Fantasy RB Rankings Week 9: Sleepers, must-starts, potential busts

With Week 8 of the fantasy football season officially in the books, we move our attention to Week 9. In what is a make or break week for many fantasy owners, Pro Football Network has made your job easier by creating our Week 9 fantasy RB rankings. With some important names heading to IR and others being activated, start ’em or sit ’em questions have fantasy owners scratching their heads. Who is the best fantasy football running back to roster this week? Are there some sleepers and must-starts that we need to have in our lineups, and who are the potential busts we should avoid?

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What to keep in mind heading into Week 9 and searching for the best fantasy football running back

Make sure to check out PFN’s fantasy bye week schedule to keep up to date on who you will need to replace in your lineups. For Week 9, the four teams that are on a bye are the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, and the Cincinnati Bengals. At first glance, that doesn’t seem to be too bad. However, there are some key depth players that have been performing well in fantasy this season that will be out this week.

With those four teams being on bye, we will be missing out on guys like Joe Mixon/Gio Bernard, Kareem Hunt, Miles Sanders/Boston Scott, and Darrell Henderson/Malcolm Brown. While most of these backs have been part of timeshares, they have all still contributed in big ways this season.

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Besides the byes, there are also quite a few names that won’t be playing due to injury. The RBs we know will not play are Jeff Wilson (ankle), Raheem Mostert (ankle), Austin Ekeler (hamstring), AJ Dillon, and Jamaal Williams. There are also a couple of guys that we will monitor but could be out this week as well: Tevin Coleman (knee), Mark Ingram (ankle), Kenyan Drake (ankle), and Carlos Hyde (hamstring).

However, there is some relief on the way if you have a good waiver wire position or enough FAAB left at this point in the year. The most important return of the season for fantasy football is Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey has been sidelined since suffering a high ankle sprain in a Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers.

There is also a chance that we see the return of Chris Carson, Aaron Jones, and Devonta Freeman.

These fantasy RB rankings should help cover all the sleepers you should be targeting to help win your week, as well as the must-starts and potential busts you should avoid.

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Please keep in mind that these are full point PPR RB rankings. PPR means that RBs get an additional full point for each reception. This can play a big factor when deciding on which guys to get into your lineups and makes volume all that much more important.

Note: Check back throughout the week, as we’ll continue to update our RB rankings up until kickoff based on the injuries, news updates, and the potential impact of the NFL trade deadline.

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Fantasy RB Rankings Week 9: Sleepers, must-starts, potential busts

1) Dalvin Cook vs. Detroit Lions

2) Christian McCaffrey at Kansas City Chiefs

3) Alvin Kamara at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4) James Robinson vs. Houston Texans

5) James Conner at Dallas Cowboys

6) Derrick Henry vs. Chicago Bears

7) Aaron Jones at San Francisco 49ers

8) Chase Edmonds vs. Miami Dolphins

9) Myles Gaskin at Arizona Cardinals

10) Antonio Gibson vs. New York Giants

11) Josh Jacobs at Los Angeles Chargers

12) Chris Carson at Buffalo Bills

13) David Johnson at Jacksonville Jaguars

14) Todd Gurley vs. Denver Broncos

15) Ezekiel Elliott vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

16) Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. Carolina Panthers

17) Leonard Fournette vs. New Orleans Saints

18) David Montgomery at Tennessee Titans

19) J.K. Dobbins at Indianapolis Colts

20) Gus Edwards at Indianapolis Colts

21) D’Andre Swift at Minnesota Vikings

22) Phillip Lindsay at Atlanta Falcons

23) Zack Moss vs. Seattle Seahawks

24) Justin Jackson vs. Las Vegas Raiders

25) Damien Harris at New York Jets

26) Jonathan Taylor vs. Baltimore Ravens

27) Jerick McKinnon vs. Green Bay Packers

28) Le’Veon Bell vs. Carolina Panthers

29) Nyheim Hines vs. Baltimore Ravens

30) Ronald Jones vs. New Orleans Saints

31) Melvin Gordon at Atlanta Falcons

32) J.D. McKissic vs. New York Giants

33) Wayne Gallman at Washington Football Team

34) La’Mical Perine vs. New England Patriots

35) James White at New York Jets

36) JaMycal Hasty vs. Green Bay Packers

Fantasy RB Rankings Week 9 | The best of the rest

Jordan Wilkins vs. Baltimore Ravens

Devonta Freeman at Washington Football Team

Tyler Ervin at San Francisco 49ers

Mike Davis at Kansas City Chiefs

Devin Singletary vs. Seattle Seahawks

Latavius Murray at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Frank Gore vs. New England Patriots

Tony Pollard vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Adrian Peterson at Minnesota Vikings

Rex Burkhead at New York Jets

Benny Snell at Dallas Cowboys

Chris Thompson vs. Houston Texans

Joshua Kelley vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Alexander Mattison vs. Detroit Lions

Matt Breida at Arizona Cardinals

Dion Lewis at Washington Football Team

Royce Freeman at Atlanta Falcons

Kerryon Johnson at Minnesota Vikings

Peyton Barber vs. New York Giants

Jaylen Samuels at Dallas Cowboys

Ryan Gosling is the Chief Written Content Officer for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter @ryangoslingPFN.

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