Fantasy Football Week 8 Rankings: Running Back Risers and Fallers

Nick Sero@@thesportscannonCorrespondent IIIOctober 26, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23:  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams runs for a touchdown against cornerback Orlando Scandrick #32 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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That Arian Foster guy is pretty good, huh? Running for 100 yards isn’t all that shocking for Arian Foster, and even gaining 100 yards receiving isn’t out of the question either. Being able to do both in one game should be pretty shocking too, but for Arian Foster it’s just another Sunday. Adrian Peterson was able to live up to his hype this weekend as well, which could have been because of the new life in the Vikings passing attack.

Are these slumping studs almost ready to break out? Or was it just a couple fluke performances? We’ve got all that and more in’s latest updated Fantasy Football Player Rankings.

How it works: Each week we analyze a player’s production on the football field and rank them accordingly, and then we go one step further and analyze their competition. Just because someone ran all over the Eagles doesn’t mean he was that week’s best performer.

You are going to want a running back who continuously puts up big numbers, even when he take on one of the league’s toughest defenses.

After we rank their weekly performances, we then look at player consistency. Having a player who can consistently be a top performer is what is going to get you a championship at year’s end.


7(13)      Arian Foster, Houston Texans

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans outruns Michael Griffin #33 the Tennessee Titans for a touchdown during play at LP Field on October 23, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Foster is back to his usual fantasy studliness. Yes I just made that word up but it is only fitting. Foster is arguably the most important player on the Texans’ offense by totaling over 45 percent of their total yardage this past weekend.

Foster is a beast in standard scoring leagues and PPR leagues, so it doesn’t matter what kind of fantasy football league you’re playing in. Arian Foster is back to being one of the best around.

17(20)   Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

Jackson went up against one of the league’s toughest run defenses. and his team fell behind early. If you own Sjax and were watching this game, you likely though all was lost.

Not only would Jackson have to battle against a tough defense, his team would likely have to throw the ball often for the remainder of the contest. Jackson did only run the ball 18 times in that game but came away with a touchdown and 73 total yards. Not a great performance, but better than anyone could predict.

45(NR)  Montario Hardesty, Cleveland Browns

Hardesty started in place of Peyton Hillis this past week and did so against a very tough Seahawks run defense. Hardesty ran the ball 33 times and picked up 95 yards on the ground, with another 27 as a receiver.

His value will increase as he should continue to get a decent amount of carries even when Hillis gets healthy. Hardesty is only good for a bye week replacement at best right now, however.


CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 23: Running back Montario Hardesty #31 of the Cleveland Browns runs during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Seahawks 6-3. (P
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46(NR)  DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Murray is going to continue to make a huge jump up our rankings considering he is the only healthy running back on the Cowboys’ roster. It is funny that Murray is the only healthy back considering he came out of college with his own injury concerns.

Murray gets a great matchup this upcoming Sunday night when the Cowboys take on an Eagles defense used to being run over.


9(6)        Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

There is no clear sign as to how long Wells could be out, if at all. Furthermore the team hasn’t even diagnosed the injury to Wells’ knee as more than a bruise.

It was enough for him to be held out of the majority of the team’s recent meeting against the Steelers, and enough to spark rumors of Wells missing multiple weeks due to the injury.

12(5)      Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

After a hot start to the season, Run DMC has cooled off a bit and now is ailing from a right foot injury. DMC owners likely are a bit worried because McFadden hasn’t exactly had the best medical history, but all indications now are that his foot is going to be okay.

The Raiders get an extra week's rest with their bye coming at an opportune moment so McFadden should be okay. The thing McFadden owners should be worrying about is whether or not Carson Palmer will be able to keep defenses from keying on stopping the run.

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at Coliseum on October 16, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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36(27)   Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Maybe we are dropping him too far down the rankings; maybe we had him too high. Either way, being ruled out of a game literally hours beforehand is going to throw some negativity your way from fantasy football team owners.

Lynch had some moderately productive outings this season, but could see a large drop in the rankings again if he misses this upcoming week too.

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42(50)   Delone Carter, Indianapolis Colts

Carter was the only Colts player to do anything of substance in the Colts latest drubbing at the hands of the Saints. Carter was able to do some tough running in between the tackles and scored the only points for the Colts on the night.

Joseph Addai will still be the main back in Indy, but there is less reason to believe that Addai will ever be fully healthy this season.

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