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Top 50 running backs in Week 8 PPR leagues

NFL Week 8 fantasy football rankings for the RB position in season-long formats (PPR)

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is pursued by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle William Gholston on a 25-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is approaching its halfway point, but Week 8 means fantasy football leagues are officially beginning the second half of the league. We’ve got a look at the running position in PPR leagues and how they rank out for Week 8.

Christian McCaffrey returns from the bye week, but I actually think there may be a better RB play this week. Dalvin Cook’s playing on a short week, but has a great matchup at home as huge favorites over Washington on Thursday night. Injuries are boosting other running backs in a big way. Alvin Kamara’s ankle sprain means Latavius Murray is getting serious run. David Johnson’s status is a huge question mark and Chase Edmonds was the big beneficiary last week. Finally, the Lions placed Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon, so Ty Johnson shoots way up the rankings.

This week’s byes are Baltimore and Dallas. That means Mark Ingram and Ezekiel Elliott are not playing, so fantasy owners have two big holes to fill.

Here’s how the running back position ranks out for Week 8 season-long formats (PPR):

Running Back (PPR) rankings, Week 8

RK Player Team Opp
RK Player Team Opp
1 Dalvin Cook MIN WAS
2 Christian McCaffrey CAR @SF
3 Leonard Fournette JAX NYJ
4 Saquon Barkley NYG @DET
5 Chris Carson SEA @ATL
6 Latavius Murray NO ARI
7 James Conner PIT MIA
8 Nick Chubb CLE @NE
9 Aaron Jones GB @KC
10 Marlon Mack IND DEN
11 Le'Veon Bell NYJ @JAX
12 Todd Gurley LAR CIN (London)
13 Chase Edmonds ARI @NO
14 Derrick Henry TEN TB
15 Josh Jacobs OAK @HOU
16 Sony Michel NE CLE
17 Austin Ekeler LAC @CHI
18 Ty Johnson DET NYG
19 James White NE CLE
20 Devonta Freeman ATL SEA
21 Tevin Coleman SF CAR
22 LeSean McCoy KC GB
23 Phillip Lindsay DEN @IND
24 Royce Freeman DEN @IND
25 Jamaal Williams GB @KC
26 Joe Mixon CIN @LAR (London)
27 Carlos Hyde HOU OAK
28 Tarik Cohen CHI LAC
29 Melvin Gordon LAC @CHI
30 Frank Gore BUF PHI
31 Jordan Howard PHI @BUF
32 David Montgomery CHI LAC
33 Duke Johnson HOU OAK
34 J.D. McKissic DET NYG
35 Matt Breida SF CAR
36 Miles Sanders PHI @BUF
37 Kenyan Drake MIA @PIT
38 Devin Singletary BUF PHI
39 Ronald Jones TB @TEN
40 Adrian Peterson WAS @MIN
41 Darrell Henderson LAR CIN (London)
42 Damien Williams KC GB
43 Benny Snell PIT MIA
44 Alex Mattison MIN WAS
45 Brandon Bolden NE CLE
46 Nyheim Hines IND DEN
47 Gio Bernard CIN @LAR (London)
48 Dion Lewis TEN TB
49 Chris Thompson WAS @MIN
50 Wendell Smallwood WAS @MIN