Fantasy Football RB Season Rankings at Week 8: McFadden Up, D. Williams Down

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Fantasy Football RB Season Rankings at Week 8: McFadden Up, D. Williams Down
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Not much movement at the top of the running back rankings again this week as the studs through the first seven weeks continue to look like good options for the remainder of the year.

The potential loss of Brett Favre to Adrian Peterson has many fantasy owners scratching their heads, but Peterson has been extremely productive without Favre as well as with him, so there’s no reason to panic either way. Adrian will get his touches, no problem.

The Kansas City duo of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones just continues to impress. With both players putting up double digit fantasy points nearly every week, both of them move up the rankings to 13th (Charles) and 18th (Jones). With Buffalo, Oakland, and Denver on their schedule coming up—all of whom have been terrible against running backs this season—this duo could be in for quite a run.

One of the biggest risers this week is Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden. With Michael Bush running pretty well while he was out with an injury, many experts though that the two backs would be falling back into a timeshare.

While the touches were very close in number, McFadden’s production was just ridiculous. He scored four total touchdowns while accumulating nearly 200 total yards—by far the most productive fantasy day of his young career.

DeAngelo Williams’ injury hurts his already mediocre fantasy value. After being drafted in the first two rounds in just about every league, Williams has been a monumental disappointment this season, scoring seven or fewer fantasy points in five of his first six games this season.

Though his foot injury is a minor one that should keep him out a couple weeks at the most, it’s hard to be too excited about a guy that’s splitting carries on a team that can’t seem to move the ball. With Williams potentially being out, Jonathan Stewart’s value is on the rise as he should get almost all of the carries if Williams does not play.

The running back situation in Tampa Bay seems to be heating up as it appears that LaGarrette Blount may be making a push to become the team’s new top back. Though it doesn’t particularly mean a lot given the Buccaneers’ mediocre offensive firepower to begin with, Blount took 11 carries to Cadillac Williams’ four in Week 7. It seems like it may only be a matter of time before the Buccaneers replace the ever-stalling Cadillac.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

RANK PLAYER TEAM PREVIOUS RANK MOVEMENT
1 Adrian Peterson MIN 1 0
2 Chris Johnson TEN 2 0
3 Frank Gore SF 3 0
4 Rashard Mendenhall PIT 4 0
5 Arian Foster HOU 6 1
6 Ray Rice BAL 5 -1
7 Michael Turner ATL 7 0
8 Matt Forte CHI 8 0
9 LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ 10 1
10 Steven Jackson STL 9 -1
11 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC 13 2
12 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 12 0
13 Jamaal Charles KC 16 3
14 LeSean McCoy PHI 14 0
15 Peyton Hillis CLE 21 6
16 DeAngelo Williams CAR 11 -5
17 Cedric Benson CIN 15 -2
18 Thomas Jones KC 22 4
19 Ryan Mathews SD 17 -2
20 Darren McFadden OAK 31 11
21 Beanie Wells ARI 18 -3
22 Pierre Thomas NO 19 -3
23 Jahvid Best DET 20 -3
24 Knowshon Moreno DEN 23 -1
25 Ryan Torain WAS 25 0
26 Felix Jones DAL 28 2
27 Ronnie Brown MIA 24 -3
28 Shonn Greene NYJ 26 -2
29 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE 29 0
30 Marshawn Lynch SEA 30 0
31 Jonathan Stewart CAR 34 3
32 Joseph Addai IND 27 -5
33 Michael Bush OAK 32 -1
34 Mike Tolbert SD 33 -1
35 Ricky Williams MIA 35 0
36 Brandon Jacobs NYG 36 0
37 Fred Jackson BUF 37 0
38 Jason Snelling ATL 39 1
39 Donald Brown IND 57 18
40 CJ Spiller BUF 40 0
41 Brandon Jackson GB 41 0
42 Willis McGahee BAL 43 1
43 Clinton Portis WAS 42 -1
44 Justin Forsett SEA 44 0
45 Marion Barber DAL 45 0
46 Danny Woodhead NE 48 2
47 Chris Ivory NO 47 0
48 Cadillac Williams TB 38 -10
49 Mike Hart IND 51 2
50 Tim Hightower ARI 46 -4
51 LaGarrette Blount TB NR -
52 Rashad Jennings JAC 53 1
53 Laurence Maroney NE 49 -4
54 Bernard Scott CIN 50 -4
55 Darren Sproles SD 59 4
56 Javon Ringer TEN 70 14
57 Reggie Bush NO 52 -5
58 Jerome Harrison PHI 54 -4
59 Derrick Ward HOU 55 -4
60 Ladell Betts NO 56 -4
61 John Kuhn GB 64 3
62 Tashard Choice DAL 58 -4
63 Mike Bell PHI 60 -3
64 Chester Taylor CHI 61 -3
65 Fred Taylor NE 62 -3
66 Leon Washington SEA 63 -3
67 Correll Buckhalter DEN 65 -2
68 Steve Slaton HOU 66 -2
69 Toby Gerhart MIN 68 -1
70 Kevin Smith DET 69 -1
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