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Running Back Rankings Week 9

Running Back Rankings Week 9: James Conner

Running Back Rankings Week 9: James Conner

It’s Week 9 in the fantasy football season, which means a lot of fantasy players are in desperate need of a win this week to keep their playoff hopes alive.

It doesn’t help that there are six teams on bye this week, leaving many scrambling to put together the best lineup possible. From a running back standpoint, owners must make do without Saquon Barkley, David Johnson, Joe Mixon, Marlon Mack, T.J. Yeldon, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. On the flip side maybe Leonard Fournette will return for Jacksonville after the bye. Maybe?

As for Week 9, there are four running backs in the top 12 that were either afterthoughts in fantasy drafts or weren't drafted at all, but in a week like this, you are going to need them. Besides, James Conner in particular has pretty much made everyone forget about Le'Veon Bell... unless you drafted Bell and weren't able to add Conner to your roster at some point.

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

Teams on bye: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Philadelphia

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

Todd Gurley

LAR

at NO

2

Kareem Hunt

KC

at CLE

3

Ezekiel Elliott

DAL

vs. TEN (Mon.)

4

Alvin Kamara

NO

vs. LAR

5

Melvin Gordon

LAC

at SEA

6

Christian McCaffrey

CAR

vs. TB

7

James Conner

PIT

at BAL

8

Adrian Peterson

WAS

vs. ATL

9

James White

NE

vs. GB

10

Latavius Murray

MIN

vs. DET

11

Nick Chubb

CLE

vs. KC

12

Phillip Lindsay

DEN

vs. HOU

13

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. LAR

14

Chris Carson

SEA

vs. LAC

15

Lamar Miller

HOU

at DEN

16

Jordan Howard

CHI

at BUF

17

Tarik Cohen

CHI

at BUF

18

Kenyan Drake

MIA

vs. NYJ

19

Kerryon Johnson

DET

at MIN

20

Tevin Coleman

ATL

at WAS

21

Alex Collins

BAL

vs. PIT

22

Aaron Jones

GB

at NE

23

Doug Martin

OAK

at SF (Thurs.)

24

Isaiah Crowell

NYJ

at MIA

25

Sony Michel

NE

vs. GB

26

Dion Lewis

TEN

at DAL (Mon.)

27

Matt Breida

SF

vs. OAK (Thurs.)

28

LeSean McCoy

BUF

vs. CHI

29

Peyton Barber

TB

at CAR

30

Chris Thompson

WAS

vs. ATL

31

Jalen Richard

OAK

at SF (Thurs.)

32

Austin Ekeler

LAC

at SEA

33

Ito Smith

ATL

at WAS

34

Derrick Henry

TEN

at DAL (Mon.)

35

Frank Gore

MIA

vs. NYJ

36

Duke Johnson

CLE

vs. KC

37

LeGarrette Blount

DET

at MIN

38

Mike Davis

SEA

vs. LAC

39

Raheem Mostert

SF

vs. OAK (Thurs.)

40

Devontae Booker

DEN

vs. HOU

41

Chris Ivory

BUF

vs. CHI

42

Jamaal Williams

GB

at NE

43

Javorius Allen

BAL

vs. PIT

44

Trenton Cannon

NYJ

at MIA

45

Alfred Morris

SF

vs. OAK (Thurs.)

46

Spencer Ware

KC

at CLE

47

C.J. Anderson

CAR

vs. TB

48

Alfred Blue

HOU

at DEN

49

Ty Montgomery

BAL

vs. PIT

50

Kyle Juszczyk

SF

vs. OAK (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.