Monday, January 24

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

The six-team apocalypse is over, and this week, only two teams (Raiders and Ravens) are out. It is still shaping up to be a tough week for our Week 8 fantasy RB rankings as many running backs are dealing with injuries and the usual amount of tough matchups and tougher committee situations are weighing on things.

Saquon Barkley (ankle), Nick Chubb (calf) and David Montgomery (knee) are eligible to return this week, but Montgomery is expected to remain out. Barkley (@ Chiefs) would have a cake showdown if he can come back, while Chubb (against Steelers) would be in a tight spot, but obviously fantasy owners only want these running backs in their lineups regardless. D’Ernest Johnson proved last week that he is capable of handling a full series of carries if Chubb is out, but a showdown against the Steelers would keep him low on RB2.

Field marshal | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Damien Harris (@ Chargers), Darrel Williams (vs. Giants) and Kenneth Gainwell (@ Lions), assuming Miles Sanders (ankle) is out, are in good places this week and should produce numbers at the RB1 limit. Both Zack Moss and Devin Singletary (vs. MIA) also have great matchups, although their timeshare remains frustrating. Moss continues to play more snaps than Singletary, but Singletary closed the gap in his last game and narrowly edged out Moss. Still, Moss’s slight advantage in touchdown potential gives him an advantage in our rankings.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Several secondary running backs are in good places to face off this week and could see some additional touches / production. Tony Pollard (@ Vikings) stands out the most in our rankings, but JD McKissic (@ Broncos), Brandon Bolden (@ Chargers), Boston Scott (@ Lions) and Rashaad Penny (against Jaguars) also have favorable matchups and should they work like push-ups in all formats. You could even try Samaje Perine (@ Jets) if you’re in a bind, as the Bengals’ secondary running backs have been on a good production run lately.

Khalil Herbert (against 49ers), Myles Gaskin (@ Bills), Michael Carter (against Bengals) and Mark Ingram (against Rams) are notable starters on the edge with tough matchups. Some of these guys get decent enough volume, but the same can be said for most of the secondary runners listed above who have much better matchups. The key difference is that players with bad encounters are more likely to get carries at the goal line, but they are still riskier than usual in a week where the ratings are relatively deep.

We’re getting to the point in the season where we have a good idea of ​​who is going to get touches and who has the best chance of producing. Some situations are still total guesswork (Dolphins, Broncos, Seahawks) or just plain bad (Texans, Jets), but there are others, like the Falcons or Cardinals, where committees generally thrive. We know that bad games are always possible (as we saw with Mike Davis last week), but we also know that certain players have established themselves as “required beginners.” Unless you have significantly better or more reliable options, you have to rely on certain types until they give you a reason not to.

Note: We’ll update these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for the analysis and the latest player movement.

Fantasy RB Rankings Week 8: who to start with as a runner

Ratings are based on standard, not 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 Saquon Barkley, NYG @ KC
6 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. TEN
7 Joe Mixon, CIN @ NYJ
8 Damien Harris, NE @ LAC
9 Alvin Kamara, NOT against TB
10 Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. BORN
eleven Aaron Jones, GB @ ARI
12 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ HOU
13 Andre Swift, DET vs. FI
14 Najee Harris, PIT @ CLE
fifteen Kenneth Gainwell, PHI @ DET
sixteen Darrel Williams, KC vs. NYG
17 Nick Chubb, CLE vs. PIT
18 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL vs. CAR
19 Chuba Hubbard, CAR @ ATL
twenty Leonard Fournette, TB @ NO
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 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. WAS
28 Khalil Herbert, CHI vs. SF
29 Mike Davis, ATL vs. CAR
30 Javonte Williams, DEN vs. WAS
31 James Conner, ARI vs. GB
32 Michael Carter, NYJ vs. CIN
33 Chase Edmonds, ARI vs. GB
3. 4 Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. JAX
35 Brandon Bolden, NE @ LAC
36 JD McKissic, FUE @ DEN
37 Jamaal Williams, DET vs. FI
38 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ BUF
39 Mark Ingram, HOU vs. LAR
40 Damien Williams, CHI vs. SF
41 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. PIT
42 Samaje Perine, CIN @ NYJ
43 Ty Johnson, New York vs. CIN
44 Boston Scott, PHI @ DET
Four. Five Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. DAL
46 Salvon Ahmed, MIA @ BUF
47 AJ Dillon, GB @ ARI
48 Malcolm Brown, MIA @ BUF
49 Ronald Jones II, TB @ NO
fifty David Johnson, HOU v. LAR
51 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TEN
52 Devontae Booker, NYG @ KC
53 Young Bernard, TB @ NO
54 JaMycal Hasty, SF @ CHI
55 Sony Michel, LAR @ HOU
56 Jerick McKinnon, KC vs. NYG
57 Demetric Felton, CLE vs. PIT
58 Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. NE
59 Darrynton Evans, TEN @ IND
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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