Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 8

Frank Gore will be in London to face a Jaguars team allowing more than 150 yards rushing per game

Frank Gore is not No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 8 running back rankings, but he is solidly in the top 10. Gore is fourth in the league in rushing with 547 yards and had two touchdowns last week against Tennessee. The 49ers are in London this week to face a Jacksonville team that is giving up more than 150 yards on the ground per game.

Jamaal Charles gets the nod for the top spot this week because not only is he the top fantasy scorer at his position, he has been remarkably consistent. Charles is averaging 128 total yards per game this season and has yet to post fewer than 100 in any one contest. He has four rushing touchdowns over his last three games, and while Cleveland is a top-10 rushing defense, Charles' versatility makes him hard to contain and pretty much a safe bet for 100+ total yards and between 15-20 fantasy points each week.

Marshawn Lynch also has been pretty reliable lately, averaging more than 20 fantasy points over his last four games. He gets the Monday night spotlight against a Rams team that was already struggling to score points and now is starting its backup quarterback (Kellen Clemens). Lynch could be in for another 20-point outing. Someone who could use a nice game is Adrian Peterson. The reigning MVP has just 90 yards rushing in his last two games combined, as the Vikings have started three different quarterbacks through six games. Peterson enjoyed a bunch of success last season against Green Bay, gaining 508 yards on the ground in three games, but the Packers are third in the league right now in rushing defense (79 ypg). Peterson will more than likely earn every yard he gets on Sunday.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee

1Jamaal CharlesKCvs. CLECan pretty much put him down for 100+ total yards.
2Marshawn LynchSEAat STL (Mon.)Averaging 92 yards w/ 4 TDs over last 4 games.
3LeSean McCoyPHIvs. NYGHas gone over 100 yards rushing once in last 4 G.
4Knowshon MorenoDENvs. WASRedskins allowing second-most fantasy pts. to RBs.
5Adrian PetersonMINvs. GBRushed for 508 yards in 3 G vs. Packers last season.
6Frank GoreSFvs. JAC (London)Jaguars allowing 150+ yards rushing per game.
7Reggie BushDETvs. DALCowboys have given up just 3 rushing TDs.
8Eddie LacyGBat MINExpect 20+ carries w/ WR/TE injuries.
9Alfred MorrisWASat DENStill 'Skins' lead back, averaging 5.3 ypc.
10Stevan RidleyNEvs. MIAReasserting himself as Patriots' lead back.
11Le'Veon BellPITat OAKAveraged nearly 5 yards per carry vs. Ravens.
12Fred JacksonBUFat NOAggravated knee injury last week vs. Bengals.
13Darren SprolesNOvs. BUFBills allowing 124 rushing ypg, but only 2 TDs.
14Darren McFaddenOAKvs. PITHopefully bye week allowed hamstring to fully heal.
15Giovani BernardCINvs. NYJMore total touches (12) than BJGE (10) last week.
16DeAngelo WilliamsCARat TB (Thurs.)Bucs ranked third in rushing defense.
17Joseph RandleDALat DETRushed for 65 yards in first career start last week.
18Zac StacySTLvs. SEA (Mon.)Could be in line for even more carries post-Bradford.
19Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. SF (London)49ers have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher.
20C.J. SpillerBUFat NOAnkle an issue? Season-low 7 total yards vs. CIN.
21Chris IvoryNYJat CINTook over for Powell, finished with 34 att., 104 yds.
22Lamar MillerMIAat NESaw only 9 carries compared to 12 for Thomas.
23Mike JamesTBvs. CAR (Thurs.)Set to make 1st career start in place of Martin (shoulder).
24Jacquizz RodgersATLat ARIOnly 16 rushing yards, but 2 TD rec. vs. Bucs.
25Pierre ThomasNOvs. BUF 
26BenJarvus Green-EllisCINvs. NYJOnly useful in fantasy if he scores a TD.
27Rashard MendenhallARIvs. ATLJust 22 yards rushing last week, but he did score.
28Andre EllingtonARIvs. ATLLooking to bounce back after 5 touches vs. SEA.
29Steven JacksonATLat ARIMay finally be back in action this week.
30Roy HeluWASat DENScored 3 rushing TDs on 11 carries last week.
31Willis McGaheeCLEat KCChiefs have given up just two rushing TDs.
32Brandon JacobsNYGat PHIDid not play last week because of hamstring.
33Bilal PowellNYJat CINGot only 3 carries vs. NE, while Ivory had 34.
34Joique BellDETvs. DALPlaying with bruised ribs, seeing fewer touches.
35Peyton HillisNYGat PHIPicked up 36 yards, TD on MNF in Jacobs' absence.
36Mike TolbertCARat TB (Thurs.)Has rushing TD in each of last two games.
37Brandon BoldenNEvs. MIAScored rushing TD among 8 carries vs. Jets.
38Daniel ThomasMIAat NENearly doubled rushing total last week w/ 60 yards.
39Ronnie HillmanDENvs. WASCostly fumble vs. Colts may mean fewer opps.
40Tashard ChoiceBUFat NOJackson and Spiller are both banged up.
41Lance DunbarDALat DETRandle not guaranteed starter's workload.
42Marcel ReeceOAKvs. PIT 
43Kendall HunterSFvs. JAC (London) 
44Jason SnellingATLat ARIRodgers getting majority of touches.
45Chris OgbonnayaCLEat KCNeeds consistent touches to have any real value.
46Bryce BrownPHIvs. NYG 
47Johnathan FranklinGBat MINRole could expand given all of the WR/TE injuries.
48Daryl RichardsonSTLvs. SEA (Mon.)Stacy clearly the workhorse for Rams now.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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