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Week 8 Running Back Rankings

For fantasy owners who are undecided on which running back to roll with this week, Armando has provided the top 50 running backs to make your decisions easier.

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Armando Marsal

Fantasy Writer

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Looking ahead to this week you'll find most of the regulars in the top ten. Lamar Miller and Ahmad Bradshaw are the two backs that made their way into the top ten. Miller has scored four touchdowns in the last four games. He's scored a touchdown three consecutive weeks now. This week, he faces the Jaguars defense that has allowed 18.1 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Bradshaw may get the start if Trent Richardson can't play due to his hamstring injury. Bradshaw heads to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers who have given up six rushing touchdowns to running backs. Three of those were at Pittsburgh. Bradshaw has scored three touchdowns in the last two games, for a total of seven for the season. This is a good matchup for him.

Right outside the top ten is Shane Vereen who is now starting for the New England Patriots. Last week he caught five passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 43 yards. This week, he faces a Bears defense that doesn't allow many yards, but has allowed three touchdowns in the last four games. Jerick McKinnon cracks the top 15. He is the guy in Minnesota now. The only two times this season he's carried the ball more than 15 times, he's rushed for over 100 yards. He's been the team's starter for the last two weeks. This week, he faces a Bucs defense that's allowing 20.8 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. A back you're not use to seeing this low is Giovanni Bernard. It has nothing to do with his performance last week; it's solely based on the matchup. The Ravens have allowed just two touchdowns to running backs this season, and that was in week three. Since then, no running back has scored a touchdown on them. They are also allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs.

Some backs outside the top 20 that may seem off are Reggie Bush, Alfred Morris, and Zac Stacy. Bush is playing at less than 100% and was bothered by his ankle injury in Week 7. Stacy has been struggling as of late, and saw Tre Mason (ranked 21st) get the bulk of the carries and be productive with them. It's likely that Stacy takes a back seat to Mason moving forward. Morris has also been unproductive as of late with just a total of 124 rushing yards in the last three games. Below are this week's top 50 backs.

Running Backs

1

Matt Forte CHI  (@NE)

2

Jamaal Charles KC  (vs. STL)

3

DeMarco Murray DAL  (vs. WAS)

4

Arian Foster HOU  (@TEN)

5

Marshawn Lynch SEA  (@CAR)

6

LeSean McCoy PHI (@ARI)

7

Le'Veon Bell PIT  (vs. IND)

8

Lamar Miller MIA  (@JAC)

9

Andre Ellington ARI  (vs. PHI)

10

Ahmad Bradshaw IND  (@PIT)

11

Shane Vereen NE (vs. CHI)

12

Joique Bell DET  (@ATL)

13

Jerick McKinnon MIN  (@TB)

14

Branden Oliver SD  (@DEN)

15

Eddie Lacy GB  (@NO)

16

Ronnie Hillman DEN  (vs. SD)

17

Ben Tate CLE  (vs. OAK)

18

Giovani Bernard CIN  (vs. BAL)

19

Justin Forsett BAL  (@CIN)

20

Doug Martin TB (vs. MIN)

21

Tre Mason STL  (@KC)

22

Darren McFadden OAK  (@CLE)

23

Mark Ingram NO  (vs. GB)

24

Chris Ivory NYJ (vs. BUF)

25

Denard Robinson JAC  (vs. MIA)

26

Alfred Morris WAS  (@DAL)

27

Bryce Brown BUF  (@NYJ)

28

Bishop Sankey TEN  (vs. HOU)

29

Isaiah Crowell CLE  (vs. OAK)

30

Jonathan Stewart CAR  (vs. SEA)

31

Bernard Pierce BAL  (@CIN)

32

Travaris Cadet NO  (vs. GB)

33

Reggie Bush DET  (@ATL)

34

Anthony Dixon BUF  (@NYJ)

35

Bobby Rainey TB (vs. MIN)

36

Matt Asiata MIN  (@TB)

37

Chris Johnson NYJ (vs. BUF)

38

Daniel Thomas MIA  (@JAC)

39

Roy Helu WAS (@DAL)

40

Jeremy Hill CIN  (vs. BAL)

41

Benny Cunningham STL  (@KC)

42

Stepfan Taylor ARI  (vs. PHI)

43

Jonas Gray NE (vs. CHI)

44

Zac Stacy STL  (@KC)

45

Storm Johnson JAC  (vs. MIA)

46

Khiry Robinson NO  (vs. GB)

47

Devonta Freeman ATL  (vs. DET)

48

Steven Jackson ATL  (vs. DET)

49

Antone Smith ATL  (vs. DET)

50

Joseph Randle DAL  (vs. WAS)