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Fantasy Football Week 9 Running Back Rankings

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The 2021-22 NFL season is at its halfway point. Bye weeks have been taking place the past few weeks. This means that running backs like Leonard Fournette and D’Andre Swift 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 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.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Christian McCaffrey* vs New England Patriots RB1
Must Start Jonathan Taylor vs New York Jets RB2
Must Start Najee Harris vs Chicago Bears RB3
Must Start Austin Ekeler vs Philadelphia Eagles RB4
Starting RB1 Alvin Kamara vs Atlanta Falcons RB5
Starting RB1 Dalvin Cook vs Baltimore Ravens RB6
Starting RB1 Aaron Jones vs Kansas City Chiefs RB7
Starting RB1 Saquon Barkley* vs Las Vegas Raiders RB8
High-End RB2 Joe Mixon vs Cleveland Browns RB9
High-End RB2 Ezekiel Elliott vs Denver Broncos RB10
Starting RB2 Darrell Henderson vs Tennessee Titans RB11
Starting RB2 Nick Chubb vs Cincinnati Bengals RB12
Starting RB2 Michael Carter vs Indianapolis Colts RB13
Starting RB2 Josh Jacobs* vs New York Giants RB14
Low RB2 Zack Moss vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB15
Low RB2 Cordarrelle Patterson vs New Orleans Saints RB16
Low RB2 James Robinson* vs Buffalo Bills RB17
Low RB2 Myles Gaskin vs Houston Texans RB18
Low RB2 Khalil Herbert vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB19
Low RB2 Boston Scott vs Los Angeles Chargers RB20
Flex Melvin Gordon vs Dallas Cowboys RB21
Flex Chase Edmonds* vs San Francisco 49ers RB22
Flex Clyde Edwards-Helaire* vs Green Bay Packers RB23
Flex Kenyan Drake vs New York Giants RB24
Flex Jeremy McNichols vs Los Angeles Rams RB25
Flex Elijah Mitchell* vs Arizona Cardinals RB26
Flex Kenneth Gainwell vs Los Angeles Chargers RB27
Flex Ty Johnson vs Indianapolis Colts RB28
Flex Damien Harris vs Carolina Panthers RB29
Deep League Flex D’Enrest Johnson vs  Cincinnati Bengals RB30
Deep League Flex Javonte Williams vs Dallas Cowboys RB31
Deep League Flex James Conner vs San Francisco 49ers RB32
Deep League Flex Darrel Williams vs Green Bay Packers RB33
Deep League Flex Adrian Peterson vs Los Angeles Rams RB34
Deep League Flex David Johnson vs Miami Dolphins RB35
Deep League Flex A.J. Dillon vs Kansas City Chiefs RB36
Deep League Flex Latavius Murray* vs Minnesota Vikings RB37
Deep League Flex Mark Ingram vs Atlanta Falcons RB38
Leave on the Bench Nyheim Hines vs New York Jets RB39
Leave on the Bench Mike Davis vs New Orleans Saints RB40
Leave on the Bench Tony Pollard vs Denver Broncos RB41
Leave on the Bench Devin Singletary vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB42
Leave on the Bench Rex Burkhead vs Miami Dolphins RB43
Leave on the Bench Brandon Bolden vs Carolina Panthers RB44
Leave on the Bench Salvon Ahmed vs Houston Texans RB45
Leave on the Bench JaMychal Hasty vs Arizona Cardinals RB46
Leave on the Bench Devonta Freeman vs Minnesota Vikings RB47
Leave on the Bench Jordan Howard vs Los Angeles Chargers RB48
Leave on the Bench Sony Michel vs Tennessee Titans RB49
Leave on the Bench Phillip Lindsay vs Miami Dolphins RB50
Leave on the Bench Le’Veon Bell vs Minnesota Vikings RB51
Leave on the Bench Samaje Perine vs Cleveland Browns RB52
Leave on the Bench Alexander Mattison vs Baltimore Ravens RB53
Leave on the Bench Devontae Booker vs Las Vegas Raiders RB54
Leave on the Bench Damien Williams vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB55
Leave on the Bench Marlon Mack vs New York Jets RB56
Leave on the Bench Rhamondre Stevenson vs Carolina Panthers RB57
Leave on the Bench Carlos Hyde vs Buffalo Bills RB58
Leave on the Bench Kyle Juszczyk vs Arizona Cardinals RB59
Leave on the Bench Chuba Hubbard vs New England Patriots RB60
Leave on the Bench Larry Rountree III vs Philadelphia Eagles RB61
Leave on the Bench Demetric Felton vs Cincinnati Bengals RB62
Leave on the Bench Jalen Richard vs New York Giants RB63
Leave on the Bench Chris Evans vs Cleveland Browns RB64
Leave on the Bench Derrick Gore vs Green Bay Packers RB65
Leave on the Bench J.J. Taylor vs Carolina Panthers RB66
Leave on the Bench Ty’Son Williams vs Minnesota Vikings RB67
Leave on the Bench Trey Sermon vs Arizona Cardinals RB68

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB1 Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is eligible to come off IR this week after dealing with a hamstring injury. However, if McCaffrey is not activated then Chuba Hubbard would move up to RB18 between Myles Gaskin and Khalil Herbert.

RB8 Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Saquon Barkley missed games the past three weeks after spraining his ankle against the Dallas Cowboys. On top of that Barkley did miss practice Wednesday due to Covid-19. However, he did test negative that same day but was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Giants haven’t been clear on when they expect Barkley to return if he remains negative. If he doesn’t return this week Devonte Booker moves up to RB14 between Josh Jacobs and Zack Moss.

RB14 Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Before the bye week, Josh Jacobs had left the game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a chest contusion. He had a week to rest and is expected to play. However, if Jacobs cannot play Kenyan Drake would slot in at RB16 between Cordarrelle Patterson and James Robinson. Jalen Richard would move up to RB53 between Samaje Perine and Alexander Mattison. If activated Peyton Barber would slot in at RB60 between Kyle Juszczyk and Chuba Hubbard.

RB17 James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

James Robinson suffered a bruised heal last week against the Seattle Seahawks. His status is uncertain for this weekend against the Buffalo Bills. If Robinson was unable to play then Carlos Hyde would move up to RB26 between Elijah Mitchell and Kenneth Gainwell.

RB22 Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

Chase Edmonds suffered a shoulder injury during last Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. If Edmonds was to miss this game then James Conner would boost up to RB23 between Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Kenyan Drake.

RB23 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire could be activated off of IR this week. However, if he doesn’t suit up against the Green Bay Packers then Darrel Williams will jump up to RB18 between James Robinson and Myles Gaskin. Derrick Gore would move up to RB39 between Mark Ingram and Nyheim Hines.

RB26 Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers

Elijah Mitchell sustained a rib issue last week against the Chicago Bears. It is unclear if he will be able to play this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. If Mitchell is out it will likely be a committee made up of JaMychal Hasty, Kyle Juszczyk, and Trey Sermon. Hasty would move up to RB29 between Damien Harris and D’Ernest Johnson.

RB37 Latavius Murray, Baltimore Ravens

Latavius Murray missed Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals because of an ankle injury. After the bye last week it is unclear whether he will return or not this week against the Minnesota Vikings. If Murray does not return this week Devonta Freeman will move up to RB38 between Mark Ingram and Nyheim Hines. Le’Veon Bell would move up to RB49 between Sony Michel and Phillip Lindsay. If activated Ty’Son Willians would move up to RB61 between Chuba Hubbard and Larry Rountree.

RB55 Damien Williams, Chicago Bears

Damien Williams left last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a knee injury. It is unclear if Williams will play this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Williams does not play this will solidify Herbert’s status as RB19.

RB64 Chris Evans, Cincinnati Bengals

Chris Evans missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. If he was to miss this week Samaje Perine would retain his slot at RB52 and Trayveon Williams would be the most likely candidate to take his reps.

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