Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs (RB) Rankings, Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 31, 2011

BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 30:  Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Cardinals 30-27. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Beanie Wells vs. Rams

It’s a case of good news, bad news for Beanie Wells owners as their running back played against the Ravens and produced a touchdown, but clearly looked slowed down by his knee injury. Wells even went as far as to acknowledge after the game that his knee could be a problem for the remainder of the season.

While Wells has clearly lost some of the sparkle from his early season success, he’s still a worthy RB-2 play against the Rams defense this week. For whatever reason, the Saints decided they wouldn’t test the Rams run defense and kept throwing the football, despite the fact that Drew Brees was consistently pressured by their defensive ends.

With Kevin Kolb suffering a turf toe injury last week, look for the Cardinals to feed Wells and Alfonso Smith in an attempt to keep Steven Jackson off the field and control the clock.


Reggie Bush @ Chiefs

The Chiefs have had their struggles against the running game and if rookie Daniel Thomas is scratched again, Reggie Bush should see the majority of the workload. Just keep in mind that the Dolphins will likely use Steve Slaton or Lex Hilliard as the goal-line runners, as they failed to keep Bush on the field at times in the red zone. Keep an eye on Thomas’ status as we head close to game time.


Cedric Benson @ Titans

Look for the Bengals to use Cedric Benson early and often against a Titans defense that hasn’t played the run well for over a month. I’m not going to give the Titans a pass for slowing down the Colts offense, because they are clearly the worst team in football, but the 5-2 Bengals are far from that. Benson has had a couple of weeks to rest up, and that is a good thing for his fantasy owners, as we’ve seen Benson break down around this point in the season before, as a feature back.


Benson should be a quality RB-2 in standard scoring leagues as he will likely run for at least 80 yards and a score as the Bengals control the tempo of the game.

More WK 9 Rankings – QB | WR | TE | Waivers | Start / Sit |

1 LeSean McCoy Bears
2 Arian Foster Browns
3 Matt Forte @ Eagles
4 Fred Jackson Jets
5 Darren McFadden (I) Broncos
6 Michael Turner @ Colts
7 Ray Rice @ Steelers
8 Steven Jackson @ Cardinals
9 Ryan Mathews (I) Packers
10 Frank Gore @ Redskins
11 Ahmad Bradshaw @ Patriots
12 DeMarco Murray Seahawks
13 Beanie Wells (I) Rams
14 LeGarrette Blount (I) @ Saints
15 Shonn Greene @ Bills
16 Jackie Battle Dolphins
17 Cedric Benson @ Titans
18 Reggie Bush (I) @ Chiefs
19 Darren Sproles Buccaneers
20 Rashard Mendenhall Ravens
21 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) Giants
22 Javon Ringer Bengals
23 Pierre Thomas Buccaneers
24 Michael Bush Broncos
25 Delone Carter Falcons
26 Lance Ball @ Raiders
27 Daniel Thomas (I) @ Chiefs
28 Chris Johnson Bengals
29 Ben Tate Browns
30 Knowshon Moreno @ Raiders
31 Marshawn Lynch(I) @ Cowboys
32 James Starks @ Chargers
33 Ryan Torain 49ers
34 Phillip Tanner Seahawks
35 Roy Helu 49ers
36 Kendall Hunter @ Redskins
37 Donald Brown Falcons