Week 8 Fantasy RB Rankings: Must starts, sleepers, potential busts at running back

Injury issues created some problems at running back last week, and they’ve carried over to our Week 8 fantasy RB rankings. Aaron Jones (calf), Joe Mixon (foot), and Miles Sanders (hamstring) were all ruled out prior to their games, and while their absences created opportunities for Jamaal Williams, Giovani Bernard, and Boston Scott, respectively, fantasy owners will be hoping to get them back in Week 8.

For now, we’re leaving Mixon and Sanders — along with Mark Ingram (ankle), Devonta Freeman (ankle), and Phillip Lindsay (concussion) — out of our rankings. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we’re keeping in Chris Carson (foot) and putting Christian McCaffrey (ankle) and Dalvin Cook (groin) back in for now, which really strengthens the top of our rankings. 

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

In Week 8, the Ravens, Vikings, Colts, and Dolphins will be returning to action, which means Cook, Gus Edwards, JK Dobbins, Jonathan Taylor, and Myles Gaskin will be back. Meanwhile, the Texans, Cardinals, Jaguars, and Washington are going on bye, so David Johnson, Kenyan Drake, Chase Edmonds, James Robinson, and Antonio Gibson will all be unavailable. Overall, this is mostly a wash for our rankings, and they may even get a little bit stronger because Cook is a top-five play if healthy.

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

The rankings are also getting a bit stronger because certain players are emerging from what had previously been even rotations. D’Andre Swift continues to get more chances in Detroit, so the talented rookie will be a solid RB2 moving forward. However, there are still some frustrating committees, with the Chargers (Justin Jackson/Joshua Kelley), Jets (La’Mical Perine/Frank Gore), Bills (Devin Singletary/Zack Moss), and 49ers (JaMycal Hasty, Jerick McKinnon, possibly Tevin Coleman), all causing issues in the RB3 tier. 

While the Ravens will be returning this week, it might be best to avoid their RB rotation if possible. They have a tough matchup with the Steelers, and there are questions as to who will lead the backfield if Ingram is out (and, honestly, even if he’s healthy). You can use Baltimore’s backs as flexes, but there are other options with more upside and fewer questions this week.

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

Week 8 Fantasy RB Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Derrick Henry, TEN @ CIN
2 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ GB
3 Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. ATL
4 Alvin Kamara, NO @ CHI
5 Aaron Jones, GB vs. MIN
6 Todd Gurley, ATL @ CAR
7 Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. LV
8 Jonathan Taylor, IND @ DET
9 Josh Jacobs, LV @ CLE
10 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. NYJ
11 Ronald Jones II, TB @ NYG
12 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ PHI
13 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ MIA
14 Chris Carson, SEA vs. SF
15 Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. TEN
16 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. LAR
17 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. LAC
18 James Conner, PIT @ BAL
19 David Montgomery, CHI vs. NO
20 Boston Scott, PHI vs. DAL
21 D’Andre Swift, DET vs. IND
22 Le’Veon Bell, KC vs. NYJ
23 Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. TB
24 Damien Harris, NE @ BUF
25 JaMycal Hasty, SF @ SEA
26 Gus Edwards, BAL vs. PIT
27 La’Mical Perine, NYJ @ KC
28 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ DEN
29 Justin Jackson, LAC @ DEN
30 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. NE
31 Leonard Fournette, TB @ NYG
32 Frank Gore, NYJ @ KC
33 Zack Moss, BUF vs. NE
34 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ SEA
35 Adrian Peterson, DET vs. IND
36 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. MIN
37 JK Dobbins, BAL vs. PIT
38 James White, NE @ BUF
39 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ GB
40 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ MIA
41 Corey Clement, PHI vs. DAL
42 Mike Davis, CAR vs. ATL
43 Latavius Murray, NO @ CHI
44 Nyheim Hines, IND @ DET
45 Royce Freeman, DEN vs. LAC
46 Jordan Wilkins, IND @ DET
47 Benny Snell, PIT @ BAL
48 Dion Lewis, NYG vs. TB
49 Brian Hill, ATL @ CAR
50 Matt Breida, MIA vs. LAR
51 Tony Pollard, DAL @ PHI
52 Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. SF
53 Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. IND
54 Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ CIN
55 Rex Burkhead, NE @ BUF
56 Jalen Richard, LV @ CLE
57 Darrel Williams, KC vs. NYJ
58 Anthony McFarland, PIT @ BAL
59 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. LV
60 Cam Akers, LAR @ MIA
61 Lynn Bowden Jr., MIA vs. LAR
62 AJ Dillon, GB vs. MIN

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