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Running back PPR rankings for Week 8 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 8 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

 Le’Veon Bell #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on October 25, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Final injury report

Out: Miles Sanders (knee), Aaron Jones (calf), Jeffery Wilson (ankle), Joe Mixon (foot), Devonta Freeman (ankle)
Doubtful: Mark Ingram (ankle), Carlos Hyde (hamstring)
Questionable: Phillip Lindsay (concussion), Dalvin Cook (groin), RB Damien Harris (ankle), Frank Gore (not injury related, hand), Chris Carson (foot), Travis Homer (knee)

Thursday injury report

Miles Sanders, Chris Carson, Joe Mixon, Mark Ingram and Aaron Jones all couldn’t practice once again on Thursday and all have a good chance of being out this week. Friday’s practice will be important to see if any of these players has a chance to play in Week 8.

Besides Chris Carson, the Seahawks running backs have all been out of practice besides rookie DeeJay Dallas. Carlos Hyde’s hamstring injury was deemed minor, but he will need to practice Friday.

Phillip Lindsay returned to practice as he tries to get through concussion protocol. It’s a good sign, but he still will need to to pass more tests to be ready for the Chargers.

Dalvin Cook remains limited in practice, but still appears to be on track to play.

Devonta Freeman didn’t practice on Thursday, but in all likliehood, you won’t want to start any Giants’ running back against the Buccaneers.

Wednesday injury report

This week has some major names that look like they might have trouble being ready to go this week. Miles Sanders, Chris Carson, Joe Mixon, Mark Ingram and Aaron Jones all have a chance miss their Week 8 matchups.

Carlos Hyde’s injury might not be too bad according to Pete Carroll, but he didn’t practice. Boston Scott, Gio Bernard, Gus Edwards, J.K. Dobbins and Jamaal Williams all could see an uptick in work if the starters of their respective teams can’t go.

Phillip Lindsay will need to pass concussion protocol to play. If he can’t, Melvin Gordon will get the bulk of the work against the Titans.

On a happier note, Christian McCaffrey is getting closer to returning and Dalvin Cook is set to return from his groin injury.

DNP: Miles Sanders (knee), Aaron Jones (calf), Mark Ingram (ankle), Joe Mixon (foot), Chris Carson (foot), Carlos Hyde (hamstring), Travis Homer (knee), Jeff Wilson (ankle)
Limited: Josh Jacobs (knee), Kareem Hunt (ribs), Dalvin Cook (groin), Damien Harris (ankle)
Full: N/A

The Top 2 PPR running back fantasy scorers this week are, yep, you guessed it, Jeff Wilson Jr. and James Robinson. Another reminder that NFL teams shouldn’t draft a running back in the first round.

We have two backs who didn’t score a touchdown, but still finished in the PPR Top 5. Alvin Kamara caught eight passes and put up 148 total yards while Chase Edmonds caught seven passes and put up 145 yards. As an Edmonds truther, I was happy to see him get the work, but it’s too bad Kenyan Drake had to get hurt to facilitate a move that should have been made a while ago. The Cardinals have a bye this week, but I’m looking forward to seeing more Edmonds.

Injury news

Christian McCaffrey has a chance to play on Thursday night against the Falcons, but don’t be surprised if the team holds him out another week and gives Mike Davis the start again.

Devonta Freeman hurt his ankle last week. If he can’t go against the Buccaneers, Wayne Gallman would likely get the start and Dion Lewis would be the backup in an impossibly bad matchup.

Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert will be out this week. That leaves Ja’Mycal Hasty and Jerrick McKinnon as the two main backs, but there is a small chance Tevin Coleman could return this week as well.

Chris Carson is out this week with a foot sprain and Carlos Hyde has a hamstring injury. Hyde’s ailment is minor, so there is a chance he could play against the 49ers. Travis Homer is also hurting, so rookie DeeJay Dallas should see work this week, but could end up seeing a bunch of work depending on how these injuries shake out.

Joe Mixon’s foot injury is day-to-day, so he will have a shot to play against the Titans. If he can’t go, Gio Bernard would once again get the start.

Mark Ingram should be close to returning from his ankle injury, but we’ll need to see if he can practice. If he eventually can’t go, Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins would share work against the Steelers.

Bye weeks

Washington Football Team, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars

This week we’ll be without Chase Edmonds, James Robinson and Antonio Gibson along with David Johnson. Those first three are coming off big games this week, while David Johnson appears to be washed unfortunately.

Streaming options

Le’Veon Bell, Chiefs

This isn’t exactly a streaming option, but if you’re worried about Clyde Edwards-Helaire keeping Bell from being a useful fantasy back this week, I wouldn’t be. We know the revenge narrative here is about as palpable as you’ll see in a game, but Bell also looked great in his few touches last week. If you have Bell on your team, this is why you got him.

JaMycal Hasty, 49ers

Hasty has looked good over the last two games and running backs just keep getting injured around him. There is a chance that Tevin Coleman returns this week, but if he doesn’t, I’m all in on Hasty, as he’s shown ability as a receiver and rusher and this matchup with Seattle will likely mean plenty of short passes to the backs and we saw what Chase Edmonds did to them last week.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Jonathan Taylor IND @ JAC
2 Austin Ekeler LAC @ LV
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ ATL
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs CHI
5 Nick Chubb CLE vs CIN
6 David Montgomery CHI @ MIN
7 Joe Mixon CIN @ CLE
8 Najee Harris PIT @ BAL
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs LAC
10 Elijah Mitchell SF @ LAR
11 Rashaad Penny SEA @ ARI
12 Devin Singletary BUF vs NYJ
13 Darrel Williams KC @ DEN
14 Sony Michel LAR vs SF
15 D'Andre Swift DET vs GB
16 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ MIA
17 D'Onta Foreman TEN @ HOU
18 Antonio Gibson WAS @ NYG
19 Javonte Williams DEN vs KC
20 Boston Scott PHI vs DAL
21 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ PHI
22 Saquon Barkley NYG vs WAS
23 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs KC
24 James Conner ARI vs SEA
25 Chase Edmonds ARI vs SEA
26 Damien Harris NE @ MIA
27 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs NO
28 Devonta Freeman BAL vs PIT
29 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs IND
30 Rex Burkhead HOU vs TEN
31 Patrick Taylor Jr. GB @ DET
32 Tony Pollard DAL @ PHI
33 Jamaal Williams DET vs GB
34 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ BUF
35 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ LAR
36 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA vs NE
37 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CIN
38 Ronald Jones II TB vs CAR
39 Michael Carter NYJ @ BUF
40 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs CAR
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ BUF
42 Mike Davis ATL vs NO
43 AJ Dillon GB @ DET
44 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ TB
45 Devontae Booker NYG vs WAS
46 Le'Veon Bell TB vs CAR
47 Jordan Howard PHI vs DAL
48 Aaron Jones GB @ DET
49 Justin Jackson LAC @ LV
50 Derrick Gore KC @ DEN
51 Jaret Patterson WAS @ NYG
52 Nyheim Hines IND @ JAC
53 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
54 Mark Ingram II NO @ ATL
55 Latavius Murray BAL vs PIT
56 Alexander Mattison MIN vs CHI
57 Craig Reynolds DET vs GB
58 Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs DAL
59 Dontrell Hilliard TEN @ HOU
60 Ameer Abdullah CAR @ TB
61 Phillip Lindsay MIA vs NE
62 Austin Walter NYJ @ BUF
63 Zack Moss BUF vs NYJ
64 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ ARI
65 Peyton Barber LV vs LAC
66 Cam Akers LAR vs SF
67 Brandon Bolden NE @ MIA
68 Myles Gaskin MIA vs NE
69 Samaje Perine CIN @ CLE
70 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CIN
71 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
72 Khalil Herbert CHI @ MIN
73 Alex Collins SEA @ ARI
74 JaMycal Hasty SF @ LAR
75 Jonathan Williams WAS @ NYG
76 Royce Freeman HOU vs TEN
77 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ LAR
78 Ryquell Armstead JAC vs IND
79 Michael Burton KC @ DEN
80 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BAL
81 Damien Williams CHI @ MIN
82 Eno Benjamin ARI vs SEA
83 Joshua Kelley LAC @ LV
84 Wendell Smallwood WAS @ NYG
85 Kene Nwangwu MIN vs CHI
86 Wayne Gallman Jr. MIN vs CHI
87 Travis Homer SEA @ ARI
88 Jalen Richard LV vs LAC
89 Ty Montgomery NO @ ATL
90 Corey Clement DAL @ PHI
91 Reggie Bonnafon CAR @ TB
92 Jake Funk LAR vs SF
93 Demetric Felton CLE vs CIN
94 Nathan Cottrell JAC vs IND
95 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs WAS
96 Keith Smith ATL vs NO
97 Deon Jackson IND @ JAC
98 Jakob Johnson NE @ MIA
99 Godwin Igwebuike DET vs GB
100 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ DEN