Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Tailbacks in Standard-Scoring Leagues

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterOctober 23, 2012

Bears tailback Matt Forte (476 total yards, 1 TD) has per-outing averages of 208 total yards and 1.5 touchdowns in his last two games against the Panthers.
Bears tailback Matt Forte (476 total yards, 1 TD) has per-outing averages of 208 total yards and 1.5 touchdowns in his last two games against the Panthers.Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Here are my top 40 running backs for Week 8 (standard-scoring leagues).

This countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat; it's merely an educated best guess of which rushers will tally the best combination of total yards and touchdowns for the NFL's eighth weekend.

NOTE: The Bills, Texans, Ravens and Bengals are all on byes.

Top 40 Backs For Week 8

1. LeSean McCoy vs. Atlanta
2. Matt Forte vs. Carolina
3. Jamaal Charles vs. Oakland
4. Adrian Peterson vs. Tampa Bay
5. Chris Johnson vs. Indianapolis
6. Darren McFadden @ Kansas City
7. Ryan Mathews @ Cleveland
8. Frank Gore @ Arizona
9. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Dallas
10. Marshawn Lynch @ Detroit
11. Reggie Bush @ N.Y. Jets
12. Steven Jackson vs. New England (London)
13. Willis McGahee vs. New Orleans
14. Rashad Jennings @ Green Bay
15. Stevan Ridley vs. St. Louis (London)
16. Alfred Morris at Pittsburgh
17. Michael Turner @ Philadelphia
18. Darren Sproles @ Denver
19. Mikel Leshoure vs. Seattle
20. Shonn Greene vs. Miami
21. Alex Green vs. Jacksonville
22. Felix Jones vs. N.Y. Giants
23. Trent Richardson vs. San Diego (assuming he'll play with sore ribs)
24. Doug Martin @ Minnesota
25. Jonathan Dwyer vs. Washington
26. Vick Ballard @ Tennessee
27. LaRod Stephens-Howling vs. San Francisco
28. Jonathan Stewart @ Chicago
29. Phillip Tanner vs. N.Y. Giants
30. Montario Hardesty vs. San Diego
31. Kendall Hunter @ Arizona
32. Michael Bush vs. Carolina
33. Daryl Richardson vs. New England (London)
34. William Powell vs. San Francisco
35. Pierre Thomas @ Denver
36. Jacquizz Rodgers @ Philadelphia
37. Mike Goodson @ Kansas City
38. Daniel Thomas @ N.Y. Jets
39. Shane Vereen vs. St. Louis (London)
40. DeAngelo Williams @ Chicago

Quick Hitters

1. Matt Forte's recent track record against Carolina is right on par with Chris Johnson's bankable greatness against Buffalo (averaging 195 yards/2 TD in the last three meetings). In his last two games against the Panthers, Forte boasts per-outing averages of 208 total yards and 1.5 touchdowns.

2. Redskins rookie Alfred Morris has been awesome in fantasy circles, collecting 120 yards or one touchdown in six of his seven games. But is he truly an elite back? We'll find out this Sunday when Morris takes on the Steelers—the NFL's ninth-ranked rushing defense.

3. In Rashad Jennings' brief history of logging 20-plus touches, he notched 100 total yards and one touchdown both times.

4. The Falcons defense has allowed 100 rushing yards from the opposition in every game to date. Hence, it would be strange if LeSean McCoy (571 total yards, three TD) doesn't repeat the feat. For what it's worth, McCoy has tallied 100 total yards and/or one TD in five of six games.

5. How's this for quirky: Marshawn Lynch has never battled the Lions in his six-year NFL career.

6. Darren McFadden has waited three years to play a game at Arrowhead Stadium even though the Chiefs and Raiders are division rivals. For 2008 and '09, DMC averaged 114 total yards and one touchdown at Kansas City.

7. Here's some encouraging news for Reggie Bush owners: The Dolphins back didn't crack the century mark in total yardage until Week 8 of last year (120 vs. the Giants). And after that, Bush produced 96 total yards or one TD for the the next 10 games (including this season).

Jay Clemons
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