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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 3

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR @ HOU
2 Dalvin Cook MIN vs SEA
3 Derrick Henry TEN vs IND
4 Aaron Jones GB @ SF
5 Alvin Kamara NO @ NE
6 Nick Chubb CLE vs CHI
7 Austin Ekeler LAC @ KC
8 Jonathan Taylor IND @ TEN
9 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs PHI
10 Najee Harris PIT vs CIN
11 Joe Mixon CIN @ PIT
12 Chris Carson SEA @ MIN
13 David Montgomery CHI @ CLE
14 Antonio Gibson WAS @ BUF
15 Saquon Barkley NYG vs ATL
16 Miles Sanders PHI @ DAL
17 D'Andre Swift DET vs BAL
18 Damien Harris NE vs NO
19 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs LAC
20 Myles Gaskin MIA @ LV
21 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CHI
22 Ty'Son Williams BAL @ DET
23 Chase Edmonds ARI @ JAC
24 Elijah Mitchell SF vs GB
25 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs NYJ
26 Javonte Williams DEN vs NYJ
27 James Robinson JAC vs ARI
28 Kenyan Drake LV vs MIA
29 Mike Davis ATL @ NYG
30 Leonard Fournette TB @ LAR
31 Devin Singletary BUF vs WAS
32 Jamaal Williams DET vs BAL
33 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs TB
34 Nyheim Hines IND @ TEN
35 Tony Pollard DAL vs PHI
36 James White NE vs NO
37 Latavius Murray BAL @ DET
38 James Conner ARI @ JAC
39 Mark Ingram II HOU vs CAR
40 Ronald Jones II TB @ LAR
41 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ DAL
42 Sony Michel LAR vs TB
43 J.D. McKissic WAS @ BUF
44 Tony Jones Jr. NO @ NE
45 Michael Carter NYJ @ DEN
46 David Johnson HOU vs CAR
47 AJ Dillon GB @ SF
48 Ty Johnson NYJ @ DEN
49 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL @ NYG
50 Phillip Lindsay HOU vs CAR
51 Darrel Williams KC vs LAC
52 Peyton Barber LV vs MIA
53 Carlos Hyde JAC vs ARI
54 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ DEN
55 Alexander Mattison MIN vs SEA
56 Giovani Bernard TB @ LAR
57 Zack Moss BUF vs WAS
58 Salvon Ahmed MIA @ LV
59 Damien Williams CHI @ CLE
60 Devontae Booker NYG vs ATL
61 Alex Collins SEA @ MIN
62 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ HOU
63 Malcolm Brown MIA @ LV
64 Justin Jackson LAC @ KC
65 Larry Rountree III LAC @ KC
66 Trey Sermon SF vs GB
67 Jerick McKinnon KC vs LAC
68 Samaje Perine CIN @ PIT
69 Marlon Mack IND @ TEN
70 Travis Homer SEA @ MIN
71 Jeremy McNichols TEN vs IND
72 Jake Funk LAR vs TB
73 J.J. Taylor NE vs NO
74 Matt Breida BUF vs WAS
75 Devonta Freeman BAL @ DET
76 Ty Montgomery NO @ NE
77 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs GB
78 Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs CIN
79 Jaret Patterson WAS @ BUF
80 Jacques Patrick SF vs GB
81 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ MIN
82 Chris Evans CIN @ PIT
83 Josh Jacobs LV vs MIA
84 Trenton Cannon SF vs GB
85 Alec Ingold LV vs MIA
86 Kalen Ballage PIT vs CIN
87 Kylin Hill GB @ SF
88 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs ARI
89 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL @ NYG
90 Royce Freeman CAR @ HOU
91 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CHI
92 Jordan Wilkins IND @ TEN
93 Khalil Herbert CHI @ CLE
94 Boston Scott PHI @ DAL
95 Rashaad Penny SEA @ MIN
96 C.J. Ham MIN vs SEA
97 Dwayne Washington NO @ NE
98 Khari Blasingame TEN vs IND
99 Demetric Felton CLE vs CHI
100 Trey Ragas LV vs MIA
101 Kerryon Johnson SF vs GB
102 Qadree Ollison ATL @ NYG
103 Javian Hawkins TEN vs IND
104 Patrick Ricard BAL @ DET
105 Rex Burkhead HOU vs CAR
106 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs NO
107 Le'Veon Bell BAL @ DET