The 2022-23 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means that running backs like Austin Ekeler and Clyde Edwards-Helaire 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 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||Saquon Barkley||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB1|
|Must Start||Derrick Henry||vs Houston Texans||RB2|
|Must Start||Alvin Kamara||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB3|
|Starting RB1||Joe Mixon||vs Cleveland Browns||RB4|
|Starting RB1||Josh Jacobs*||vs New Orleans Saints||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Christian McCaffrey||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB6|
|Starting RB1||Jonathan Taylor||vs Washington Commanders||RB7|
|High-End RB2||Dameon Pierce||vs Tennessee Titans||RB8|
|High-End RB2||Nick Chubb||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB9|
|High-End RB2||Dalvin Cook||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB10|
|High-End RB2||Miles Sanders||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB11|
|High-End RB2||Kenneth Walker III||vs New York Giants||RB12|
|High-End RB2||Raheem Mostert||vs Detroit Lions||RB13|
|High-End RB2||Travis Etienne Jr.||vs Denver Broncos||RB14|
|Starting RB2||Rhamondre Stevenson||vs New York Jets||RB15|
|Starting RB2||D’Andre Swift||vs Miami Dolphins||RB16|
|Low RB2||Leonard Fournette||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB17|
|Low RB2||Ezekiel Elliott*||vs Chicago Bears||RB18|
|Low RB2||David Montgomery||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB19|
|Low RB2||Aaron Jones||vs Buffalo Bills||RB20|
|Low RB2||Najee Harris||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB21|
|Low RB2||James Conner*||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB22|
|Low RB2||D’Onta Foreman||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB23|
|Low RB2||Brian Robinson Jr.||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB24|
|Flex||Devin Singletary||vs Green Bay Packers||RB25|
|Flex||Tony Pollard||vs Chicago Bears||RB26|
|Flex||Damien Harris||vs New York Jets||RB27|
|Flex||Melvin Gordon||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB28|
|Flex||Tyler Allgeier||vs Carolina Panthers||RB29|
|Flex||Darrell Henderson*||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB30|
|Flex||Jamaal Williams||vs Miami Dolphins||RB31|
|Flex||Michael Carter||vs New England Patriots||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Latavius Murray||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||Gus Edwards*||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||Antonio Gibson||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||James Robinson||vs New England Patriots||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Kareem Hunt||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB37|
|Deep League Flex||Khalil Herbert||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB38|
|Deep League Flex||Eno Benjamin||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB39|
|Deep League Flex||Chuba Hubbard*||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB40|
|Deep League Flex||Rachaad White||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB41|
|Deep League Flex||Nyheim Hines||vs Washington Commanders||RB42|
|Deep League Flex||A.J. Dillon||vs Buffalo Bills||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||Chase Edmonds||vs Detriot Lions||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||J.D. McKissic||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Mark Ingram||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Jeff Wilson Jr.||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Dontrell Hilliard||vs Houston Texans||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||James Cook||vs Green Bay Packers||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||Alexander Mattison||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Caleb Huntley||vs Carolina Panthers||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Samaje Perine||vs Cleveland Browns||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Rex Burkhead||vs Tennessee Titans||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Jaylen Warren||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||Malcolm Brown||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenyan Drake||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB56|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenneth Gainwell||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB57|
|Leave on the Bench||Dare Ogunbowale||vs Tennesee Titans||RB58|
RB5 Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
Josh Jacobs was limited in practice Wednesday with a foot injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints rookie running back Zamir White would become the RB25 between Devin Singletary and Tony Pollard. Ameer Abdullah would slot in as RB47 between Mark Ingram and Jeff Wilson Jr.
RB18 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott missed practice on Wednesday with a Grade 2 MCL sprain. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Chicago Bears Tony Pollard would be expected to be a workhorse back for the Cowboys. Pollard would slot in at RB16 between Rhamondre Stevenson. and D’Andre Swift.
RB22 James Conner, Arizona Cardinals
James Conner missed the past two weeks with a rib injury. He was limited in practice on Wednesday. If. Conner was to miss this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings Eno Benjamin would slot in at RB24 between Brian Robinson Jr. and Devin Singletary. Keontay Ingram would join the list at RB42 between Nyhiem Hines and A.J. Dillon.
RB30 Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams
Darrell Henderson didn’t practice on Wednesday due to an illness. This leaves Malcolm Brown as the only active running back on the roster. If Henderson was to miss this game Brown would move up to RB40 between Chuba Hubbard and Rachaad White. It would be worth noting if Kyren Williams is activated off Injured Reserve before this game he would be expected to have a major role in this backfield if Henderson is active or not.
RB34 Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
Gus Edwards made his season debut last week against the Cleveland Browns. He was limited in practice on Thursday with a knee injury. If Edwards was to miss this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kenyan Drake would move up to RB36 between James Robinson and Kareem Hunt.
RB40 Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers
Chuba Hubbard missed practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons D’Onta Foreman stays at RB23. Raheem Blackshear would join the list at RB56 between Kenyan Drake and Kenneth Gainwell.