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Week 8 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 27, 2019, 11:53 am ET

Week 8 Running Backs 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Dalvin Cook

MIN

WAS

2

Leonard Fournette

JAC

NYJ

3

Saquon Barkley

NYG

@DET

4

Christian McCaffrey

CAR

@SF

5

Chris Carson

SEA

@ATL

6

Latavius Murray

NO

ARI

7

James Conner

PIT

MIA

8

Chase Edmonds

ARI

@NO

9

Aaron Jones

GB

@KC

10

Le'Veon Bell

NYJ

@JAC

11

Nick Chubb

CLE

@NE

12

Marlon Mack

IND

DEN

13

Todd Gurley

LA

CIN

14

Derrick Henry

TEN

TB

15

Josh Jacobs

OAK

@HOU

16

Sony Michel

NE

CLE

17

Tevin Coleman

SF

CAR

18

Ty Johnson

DET

NYG

19

Phillip Lindsay

DEN

@IND

20

Austin Ekeler

LAC

@CHI

21

Carlos Hyde

HOU

OAK

22

Devonta Freeman

ATL

SEA

23

Melvin Gordon

LAC

@CHI

24

Royce Freeman

DEN

@IND

25

Matt Breida

SF

CAR

26

LeSean McCoy

KC

GB

27

Joe Mixon

CIN

@LA

28

James White

NE

CLE

29

David Montgomery

CHI

LAC

30

Adrian Peterson

WAS

@MIN

31

Jamaal Williams

GB

@KC

32

Jordan Howard

PHI

@BUF

33

Frank Gore

BUF

PHI

34

Damien Williams

KC

GB

35

Darrell Henderson

LA

CIN

36

Miles Sanders

PHI

@BUF

37

Devin Singletary

BUF

PHI

38

Mark Walton

MIA

@PIT

39

Jaylen Samuels

PIT

MIA

40

Ronald Jones

TB

@TEN

41

Tarik Cohen

CHI

LAC

42

Wendell Smallwood

WAS

@MIN

43

Duke Johnson

HOU

OAK

44

Peyton Barber

TB

@TEN

45

Kenyan Drake

MIA

@PIT

46

J.D. McKissic

DET

NYG

47

Alexander Mattison

MIN

WAS

48

Benny Snell

PIT

MIA

49

Darrel Williams

KC

GB

50

Giovani Bernard

CIN

@LA

51

C.J. Prosise

SEA

@ATL

 

RB Notes: A 16.5-point favorite at home for an offense missing its No. 1 wide receiver, Dalvin Cook is one of the easier RB1 overall ranks you will ever see. … Only the Bucs are allowing fewer yards per carry than the Jets (3.3). I’m keeping Leonard Fournette in the top two because he’s averaging 29 touches over the past month and will be operating as a six-point home favorite vs. a shellshocked Jets squad that’s on a short week after getting pantsed at home. … Solid in his Week 7 return, Saquon Barkley has a mouthwatering matchup in the Lions’ bottom-five run defense. It is worth noting that the G-Men are seven-point road ‘dogs, and the Lions do a better job limiting RB receptions than ground gains. … Even in his second worst yardage performance of the season before the Panthers’ Week 7 bye, Christian McCaffrey scored via both land and air. Only the Pats are allowing fewer RB fantasy points than the 49ers, but CMC is practically guaranteed to reach 20 touches. … Chris Carson got bottled up by the Ravens but still handled the ball 24 times. The Falcons are better against the run than pass, but they are bad against everything for fantasy purposes.           

The Saints didn’t treat Latavius Murray any differently than Alvin Kamara in Week 7, shoveling 32 touches onto his plate. It’s not unrealistic to expect a repeat vs. the Cardinals’ shaky run D in a contest where the Saints are 10.5-point home favorites. Kamara (ankle) will take Murray’s place in the ranks if he gets the green light. … Even with the specter of Benny Snell closing time, James Conner is an undeniable play vs. a Dolphins Defense getting teed off on for 161 weekly rushing yards. Conner has at least seven catches in two of his past three starts. … The Cardinals have signed both Alfred Morris and Zach Zenner, signaling a lack of faith in David Johnson’s (ankle, back) availability. As Chase Edmonds so vividly illustrated last week, whomever starts at running back for the Cardinals is an RB1. Were Johnson to play, we would have a Melvin Gordon/Austin Ekeler situation on our hands … Aaron Jones flipped the script in Week 7, this time catching his passing touchdown while out-touching Jamaal Williams 16-7. The Chiefs are one of only three teams permitting more than five yards per carry. 

Le'Veon Bell and Josh Jacobs are both big road underdogs. Although Bell mysteriously has only two receptions over his past two games, he gets the rankings edge over Jacobs because of his more reliable pass-catching role. Jacobs, who is balling out on the ground, is expected to play through his shoulder issue. … Considering the chaos around him, Nick Chubb has been stunningly consistent. That will be put to the gravest of tests vs. the Patriots, who threaten to stone age the Browns’ entire offense. Further down the line, Kareem Hunt’s suspension ends in two games. … Marlon Mack was a Week 7 disappointment in a great setup. He has another one as a 5.5-point home favorite vs. a Broncos D that’s softer on the ground than through the air. … Ryan Tannehill — yes, that Ryan Tannehill — enhances the entire Titans Offense’s outlook, but the Bucs are the league’s most pass-funnel defense, getting obliterated through the air while permitting just 68 weekly rushing yards. Consider that a word of DFS caution for Derrick Henry. … Todd Gurley’s situation is committed to staying weird. His 13-yard passing score was the play of the day for the Rams last Sunday, but he struggled mightily on the ground. Darrell Henderson, meanwhile, has appeared deserving of a change-of-pace role. Malcolm Brown (ankle) has yet to resume practicing. 

Coming off the lowest wattage three-TD game you will ever seen, Sony Michel gets his weekly smash spot in the Browns. Michel had looked better the previous two weeks before Monday’s wheezing 19/42. ... Tevin Coleman’s touch counts have gone 16-20-22 as Matt Breida’s have gone 14-17-9. The Panthers are much more permissive to runners than passers. … Ty Johnson should step in as an immediate 1-for-1 replacement for Kerryon Johnson on early downs. That alone makes him an instant RB2. How high his ceiling goes will depend on his pass-catching role. J.D. McKissic had been changing Kerryon’s pace, but Ty out-routed him 29-9 in Week 7. That’s an excellent sign. … Melvin Gordon quite literally cost the Chargers the game last weekend as Austin Ekeler went 7/118/1 through the air. Ekeler has established a “2X James White ceiling.” Despite playing only six games, the Bears have been stung for the third most RB receptions (45). … Oakland defends the run better than the pass, but game flow should allow for Carlos Hyde to get RB2 established. … Devonta Freeman is well and truly cooked, averaging 3.5 yards per carry and 72 yards from scrimmage. Not even Ito Smith’s (concussion) offers much reason for optimism.

It stands to reason the Chiefs will feature a greater run-game commitment if Patrick Mahomes (knee) sits. The Packers are worse against the run than the pass, and have surrendered the 11th most RB receptions (11). LeSean McCoy has established himself as the safer RB2, but Damien Williams will have FLEX appeal. … Seasons don’t get more lost than Joe Mixon’s 2019. He has no viable path forward to weekly RB2 value. It will have to be an extremely good matchup. The Rams are not that. ... The wheels have come off for the Bears’ “running game.” If you’re looking for Week 8 hope, it comes in the form of the Bears being four-point home favorites vs. the road tripping Chargers. ... It’s the revenge game to end all revenge games for a revenge-obsessed Adrian Peterson, but he will be playing through a high-ankle sprain on a short week. Wendell Smallwood could blunder into 8-10 touches as the COP. … Mark Walton’s 15 Week 7 touches were tied for the second most by a Dolphins back this season. With the ‘Fins seemingly intent on preserving Kenyan Drake’s health ahead of the trade deadline, Walton could easily hit that number again vs. the Steelers. … Explosive though he is, Devin Singletary has yet to handle the ball more than nine times, and that was all the way back in Week 1.          

Patrick Daugherty
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