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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs for Week 9

Can the Saints contain Cordarrelle Patterson?

Carolina Panthers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

This week in 1934, the Japan Tour premiered. It was a 12-city tour of American League teams vs. the Japanese Big-Six University League. Baseball greats like Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Fox, Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, and Moe Berg participated in this event. During this event, while staying at the Imperial Hotel, Babe Ruth had fans show up to his door and ask him to sign merchandise and baseballs, as he was already a legend to watch.

I highlight this as Austin Ekeler, in the ultimate homage to fantasy fans, showed himself starting in his own fantasy league last week to prove he would be playing and thus, avoiding misery from thousands of fans who were questioning whether or not he should be inserted into their lineups. He would reward said fans with 64 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD and 6 receptions for 60 receiving yards.

Notes for Week 9

  • Miami vs. Houston looks like it could showcase a lot of running. Both have been bottom 10 in rush attempts the last three games, but they faced some tough competition too.
  • Keep an eye on injuries to Saquon Barkley, Eli Mitchell, James Robinson, Josh Jacobs, and Latavius Murray.
  • Gut feeling tells me, Cleveland, LAC, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia go run-heavy this week.
  • We should see some tandem work with Mike Davis/Cordarrelle Patterson, Jonathan Taylor/Nyheim Hines, Chase Edmonds/James Conner, Zach Moss/Devin Singletary, Ezekiel Elliott/Tony Pollard and Javonte Williams/Melvin Gordon III

Week 8 Running Back Rankings

Rank Player Team Opponent Notes
Rank Player Team Opponent Notes
1 Austin Ekeler LAC @ Phi Easy Matchup
2 Alvin Kamara NO vs Atl Jameis out means heavy usage of Alvin
3 Aaron Jones GB @ KC He's becoming more reception relient lately
4 Jonathan Taylor Ind vs NYJ Six Rush TDs in last five games; Easy Matchup
5 Dalvin Cook Min @ Bal 70+ rush yards in three of last four games he played in
6 Najee Harris Pit vs Chi 80+ Rush Yds in last three games, TDs in three of last four
7 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs Ten TD's in three of his last four games
8 Joe Mixon Cin vs Cle Rush TDs in four of his last five games
9 Nick Chubb Cle @ Cin Steelers shut him down
10 Ezekiel Elliott Dal vs Den 50+ rush yards in last six games but no TD in last 2 games
11 Saquon Barkley NYG vs LV Questionable - Ankle
12 Cordarrelle Patterson Atl @ NO Tough Matchup
13 Chase Edmonds Ari @ SF Finally got a TD
14 James Conner Ari @ SF Yet again he scores
15 James Robinson Jax vs Buf Questionable - Tough Matchup
16 Josh Jacobs LV @ NYG Questionable - Chest
17 Myles Gaskin Mia vs Hou He's getting the carries, he needs to deliver vs. Houston
18 Jeremy McNichols Ten @ LAR Can Jeremy fill the lofty shoes??
19 Nyheim Hines Ind vs NYJ Easy Matchup
20 Melvin Gordon III Den @ Dal Double digit carries in two of his last three games
21 Khalil Herbert Chi @ Pit 70+ rush yards in last four games
22 Damien Harris NE @ Car Tough Matchup
23 Eli Mitchell SF vs Ari Questionable - Ribs; Tough Matchup
24 Javonte Williams Den @ Dal Slightly behind Melvin in carries
25 Michael Carter NYJ @ Ind Volatile up and down weeks
26 Zack Moss Buf @ Jax Volatile up and down weeks
27 Tony Pollard Dal vs Den Handcuff
28 Darrel Williams KC vs GB Getting a healthy amount of receptions
29 Devin Singletary Buf @ Jax Slightly behind Zach in usage
30 Carlos Hyde Jax vs Buf Tough matchup
31 Boston Scott Phi vs LAC Easy Matchup - Philadelphia rushing game is frustrating though
32 Kenneth Gainwell Phi vs LAC Easy Matchup - Philadelphia rushing game is frustrating though
33 Mike Davis Atl @ NO Tough Matchup
34 AJ Dillon GB @ KC Solid numbers last week vs. Arizona
35 Salvon Ahmed Mia vs Hou Myles is getting a 60/40 share here
36 Brandon Bolden NE @ Car Tough Matchup
37 Latavius Murray Bal vs Min Questionable
38 Sony Michel LAR vs Ten Handcuff
39 Kenyan Drake LV @ NYG Handcuff
40 Mark Ingram II NO vs Atl Seeing very limited red zone carries with New Orleans
41 D'Ernest Johnson Cle @ Cin Handcuff
42 David Johnson Hou @ Mia 2 carries 4 yards last week
43 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs. Ari Tough Matchup
44 Alexander Mattison Min @ Bal Handcuff
45 Ty Johnson NYJ @ Ind Handcuff
46 Le'Veon Bell Bal vs Min 5 carries, 5 yards last week
47 Phillip Lindsay Hou @ Mia Handcuff