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Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 8: Who to start with, sit as a runner in fantasy football

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.

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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.

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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

Rank Player
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
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