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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Week 8 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 LeSean McCoy vs. NYG -
2 Jamaal Charles vs. CLE -
3 Marshawn Lynch at STL Probable (hip)
4 Adrian Peterson vs. GB Probable (hamstring)
5 Frank Gore at JAC Probable (ankle)
6 Reggie Bush vs. DAL Probable (knee)
7 Eddie Lacy at MIN -
8 Knowshon Moreno vs. WAS -
9 Alfred Morris at DEN -
10 Le'Veon Bell at OAK -
11 Darren McFadden vs. PIT -
12 Stevan Ridley vs. MIA -
13 Fred Jackson at NO Probable (knee)
14 Zac Stacy vs. SEA Probable (chest)
15 Steven Jackson at ARZ Probable (hamstring)
16 Mike James vs. CAR -
17 Darren Sproles vs. BUF -
18 Giovani Bernard vs. NYJ -
19 DeAngelo Williams at TB Questionable (quadriceps)
20 Joseph Randle at DET -
21 Maurice Jones-Drew vs. SF -
22 Lamar Miller at NE -
23 Chris Ivory at CIN Probable (-)
24 Andre Ellington vs. ATL -
25 Roy Helu at DEN -
26 Brandon Bolden vs. MIA Questionable (knee)
27 Joique Bell vs. DAL -
28 Mike Tolbert at TB -
29 Pierre Thomas vs. BUF -
30 Tashard Choice at NO -
31 Willis McGahee at KC -
32 Peyton Hillis at PHI -
33 Jacquizz Rodgers at ARZ -
34 BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. NYJ -
35 Bilal Powell at CIN -
36 Daniel Thomas at NE -
37 Michael Cox at PHI -
38 Lance Dunbar at DET Probable (hamstring)
39 Chris Ogbonnaya at KC -
40 Kendall Hunter at JAC -
41 Montee Ball vs. WAS -
42 Stepfan Taylor vs. ATL -
43 Daryl Richardson vs. SEA -
44 Brian Leonard vs. CAR -
45 Bryce Brown vs. NYG -
46 Fozzy Whittaker at KC -
47 James Starks at MIN Probable (knee)
48 Felix Jones at OAK -
49 Robert Turbin at STL -
50 Alfonso Smith vs. ATL -
51 LeGarrette Blount vs. MIA -
52 Rashad Jennings vs. PIT Questionable (hamstring)
53 Anthony Dixon at JAC -
54 Phillip Tanner at DET -

RB Notes: With Michael Vick limited to just one half of duty in Week 5, LeSean McCoy had his worst game of the season against the Giants. With Vick finally back under center — and the zone read back in action — expect McCoy to snap out of his recent mini-slump in a big way against a Giants defense that got off too easy in Week 7 because of Josh Freeman. … Jamaal Charles has both scored a touchdown and cleared 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this season. Throw in his weekly five catches, and you have the most foolproof RB1 recipe on the planet. … The league’s most consistent runner this side of Jamaal Charles, Marshawn Lynch is averaging 108 yards from scrimmage, and has seven total touchdowns. The Rams are going to know what them on Monday, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to stop it. Beast Mode could have his best game of the season. … Coming off his worst game since the week he tore his ACL, Adrian Peterson gets a Packers defense allowing just 79 rushing yards per game, and 3.4 yards per carry. This should be the lowest you ever see him on this list.

No team is allowing more rushing yards per game than the Jaguars. Only four players have more rushing yards than Frank Gore. You do the math. Gore is going to give the people of London something to see. … Coming off his worst rushing performance of the season, Reggie Bush gets a Cowboys defense ranked 25th in yards per carry against (4.3). He’s a good bet to match or surpass the 122 yards from scrimmage he’s averaging every week. … No player has more rushing yards than Eddie Lacy’s 301 over the past three weeks. He’s going to bring the pain against a Vikings defense allowing the second most fantasy points to enemy running backs. Fat Eddie eats a lot more on the field than he does off of it. … Knowshon Moreno leads the league in rushing touchdowns. The Redskins lead the league in rushing touchdowns allowed. Sometimes it’s just that simple. … If you’re an Alfred Morris owner, you could do one of two things: 1. Fret over the three touchdowns Roy Helu vultured in Week 7. 2. Realize you own a player leading running backs in yards per carry (5.2). Of course Helu is a nuisance, but he’s not a true concern as the Redskins’ zone-read attack rises from the ashes. Second only to Adrian Peterson in average yards after contact (2.98, per Pro Football Focus), Morris is a through-and-through RB1.

Averaging 19.6 touches, Le’Veon Bell has the workload every fantasy owner craves. With just two touchdowns, however, he hasn’t shot up the roto ranks the way you’d expect. Out-carrying every other Steelers runner 51-18 since his Week 4 debut, that’s about to change in a big way. … Stevan Ridley is averaging 4.73 yards per carry over his past three games, but has taken the ball only 42 times in the process. It’s indicative of both his skill and precarious place in the Patriots’ chameleon offense. Nevertheless, Ridley has scored three times over his past two games, and ran circles around Brandon Bolden after the Pats moved away from their hurry-up attack in Week 7. Ridley is a stressful fantasy option — there’s no way around it — but he’s still more RB2 than RB3. … Averaging 18.5 touches per game in the four games he’s finished this season, Darren McFadden — for better or worse — is an RB2 for the time being. … Zac Stacy’s Week 8 matchup could scarcely be worse in a Seahawks run defense allowing just 91.6 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. His role could scarcely be better, however, as he’s now the unquestioned focal point of an offense missing Sam Bradford. In line for as many as 25 touches Monday, Stacy’s averages might not be pretty, but he’s one of the league’s stronger bets for a touchdown.         

It appears DeMarco Murray (knee) is going to give it a go against the Lions. Murray is an RB2 any time he takes the field. Check the Rotoworld Player News page for daily updates on his status. … Coming off a five-week layoff, Steven Jackson (hamstring) would be hard to trust even in a good matchup, so the fact that he has an imposing one in Arizona (97.0 YPG, 3.7 YPC) makes him hard to love as a plug-and-play RB2. However, Atlanta’s injury woes — they need Jackson — combined with the league-wide carnage at running back means he’s still a top-15 option. You’ve kept S-Jax around this long. You might as well use him. … Both Fred Jackson (MCL) and C.J. Spiller (ankle) are nursing nagging injuries, but only F-Jax is a guarantee to play against the Saints, a team allowing a league-worst 5.1 yards per carry. With Spiller looking no better than 50-50 to suit up, F-Jax is a legitimate RB2, even at less than 100 percent. … Check out Evan Silva’s Thursday Matchups column for the dope on Bucs RB Mike James. … If DeMarco Murray (knee) sits, Joseph Randle will be on the RB2 borderline against a Lions team allowing 5.1 yards per carry. If Murray plays, however, Randle will be little more than a desperation FLEX.    

DeAngelo Williams is losing steam fast. He failed to take advantage of a plus Week 7 matchup in the Rams, and now has a minus Week 8 matchup in the Bucs. With Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton vulturing all touchdown opportunities and Jonathan Stewart (ankles) waiting in the wings, D-Will is about out of 2013 value. … Lamar Miller is mired in a timeshare with Daniel Thomas, but is still the only Dolphins’ running back worth starting, especially since he’s Miami’s preferred back in passing and comeback modes. Miller’s downside is considerable, but he still has more upside than the Rashard Mendenhalls of the world. … Is Chris Ivory the Jets’ new lead back? The fact that he out-touched Bilal Powell 35-3 in Week 7 certainly suggests so. However, it’s still possible Ivory’s usage outburst was game-plan related, with the Jets wanting to take advantage of the decimated middle of New England’s defense with Ivory's power instead of Powell's finesse. Either way, Ivory is back on the FLEX radar, and it’s kind of hard to trust Powell after he got out-touched 35-3, isn’t it? … Roy Helu’s three Week 7 touchdowns were nice, but he’s still just a change-of-pace option to locked and loaded starter Alfred Morris. Helu is worth a roster spot, but not weekly FLEX consideration. … If you’re starting Peyton Hillis or Willis McGahee, it’s already too late.

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