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Fantasy Football Week 8 Running Back Rankings

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The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means that running backs like Josh Jacobs and Latavius Murray will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 8 running back rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting RB1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High-End RB2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 category.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low RB2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deep League Flex- a player who is more of a Hail Mary throw at the position. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Must StartDerrick Henryvs Indianapolis ColtsRB1
Must StartDalvin Cookvs Dallas CowboysRB2
Must StartD’Andre Swiftvs Philadelphia EaglesRB3
Starting RB1James Robinsonvs Seattle SeahawksRB4
Starting RB1Austin Ekelervs New England PatriotsRB5
Starting RB1Darrell Hendersonvs Houston TexansRB6
Starting RB1Najee Harrisvs Cleveland BrownsRB7
Starting RB1Alvin Kamaravs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB8
High-End RB2Ezekiel Elliottvs Minnesota VikingsRB9
High-End RB2Joe Mixonvs New York JetsRB10
High-End RB2Saquon Barkley*vs Kansas City ChiefsRB11
High-End RB2Aaron Jonesvs Arizona CardinalsRB12
Starting RB2Jonathan Taylorvs Tennessee TitansRB13
Starting RB2Cordarrelle Pattersonvs Carolina PanthersRB14
Starting RB2Nick Chubb*vs Pittsburgh SteelersRB15
Starting RB2Chuba Hubbardvs Atlanta FalconsRB16
Starting RB2Darrel Williamsvs New York GiantsRB17
Low RB2Khalil Herbertvs San Francisco 49ersRB18
Low RB2Damien Harrisvs Los Angeles ChargersRB19
Low RB2Leonard Fournettevs New Orleans SaintsRB20
Low RB2Zack Mossvs Miami DolphinsRB21
Low RB2Elijah Mitchellvs Chicago BearsRB22
FlexMiles Sanders*vs Detriot LionsRB23
FlexAlex Collinsvs Jacksonville JaguarsRB24
FlexJames Connervs Green Bay PackersRB25
FlexMichael Cartervs Cincinnati BengalsRB26
FlexChase Edmondsvs Green Bay PackersRB27
Deep League FlexSamaje Perinevs New York JetsRB28
Deep League FlexMelvin Gordonvs Washington Football TeamRB29
Deep League FlexJavonte Williamsvs Washington Football TeamRB30
Deep League FlexTony Pollardvs Minnesota VikingsRB31
Deep League FlexJamaal Williamsvs Philadelphia EaglesRB32
Deep League FlexD’Ernest Johnsonvs Pittsburgh SteelersRB33
Deep League FlexJ.D. McKissicvs Denver BroncosRB34
Deep League FlexAntonio Gibsonvs Denver BroncosRB35
Deep League FlexBrandon Boldenvs Los Angeles ChargersRB36
Deep League FlexDavid Johnsonvs Los Angeles RamsRB37
Deep League FlexNyheim Hinesvs Tennessee TitansRB38
Leave on the BenchMyles Gaskinvs Buffalo BillsRB39
Leave on the BenchDevin Singletaryvs Miami DolphinsRB40
Leave on the BenchDamien Williamsvs San Francisco 49ersRB41
Leave on the BenchRashaad Pennyvs Jacksonville JaguarsRB42
Leave on the BenchMike Davisvs Carolina PanthersRB43
Leave on the BenchA.J. Dillonvs Arizona CardinalsRB44
Leave on the BenchTy Johnson*vs Cincinnati BengalsRB45
Leave on the BenchMark Ingramvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB46
Leave on the BenchPhillip Lindsayvs Los Angeles RamsRB47
Leave on the BenchJ.J. Taylorvs Los Angeles ChargersRB48
Leave on the BenchJamychal Hastyvs Chicago BearsRB49
Leave on the BenchKenneth Gainwellvs Detriot LionsRB50
Leave on the BenchSony Michelvs Houston TexansRB51
Leave on the BenchGiovanni Bernardvs New Orleans SaintsRB52
Leave on the BenchSalvon Ahmedvs Buffalo BillsRB53
Leave on the BenchJerick McKinnonvs New York GiantsRB54
Leave on the BenchAlexander Mattisonvs Dallas CowboysRB55
Leave on the BenchMarlon Mackvs Tennessee TitansRB56
Leave on the BenchRonald Jonesvs New Orleans SaintsRB57
Leave on the BenchCarlos Hydevs Seattle SeahawksRB58
Leave on the BenchDemetric Feltonvs Pittsburgh SteelersRB59
Leave on the BenchDevontae Bookervs Kansas City ChiefsRB60
Leave on the BenchJeremy McNicholsvs Indianapolis ColtsRB61
Leave on the BenchTravis Homervs Jacksonville JaguarsRB62
Leave on the BenchChris Evans*vs New York JetsRB63
Leave on the BenchJohn Kellyvs Pittsburgh SteelersRB64
Leave on the BenchRhamondre Stevensonvs Los Angeles ChargersRB65
Leave on the BenchJoshua Kelleyvs New England PatriotsRB66
Leave on the BenchKyle Juszczykvs Chicago BearsRB67
Leave on the BenchTevin Coleman*vs Cincinnati BengalsRB68
Leave on the BenchBoston Scottvs Detriot LionsRB69
Leave on the BenchJordan Howardvs Detriot LionsRB70

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB11 Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Saquon Barkley missed games the past two weeks after spraining his ankle against the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants haven’t been clear on when they expect Barkley to return. If he doesn’t return this week Devonte Booker moves up to RB20 between Leonard Fournette and Zack Moss.

RB15 Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb missed games the past two weeks because of a calf injury. Since Kareem Hunt is on injured reserve D’Ernest Johnson started for Cleveland last week. If Chubb cannot play this week against the Steelers then Johnson moves up to RB24 between Alex Collins and James Conner. Also, Demetric Felton would move up to RB47 between Phillip Lindsay and J.J. Taylor. John Kelly would move up to RB62 between Jeremy McNichols and Travis Homer.

RB23 Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Miles Sanders is considered week to week with a low-ankle sprain. It seems unlikely that he will be able to play this weekend against the Detroit Lions. If Sanders does not play Kenneth Gainwell would move up to RB21 between Leonard Fournette and Zack Moss. Boston Scott would shoot up to RB36 between Antonio Gibson and Brandon Bolden. Jordan Howard who is rumored to see some work for the Eagles would move up to RB57 between Marlon Mack and Ronald Jones.

New York Jets Running Backs RB45 Ty Johnson &RB68 Tevin Coleman

Two of the New York Jets running backs are dealing with injuries this week. Ty Johnson is being evaluated for a concussion while Tevin Coleman missed last week with a hamstring issue. If both Johnson and Coleman are inactive then Michael Carter moves up to RB25 between Alex Collins and James Conner. While La’Mical Perine will become the RB56 between Alexander Mattison and Marlon Mack.

If Johnson is inactive and Coleman is active then Carter’s ranking stays the same. Coleman would move up to RB52 between Sony Michel and Giovanni Bernard. La’Michal Perine would be the RB64 between Chris Evans and John Kelly.

If Johnson is active and Coleman is inactive then neither Carter nor Johnson’s rankings change. Perine would take Coleman’s slot at RB68.

RB63 Chris Evans, Cincinnati Bengals

Chris Evans missed last week with a hamstring injury. If he was to miss this week Samaje Perine would retain his slot at RB28 and Trayveon Williams would be the most likely candidate to take his reps.

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