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Fantasy Football 2014 Running Back Rankings: Week 8

DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray

No surprise that DeMarco Murray continues to lead the way in Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 8. Not only is Murray leading the NFL in rushing by nearly 300 yards, he also is the first player in history to post seven straight 100-yard games to start the season. Murray faces an interesting test Monday night against a Washington defense that’s been pretty good against the run. Meanwhile, last year’s rushing champion, LeSean McCoy, finally broke through in a big way two weeks ago with 149 yards rushing against the Giants. McCoy should be fresh coming off of a bye, but he must head out West for a showdown against Arizona’s stingy defense. The Cardinals are No. 1 in the league in rushing defense and in terms of fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs. McCoy’s a must-start player, but he barely made our top 10 because of this matchup.

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 Web site can give you.

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

2014 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

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Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

DeMarco Murray

DAL

vs. WAS (Mon.)

2

Matt Forte

CHI

at NE

3

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at CAR

4

Arian Foster

HOU

at TEN

5

Jamaal Charles

KC

vs. STL

6

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

vs. IND

7

Andre Ellington

ARI

vs. PHI

8

Lamar Miller

MIA

at JAC

9

LeSean McCoy

PHI

at ARI

10

Eddie Lacy

GB

at NO

11

Justin Forsett

BAL

at CIN

12

Ben Tate

CLE

vs. OAK

13

Giovani Bernard

CIN

vs. BAL

14

Joique Bell

DET

vs. ATL (London)

15

Ahmad Bradshaw

IND

at PIT

16

Branden Oliver

SD

at DEN (Thurs.)

17

Shane Vereen

NE

vs. CHI

18

Ronnie Hillman

DEN

vs. SD (Thurs.)

19

Alfred Morris

WAS

at DAL (Mon.)

20

Jerick McKinnon

MIN

at TB

21

Chris Ivory

NYJ

vs. BUF

22

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. GB

23

Doug Martin

TB

vs. MIN

24

Tre Mason

STL

at KC

25

Darren McFadden

OAK

at CLE

26

Reggie Bush

DET

vs. ATL (London)

27

Bishop Sankey

TEN

vs. HOU

28

Anthony Dixon

BUF

at NYJ

29

Denard Robinson

JAC

vs. MIA

30

Trent Richardson

IND

at PIT

31

Steven Jackson

ATL

vs. DET (London)

32

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

vs. OAK

33

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

vs. SEA

34

Darren Sproles

PHI

at ARI

35

Khiry Robinson

NO

vs. GB

36

Bernard Pierce

BAL

at CIN

37

Bobby Rainey

TB

vs. MIN

38

James Starks

GB

at NO

39

Bryce Brown

BUF

at NYJ

40

Benny Cunningham

STL

at KC

41

Jeremy Hill

CIN

vs. BAL

42

Chris Johnson

NYJ

vs. BUF

43

Knile Davis

KC

vs. STL

44

Matt Asiata

MIN

at TB

45

Travaris Cadet

NO

vs. GB

46

Stepfan Taylor

ARI

vs. PHI

47

Zac Stacy

STL

at KC

48

Alfred Blue

HOU

at TEN

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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