Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 50 Running Backs

Going into the season, fantasy owners had plenty of reason to be concerned about the health and durability of Texans running back Arian Foster.

After all, it was a calf then back injury that limited him from mini-camp through the preseason.

That said, Foster had hit his groove and was as productive as any running back in the league from Weeks 4 to 6. During that three-game stretch, he rushed for 341 yards and had 14 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Before the bye last week, however, Foster left the game early due to a hamstring injury.

Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, Foster should be viewed as a game-time decision for his Sunday Night Football matchup against the Colts, an opponent that Foster has dominated.

In five career regular-season games against the Colts, Foster has averaged 150.4 rushing yards per game and 6.60 yards per carry and has scored six touchdowns. In addition, he has 17 receptions for 115 yards in those games as well.

Facing the Colts for the first time of his career in Week 1 of the 2010 season, Foster rushed for a career-high 231 yards and scored three touchdowns. He rushed for more than 100 yards in four of those five matchups and the one time he fell short, he still rushed for 96 yards. In fact, three of his four highest outputs have come against the Colts.

If you plan on starting Foster hoping that he will be active, obviously make sure to have an another option in the event he isn't.

Mathews going for 3rd straight 100-yard game

Chargers running back Ryan Mathews has back-to-back games with more than 20 carries and 100 rushing yards.

Aside from Mathews (and Foster), there are only three other running backs with multiple 100-yard rushing games this season.

In the past two games, Mathews has a total of 43 carries for 212 yards, which averages to 4.93 yards per carry, and a touchdown.

Teammate Danny Woodhead has nine carries in each of the past three games, but he has almost as many receptions (40) this season as he has carries (46) and is on pace to finish with 91 receptions.

The duo has a great matchup this week as no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than Washington.

Ridley has a scored in three consecutive games

After missing the team's Week 5 matchup, Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has been highly productive in his three games back when given the opportunity.

Surprisingly the Patriots gave Ridley just 11 carries in Week 7 after he ran 20 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6.

Over the past three weeks, however, Ridley has scored in each game. During that span, he has 45 carries for 225 yards, which averages to exactly five yards per carry, and four touchdowns.

This week, the Patriots face the Steelers, who have allowed eight rushing touchdowns to running backs this season. Only three teams have allowed more.

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Here are my Week 9 fantasy football running back rankings (standard scoring):

1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (at BUF)
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (at DAL)
3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (at OAK)
4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (at GB)
5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. CHI)
6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (vs. TB)
7. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. SD)
8. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (vs. PHI)
9. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (at CLE)
10. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (vs. MIN)
11. Arian Foster, Houston Texans (vs. IND)
12. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (at WAS)
13. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (vs. PIT)
14. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers (at NE)
15. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (vs. TEN)
16. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (vs. KC)
17. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts (at HOU)
18. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (at WAS)
19. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (at STL)
20. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (vs. KC)
21. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (at NYJ)
22. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (at NYJ)
23. Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
24. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
25. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. NO)
26. Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at SEA)
27. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (vs. PIT)
28. Ben Tate, Houston Texans (vs. IND)
29. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. NO)
30. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (at HOU)
31. Roy Helu, Washington Redskins (vs. SD)
32. Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans (at STL)
33. Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
34. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
35. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens (at CLE)
36. James Starks, Green Bay Packers (vs. CHI)
37. Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns (vs. BAL)
38. Brian Leonard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at SEA)
39. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (vs. PIT)
40. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
41. Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (vs. BAL)
42. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (at NYJ)
43. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (vs. TEN)
44. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (at OAK)
45. Deji Karim, Houston Texans (vs. IND)
46. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. TB)
47. Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys (vs. MIN)
48. Felix Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers (at NE)
49. Ronnie Brown, San Diego Chargers (at WAS)
50. Fozzy Whittaker, Cleveland Browns (vs. BAL)

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