Running Back Rankings Week 9

James Conner has gone from a handcuff to a top-five fantasy scorer

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.


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.

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