Fantasy Football Rankings Week 9: Running back

Our Week 9 fantasy RB rankings are in for a boost. Plenty of running backs across the NFL have been dealing with injuries, but several important ones — namely, Christian McCaffrey (ankle), Aaron Jones (calf), and Chris Carson (foot) — could return this week after multiple weeks off. If that happens, some fantasy owners will be ecstatic, while others — namely the owners of Mike Davis, Jamaal Williams, and DeeJay Dallas — might be scrambling for sleepers and waiver-wire pickups.

At the moment, we’re running under the assumption that McCaffrey will return after he almost played last Thursday night. Jones and Carson are a bit trickier to project, especially given how cautious the Packers have been about injuries this year and how Pete Carroll tends to be optimistic about every Seahawks injury. For now, both will be included in the rankings, but keep an eye on them, especially Jones ahead of a Thursday night game.

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

The rankings will be bolstered a bit by the return of Houston, Arizona, Washington, and Jacksonville from byes, as David Johnson, Chase Edmonds, Antonio Gibson, and James Robinson can all be trusted as top-20 plays. Losing the Rams, Bengals, Eagles, and Browns will hurt the rankings a little bit, but given that Joe Mixon (foot) and Miles Sanders (hamstring) were dealing with injuries, their owners won’t complain about the week off. Owners with their respective handcuffs, Giovani Bernard and Boston Scott, can feel free to move on from them to add other pieces this week, as we assume those top two RBs will return to action after the bye.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

There are still plenty of frustrating RB rotations that are impacting the RB2/flex tier. Devin Singletary ended up leading the Bills in rushing yards in Week 8, but his teammate, Zack Moss, scored a pair of rushing TDs. Against the Colts, the Lions continued to alternate Adrian Peterson and D’Andre Swift, and Kerryon Johnson vultured a TD from the duo. It’s hard to know which back will get the all-important goal-line touches each week, and while Swift would seemingly be the one with the best future outlook, it’s hard to trust Matt Patricia to give him enough touches each week.

Mark Ingram (ankle) figures to once again be out, which gives value to Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins (@ Colts). Another tough matchup awaits, though, so neither can be counted on as more than a flex. The Chargers duo of Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley (vs. Raiders) is in a similar position, but at least their matchup is favorable. 

The Jets (vs. Patriots) and 49ers (vs. Packers) feature two more committees with favorable matchups. If Tevin Coleman (knee) is out on Thursday, JaMycal Hasty figures to be a worthwhile starter in standard leagues (with Jerick McKinnon commanding more value in PPR leagues). For the Jets, neither Frank Gore nor La’Mical Perine has done enough to merit anything more than a start as a desperation flex.

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

Vikings vs. Lions

Panthers @ Chiefs

Jaguars vs. Texans

Titans vs. Bears

Saints @ Buccaneers

Chiefs vs. Panthers

Steelers @ Cowboys

Packers @ 49ers

Texans @ Jaguars

Seahawks @ Bills

Cardinals vs. Dolphins

Raiders @ Chargers

Cowboys vs. Steelers

Bears @ Titans

49ers vs. Packers

Patriots @ Jets

Falcons vs. Broncos

Broncos @ Falcons

Washington vs. Giants

Buccaneers vs. Saints

Dolphins @ Cardinals

Chargers vs. Raiders

Broncos @ Falcons

Colts vs. Ravens

Bills vs. Seahawks

26 Gus Edwards, BAL @ IND
27 Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. LV
28 Le’Veon Bell, KC vs. CAR
29 JK Dobbins, BAL @ IND
30 Devonta Freeman, NYG @ WAS
31 La’Mical Perine, NYJ vs. NE
32 Jerick McKinnon, SF vs. GB
33 D’Andre Swift, DET @ MIN
34 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. SEA
35 James White, NE @ NYJ
36 Jordan Wilkins, IND vs. BAL
37 Adrian Peterson, DET @ MIN
38 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. NO
39 Frank Gore, NYJ vs. NE
40 Jamaal Williams, GB @ SF
41 Mike Davis, CAR @ KC
42 Duke Johnson, HOU @ JAX
43 DeeJay Dallas, SEA @ BUF
44 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. BAL
45 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. DET
46 Dion Lewis, NYG @ WAS
47 Benny Snell, PIT @ DAL
48 Latavius Murray, NO @ TB
49 Rex Burkhead, NE @ NYJ
50 Matt Breida, MIA @ ARZ
51 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. PIT
52 Brian Hill, ATL vs. DEN
53 Kerryon Johnson, DET @ MIN
54 J.D. McKissic, WAS vs. NYG
55 Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. CHI
56 D’Onta Foreman, TEN vs. CHI
57 Jalen Richard, LV @ LAC
58 Wayne Gallman, NYG @ WAS
59 Darrel Williams, KC vs. CAR
60 Royce Freeman, DEN @ ATL
61 Anthony McFarland, PIT @ DAL
62 AJ Dillon, GB @ SF

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