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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 17

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Derrick Henry TEN @ HOU
2 Dalvin Cook MIN @ DET
3 Jonathan Taylor IND vs JAC
4 Alvin Kamara NO @ CAR
5 David Montgomery CHI vs GB
6 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs LV
7 Nick Chubb CLE vs PIT
8 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
9 Josh Jacobs LV @ DEN
10 Chris Carson SEA @ SF
11 Aaron Jones GB @ CHI
12 Austin Ekeler LAC @ KC
13 Myles Gaskin MIA @ BUF
14 Malcolm Brown LAR vs ARI
15 D'Andre Swift DET vs MIN
16 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ NYG
17 Miles Sanders PHI vs WAS
18 Kareem Hunt CLE vs PIT
19 Ronald Jones II TB vs ATL
20 J.K. Dobbins BAL @ CIN
21 Gus Edwards BAL @ CIN
22 Antonio Gibson WAS @ PHI
23 Sony Michel NE vs NYJ
24 Kenyan Drake ARI @ LAR
25 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF vs SEA
26 Giovani Bernard CIN vs BAL
27 James Conner PIT @ CLE
28 Mike Davis CAR vs NO
29 J.D. McKissic WAS @ PHI
30 Wayne Gallman NYG vs DAL
31 Zack Moss BUF vs MIA
32 La'Mical Perine NYJ @ NE
33 Tony Pollard DAL @ NYG
34 Samaje Perine CIN vs BAL
35 Darrel Williams KC vs LAC
36 Dare Ogunbowale JAC @ IND
37 Nyheim Hines IND vs JAC
38 Latavius Murray NO @ CAR
39 Devin Singletary BUF vs MIA
40 Alfred Morris NYG vs DAL
41 Leonard Fournette TB vs ATL
42 AJ Dillon GB @ CHI
43 Chase Edmonds ARI @ LAR
44 Ito Smith ATL @ TB
45 James White NE vs NYJ
46 Jerick McKinnon SF vs SEA
47 Le'Veon Bell KC vs LAC
48 Ty Johnson NYJ @ NE
49 Rodney Smith CAR vs NO
50 Brian Hill ATL @ TB
51 Salvon Ahmed MIA @ BUF
52 Lynn Bowden Jr. MIA @ BUF
53 Devontae Booker LV @ DEN
54 Kalen Ballage LAC @ KC
55 Devine Ozigbo JAC @ IND
56 Todd Gurley II ATL @ TB
57 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ CLE
58 Adrian Peterson DET vs MIN
59 Carlos Hyde SEA @ SF
60 Darrynton Evans TEN @ HOU
61 Raymond Calais LAR vs ARI
62 Tevin Coleman SF vs SEA
63 Royce Freeman DEN vs LV
64 Darwin Thompson KC vs LAC
65 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
66 J.J. Taylor NE vs NYJ
67 Jalen Richard LV @ DEN
68 Rashaad Penny SEA @ SF
69 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs SEA
70 Jordan Wilkins IND vs JAC
71 Alec Ingold LV @ DEN
72 Justin Jackson LAC @ KC
73 Kerryon Johnson DET vs MIN
74 Dion Lewis NYG vs DAL
75 Boston Scott PHI vs WAS
76 Peyton Barber WAS @ PHI
77 Trayveon Williams CIN vs BAL
78 Ameer Abdullah MIN @ DET
79 Gabe Nabers LAC @ KC
80 Buddy Howell HOU vs TEN
81 LeSean McCoy TB vs ATL
82 Artavis Pierce CHI vs GB
83 Jakob Johnson NE vs NYJ
84 Mike Boone MIN @ DET
85 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs PIT
86 Michael Burton NO @ CAR
87 Jordan Howard PHI vs WAS
88 Alex Armah CAR vs NO
89 Patrick Ricard BAL @ CIN
90 James Robinson JAC @ IND
91 Damien Harris NE vs NYJ
92 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs ATL
93 Joshua Kelley LAC @ KC
94 Matt Breida MIA @ BUF
95 Justice Hill BAL @ CIN
96 Jaylen Samuels PIT @ CLE