Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 60 Running Backs
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore has scored double-digit fantasy points in five consecutive weeks and that streak is likely to be extended for another week.
Gore has carried the ball 20-plus times in three of his past four games and no back has more carries (86) during that stretch.
As you might also expect, no running back has more rushing yards (405) over the past four games than Gore, who has also scored a total of four touchdowns.
This week, the 49ers are going on the road to take on the Jaguars in London.
Only two teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but they have been especially generous to backs recently. In their past two games, the Jaguars have given up five rushing touchdowns.
Beast Mode: Lynch on pace for 1,726 YFS and 16 TDs
The Rams slowed down the Panthers running backs last week, but they have allowed some big rushing performances this season. Over the past five weeks, they have allowed three players to rush for more than 140 yards.
Whether or not Seattle's Marshawn Lynch is the next to exceed the 140-yard mark remains to be seen, but he should have a huge day against the Rams.
Entering the 2013 season, Lynch was coming off back-to-back seasons with more than 1,200 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns and he's on pace to do that again.
Through seven weeks, Lynch currently ranks second in the NFL in rush attempts (138) and has at least 17 carries in every game this season. In addition, he ranks second in both rushing yards (578) and rushing touchdowns (six).
If he maintains his current pace, Lynch will finish the year with 1,321 rushing yards and a career-high 405 receiving yards in addition to 16 total touchdowns.
No RB has more rushing yards than Lacy since his bye
Green Bay rookie Eddie Lacy has been a workhorse back since the team's bye in Week 4.
In each of those three games since the bye, Lacy has had at least 22 carries in each game and no running back has more rushing yards (301) during that span. The next three are Jamaal Charles (272), Lynch (270) and Gore (252).
Not only did Lacy score his second touchdown of the season last week, he had a career-high five receptions for 26 yards.
Even though he had difficult matchups in back-to-back weeks against the Ravens and Browns, Lacy has exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage in both games.
This week, he has a much more favorable matchup against the Vikings, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
Knowshon Moreno has a 4-game scoring streak
Denver's Knowshon Moreno has failed to rack up many rushing yards in the team's two previous games with 42 and 40 yards, respectively.
That said, he extended his streak of games with a touchdown to four games and actually has a total of six of them during that span. No running back has more rushing touchdowns this season than Moreno (eight).
Even though he is averaging only 2.73 yards per carry in the past two weeks, he remains an RB1 in the Broncos' high-powered offense and has an extremely favorable matchup this week.
No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than the Redskins. Even worse (for the Redskins) and better (for Moreno and his fantasy owners), the Redskins have allowed five rushing touchdowns in their past two games.
Here are some running back notes:
- Going into Week 7, I can't imagine anyone expected a 34-carry game for Jets running back Chris Ivory even with an injury to Bilal Powell, who finished with just three carries and was not injured. While I don't expect 34 carries again this week, I do at least expect him to lead the team in rushing this week.
- As the starter over the past three weeks, Rams rookie Zac Stacy has been productive with 210 rushing yards, 45 receiving yards and one touchdown during that span. With Kellen Clemens under center and facing the Seahawks this week, Stacy should find it tough to get much going on the ground although it could turn out to be a high-volume game.
- Redskins running back Alfred Morris had a season-high 19 carries last week for 95 yards, but it was teammate Roy Helu that made the bigger splash. Helu rushed for not one, not two, not three -- well, actually it was three TDs on Sunday. On the season, Morris is on pace for 243 carries and is averaging 5.2 YPC. Especially if the Broncos establish an early lead though, I could see Helu being on the field more than Morris on Sunday.
- No player has more 100-yard rushing games this season than Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy (three). Considering there has only been 29 100-yard games through Week 7, that means McCoy has more than 10 percent of said games. In addition, McCoy leads the NFL in rushing attempts (141) and rushing yards (685).
- Falcons running back Steven Jackson has not played since he left his Week 2 matchup against his former team with a thigh injury. That said, Jackson expects to play on Sunday. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a great matchup for his return as the Cardinals have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
- Before their bye in Week 5, the Steelers gave up six rushing touchdowns in four games and allowed 20-plus fantasy points to backs in Weeks 2 to 4. Since their bye, they have allowed no touchdowns to backs and have held them to single-digit fantasy points each. Coming off his bye last week, Raiders running back Darren McFadden was described as looking more explosive heading into their matchup this week against the Steelers.
- Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell had a season-high 19 carries for 93 yards last week. The Raiders have been solid against the run on the season as they rank ninth in the league in rushing defense (99.0 YPG allowed), but they have allowed four rushing touchdowns to backs in their past four games.
- One thing is clear: Buffalo's C.J. Spiller's ankle is either worse than last week or "10 times better." While the team's coach says the injury may be worse than before, Spiller says it is much better. Last week, Spiller had just six carries, which was a season low, for 11 yards, which unfortunately for Spiller owners was not a season low. He also added (or is it substracted?) minus four yards receiving on three receptions.
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Here are my Week 8 fantasy football running back rankings:
1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (at STL)
2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE)
3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NYG)
4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. GB)
5. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (at JAX)
6. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (vs. WAS)
7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (at MIN)
8. Reggie Bush, Detriot Lions (vs. DAL)
9. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers (at OAK)
10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (at DEN)
11. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (vs. PIT)
12. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (at NO)
13. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (vs. MIA)
14. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (at DET)
15. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (vs. BUF)
16. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. NYJ)
17. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons (at ARI)
18. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (vs. BUF)
19. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (at TB)
20. Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CAR)
21. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (vs. SEA)
22. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SF)
23. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (at NE)
24. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. CIN)
25. Peyton Hillis, New York Giants (at PHI)
26. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (at NO)
27. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (vs. ATL)
28. Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals (vs. ATL)
29. Roy Helu, Washington Redskins (at DEN)
30. Joique Bell, Detriot Lions (vs. DAL)
31. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. NYJ)
32. Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons (at ARI)
33. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (vs. MIA)
34. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (at TB)
35. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. CIN)
36. Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers (at JAX)
37. Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
38. Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins (at NE)
39. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (vs. WAS)
40. Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons (at ARI)
41. Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
42. Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (at PHI)
43. Brian Leonard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CAR)
44. Tashard Choice, Buffalo Bills (at NO)
45. Michael Cox, New York Giants (at PHI)
46. Lance Dunbar, Dallas Cowboys (at DET)
47. Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys (at DET)
48. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NYG)
49. Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints (vs. BUF)
50. Anthony Dixon, San Francisco 49ers (at JAX)
51. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (vs. SEA)
52. Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers (at MIN)
53. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (vs. MIA)
54. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks (at STL)
55. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (vs. WAS)
56. James Starks, Green Bay Packers (at MIN)
57. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders (vs. PIT)
58. Felix Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers (at OAK)
59. Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (vs. PIT)
60. Justin Forsett, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SF)
For my Week 8 point-per-reception (PPR) running back rankings, click here.
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