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Fantasy Football 2016 Running Back Rankings: Week 8

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Ranking running backs week in and week out for fantasy purposes sure is a daunting task. Look at last week. First LeSean McCoy was going to miss a couple of weeks, then he was out for one week, then he was a game-time decision and ended up playing (although not for long). Then you have a guy like Jay Ajayi. Most people thought his first 200-yard game was a fluke and some didn’t even start him last week.

Well there’s no Ajayi this week, as Miami is one of six teams on bye. That also means no Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Terrance West and any other 49er, Dolphin, Giant, Ram, Raven or Steeler running back. So what is a fantasy owner to do? For starters, you can use these RB rankings to help set your lineup for Week 8, otherwise known as the “bye-pocalypse.” Fair warning, Week 9 may not be any easier.

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

Teams on bye: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

Rk

Player

Team

Opp

1

David Johnson

ARI

at CAR

2

Devonta Freeman

ATL

vs. GB

3

Christine Michael

SEA

at NO

4

Spencer Ware

KC

at IND

5

Ezekiel Elliot

DAL

vs. PHI

6

DeMarco Murray

TEN

vs. JAC (Thurs.)

7

Jacquizz Rodgers

TB

vs. OAK

8

Matt Forte

NYJ

at CLE

9

Lamar Miller

HOU

vs. DET

10

Jeremy Hill

CIN

vs. WAS (London)

11

Devontae Booker

DEN

vs. SD

12

Melvin Gordon

SD

at DEN

13

LeGarrette Blount

NE

at BUF

14

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

vs. ARI

15

Frank Gore

IND

vs. KC

16

Giovani Bernard

CIN

vs. WAS (London)

17

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. SEA

18

Latavius Murray

OAK

at TB

19

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

vs. NYJ

20

James White

NE

at BUF

21

Mike Gillislee

BUF

vs. NE

22

Matt Jones

WAS

vs. CIN (London)

23

Jordan Howard

CHI

vs. MIN (Mon.)

24

Ryan Matthews

PHI

at DAL

25

Chris Ivory

JAC

at TEN

26

Matt Asiata

MIN

at CHI (Mon.)

27

Chris Thompson

WAS

vs. CIN (London)

28

T.J. Yeldon

JAC

at TEN (Thurs.)

29

Knile Davis

GB

at ATL

30

Jerick McKinnon

MIN

at CHI (Mon.)

31

Ka'Deem Carey

CHI

vs. MIN (Mon.)

32

Duke Johnson

CLE

vs. NYJ

33

Theo Riddick

DET

at HOU

34

Darren Sproles

PHI

at DAL

35

Bilal Powell

NYJ

at CLE

36

Zach Zenner

DET

at HOU

37

C.J. Prosise

SEA

at NO

38

DeAndre Washington

OAK

at TB

39

Rob Kelley

WAS

vs. CIN (London)

40

Derrick Henry

TEN

vs. JAC (Thurs.)

41

Peyton Barber

TB

vs. OAK

42

Justin Forsett

DET

at HOU

43

Reggie Bush

BUF

vs. NE

44

Jalen Richard

OAK

at TB

45

Alfred Blue

HOU

vs. DET

46

Don Jackson

GB

at ATL

47

Fozzy Whittaker

CAR

vs. ARI

48

Alfred Morris

DAL

vs. PHI

49

Tim Hightower

NO

vs. SEA

50

Robert Turbin

IND

vs. KC


— 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.