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

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 2, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23:  Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 23, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Mike Tolbert vs. Packers

The Chargers have done a good job in the running game this year, and while Mike Tolbert was out last week, he’s projected back against the Packers and might receive significant work if Ryan Mathews is out. Mathews suffered a groin injury late Monday night and even third-string running back Curtis Brinkley suffered a concussion at the end of the game.

The Packers have struggled against the run this year and are fresh off a game where Adrian Peterson torched them for 175 yards on the ground. Keep an eye on Tolbert and Mathews this week in practice but the Chargers' early week plans are to use a large dose of Tolbert if Matthews is out. This makes Tolbert a respectable RB-2 if he should control the feature-back responsibilities this week.


Willis McGahee @ Raiders

Another running back that missed time last week in Willis McGahee, but it appears he feels confident that he will be active this week against the Raiders. McGahee has been one of the few bright spots for the Broncos this year, as his hard-nosed running keeps the offense on schedule.

While Lance Ball will likely spot him for touches, McGahee should see over 20 carries against the Raiders if he should find the field. Unfortunately, don’t expect McGahee to rack up receptions this week as his hand injury will likely cost him time in passing situations. Knowshon Moreno is a bust running back, but at least he can catch the football; look to both as flex-play options.

Don’t expect the Broncos to throw much in this game, as the Raiders aren’t likely to run away with Carson Palmer under center and Darren McFadden possibly out.

More PPR Week 9 Rankings: QB | WR | Flex | Waivers | Start/Sit |

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