Week 8 Fantasy RB Rankings: Injuries to Alvin Kamara, David Johnson, Kerryon Johnson create questions — and opportunities

David Johnson’s Week 7 proved why fantasy soccer will be so irritating, and it may not get simpler for Johnson house owners heading into Week 8. Johnson performed two weeks in the past by a again damage and had a giant sport. He was listed on final week’s damage report with an ankle damage, however he was practising and was energetic for Sunday’s sport. He obtained the Cardinals’ first carry. But after that, it was all Chase Edmonds as Johnson frolicked on the sideline, solely to be utilized in emergencies, in accordance to Kliff Kingsbury (after the primary carry). Weird and irritating for everybody who performed Johnson as soon as he was energetic. He’s clearly not proper, and that is a giant query mark in our Week fantasy 8 RB rankings.

We’ve bought a number of extra Johnsons carrying our working again worries this week. Kerryon Johnson left the Lions’ sport Sunday within the first quarter with a knee damage and was seen in a while the sideline in a knee brace. That meant his backup, speedy rookie Ty Johnson, bought a variety of work. A Week 8 matchup with the Giants shall be an attractive fantasy play for whichever Johnson can take the backfield for the Lions. 

WEEK 8 NON-PPR RANKINGS
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It wasn’t all dangerous in Week 7. Saquon Barkley returned from damage and scored a landing. So did Todd Gurley, whose six factors got here on a troublesome catch down the best sideline. As anticipated, although, Alvin Kamara missed out on New Orleans’ sport, which allowed Latavius Murray to star and proceed to show the Bears’ protection is not as intimidating with out Akiem Hicks.

That Chicago perception is vital for the reason that Chargers play the Bears in Week 8. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler aren’t fairly in auto-start territory, so their matchup does matter. L.A. has been dangerous offensively, however Philip Rivers managed to throw two touchdowns to Ekeler and one to Gordon in Week 7. If you are selecting one, we favor Gordon in normal leagues and Ekeler in PPR leagues.

We additionally gained information on the Packers’ backfield cut up in Week 7, as each Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams additionally scored touchdowns by the air. After a foul drop per week earlier, Jones made a troublesome catch for his rating. Both seem like fantasy beginning choices in a positive Week 8 matchup in Kansas City.

Week 8 byes declare two beginning fantasy working backs in Ezekiel Elliott and Mark Ingram. With Ty Johnson and Edmonds probably accessible in your waiver wire, together with Mark Walton of the Dolphins, you’ll be able to in all probability discover an in a position fill-in if one does not exist already in your roster.

Reminder: These rankings shall be adjusted all through week, so verify again usually for the most recent updates and evaluation!

Week 8 Fantasy RB Rankings

These rankings are for normal, non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Saquon Barkley, NYG @ DET
2 Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. WAS
3 Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ SF
4 James Conner, PIT vs. MIA. We do not actually know something about Conner’s Week 6 damage due to the Steelers’ bye. Obviously, this can be a matchup you need each a part of so long as Conner is nice to go. 
5 Todd Gurley, LAR vs. CIN (in UK)
6 Le’Veon Bell, NYJ @ JAX
7 Chris Carson, SEA @ ATL
8 Leonard Fournette, JAX vs. NYJ
9 Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. NYG. Johnson was carrying a knee brace after leaving Week 7 within the first quarter. That’s not an awesome signal, and this could be matchup for his backup Ty Johnson if Kerryon is out.
10 Alvin Kamara, NO vs. ARZ. Kamara missed Week 7 due to damage and could possibly be a query mark once more in Week 8 as he is reportedly coping with a number of accidents. 
11 Marlon Mack, IND vs. DEN
12 Derrick Henry, TEN vs. TB
13 Aaron Jones, GB @ KC. A week after Jones dropped a simple landing, he caught a troublesome one. He’s nonetheless the highest again in Green Bay, and he will get to face a Chiefs’ protection permitting the sixth-most fantasy factors to working backs. 
14 Josh Jacobs, OAK @ HOU. Two-straight weeks of greater than 20 carries and 120 speeding yards make Jacobs a must-start till his manufacturing and/or utilization go down.
15 Nick Chubb, CLE @ NE. Chubb has been too good to sit, even in a troublesome matchup with New England.
16 David Johnson, ARI @ NO. We don’t know why the Cardinals would give Johnson one carry to begin the sport however then say he was solely there for emergencies. The first play wasn’t an emergency. Seems like he should’ve tweaked one thing, and Arizona scheduled a number of RB exercises for early in Week 8. He seems like he’ll be questionable at greatest for Week 8.
17 David Montgomery, CHI vs. LAC
18 Sony Michel, NE vs. CLE
19 Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. SEA. Freeman did not do his fantasy house owners any favors by getting ejected early in Week 7, however he must be again to face a Seattle protection that hasn’t been something particular in opposition to RBs, permitting 4.25 yards per carry to opposing backs.
20 Jamaal Williams, GB @ KC. Williams noticed sufficient utilization behind Jones in Week 7 to make them each playable in a positive Week 8 matchup.
21 Tevin Coleman, SF vs. CAR
22 LeSean McCoy, KC vs. GB
23 Melvin Gordon, LAC @ CHI. Chicago’s run protection is not particular anymore with Akiem Hicks on IR. Playing Gordon comes down to whether or not you belief L.A. to not proceed imploding – he’ll in all probability get you 60 yards and a landing.
24 Joe Mixon, CIN vs. LAR (in UK). Mixon appears to have extra double-digit carry, single-digit speeding yards video games than anybody. Something about that, mixed with working close to Aaron Donald in London, does not add up to an awesome Week 8 state of affairs.
25 Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ IND
26 Carlos Hyde, HOU vs. OAK
27 Royce Freeman, DEN @ IND. Freeman appeared the popular again at occasions to Lindsay on Thursday Night Football, and he lastly discovered the tip zone. Freeman and Lindsay nonetheless rotate an excessive amount of to have them far aside within the rankings. Indy has been rush protection and bought star LB Darius Leonard again in Week 7, too, so it is not an awesome matchup.
28 Jordan Howard, PHI @ BUF
29 Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ NO. We noticed what Edmonds can do if David Johnson is on the sideline. New Orleans has a powerful rush protection, but when Johnson is out, you have gotta play Edmonds coming off 126 yards and three scores.
30 Latavius Murray, NO vs. ARZ. If Kamara is out, Murray is a must-start in opposition to the Cardinals after he ran roughshod over the Bears.
31 Frank Gore, BUF vs. PHI
32 James White, NE vs. CLE
33 Benny Snell, Jr., PIT vs. MIA
34 Mark Walton, MIA @ PIT
35 Austin Ekeler, LAC @ CHI
36 Kenyan Drake, MIA @ PIT
37 Adrian Peterson, WAS @ MIN
38 Miles Sanders, PHI @ BUF
39 Ronald Jones, TB @ TEN
40 Matt Breida, SF vs. CAR
41 Duke Johnson Jr., HOU vs. OAK
42 Damien Williams, KC vs. GB
43 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. PHI
44 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. DEN
45 Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. LAC
46 Chris Thompson, WAS @ MIN
47 Peyton Barber, TB @ TEN
48 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. WAS
49 Darrel Williams, KC vs. GB
50 Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. CIN (in UK)
51 Dare Ogunbowale, TB @ TEN
52 Ty Johnson, DET vs. NYG
53 Kalen Ballage, MIA @ PIT
54 Raheem Mostert, SF vs. CAR
55 Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. LAR (in UK)
56 Rex Burkhead, NE vs. CLE
57 Jordan Wilkins, IND vs. DEN
58 Ty Montgomery, NYJ @ JAX
59 J.D. McKissic, DET vs. NYG
60 C.J. Prosise, SEA @ ATL
61 Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. ATL
62 Dion Lewis, TEN vs. TB
63 Dontrell Hilliard, CLE @ NE
64 Wayne Gallman, NYG @ DET


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