Fantasy Football: Running Back Rankings for Week 9

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIINovember 5, 2011

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns participates in a photo shoot for the cover of EA Sports Madden NFL 12 on April 28, 2011 in Time Square, New York City  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for EA Sports)
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According to a report, the Browns (and fantasy owners) will be without running back Peyton Hillis this week (and possibly more).

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hillis re-injured his hamstring during Friday's practice and an MRI shows that "he significantly aggravated the muscle."

In addition, Hillis is frustrating his teammates.

I’ve never seen anything like it,” says one Browns veteran (via Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports). “Last year, Peyton was such a positive, inspirational force on our team – but now he’s like a different guy. It’s like he’s in a funk that he can’t get out of, and it’s killing us, because we really need him. And we’ve told him that. But we’re at the point where we just don’t know what to do.”

With Hillis (and Montario Hardesty) out, Chris Ogbonnaya, who was signed from the Texans practice squad on October 18th, will get the start against his former team.

Ogbonnaya, who is available in 21 percent of Yahoo! leagues as of Saturday morning, has 14 carries for 52 yards in his two games with the Browns against two tough run defenses (Seattle and San Francisco).

The Texans rank sixth in the NFL in rushing defense (97.4 yards allowed per game) and only three teams have allowed fewer fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season.

Here are some more running back notes for Week 9:

Not only is Hillis sitting, but so is his former Arkansas teammate Darren McFadden. Raiders running back Michael Bush should get a heavy workload against the Broncos this week. In addition, Felix Jones has yet to begin running, which means he should miss at least another week.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray averaged 9.3 yards per carry, but the Cowboys only gave him eight carries in their blowout loss to the Eagles. Murray is averaging 9.9 yards per carry in the past two weeks, but this week's opponent, Seattle, has allowed a league-low 3.2 yards per carry this season.

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is listed as doubtful on the injury report with a fracture in his foot. With Bradshaw likely out this week, Brandon Jacobs, who had only ten yards on four carries last week, is expected to start.

The Giants have allowed four 100-yard rushers in the past five weeks, including Miami's Reggie Bush (103). In the game they did not allow a 100-yard rusher, Seattle's Marshawn Lynch rushed for 98 yard. New York heads to New England this weekend.

Tennessee's Chris Johnson had another sub-par performance with 14 carries for 34 yards against the Colts. Meanwhile Javon Ringer was much more effective: 14 carries for 60 yards and five receptions for 42 yards. Johnson, the biggest fantasy disappointment of the year, has 107 carries for 302 yards (only 2.8 yards per carry) and one touchdown in seven games.

Although he's less involved in the passing game this year, LeSean McCoy has scored eight rushing (and two receiving) touchdowns in seven games. That is one more than his career high set last year.

The only two backs to average more than 100 rushing yards per game are: McCoy (107.7) and Buffalo's Fred Jackson (103.0).

Broncos running back Willis McGahee, who missed last week's game with a broken hand, is listed as probable for Week 9. McGahee has three 100-yard games in his last five games played, but the Raiders have allowed only one 100-yard rusher (Buffalo's Fred Jackson in Week 2) all season.

San Francisco's Frank Gore has extended his streak of games with 125-plus rushing yards and a touchdown to four games.

Surprisingly, Cardinals running back Beanie Wells played last week after suffering a knee injury in Week 7. Not only did he play, Wells carried the ball 22 times for 83 yards and a touchdown against a tough Ravens run defense. This week, the Cardinals face the Rams, who have allowed the most rushing yards per game this season.

For the first time this season, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew had fewer than 84 rushing yards in a game. Although he finished with only 63 yards, he scored his third touchdown on the season. The Jaguars are one of four teams on a bye this week.

The other teams that won't play are Minnesota (Adrian Peterson), Carolina (DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart) and Detroit (Jahvid Best, Maurice Morris, etc.).

Here are our top 40 fantasy running backs for Week 9:

1. Arian Foster, Texans (vs CLE)
2. LeSean McCoy, Eagles (vs CHI)
3. Matt Forte, Bears (at PHI)
4. Fred Jackson, Bills (vs NYJ)
5. Frank Gore, 49ers (at WAS)
6. Ray Rice, Ravens (at PIT)
7. Michael Turner, Falcons (at IND)
8. Steven Jackson, Rams (at ARI)
9. Beanie Wells, Cardinals (vs STL)
10. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots (vs NYG)
11. Shonn Greene, Jets (at BUF)
12. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers (at NO)
13. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys (vs SEA)
14. Michael Bush, Raiders (vs DEN)
15. Cedric Benson, Bengals (at TEN)
16. Darren Sproles, Saints (vs TB)
17. Mike Tolbert, Chargers (vs GB)
18. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers (vs BAL)
19. Pierre Thomas, Saints (vs TB)
20. Chris Johnson, Titans (vs CIN)
21. Willis McGahee, Broncos (at OAK)
22. Jackie Battle, Chiefs (vs MIA)
23. Brandon Jacobs, Giants (at NE)
24. James Starks, Packers (at SD)
25. Javon Ringer, Titans (vs CIN)
26. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks (at DAL)
27. Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns (at HOU)
28. Reggie Bush, Dolphins (at KC)
29. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins (at KC)
30. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos (at OAK)
31. Delone Carter, Colts (vs ATL)
32. Ben Tate, Texans (vs CLE)
33. Ryan Torain, Redskins (vs SF)
34. Roy Helu, Redskins (vs SF)
35. Ryan Mathews, Chargers (vs GB)
36. Donald Brown, Colts (vs ATL)
37. Joseph Addai, Colts (vs ATL)
38. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants (at NE)
39. Ryan Grant, Packers (at SD)
40. Kendall Hunter, 49ers (at WAS)
41. C.J. Spiller, Bills (vs NYJ)

If you're in a point-per-reception (PPR), here are our running back PPR rankings for Week 9. For other positions and flex rankings, visit our fantasy section.

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Good luck in Week 9!


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