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Week 8 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Todd Gurley Rising Upward

Up to date rankings of NFL RBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 8.

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Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. RBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Players who receive point-per-reception (PPR) bumps are noted with the asterisk. Consult my weekly Depth Charts and Volatility post, where we analyze all of the timeshares where multiple backs are involved for teams. The top of these ranks generally favor backs involved in the receiving game, as it is, because the bellcow RBs who largely are involved in the passing game are largely unaffected when their respective teams abandon the run.

Rank Player Team Last Week
1 Le'Veon Bell Steelers 1
2 Devonta Freeman Falcons 3
3 Todd Gurley Rams 6
4 Chris Ivory Jets 5
5 Adrian Peterson Vikings 2
6 Mark Ingram* Saints 8
7 Matt Forte* Bears 7
8 Marshawn Lynch Seahawks 15
9 Doug Martin Buccaneers 9
10 Justin Forsett* Ravens 11
11 Latavius Murray Raiders 10
12 Chris Johnson Cardinals 14
13 Lamar Miller Dolphins 23
14 DeMarco Murray* Eagles 12
15 Eddie Lacy Packers 13
16 Giovani Bernard* Bengals 16
17 Dion Lewis* Patriots 17
18 LeGarrette Blount Patriots 18
19 Darren McFadden* Cowboys 31
20 LeSean McCoy Bills 21
21 Danny Woodhead* Chargers 30
22 T.J. Yeldon Jaguars 25
23 Charcandrick West* Chiefs 41
24 Carlos Hyde 49ers 19
25 Frank Gore Colts 20
26 Jeremy Hill Bengals 28
27 Duke Johnson* Browns 27
28 Ronnie Hillman Broncos 29
29 Charles Sims* Buccaneers 22
30 Karlos Williams Bills 26
31 Jonathan Stewart Falcons 36
32 Matt Jones Washington 34
33 Chris Polk* Texans ---
34 James Starks Patriots 35
35 Theo Riddick* Lions 33
36 Ameer Abdullah Lions 46
37 C.J. Anderson Broncos 39
38 Antonio Andrews Titans 50
39 Melvin Gordon* Chargers 32
40 Orleans Darkwa Giants ---
41 Tevin Coleman Falcons 37
42 Ryan Mathews Eagles 40
43 Christine Michael Cowboys 24
44 Alfred Blue Texans ---
45 Shane Vereen* Giants 42
46 Andre Ellington* Cardinals 43
47 Ahmad Bradshaw Colts 48
48 Zac Stacy Jets 54
49 Rashad Jennings Giants 45
50 Khiry Robinson Saints 52
51 Dexter McCluster* Titans ---
52 C.J. Spiller* Saints 56
53 Joique Bell Lions ---
54 Robert Turbin Browns 47
55 Isaiah Crowell Browns 49
56 Alfred Morris Washington 44
57 Joseph Randle Cowboys 38
58 Bilal Powell Jets 51
59 Javorius Allen Ravens 53
60 Jerick McKinnon VIkings ---


  • There is a special bump for the RBs who have already had their bye weeks, as they have 10 games remaining in their regular seasons against everyone else's nine.

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later because there is sell-high value to come. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom. For example, an RB3 with a bad schedule until Week 12 is useless to our rosters compared a below average RB4 with two or three nice matchups in the coming weeks.

  • These rankings devalue the messiest backfield situations noted in the Depth Charts and Volatility post. I don't care how talented a guy is if he doesn't get the ball.

  • Bellcows always get the edge. There aren't many of them, so the value in scarcity increases for those backs with lesser variance. As we go down the rankings, the bad bellcows who we can never trust in our lineup lose value to receiving backups with more upside in whom we can reasonably instill hope. The bad bellcows are not only unstartable, but untradeable, and that is a recipe for a wasted roster spot.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.