Week Eight Rankings: Updated Top 35 RB

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 29, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 18:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during NFL action at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 18, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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There’s some pretty big movement this week in the RB rankings, with the injuries to Brian Westbrook & Donald Brown wreaking some havoc.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings - at Green Bay
  2. Maurice Jones-Drew - Jacksonville Jaguars - at Tennessee
  3. LaDanian Tomlinson - San Diego Chargers - vs. Oakland
  4. Kevin Smith - Detroit Lions - vs. St. Louis
  5. Chris Johnson - Tennessee Titans - vs. Jacksonville
  6. Steven Jackson - St. Louis Rams - at Detroit
  7. Matt Forte - Chicago Bears - vs. Cleveland
  8. Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons - at New Orleans
  9. Steve Slaton - Houston Texans - at Buffalo
  10. Ronnie Brown - Miami Dolphins - at New York Jets
  11. Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens - vs. Denver
  12. Marshawn Lynch - Buffalo Bills - vs. Houston
  13. Thomas Jones - New York Jets - vs. Miami
  14. Frank Gore - San Francisco 49ers - at Indianapolis
  15. DeAngelo Williams - Carolina Panthers - at Arizona
  16. Ryan Grant - Green Bay Packers - vs. Minnesota
  17. LeSean McCoy - Philadelphia Eagles - vs. New York Giants
  18. Joseph Addai - Indianapolis Colts - vs. San Francisco
  19. Beanie Wells - Arizona Cardinals - vs. Carolina
  20. Brandon Jacobs - New York Giants - at Philadelphia
  21. Pierre Thomas - New Orleans Saints - vs. Atlanta
  22. Marion Barber - Dallas Cowboys - vs. Seattle
  23. Knowshown Moreno - Denver Broncos - at Baltimore
  24. Ricky Williams - Miami Dolphins - at New York Jets
  25. Darren Sproles - San Diego Chargers - vs. Oakland
  26. Julius Jones - Seattle Seahawks - at Dallas
  27. Fred Jackson - Buffalo Bills - vs. Houston
  28. Jamal Lewis - Cleveland Browns - at Chicago
  29. Michael Bush - Oakland Raiders - at San Diego
  30. Ahmad Bradshaw - New York Giants - at Philadelphia
  31. Tim Hightower - Arizona Cardinals - vs. Carolina
  32. Mike Bell - New Orleans Saints - vs. Atlanta
  33. Tashard Choice - Dallas Cowboys - vs. Seattle
  34. Shonn Greene - New York Jets - vs. Miami
  35. Brian Westbrook - Philadelphia Eagles - vs. New York Giants


  • I know the Eagles are trying to sell everyone on the fact that Brian Westbrook is going to play, but I’m just not buying it.  From what has been described from his concussion, there is maybe a 1% chance of him playing against the Giants and even that may be an optimistic number.  I’ll leave him on the bottom of the rankings, just in case, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend using him.
  • Obviously, if Westbrook is out, LeSean McCoy gets a huge boost in value, vaulting into the Top 20.  He’s a must use in all formats.
  • It appears that Beanie Wells will finally get his chance to be the main back in Arizona, so I simply flipped him with Tim Hightower.
  • Donald Brown is not expected to play this Sunday, so he falls off the list completely.  In turn, it means more touches for Joseph Addai, edging him up a few spots.

Previous Thoughts:

  • LaDanian Tomlinson has shown that old jump in his step of late and a favorable match-up should allow him to produce like the player of old.  While he hasn’t produced like fantasy owners had hoped, for one week he is one of the best options available.
  • Chris Johnson has been among the best running backs in the game, part of which stems from the Titans inability to pass the football at times this season.  He has a tougher matchup against the Jaguars, but I’d look for him to continue to chew up the yards and hopefully find the end zone at least once.
  • The Arizona Cardinals are one of the best running defenses in the league, which forces DeAngelo Williams down the rankings for the upcoming week.
  • Pierre Thomas has a favorable matchup, but a glut in the backfield doesn’t allow him to be ranked too highly.  With Mike Bell and Reggie Bush likely to share in the touches, he’ll like have a good game, but not a great one.
  • The Jets once vaunted defense has taken a huge hit with the loss of nose tackle Kris Jenkins.  Look for Ronnie Brown & Ricky Williams to take advantage of that sudden void.
  • While Darren Sproles may not be the best starting option considering that he will share carries with LT2, chances are the Chargers beat the Raiders in a rout.  That should lead to plenty of carries for Sproles, who is a solid FLEX option in all formats.
  • Was Sunday night a coming out party for Beanie Wells?  It’s not like he had an overly impressive performance (and still showed fumble troubles), but he saw some carries at least.  For now I’m still holding him down in the rankings, but if indications come during the week that he is going to be the main back, he’s going to quickly rise, with Hightower dropping down.
  • If Leon Washington is out for this week (and early reports are that his season is over), Shonn Greene has the potential to make a huge impact.  He should it on Sunday, rushing for over 100 yards and scoring 2 TDs.

What are your thoughts?  Who was left off the list?  Who should be higher?  Who should be lower?

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