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The six-team byepocalypse is over, and this week, just two teams (Raiders and Ravens) are off. It’s still shaping up to be a tough week for our Week 8 fantasy RB rankings, as plenty of running backs are dealing with injuries and the usual amount of tough matchups and tougher committee situations are affecting things.

Saquon Barkley (ankle), Nick Chubb (calf), and David Montgomery (knee) are all eligible to return this week, but Montgomery is expected to remain out. Barkley (@ Chiefs) would have a cake matchup if he’s able to make it back, while Chubb (vs. Steelers) would be in a tough spot, but obviously fantasy owners just want these backs in their lineups regardless. D’Ernest Johnson showed last week he’s capable of handling a full complement of carries if Chubb is out, but a matchup against the Steelers would keep him at a low-end RB2 level.

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Damien Harris (@ Chargers), Darrel Williams (vs. Giants), and Kenneth Gainwell (@ Lions), assuming Miles Sanders (ankle) is out, are in good spots this week and should produce borderline RB1-level numbers. Both Zack Moss and Devin Singletary (vs. MIA) also have great matchups, though their timeshare remains frustrating. Moss continues to play more snaps than Singletary, but Singletary closed the gap in their last game and narrowly outproduced Moss. Still, Moss’s slight advantage in touchdown potential gives him an edge in our rankings.

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Several secondary backs are in good matchup spots this week and could see some extra touches/production. Tony Pollard (@ Vikings) stands out the most in our rankings, but J.D. McKissic (@ Broncos), Brandon Bolden (@ Chargers), Boston Scott (@ Lions), and Rashaad Penny (vs. Jaguars) also have favorable matchups and should work as flexes in all formats. You could even try Samaje Perine (@ Jets) if you’re in a bind, as Bengals’ secondary backs have had a nice run of production lately.

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Khalil Herbert (vs. 49ers), Myles Gaskin (@ Bills), Michael Carter (vs. Bengals), and Mark Ingram (vs. Rams) are notable borderline starters with tough matchups. Some of these guys get decent enough volume, but the same can be said for most of the secondary backs listed above who have much better matchups. The key difference is the bad-matchup players are more likely to get goal-line carries, but they’re still riskier than usual in a week where the rankings are relatively deep.

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We’re getting to the point in the season where we have a good idea of who’s going to get touches and who has the best chances to produce. Some situations are still total guesswork (Dolphins, Broncos, Seahawks) or just bad (Texans, Jets), but there are others, like the Falcons or Cardinals, where the committees generally thrive. We know bad games are always possible (as we saw with a gimpy Mike Davis last week), but we also know certain players have established themselves as “must-starts.” Unless you have significantly better or more reliable options, you have to trust certain guys until they give you a reason not to.

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Note: We’ll be updating these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for analysis and the latest player movement.

Fantasy RB Rankings Week 8: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on standard, non-PPR scoring

1Derrick Henry, TEN @ IND
2James Robinson, JAX @ SEA
3Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. DAL
4Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ MIN
5Saquon Barkley, NYG @ KC
6Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. TEN
7Joe Mixon, CIN @ NYJ
8Damien Harris, NE @ LAC
9Alvin Kamara, NO vs. TB
10Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. NE
11Aaron Jones, GB @ ARI
12Darrell Henderson, LAR @ HOU
13D’Andre Swift, DET vs. PHI
14Najee Harris, PIT @ CLE
15Kenneth Gainwell, PHI @ DET
16Darrel Williams, KC vs. NYG
17Nick Chubb, CLE vs. PIT
18Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL vs. CAR
19Chuba Hubbard, CAR @ ATL
20Leonard Fournette, TB @ NO
21Elijah Mitchell, SF @ CHI
22Antonio Gibson, WAS @ DEN
23Zack Moss, BUF vs. MIA
24Devin Singletary, BUF vs. MIA
25Tony Pollard, DAL @ MIN
26Alex Collins, SEA vs. JAX
27Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. WAS
28Khalil Herbert, CHI vs. SF
29Mike Davis, ATL vs. CAR
30Javonte Williams, DEN vs. WAS
31James Conner, ARI vs. GB
32Michael Carter, NYJ vs. CIN
33Chase Edmonds, ARI vs. GB
34Brandon Bolden, NE @ LAC
35JD McKissic, WAS @ DEN
36Jamaal Williams, DET vs. PHI
37Myles Gaskin, MIA @ BUF
38Boston Scott, PHI @ DET
39Mark Ingram, HOU vs. LAR
40Damien Williams, CHI vs. SF
41Salvon Ahmed, MIA @ BUF
42Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. JAX
43D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. PIT
44Samaje Perine, CIN @ NYJ
45Ty Johnson, NYJ vs. CIN
46Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. DAL
47AJ Dillon, GB @ ARI
48Ronald Jones II, TB @ NO
49David Johnson, HOU vs. LAR
50Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TEN
51Devontae Booker, NYG @ KC
52Giovani Bernard, TB @ NO
53JaMycal Hasty, SF @ CHI
54Sony Michel, LAR @ HOU
55Jerick McKinnon, KC vs. NYG
56Demetric Felton, CLE vs. PIT
57Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. NE
58Darrynton Evans, TEN @ IND
59J.J. Taylor, NE @ LAC
60Carlos Hyde, JAX @ SEA
61Phillip Lindsay, HOU vs. LAR
62Larry Rountree III, LAC vs. NE

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