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2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 8

Tiered RB rankings for Week 8

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Las Vegas Raiders Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

We are almost to the half way point in the NFL season. There are plenty of injuries, surprises and disappointments but we keep trucking along towards that coveted fantasy championship!

This week has some dream matchups for three teams in particular: Green Bay vs. Minnesota (good Oline vs. bad Dline), Las Vegas vs. Cleveland (Rush TD bliss) and KC vs. NYJ (garbage running time). There are a handful of backups whose upside is contingent on the health of the starter: Boston Scott, Jamaal Williams and deeper option Alexander Mattison.

Byes: Arizona Cardinals, Washington Football Team, Jacksonville Jaguars & Houston Texans

Notable RB Injuries that occurred in Week 7: Devonta Freeman (ankle); Jeff Wilson (ankle); Phillip Lindsay (concussion); Chris Carson (foot); Kenyan Drake (ankle)

Notable Line injuries that occurred in Week 7: Bengals: Jonah Williams (T); Bobby Hart (T); Trey Hopkins (C ); Jets: Kyle Phillips (DE); Panther: Russel Okung (T); Saints Terron Armstead (T); Patriots: Joe Thuney (G); Broncos: Mike Purcell (NT); Raiders: Gabe Jackson (G); Cardinals: Zach Allen (DE)

Week 8 RB Rankings

Ranks High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s Team Opponent Breakdown
Ranks High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s Team Opponent Breakdown
1 Derrick Henry TEN at CIN He's averaging 110 YPG, highest in NFL; Cincinnati's defense is a mix of bad and injured
2 Alvin Kamara NO at CHI Kamara is electic as always but he will face a challenge in the Bears defense
3 Aaron Jones GB MIN (Q) GB might have best Oline in NFL. Minnesota's DLine is among the worst
4 Josh Jacobs LV at CLE 5 Rushing TDs is top 10 in league; CLE has allowed 6 rush TDs through 7 weeks
5 Todd Gurley II ATL at CAR Tied for league lead in TDS (7); 122 attempts is 2nd most in NFL
6 Kareem Hunt CLE LV TDs in 5 of his last 7 games; Vegas allowing 2nd most points to RBs this season
7 Boston Scott PHI DAL Dallas defense is worst in NFL
8 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at PHI Cowboys are a mess internally. Eagles have an excellent Dline. He leads the league in fumbles (4)
9 Mike Davis CAR ATL The Falcons defense is TERRIBLE
10 Dalvin Cook MIN at GB (Q) He's averaging 98YGP, 2nd in NFL
11 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC NYJ The Jets Dline is worse than their secondary, I think we see the Chiefs run more than normal
12 Jonathan Taylor IND at DET Detroit is allowing 5th most points to RB
Ranks High Floor/High Ceiling RB2s Team Opponent Breakdown (Injured Status)
13 Jerick McKinnon SF at SEA After just 3 carries (to give him a breather per Coach Kyle Shanahan) he could see an uptick this week
14 Ronald Jones II TB at NYG 110 attempts is 8th most in NFL
15 Devin Singletary BUF NE New Englands Dline is bad
16 Carlos Hyde SEA SF (Q) injured facing a strong San Francisco Dline
17 Giovani Bernard CIN TEN Coming off big game in for injured Joe Mixon
18 Myles Gaskin MIA LAR Tough matchups but Miami is utilizing him heavily as of late
19 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR MIA Rushed for at least 80 yards or 1 TD in 4 of the last 6 weeks.
20 David Montgomery CHI NO Rushing attempts up 60% last two weeks over previous two weeks
21 Melvin Gordon III DEN LAC Lots of TDs but also fumbling a lot
22 James Conner PIT at BAL James faces a Baltimore defense who has allowed 2 TOTAL TDs to opposing RBs
23 D'Andre Swift DET IND Since their BYE in week 5, Detroit is utilizing Swift much more
24 J.K. Dobbins BAL PIT Pittsburgh Dline is STACKED
Ranks High Floor/High Ceiling RB3s Team Opponent Breakdown (Injured Status)
25 Phillip Lindsay DEN LAC (Q) If he passed the concussion test, he could be a sneaky top 20 option, big "IF" there.
26 Devonta Freeman NYG TB (Q) his ankle injury seems to be an issue
27 Le'Veon Bell KC NYJ Le'Veon should see 8-10 carries instead of 3-7 this week vs. Jets
28 Damien Harris NE at BUF As with any New England RB it's feast or famine; Damien is the favorite
29 Justin Jackson LAC at DEN One of the worst Olines but Herbert is keeping secondary honest
30 Joshua Kelley LAC at DEN Jackson will get more receptions but Kelley will get more carries
31 Gus Edwards BAL PIT I just don't trust anyone facing the Steelers defense
32 James White NE at BUF As with any New England RB it's feast or famine
33 La'Mical Perine NYJ at KC The Jets will continue to get Perine more touches
34 Jamaal Williams GB MIN Success dependent on health of Aaron Jones and potential lead GB gets on Minnesota
35 Latavius Murray NO at CHI He's getting some carries but the Bears Dline is formidable