Running Back Rankings Week 8

Marlon Mack exploded for 159 total yards and two touchdowns last week

Week 7 was terrible for running backs and fantasy owners felt their pain. We already knew Marshawn Lynch was going to miss at least a month with a groin injury, but Sunday saw LeSean McCoy leave early with a head injury and he's now in the concussion protocol.

 

If that wasn’t enough misery, Ezekiel Elliott put up the worst game of his career and David Johnson couldn't get much going against Denver on Thursday night. A few of the more positive developments at the position saw Ronald Jones make the most of his opportunities, Raheem Mostert staking his claim for a prominent role in the 49ers' offense moving forward, and Chris Ivory filling in admirably for the aforementioned McCoy.

 

But with the injuries piling up at the position and guys like Elliott, Melvin Gordon (who didn't even play in Week 7), Dion Lewis, Tevin Coleman and Austin Ekeler all on bye this week, how do the running backs stack up in Week 8? I'm glad you asked.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee

 

Rank Player Team Opp
1 Todd Gurley LAR vs. GB
2 Saquon Barkley NYG vs. WAS
3 Kareem Hunt KC vs. DEN
4 James Conner PIT vs. CLE
5 Joe Mixon CIN vs. TB
6 Alvin Kamara NO at MIN
7 David Johnson ARI vs. SF
8 James White NE at BUF (Mon.)
9 Marlon Mack IND at OAK
10 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. BAL
11 Phillip Lindsay DEN at KC
12 Kerryon Johnson DET vs. SEA
13 Nick Chubb CLE at PIT
14 Adrian Peterson WAS at NYG
15 Jordan Howard CHI vs. NYJ
16 Mark Ingram NO at MIN
17 Tarik Cohen CHI vs. NYJ
18 Lamar Miller HOU vs. MIA (Thurs.)
19 Chris Carson SEA at DET
20 Latavius Murray MIN vs. NO
21 Alex Collins BAL at CAR
22 Kenyan Drake MIA at HOU (Thurs.)
23 Isaiah Crowell NYJ at CHI
24 T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. PHI (London)
25 Doug Martin OAK vs. IND
26 Jalen Richard OAK vs. IND
27 Raheem Mostert SF at ARI
28 Aaron Jones GB at LAR
29 Wendell Smallwood PHI at JAC (London)
30 Corey Clement PHI at JAC (London)
31 Chris Ivory BUF vs. NE (Mon.)
32 Chris Thompson WAS at NYG
33 Carlos Hyde JAC vs. PHI (London)
34 Royce Freeman DEN at KC
35 Duke Johnson CLE at PIT
36 Frank Gore MIA at HOU (Thurs.)
37 Peyton Barber TB at CIN
38 Ronald Jones II TB at CIN
39 Matt Breida SF at ARI
40 Javorius Allen BAL at CAR
41 Nyheim Hines IND at OAK
42 Jamaal Williams GB at LAR
43 LeGarrette Blount DET vs. SEA
44 Ty Montgomery GB at LAR
45 Mike Davis SEA at DET
46 Kenjon Barner NE at BUF (Mon.)
47 Rashaad Penny SEA at DET
48 Alfred Morris SF at ARI
49 LeSean McCoy BUF vs. NE (Mon.)
50 Alfred Blue HOU vs. MIA (Thurs.)

 

— Rankings by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.

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