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. DAL|
|4||Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ MIN|
|5||Alvin Kamara, NOT against TB|
|6||Saquon Barkley, NYG @ KC|
|7||Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. BORN|
|8||Andre Swift, DET vs. FI|
|9||Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. TEN|
|10||Joe Mixon, CIN @ NYJ|
|eleven||Najee Harris, PIT @ CLE|
|12||Damien Harris, NE @ LAC|
|13||Aaron Jones, GB @ ARI|
|14||Kenneth Gainwell, PHI @ DET|
|fifteen||Darrell Henderson, LAR @ HOU|
|sixteen||Darrel Williams, KC vs. NYG|
|17||Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL vs. CAR|
|18||Leonard Fournette, TB @ NO|
|19||Nick Chubb, CLE vs. PIT|
|twenty||Chuba Hubbard, CAR @ ATL|
|twenty-one||Elijah Mitchell, SF @ CHI|
|22||Antonio Gibson, FUE @ DEN|
|23||Zack Moss, BUF vs. MIA|
|24||Devin Singletary, BUF vs. MIA|
|25||Tony Pollard, DAL @ MIN|
|26||Alex Collins, SEA vs. JAX|
|27||Khalil Herbert, CHI vs. SF|
|28||Myles Gaskin, MIA @ BUF|
|29||Chase Edmonds, ARI vs. GB|
|30||Mike Davis, ATL vs. CAR|
|31||Javonte Williams, DEN vs. WAS|
|32||Brandon Bolden, NE @ LAC|
|33||JD McKissic, FUE @ DEN|
|3. 4||Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. WAS|
|35||Michael Carter, NYJ vs. CIN|
|36||James Conner, ARI vs. GB|
|37||Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. JAX|
|38||Jamaal Williams, DET vs. FI|
|39||Mark Ingram, HOU vs. LAR|
|40||Samaje Perine, CIN @ NYJ|
|41||Damien Williams, CHI vs. SF|
|42||D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. PIT|
|43||Boston Scott, PHI @ DET|
|44||Ty Johnson, New York vs. CIN|
|Four. Five||David Johnson, HOU v. LAR|
|46||Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TEN|
|47||Salvon Ahmed, MIA @ BUF|
|48||AJ Dillon, GB @ ARI|
|49||Malcolm Brown, MIA @ BUF|
|fifty||Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. DAL|
|51||JaMycal Hasty, SF @ CHI|
|52||Ronald Jones II, TB @ NO|
|53||Young Bernard, TB @ NO|
|54||Devontae Booker, NYG @ KC|
|55||Darrynton Evans, TEN @ IND|
|56||Demetric Felton, CLE vs. PIT|
|57||Sony Michel, LAR @ HOU|
|58||Jerick McKinnon, KC vs. NYG|
|59||Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. NE|
|60||JJ Taylor, NE @ LAC|
|61||Carlos Hyde, JAX @ SEA|
|62||Phillip Lindsay, HOU v. LAR|
|63||Larry Rountree III, LAC vs. NE|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.