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The Week 8 Running Back Rankings have a few new editions to the RB1 club. Just as I was thinking that the position might get to a consistent basis, the running back rankings had to throw me for a loop.

A couple of the new editions could have been predicted.

Spencer Ware was set to start until Jamaal Charles returned and some thought Charles would never get to be 100% healthy. There were rumors that Christine Michael would take over in Seattle in the pre-season.

However, if anyone even drafted Jacquizz Rodgers in a league, I would love to see it. Yet, the Quizz checks in as RB8 this week after a couple of monster performances with Doug Martin and Charles Sims out.

Weeks like this only reaffirm how risky it is to take RBs early. As opposed to receivers, where the Top 19 were more or less picked within the Top 20 Wide Receivers.

So let’s get to the rest of my Week 8 Running Back Rankings reactions. Our Full rankings are here.

Week 8 Running Back Rankings Reaction

Guys I Like More

  • Once again, I am highest on James White. Since Tom Brady came back, White is averaging 18 PPR points per game. Yeah, I know he was limited last week. I think that had more to do with the game flow against a Pittsburgh team playing their backup quarterback and can’t stop the inside run. Buffalo is a much better rush defense, so White will still get a ton of work.
  • I am slightly higher on Lamar Miller than my colleagues. I think Monday night showed that letting Brock Osweiler sling it around is not the way to go. They will force the issue with Miller this week against Detroit.
  • I am also a little bit higher on Spencer Ware this week. He is my second ranked running back. The Colts give up the fourth most points to Fantasy Running Backs. Ware has made Jamaal Charles nearly droppable at this point.


Guys I Like Less

  • I’ll need to see Latavius Murray put back-to-back games together before I put him in my Top 20. Not only am I worried that he can stay healthy two games in a row, but I think he might be touchdown dependent.
  • I’m lower on Jordan Howard than the other rankers. Ka’Deem Carey might have stolen the lead-dog status in Chicago. Howard just did not look good either last week.
  • I’m the lowest ranker of Melvin Gordon. Denver’s defense is stout and I don’t think he can keep up the touchdown pace that he’s on. He is still a start-able player, I just would temper expectations this week.


Other Observations

  • Yet again, the Detroit backfield is a mess. It looks like Theo Riddick will not be playing, so good luck with the crap shoot between Zach Zenner, Dwayne Washington and Justin Forsett.
  • David Johnson checks in at the top spot for all four rankers in our Week 8 Running Back Rankings. He already has over 1,000 yards from scrimmage.
  • Mike Gillislee has one of the widest rankings gaps. One guy has him at 15th while another has him all the way down at 35th. As we learn more about LeSean McCoy’s status, this should even out.
  • Matt Forte returns to the Top 10 after a strong performance last week. Sunday he gets the Browns and looks to have strong back-to-back outings.

That’s it for my Week 8 Running Back Rankings Reaction! Check out our Quarterback Rankings ReactionsWide Receivers and Tight Ends, too.

Good luck with your running backs this week and be sure to check out my weekly picks against the spread.


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