I rated him RB27 for this week’s game against the Lions, so I would say yes, probably. I’m not sure Gainwell is going to play a huge role in handling the ball – Boston Scott actually saw more work as a runner after Miles Sanders’ injury in Week 7, which makes him a bit risky to trust without this soil. However, in the Eagles offense, running backs weren’t used very often as runners, so I’m not sure the ground would be there even if Scott wasn’t there.
What makes Gainwell such an intriguing fantasy option with Sanders is his potential in the passing game. He’s covered 17 routes out of his 22 second-half shots and is expected to be a focal point against a Lions team that has allowed the running backs six touchdowns in seven games as receivers. Gainwell is a borderline RB2 in the PPR leagues, while Scott looks more like a marginal RB3, but with a decent advantage in this game.
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RB ranking of week 8
- Derrick Henry @IND
- Najee Harris @CLE
- Alvin Kamara vs. TB – The Buccaneers have been a tough team to face so hopefully the Saints continue to feature him in the passing game – he has 19 targets in the past two weeks. He will continue to play a huge role in the racing game, even in the tough game, but he will probably need a good game as a receiver to live up to this ranking.
- Ezekiel Elliott @MIN
- Dalvin Cook contre DAL
- Austin Ekeler vs. NE
- Aaron Jones @ARI – Jones has been in seven games with Davante Adams inactive in his career, averaging 22.7 fantasy points per game, including 4.1 catches for 48.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game as a receiver. It’s a tough game for the Packers to try and play without Adams, but if they can move the ball effectively Jones will be a focal point, especially near the end zone.
- By André Swift against PHI
- Cordarrelle Patterson vs. CAR – I’m not sure if I’m quite ready to say Cordarrelle Patterson is the point guard for the Falcons, but a 14-4 split between him and Mike Davis is hard to ignore. Davis has consistently played almost as many snaps as Patterson in Week 7, including more line-up in the backfield, but Patterson is clearly the better fantasy option, to say the least, especially if he’s going to split his time between the running back and wide receiver like he’s been late.
- Leonard Fournette @NO – It’s a pretty tough game for Fournette, but as long as he’s in the role that he is, where he gets at least four targets per game, you can’t get away from him. He simply has too many ways to score points as Tom Brady’s main running back.
- James Robinson @SEA
- Darrell Henderson @HOU – I think this ranking might be too low, but it’s more about how much I love the guys in front of him. In theory, you’d think the Rams could limit its use in a game they can easily win, but Henderson played 82% of the snaps in a 38-11 win over the Giants two weeks ago, in a match that Henderson actually left briefly with an injury. They’ve talked about wanting to limit it during the preseason, but Sean McVay has actually shown no interest in doing so.
- Nick Chubb vs. PIT – Chubb had 253 yards and two touchdowns in two games against the Steelers last season, and with Kareem Hunt out, you have to think he’s a pretty good bet for a touchdown in this one. One thing that will be interesting to watch will be whether D’Ernest Johnson simply slips into the role of Kareem Hunt after his revealing performance in Week 7, or if Chubb could see a bigger passing role with Hunt put on. apart. You can argue that Chubb should be higher than that, obviously, but you should start it under all circumstances anyway.
- Jonathan Taylor vs. TEN – Taylor has at least 110 scrum yards and one touchdown in his last four games, which highlights the advantage he has every week. However, it’s worth noting that his use in those four games wasn’t drastically different from what it was when he was a disappointment in the first three games – he went from an average of 14 races. and three targets per game at 15.8 runs and three targets. The truth is, it doesn’t get the same sort of hits as some of the elite fantasy RBs, which leaves it more dependent on touchdowns and big plays than most. Maybe this ranking is too low, but like the previous two, you should start Taylor under all circumstances.
- Joe Mixon @NYJ
- Khalil Herbert vs. LAR – Herbert has been too good to cede the starting role to Damien Williams at this point, but can we count on him to play 75% of the shots going forward, or was that role mostly the result? Williams not having his usual conditioning after missing a game due to COVID? If you could count on Herbert for 3-5 targets each week in addition to 15+ litters, he would be in the RB1 chat.
- Antonio Gibson @DEN – I swear I didn’t group the five players from Henderson on purpose, but they’re all different versions of the same type of player. None of these are likely to make a big impact in the passing game most weeks, so you mostly rely on a bunch of runs and a touchdown to get where you want them to be. It’s possible, and for the most part they all have good games, but Gibson’s injury and his almost non-existent role in third downs and the obvious passing situations give him a pretty narrow path to an RB1 finish. It can make it happen, but you can’t count on it every week at this point.
- Devontae Booker @KC
- Chuba Hubbard @ATL
- Darrel Williams vs. NYG – Booker, Hubbard and Williams are all in similar situations as the substitutes move into big roles due to injuries that have seen their ups and downs to date. All three have some really good games, but they rank at the bottom of the RB2 leaderboard because you just can’t figure out how much work they will have or how productive they will be. But all three are very good starts.
- Michael Carter vs. CIN – I think Carter can and should be an RB2 going forward, but that will depend on how much the Jets want to lean on him in the passing game. I think he’s unlikely to see enough litters or be productive enough in the racing game to be of much value there, but if Joe Flacco or Mike White end up leaning on him for five targets or higher most weeks, it will likely end up in that RB2 range. It’s almost certainly the Jets’ best plan for the future, but it remains to be seen if this will be a plan they’ll commit to.
- Chase Edmonds vs. GB – Just when we were starting to really get worried about Edmonds’ role, he goes out and gets 15 runs and three targets while playing a high of 69% snaps. Hopefully that means he’ll be back as team leader as Weekly RB2, although I’m concerned that the addition of Zach Ertz will make targets rarer for Edmonds, as week 7 was his. first game with less than four targets.
- Elijah Mitchell @CHI – Mitchell has at least 17 runs in three of the four games, and there’s no doubt he’s the leader of the 49ers. However, he also has almost no passing role – just four targets in four games – so he’s pretty dependent on touchdowns. He’s got a high weekly low, but like the next guy on the roster his path to over 15 PPR points is almost entirely through the end zone.
- Damien Harris @LAC – Harris has a decent game again, and he’s just finished back-to-back games with over 100 yards and one touchdown, so he’s going high. The Patriots will likely give him over 14 more runs, and he’ll be a low-end RB2 unless he gets into the end zone. As always, pretty much.
- Myles Gaskin @BUF – Gaskin may be the hardest player to rank this week, and if I’m being honest I’d rather not. With Malcolm Brown in IR, however, I think Gaskin’s role should be a bit more predictable going forward. Hopefully that means double-digit carries, a healthy target share and more opportunities near the goal line. That should make him an RB2 most weeks, and it’s worth noting that he’s averaged 13.3 PPR points in three games against the Bills over the past two seasons.
- Alex Collins vs. JAX – It’s a great game against the Jaguars, but Collins is now 47 yards or less in two of his three starts and he’s stuck in what feels like a pretty miserable offense without Russell Wilson. Games are important, but it’s hard to get excited for 15 runs and a target or two in this offense right now.
- Kenneth Gainwell @DET
- Zack Moss vs. MIA
- David Johnson v LAR – With Mark Ingram traded, Johnson is expected to see a bigger role in the racing game, although Phillip Lindsay could still lead the team in the races – although that is by no means a guarantee. However, with his passing role on top of the increased runs Johnson gets, he could actually be a pretty good starting option for the remainder of the season, especially if Tyrod Taylor returns and breathes some life into it. on the offensive.
- Melvin Gordon contre WAS
- Javonte Williams vs. WAS – I’m just going to keep Gordon and Williams side by side in the standings until they give me a reason to separate them. That’s how the Broncos use them, after all.
- James Conner vs. GB
- JD McKissic @DEN
- Tony Pollard @MIN
- Mike Davis vs. CAR
- AJ Dillon @ARI – With Adams and Lazard out I think this could be a really good game for Dillon besides Jones. It wouldn’t surprise me to see more than 30 keys between the two of them, and if you’re desperate for a starter, Dillon seems like one of the best starts from desperation.
- Devin Singletary vs. MIA
- Ernest Johnson vs. PIT – Johnson should have won a bigger role for himself with his Week 7 performance, but the question is whether that role is something like eight spelling Chubb or if he could handle some of the pass game work while also getting double digit results most weeks.
- Jamaal Williams vs. PHI
- Brandon Bolden @LAC
- Damien Williams vs. LAR
- Boston Scott @DET
- Ty Johnson vs. CIN
- Nyheim Hines vs. TEN
- Alexander Mattison v DAL
- Jerick McKinnon vs. NYG
- Jeremy McNichols @IND
- Phillip Lindsay vs. LAR
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