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2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 9

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Aaron Jones and Tevin Coleman split the overall RB1 and 2 spots across all scoring formats in Week 8. Where do they land in Week 9?

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Aaron Jones cracks the Top 5 with Tevin Coleman hot on his heels. Le’Veon Bell manages just a high-end RB2 ranking in what should be a Top 5-er. This is a make-or-break week for head coach Adam Gase as the Jets square off with the tanking Miami Dolphins. The Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles’ backs have a stranglehold on the mid-tier of the RB2 ranks. Week 8 Waiver Wire celebrity, Ty Johnson, tumbles into the RB3 pit. And what to make of the KC backfield?

Teams on bye: Bengals, Falcons, Rams, and Saints.

Week 9 Running Back Rankings

Rank Running Back Team Opponent High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s
Rank Running Back Team Opponent High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR TEN CMC's upside is unlike any other.
2 Dalvin Cook MIN at KC Kansas City's run game defense is among the league's worst. They just allowed the similar all-purpose back Aaron Jones to hang 226 yards from scrimmage and 2 scores on them.
3 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at NYG Surreal smash spot for him here.
4 Saquon Barkley NYG DAL Having him this low almost feels criminal. The other 3 just have better matchups and (and ceiling, in CMC's case).
5 Aaron Jones GB at LAC Last week's RB1 in .5PPR/PPR and RB2 in Standard gets another blow-up spot against the Chargers defense that just gave David Montgomery a Top 7 finish.
6 Leonard Fournette JAX HOU Lenny and his glorious dual threat usage have a stellar matchup on tap this week. Houston's run defense is sub par and he's sure to have 25+ chances to hammer it.
7 Tevin Coleman SF at ARI Arizona has been smoked by good run games. The Niners run game would absolutely qualify as such.
8 Derrick Henry TEN at CAR Last week was tough for the big fella. With Cam Newton out again, we can expect a Battle of the Backs this week.
9 Chris Carson SEA TB He's a lock for 20+ touches. It's a very tough matchup though.
10 Nick Chubb CLE at DEN The only thing certain about the Cleveland offense is that no matter what the score it, Nick Chubb will be featured.
11 Josh Jacobs OAK DET The Detroit D-Line has been banged up all year and it's had a considerable impact on opposing ground games. We'll monitor Lions' practice reports this week to see if they remain shorthanded.
12 Jaylen Samuels PIT IND It's a tough matchup but Samuels is locked-in for over 20 touches this weekend.
High Floor/High Ceiling RB2s
13 Marlon Mack IND at PIT A tough matchup but the Colts' offensive focal point should see 20 touches.
14 Mark Ingram II BAL NE Ingram could have blow-up potential here. Belichick will often let teams succeed in areas of little consequence on offense so as to direct them away from their own strengths. The focus of the Patriots' defense should be Lamar Jackson, not Ingram.
15 Le'Veon Bell NYJ at MIA Running in a discombobulated offense and yet to show us a ceiling game, even against Miami, Bell can't be ranked as anything more than a high-end RB2.
High Floor/Capped Ceiling RB2s
16 Royce Freeman DEN CLE Cleveland is very generous to opposing run games. Freeman has had the edge on Lindsay in the snap department since Week 4 and now he's taking over goal line work.
17 Miles Sanders PHI CHI Sanders's breakout has been gradual but it arrived in full force last week as he took home the RB9 finish across all formats. He is not expected to miss any time with his shoulder injury and the Bears defense has been posterized by opposing run games all year.
18 Phillip Lindsay DEN CLE Lindsay should see close to 15 touches in this sublime matchup, even though he's playing second fiddle.
19 Jordan Howard PHI CHI Howard got in on the fun during Sanders' shoulder-induced mid-game absence, finishing as a back-end RB1 across all formats. Chicago's defense is a run funnel, setting the table for both backs to eat.
20 Devin Singletary BUF WAS Singletary won the snap count battle in Week 8 and looked good doing so. Frank Gore out-carried him 9-3 but Singletary had 6 targets. The matchup is there for Singletary to return RB2 value.
21 Jamaal Williams GB at LAC Both Williams and Jones are on fire over the last 3 weeks. The Green Bay offense is humming and this is a stellar matchup for the stud RB duo.
22 Sony Michel NE at BAL Michel came back to Earth a bit last week, failing to find the end zone after Week 7's 3-touchdown bonanza. Baltimore's run defense has tightend a bit but these Pats/Ravens games can turn into slugfests.
23 Carlos Hyde HOU at JAX Jacksonville's run defense is lackluster and Hyde should see 20 plodding carries against it, making him a back-end RB2 with touchdown-based upside.
24 LeSean McCoy KC MIN McCoy was the clear cut lead back last week until he fumbled. He has Andy Reid's trust as the superior rusher and pass protector to Damien Williams, who retains better pass catching ability. It's a tough matchup but McCoy should see 15 touches against the Vikings this week.
High Floor/Capped Ceiling RB3s
25 David Montgomery CHI at PHI Philadelphia's run defense is top notch. Montgomery is a risky flex play this week.
26 Matt Breida SF at ARI Assuming his ankle is good enough to play on, Breida should eat on 12+ touches this week. The 49ers run game can't be stopped.
27 Kenyan Drake ARI SF Drake's workload will depend on what he can absorb of the Arizona offense. He should be solidly utilized in all fazes of the game though. 15 productive touches as an safety valve to neutralize the 49ers stout pass rush seems reasonable.
28 Austin Ekeler LAC GB Green Bay's run defense is subpar. Ekeler should be able to retain flex value even on his scaled back workload.
29 Melvin Gordon III LAC GB Gordon will be there to plod his way into the endzone after Ekeler explosively takes the Chargers' offense into the red zone.
30 Ty Johnson DET OAK To everyone's chagrin, Tra Carson out-carried Johnson last week. Johnson did lead the backfield in snaps though so we can consider him a flex in this plus matchup.
31 James White NE at BAL As we mentioned in Week 8's Rundown, James White is a lock for roughly 10 .5PPR fantasy points every week.
32 Ronald Jones II TB at SEA Jones hasn't yet taken hold of the lead back role in TB and until he goes, he's just a low ceiling flex play.
33 Adrian Peterson WAS at BUF Peterson should tally 20 carries this week and has a slight shot to score.
34 Tarik Cohen CHI at PHI Cohen should see 10 or so touches.
35 Frank Gore BUF WAS An incredibly soft matchup could allow Gore to return low-end flex value.
36 Damien Williams KC MIN Williams should retain slight standalone value, even with McCoy being the intended lead RB.
Low Floor/Low Ceiling RB4s
37 Mark Walton MIA NYJ The departure of Kenyan Drake further solidifies Walton's grip on lead back duties. The Jets' run defense was bad before Leonard Williams was traded this week -- it can only be worse now.
38 Duke Johnson Jr. HOU at JAX Duke continues to intermittently produce useful .5PPR numbers but his workloads make him too unreliable to be started as anything more than a coin toss-style 2nd-flex.
39 Alexander Mattison MIN at KC Mattison should see 8 or so touches in a great matchup.
40 Tra Carson DET OAK Good matchup, questionable workload.
41 Dontrell Hilliard CLE at DEN Hilliard's getting slight, consistent work.
42 Gus Edwards BAL NE Edwards should tote the rock 5-8 times this week.
43 DeAndre Washington OAK at DET Washington should see 3-5 touches.
44 Dare Ogunbowale TB at SEA Ogunbowale continues to see passing game snaps.
45 Raheem Mostert SF at ARI Mostert could see 4th quarter work if SF is killing the clock.
46 Rashaad Penny SEA TB 5-8 touches seems likely for the backup.
47 Kalen Ballage MIA NYJ The oversized pass catching back is sometimes being used as a goal line rusher. It's a good matchup but a bad situation.
48 Rex Burkhead NE at BAL It's possible Burkhead see 5-8 touches in this one. He's not a recommended start though.
Source links: Running back production against Kansas City, Aaron Jones and David Montgomery Week 8 results, Detroit Lions defensive line injuries, running back production against Cleveland, Denver Broncos running back snap counts, Miles Sanders Week 8 results, Buffalo Bills running back snap counts, Buffalo Bills Week 8 box score, running back production against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions running back snap counts, Week 8 Rundown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers running back injury info via Dr. David Chao. Use PFD login/interface to find players — URL/site still in development.