Week 8 RB Rankings, Projections and Analysis
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Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the RBs for Week Eight of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each RBs past performance and factor that into our projections. Just click on the links to read our rationale behind the ranking. The ratings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 rushing or receiving yards equal 1 point, rushing and receiving TDs equal 6 pts. and fumbles deduct 2 points.



Running Back Rankings
  1. DeMarco Murray
  2. Matt Forte
  3. Arian Foster
  4. Jamaal Charles
  5. * Marshawn Lynch
  6. LeSean McCoy
  7. Eddie Lacy
  8. Le'Veon Bell
  9. * Gio Bernard
  10. Ben Tate
  11. Andre Ellington
  12. Lamar Miller
  13. Shane Vereen
  14. Ahmad Bradshaw
  15. Ronnie Hillman
  16. Joique Bell
  17. Justin Forsett
  18. Branden Oliver
  19. Chris Ivory
  20. Jerick McKinnon
  21. Mark Ingram
  22. Tre Mason
  23. Doug Martin
  24. Darren McFadden
  25. Alfred Morris
  26. * Reggie Bush
  27. Jonathan Stewart
  28. * Trent Richardson
  29. Benny Cunningham
  30. Jeremy Hill
  31. Bryce Brown
  32. Bishop Sankey
  33. Denard Robinson
  34. Steven Jackson
  35. * James Starks
  36. Antone Smith
  37. Isaiah Crowell
  38. * Khiry Robinson
  39. Anthony Dixon
  40. Roy Helu
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud RBs who may fail to deliver:

Start
Lamar Miller
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller
In a surprising victory over the Chicago Bears last week, Lamar Miller scored his fourth touchdown in his last three games. He also produced his fifth double-digit fantasy point total in six games this season. Miller is having his best season in his short career and the high numbers should continue when the Dolphins travel to Jacksonville to face the 1-6 Jaguars. The Jags allow the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs and Miller should get a ton of touches in a game that shouldn’t be remotely close. With Knowshon Moreno out for the year, there is no other back on the roster that can challenge Miller for touches. I expect Miller to receive 25-30 touches on his way to a career performance.

Eddie Lacy
Packers RB Eddie Lacy
Lacy has been a massive disappointment after his spectacular rookie year in which he gained over 1,000 yards rushing and scored 11 touchdowns. However, after struggling in his first few contests of the 2014 campaign, Lacy has scored four touchdowns in his last four games. With James Starks questionable against a soft running defense in New Orleans, look for Lacy to put up a solid stat-line on Sunday. The Saints allow just under 21 fantasy points per game to running backs and if Starks is unable to suit up, Lacy will return to the workhorse role. Keep an eye on Starks’ status this week but even if he is able to suit up, this is a favorable matchup for Eddie Lacy. He is a must-start.


Sit
Reggie Bush
Lions RB Reggie Bush
Bush has been hampered by injuries all year and the trend will continue this week. The former USC stud was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and barely played against his former team, the New Orleans Saints in Week 7. Not to mention, the Lions face the worst run defense in the league on Sunday and Joique Bell is the back that Detroit goes with when attempting to run the ball between the tackles. Bush is clearly the pass catching back but with his injured ankle and Bell’s superior talent in the running game, I expect Bush to remain on the sidelines for much of the day.

Alfred Morris
Redskins RB Alfred Morris
Alfred Morris suffered a left ankle injury in Sunday’s win over the Titans. Although he was able to return, he did not look the same and struggled to find any room against Tennessee’s defense. Morris has been dreadful in his last three contests and things wont get any easier when the ‘Skins travel to Jerry World to face a red-hot Cowboys team on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys defense have been the surprise of the season and have limited running backs to just 15.27 fantasy points per game, the 10th-fewest in the league. The Cowboys should jump out to a huge lead with Colt McCoy making his first start of the season for Washington. Morris will likely be forced to watch from the sidelines as Roy Helu, the superior pass catching back on Washington’s roster, sees the bulk of action with the Redskins playing catch-up in passing formations. Morris is a very risky play this week and I expect Dallas to limit him to a measly 60 yards rushing with no touchdowns.


Ronnie Hillman
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman
Hillman has been phenomenal since starter Montee Ball went down with a groin injury in Week 5. In his two starts, Hillman has racked up 174 yards rushing, 45 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns. With Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson seeing very little playing time, Hillman should continue to see success in Peyton Manning’s offense. The Broncos host a solid Chargers defense that has been respectable against the run but the Chargers are still no match for Manning and his plethora of weapons. Look for Denver to take a lead and feed the ball to Hillman in order to kill the clock. Hillman is a must-start until Ball returns from injury.

Joique Bell
Lions RB Joique Bell
With Reggie Bush questionable due to an ankle injury and a matchup with the Atlanta defense looming, Bell could have his best game of the season when the Lions and Falcons play in London on Sunday. Bell has produced double-digit fantasy points in his last two outings and has been the go-to option in the red zone. This is a juicy matchup and Bell should reward his fantasy owners with around 100 total yards and a touchdown.


Jaguars RB Denard Robinson
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Running Backs to Add

Denard Robinson
The former quarterback and product out of Michigan has been the lone bright spot for Jacksonville over the past few weeks. At 24 years old, Robinson broke 100 yards rushing in his second outing in a row. Before Shoelace assumed the starting role, no Jags running back gained more than 42 yards rushing though the first six weeks of the season. Robinson has clearly gained the confidence of his head coach and will shoulder the load as we approach the second half of the season. Robinson is officially a RB2/RB3 and should be owned in all leagues.

Charles Sims
Tampa Bay has been having huge problems running the ball with Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey. It is believed by many sources close to the Bucs that Lovie Smith would like to turn to his rookie, the 69th pick of last year’s draft. There have also been many trade rumors surrounding Tampa Bay’s organization and it looks like Doug Martin could be on the move. With the Bucs severe struggles in the running game, Sims could be the answer to Lovie Smith’s prayers. If you are very thin at running back, take a chance on Sims. He could be a starter by Week 10 when the Buccaneers take on the Falcons.

Running Backs to Drop

Doug Martin
Martin has been absolutely dreadful thus far and it does not look like anything is going to change anytime soon. Heading into Week 8, Martin had failed to rush for 50 yards in a single game and had only one touchdown to his name. Against the Vikings last week, he rushed for 27 yards on 10 carries before exiting with an ankle injury. We don’t know how severe the injury is but Martin has been so bad this season that even if he is at full health, there is no reason to keep him on your squad. He might be the biggest bust of the season thus far. There is a chance that he will be traded so wait until the deadline passes before dropping him. If he gets traded to a place in which he may have an opportunity to succeed, it may be worth it to keep him on your roster. Monitor his status.

Andre Williams
When New York Giants starting running back Rashad Jennings went down in Week 5 against the Falcons, Williams stepped up and produced his best output of the season. Since then, he has struggled to find any space and can’t seem to figure out how to pass block or catch passes. With Jenning’s recovery on the horizon, it is probably time to drop the rookie. Jennings has a solid chance of playing against the Colts on Monday Night Football and Williams saw very few carries in the back up role. His role will decrease significantly.