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Fantasy Football PPR Rankings Week 8: Running back

Last week was a big one for running backs who are traditionally ranked higher in PPR leagues. Guys like Jamaal Williams, Giovani Bernard, and Boston Scott took advantage of injuries to Aaron Jones, Joe Mixon, and Miles Sanders, respectively, to post solid fantasy days, especially in PPR leagues. With all three lead backs likely set to be “questionable” heading into Week 8, these receiving threats will be a bit higher in our Week 8 fantasy RB PPR rankings, though at least a couple of top backs will return to our rankings to start the week.

Our PPR rankings are also assisted by the fact that guys like Dalvin Cook, Jonathan Taylor, and Myles Gaskin are all back in action after byes. The losses of David Johnson, Kenyan Drake, Chase Edmonds, James Robinson, Antonio Gibson, and J.D. McKissic will sting a bit, but there should be enough value in our PPR rankings for fantasy owners to take advantage of, especially with Christian McCaffrey expected back from his high-ankle sprain. 

As usual, Williams (vs. Vikings), Nyheim Hines (@ Lions), James White (@ Bills), Jerick McKinnon (@ Seahawks), and Corey Clement (vs. Cowboys) all see their values rise into the flex tier in PPR formats this week, and Leonard Fournette (@ Giants) is also rising after a six-catch week.

Le’Veon Bell is also an intriguing play in PPR formats this week. The Chiefs are taking on the lowly Jets, and that is a big-time revenge game for Bell, who was released by the Jets a couple of weeks ago. He didn’t do much in Week 7, but he should have RB2/flex value as he gets more comfortable in the Chiefs offense.

Players that move down because of lack of receiving opportunities will include Gus Edwards (vs. Steelers), Adrian Peterson (vs. Colts), Frank Gore (@ Chiefs), and Latavius Murray (@ Bears), though Edwards could still be worth a start if Mark Ingram (ankle) is out. 

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

 

 

 

#1

Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

#7

Jonathan Taylor, Colts

#9

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs

#11

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys

#12

Giovani Bernard, Bengals

#13

Myles Gaskin, Dolphins

#14

Ronald Jones, Buccaneers

#15

Darrell Henderson, Rams

#16

Chris Carson, Seahawks

#18

James Conner, Steelers

#19

Melvin Gordon, Broncos

#20

David Montgomery, Bears

#23

JaMycal Hasty, RB, 49ers

#24

Wayne Gallman, Giants

#25

Damien Harris, Patriots

26 La’Mical Perine, NYJ @ KC 27 Gus Edwards, BAL vs. PIT 28 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ DEN 29 Justin Jackson, LAC @ DEN 30 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. NE 31 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ SEA 32 Leonard Fournette, TB @ NYG 33 James White, NE @ BUF 34 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. MIN 35 JK Dobbins, BAL vs. PIT 36 Zack Moss, BUF vs. NE 37 Frank Gore, NYJ @ KC 38 Corey Clement, PHI vs. DAL 39 Adrian Peterson, DET vs. IND 40 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ GB 41 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ MIA 42 Nyheim Hines, IND @ DET 43 Mike Davis, CAR vs. ATL 44 Latavius Murray, NO @ CHI 45 Dion Lewis, NYG vs. TB 46 Royce Freeman, DEN vs. LAC 47 Benny Snell, PIT @ BAL 48 Brian Hill, ATL @ CAR 49 Matt Breida, MIA vs. LAR 50 Tony Pollard, DAL @ PHI 51 Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ CIN 52 Rex Burkhead, NE @ BUF 53 Jordan Wilkins, IND @ DET 54 Jalen Richard, LV @ CLE 55 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. LV 56 Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. SF 57 Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. IND 58 Darrel Williams, KC vs. NYJ 59 Anthony McFarland, PIT @ BAL 60 Cam Akers, LAR @ MIA 61 Lynn Bowden Jr., MIA vs. LAR 62 AJ Dillon, GB vs. MIN