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Week 8 Running Back Rankings - Standard Leagues

Your guide to the top running back plays in Week 8.

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Sometimes the process plays out like it should. Sometimes it doesn't. The Todd Gurley blow-up game happened, as did Lamar Miller's resurgence. But Le'Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson all placed outside the top-15 running backs. Just another friendly reminder that fantasy football is a week-to-week proposition.

Rank Player Team Opponent Analysis
1 Todd Gurley St. Louis Rams SF 433 yards over his last three games. Might already be a top-3 running back in the NFL.
2 Le'Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers CIN Cincy has been getting gashed on the ground. Prime spot for Le'Veon.
3 Devonta Freeman Atlanta Falcons TB He is so good.
4 Chris Johnson Arizona Cardinals @CLE Looks somewhat like his old self and gets the fountain of fantasy points in the Browns run defense.
5 Mark Ingram New Orleans Saints NYG He's having a great year and the Giants just gave up 152 yards to Darren McFadden.
6 Justin Forsett Baltimore Ravens SD Speaking of fountains of fantasy points, hello Chargers run defense.
7 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks @DAL Looks healthy and dominant again.
8 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings @CHI So close to having a multiple touchdown game last week. It's coming soon.
9 Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ATL Doug E Fresh is back and better than ever.
10 Matt Forte Chicago Bears MIN Forte should be fresh off the bye week as a huge part of the Bears offense.
11 Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers IND Colts have given up massive fantasy statlines to opposing running backs the last two weeks, while Stewart looks really good.
12 Chris Ivory New York Jets @OAK Hamstring injury is a concern, as is a deceptively tough matchup.
13 Lamar Miller Miami Dolphins @NE Incredible what happens when you give touches to your best players. Thank god Joe Philbin is gone.
14 Giovani Bernard Cincinnati Bengals @PIT The Steelers just gave up 18.9 fantasy points to Charcandrick West.
15 Danny Woodhead San Diego Chargers @BAL Chargers run game is bad right now, making Woodhead the main guy as the most versatile back.
16 Frank Gore Indianapolis Colts @CAR Game flow hurt Gore last week, but this week should be more forgiving.
17 Jeremy Hill Cincinnati Bengals @PIT The Steelers just gave up 18.9 fantasy points to Charcandrick West.
18 Dion Lewis New England Patriots MIA Signs pointing to him being healthy for TNF. They need him after an abysmal run game performance last week.
19 Charcandrick West Kansas City Chiefs DET Was that Jamaal Charles out there last week? Another good matchup again this week.
20 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers @DEN One more week on the Lacy bandwagon. Prepare your landing gear gentlemen, this could be a rough landing off the bandwagon.
21 Latavius Murray Oakland Raiders NYJ Couldn't have gotten a tougher matchup.
22 Ronnie Hillman Denver Broncos GB Has outplayed Anderson in every game and is now the starter.
23 LeGarrette Blount New England Patriots MIA Sledding will be easier to come by this week.
24 Darren McFadden Dallas Cowboys SEA Is now the lead guy, but the Seahawks give up the 3rd fewest fantasy points to running backs.
25 Duke Johnson Cleveland Browns ARI His receiving usage makes him a consistent high-floor guy.
26 Alfred Blue Houston Texans TEN Committee or not, the matchup is great for Blue to be productive.
27 Carlos Hyde San Francisco 49ers @STL Playing with a foot stress fracture. Not exactly ideal for a running back.
28 Antonio Andrews Tennessee Titans @HOU Whisenhunt says he wants to get him more carries. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.
29 Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions @KC There is no main guy in Detroit.
30 Charles Sims Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ATL The Falcons give up a bunch of receptions to running backs, playing into Sims' hands.
31 Khiry Robinson New Orleans Saints NYG Ingram gaines 115 more yards on the same number of carries as Robinson last week, but Robinson keeps getting goal-line looks for some reason. Pray for a vulture.
32 James Starks Green Bay Packers @DEN Has earned more carries, but can he get it done against a top defense?
33 C.J. Anderson Denver Broncos GB He's still a part of the offense. How much longer will that last, though?
34 Andre Ellington Arizona Cardinals @CLE Could very easily break a long run against the Browns terrible run defense.
35 Shane Vereen New York Giants @NO Game sets up nicely for Vereen, but will it even matter?
36 Melvin Gordon San Diego Chargers @BAL Not even a starting option anymore.
37 Theo Riddick Detroit Lions @KC Great floor in PPR, not so much in standard.
38 Dexter McCluster Tennessee Titans @HOU Honestly, might be the Titans best option at running back.
39 Orleans Darkwa New York Giants @NO Could have just been a one-week thing but looked better than Rashad Jennings and gets a good matchup this week.
40 Joique Bell Detroit Lions @KC Nearly doubled his season rushing total last week with a whopping 21 yard performance.
41 Chris Polk Houston Texans TEN Should see a good amount of work along with Blue.
42 Robert Turbin Cleveland Browns ARI He's better than Isaiah Crowell right now, and the touches will begin to reflect that.
43 Thomas Rawls Seattle Seahawks @DAL Will continue to get some carries if he keeps his production rate up.
44 Branden Oliver San Diego Chargers @BAL Gordon should be back to full health this week, but Oliver looks better than him at this point.
45 Tevin Coleman Atlanta Falcons TB Is strictly the backup to Freeman.
46 Javorius Allen Baltimore Ravens SD Is strictly the backup to Forsett.
47 David Johnson Arizona Cardinals @CLE Cleveland Browns run defense.
48 C.J. Spiller New Orleans Saints NYG Turns out he's still in the NFL.
49 Christine Michael Dallas Cowboys SEA So his breakout didn't happen even with Joseph Randle out? Color me shocked.
50 Isaiah Crowell Cleveland Browns ARI Might still get like 8 carries, but what can he even do with them?