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Running Back Rankings: NFL Fantasy Week 8

Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons

Cordarrelle Patterson has defied expectations in 2021

It's amazing: Cordarrelle Patterson has been in the NFL for nine seasons and has never been a weekly fantasy option. Yet, in 2021, everything has changed. He has more rushing yards through six games (the Falcons already had their bye) than he has in any other season. He has six touchdowns, one short of his single-season highwater mark. Patterson is ranked as an RB2 and has clearly surpassed Mike Davis in Atlanta's backfield. Fantasy managers can use him each week with confidence.

In Chicago, Damien Williams returned in Week 7, but it was Kahlil Herbert who dominated the touches. Until David Montgomery can return, it seems that it is Herbert who fantasy managers should use. Herbert is ranked higher than Williams this week  and it has nothing to do with the fact that Williams spent some time on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

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Teams on bye: Baltimore, Las Vegas

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— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.