The 2022-23 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means that running backs like Saquon Barkley and Nick Chubb 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 9 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 territory.
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 Start||Austin Ekeler||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB1|
|Must Start||Derrick Henry*||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB2|
|Must Start||Alvin Kamara||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB3|
|Starting RB1||Josh Jacobs||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB4|
|Starting RB1||Travis Etienne Jr.||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Rhamondre Stevenson||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB6|
|High-End RB2||Joe Mixon||vs Carolina Panthers||RB7|
|High-End RB2||Aaron Jones||vs Detroit Lions||RB8|
|High-End RB2||Jonathan Taylor*||vs New England Patriots||RB9|
|High-End RB2||Dalvin Cook||vs Washington Commanders||RB10|
|High-End RB2||Kenneth Walker III||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB11|
|High-End RB2||Dameon Pierce||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB12|
|High-End RB2||Miles Sanders||vs Houston Texans||RB13|
|High-End RB2||Leonard Fournette||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB14|
|Starting RB2||Raheem Mostert||vs Chicago Bears||RB15|
|Starting RB2||James Conner*||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB16|
|Low RB2||D’Andre Swift*||vs Green Bay Packers||RB17|
|Low RB2||David Montgomery||vs Miami Dolphins||RB18|
|Low RB2||Cordarrelle Patterson||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB19|
|Low RB2||Jamaal Williams||vs Green Bay Packers||RB20|
|Low RB2||Khalil Herbert||vs Miami Dolphins||RB21|
|Low RB2||D’Onta Foreman||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB22|
|Flex||Michael Carter||vs New England Patriots||RB23|
|Flex||Devin Singletary||vs New York Jets||RB24|
|Flex||Eno Benjamin||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB25|
|Flex||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||vs Tennessee Titans||RB26|
|Flex||James Robinson||vs Buffalo Bills||RB27|
|Flex||Tyler Allgeier||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB28|
|Flex||Antonio Gibson||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB29|
|Flex||Damien Harris*||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB30|
|Flex||Chuba Hubbard*||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB31|
|Flex||Brian Robinson Jr.||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Gus Edwards*||vs New Orleans Saints||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||AJ Dillon||vs Detroit Lions||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||Nyheim Hines||vs New York Jets||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||Kenyan Drake||vs New Orleans Saints||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Isiah Pacheco||vs Tennessee Titans||RB37|
|Deep League Flex||J.D. McKissic||vs Minnesota VIkings||RB38|
|Deep League Flex||Darrell Henderson||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB39|
|Deep League Flex||Jeff Wilson Jr.||vs Chicago Bears||RB40|
|Deep League Flex||Rachaad White||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB41|
|Leave on the Bench||Ronnie Rivers||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB42|
|Leave on the Bench||Dontrell Hilliard||vs Buffalo Bills||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||Caleb Huntley||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||Jerick McKinnon||vs Tennessee Titans||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Samaje Perine||vs Carolina Panthers||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Deon Jackson||vs New England Patriots||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Alexander Mattison||vs Washington Commanders||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenneth Gainwell||vs Houston Texans||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||Ameer Abdullah||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Dwayne Washington||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Justice Hill||vs New Orleans Saints||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Craig Reynolds||vs Green Bay Packers||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Zack Moss||vs New York Jets||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||James Cook||vs New York Jets||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Keontay Ingram||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB56|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
RB2 Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry was limited in practice on Wednesday because of a foot injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs Dontrell Hilliard would move up to RB16 between James Conner and D’Andre Swift.
RB9 Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Taylor missed practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the New England Patriots Deon Jackson would move up to RB24 between Devin Singletary and Eno Benjamin. Zack Moss would then move up to RB48 between Alexander Mattison and Kenneth Gainwell.
RB16 James Conner, Arizona Cardinals
James Conner missed the past three weeks with a rib injury. He was limited in practice on Wednesday. If Conner was to miss this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks Eno Benjamin would slot in at RB19 between Cordarrelle Patterson and Jamaal Williams. Keontay Ingram would join the list at RB42 between Rachaad White and Ronnie Rivers.
RB18 D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions
D’Andre Swift missed practice on Wednesday with an ankle and shoulder injury. If Swift misses this week’s game against the Green Bay Packers Jamaal Williams will move up to RB16 between Raheem Mostert and James Conner. Craig Reynolds would move up to RB40 between Jeff Wilson Jr. and Rachaad White.
RB19 Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons
Cordarrelle Patterson was designated to return from Injured Reserve earlier this week. If he still is not ready to play this week against the Los Angeles Chargers Tyler Allgeier moves up to RB21 between Khalil Herbert and D’Onta Foreman. Caleb Huntley would move up to RB34 between AJ Dillon and Nyheim Hines.
RB30 Damien Harris, New England Patriots
Damien Harris missed practice on Wednesday because of an illness. If Harris missed this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris would backup Rhamondre Stevenson.
RB31 Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers
Chuba Hubbard missed last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with an ankle injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals Raheem Blackshear would join the list at RB54 between Zack Moss and James Cook.
RB33 Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
Gus Edwards is considered day-to-day with a hamstring injury right now. If Edwards was to miss this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kenyan Drake would move up to RB30 between Antonio Gibson and Damien Harris. Justice Hill would move up to RB48 between Alexander Mattison and Kenneth Gainwell.
RB38 J.D. McKissic, Washington Commanders
J.D. McKissic missed practice on Wednesday with a neck injury. If McKissic was to miss this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings Antonio Gibson moves up to RB27 between Clyde Edwards-Helaire and James Robinson.