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Running back PPR rankings for Week 9 fantasy football

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

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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)

Thursday injury report

Chris Carson hasn’t practiced yet, but will give it a go on Friday to see if he can play. Kenyan Drake didn’t practice again and is looking very iffy. Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Taylor both got in full practices, so should be ready to go Sunday. Phillip Lindsay returned to practice and is on track to play. Matt Breida missed another practice and his status is in question with Myles Gaskin already out. Mark Ingram missed his second practice. He’ll need to practice Friday for a chance to play.

Wednesday injury report

Aaron Jones is again iffy to play, but he is a game-time decision and if he does go, give him a start, as Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon are out due to Covid-19. If Jones is also out, Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin should be the two main backs against the 49ers.

Myles Gaskin is out and Matt Breida didn’t practice on Wednesday. It’s still early for Breida, but if can’t go, the Dolphins are looking at Patrick Laird and Jordan Howard as the main backs.

Tevin Coleman is out, which will push Ja’Mycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon into the spotlight for an extremely depleted 49ers offense.

Christian McCaffrey is practicing in full and should be back this week in a good matchup with the Chiefs.

Kenyan Drake might not be able to go against his old team the Dolphins this week, but coach Kliff Kingsbury hasn’t ruled him out. If he can’t go, Chase Edmonds becomes a good 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.

Mark Ingram didn’t practice and could be out again this week against the Colts. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards would split work.

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

Dalvin Cook held court over the fantasy football running back world in Week 8, totaling 226 yards and four touchdowns against the Packers pitiful run defense. His 48.6 PPR points eclipsed the second-best running back of the day, Alvin Kamara, who didn’t find the end zone for a third straight week, but did have nine receptions to go with 161 total yards.

Giovani Bernard, DeeJay Dallas and Nyheim Hines were 3-5 on the list and they did their damage with two touchdowns each despite poor rushing numbers and efficiency. Backups were all the rage last week with so many injured starters and this week could again give backups another shot at fantasy relevancy.

Injury news

Aaron Jones is going to be a game time decision, while Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon are in the Covid-19 list and will miss the Thursday night game against the 49ers. If Jones can’t go, Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin will be the top running backs for Green Bay.

Tevin Coleman will be out against the Packers and Ja’Mycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon will get the bulk of the work.

Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are in doubt against the Bills this week. If they can’t go, DeeJay Dallas would again be the lead back.

Christian McCaffrey should return in Week 9 against the Chiefs.

Jonathan Taylor has an ankle injury that he was able to play through, but he was ineffective. If he can go in Week 9, it will be in a tough matchup with the Ravens.

Myles Gaskin is out for around three games, which will push Matt Breida and Jordan Howard into prominent roles at Arizona.

Mark Ingram should be close to returning this week, but we’ll have to keep tabs on his status.

Devonta Freeman’s status is in question after not practicing last week, but he should be close to returning against Washington.

Week 9 byes: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles

No Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard, Kareem Hunt, Nick Chubb, Darrell Henderson, Miles Sanders or Boston Scott this week.

Streaming options

Ja’Mycal Hasty, 49ers

Dalvin Cook just destroyed the Packers for four touchdowns and 200+ yards, so Hasty has a good matchup. He wasn’t especially effective last week, but will have a better matchup this week. Jerick McKinnon will also have value, but Hasty saw the most work last week.

Justin Jackson, Chargers

Jackson looked good last week and likely will get the start this week against the Raiders. That’s a great matchup and as long as he can hold off the other backs, he should have great upside this 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