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Running back non-PPR rankings for Week 9 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-PPR running backs going in Week 9 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes for a touchdown during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 01, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Final injury report

Out: Devine Ozigbo (hamstring), Matt Breida (hamstring), Kenyan Drake (ankle), Devonta Freeman (ankle), Taiwan Jones (hamstring), T.J. Yeldon (back)
Doubtful: Mark Ingram (ankle), Troymaine Pope (concussion)
Questionable: Phillip Lindsay (foot), Josh Jacobs (knee, illness), Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring), Chris Carson (foot), Carlos Hyde (hamstring)

Wednesday injury report

Christian McCaffrey is back practicing in full and looks on track to be activated for a quality matchup with the Chiefs. Kenyan Drake is uncertain for Week 9 against the Dolphins, but hasn’t ruled been out yet. If he can’t go, Chase Edmonds becomes a stronger play.

Phillip Lindsay has a toe injury, but reports seem to downplay the severity. At this point he has a real chance to play against the Falcons. Myles Gaskin has already been ruled out and Matt Breida didn’t practice on Wednesday. We’ll see how the week progresses for Breida, but if can’t go, the Dolphins are looking at Patrick Laird and Jordan Howard as the main backs.

Mark Ingram didn’t practice and could be out once again this week against the Colts. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards would split work, although Dobbins was more impressive last week.

DNP: Mark Ingram (ankle), Phillip Lindsay (foot), Matt Breida (hamstring), RB Myles Gaskin (knee), Kenyan Drake (ankle), Devonta Freeman (ankle)
Limited: Jonathan Taylor (ankle), Jordan Wilkins (groin), Alvin Kamara (foot), Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring)
Full: N/A

Week 8 may have single-handedly flipped dynasty running back rankings upside down after Dalvin Cook posted 226 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns on 32 total touches. The Vikings have managed each of their two wins on the back of 29+ touch performances for Cook, as he continues at a 16-game pace of 1,739 rushing yards, 339 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns.

Conversely, we may have seen the end of fantasy relevance for Bills RB Devin Singeltary in Week 8. Zack Moss saw the bulk of RB snaps for the first time this season and was the team’s clear option in the red-zone.

We should note the breakdown of touches for the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos backfields. In the absence of Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins each had 16 touches versus the Steelers. Phillip Lindsay appeared to dominate in Week 8 with both he and Melvin Gordon on the field, but it’s worth noting that he managed 55 of his 83 rushing yards on a single breakaway touchdown. Gordon saw 14 touches to Lindsay’s seven, so it’s surely a trend to continue monitoring moving forward.

Injury news

Aaron Jones is a big question heading into Thursday Night Football. He’s been out since Week 6 with a calf injury and looks to be on the wrong side of questionable as we move closer to this matchup. The team has faced COVID-19 concerns, as well, with rookie RB AJ Dillon’s diagnosis and designation of Jamaal Williams as a having been a high-risk exposure. Each of these backs have been ruled out, leaving Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams to assume the work.

On the other side of the ball, the 49ers continue to struggle with injuries and will likely be without RB Tevin Coleman as well, who was activated from IR ahead of the Week 8 but left that contest after just six offensive snaps.

Rookie RB Jonathan Taylor has been disappointing for fantasy managers, to say the least, and his lack of involvement in the offense has been a bit jarring. Coach Frank Reich noted this week that he has a “little bit” of an ankle injury, which is worth monitoring. Taylor left Week 8’s contest early, and in his absence, Jordan Wilkins saw 20 carries.

Some positive news, Christian McCaffrey managers may be in store for his return from a high ankle sprain that’s kept him out of the lineup since Week 2. He was “designated for return” ahead of the team’s Week 8 TNF matchup and did get in some practice, but the team still has two weeks to formally activate him from IR with the currentNFL rules in place.

Bye weeks

The Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and Los Angeles Rams are each have a bye in Week 9. Injuries have hampered the lead backs of many of these teams, so the bye comes at a good time. RBs Joe Mixon, Miles Sanders, and Darrell Henderson will have some more time to get healthy for potential returns to the lineup. Week 9 will also be without Kareem Hunt.

Streaming options

Damien Harris, Patriots

If you’re looking for the only bright spot in the Patriots offense right now, Michellook no further. It was a bumpy road to get there, but following an injury to starting RB Sony Michel, the former third-round pick has been given a shot. Harris has seen ten or more carries in three of the team’s last four matchups, posting 100-yard rushing games in two of those, and scoring his first career touchdown versus the Bills. This week, he gets the Jets, who rank top-12 in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Given the struggles the Jets have to put points on the board, this is the perfect game script for a big day.

JaMycal Hasty, 49ers

Hasty may be the fifth-man up, but he’s still a running back looking to face the Packers, who have allowed an average of 32.41 fantasy points per game to the running back position. Kyle Shanahan’s run scheme is arguably the best in the league, and it helps their case that Green Bay is allowing an average of 4.7 yards per rushing attempt and 10 rushing touchdowns. Hasty has a good shot at scoring his second career touchdown in Week 9 on TNF.

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