Week 8 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (Updated)

Will Beanie Wells finally emerge as the player we hoped he would?  Is there reason to be concerned about the health of Steven Jackson and Knowshon Moreno?  Let’s take a look at all the news surrounding the running backs this week and see how it affects our rankings:

  1. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Denver
  2. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  3. Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – vs. Carolina
  4. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at San Diego
  5. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at New England
  6. LaDanian Tomlinson – New York Jets – vs. Green Bay
  7. Ryan Torain – Washington Redskins – at Detroit
  8. Thomas Jones – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
  9. Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
  10. Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New Orleans
  11. Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders – vs. Seattle
  12. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Dallas
  13. Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos – at San Francisco
  14. Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tampa Bay
  15. Felix Jones – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Jacksonville
  16. Jahvid Best – Detroit Lions – vs. Washington
  17. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
  18. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – at St. Louis
  19. Ronnie Brown – Miami Dolphins – at Cincinnati
  20. Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
  21. Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee
  22. LaGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona
  23. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – at Oakland
  24. Christopher Ivory – New Orleans Saints – vs. Pittsburgh
  25. Danny Woodhead – New England Patriots – vs. Minnesota
  26. Brandon Jackson – Green Bay Packers – at New York Jets
  27. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills – at Kansas City
  28. Ricky Williams – Miami Dolphins – at Cincinnati
  29. Shonn Greene – New York Jets – vs. Green Bay
  30. Mike Hart – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
  31. Carnell Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona
  32. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – New England Patriots – vs. Minnesota
  33. Justin Forsett – Seattle Seahawks – at Oakland
  34. C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills – at Kansas City
  35. Tim Hightower – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tampa Bay
  36. Michael Bush – Oakland Raiders – vs. Seattle
  37. Mike Tolbert – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee
  38. John Kuhn – Green Bay Packers – at New York Jets
  39. Marion Barber – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Jacksonville
  40. Correll Buckhalter – Denver Broncos – at San Francisco


  • With Beanie Wells officially taking over as the starting running back in Arizona, Tim Hightower’s potential value falls off fairly dramatically.  I had already ranked Wells as if he was going to be the lead back, so he only jumps up one spot based on this news.  However, don’t be surprised if this week is his coming out party.  If he happens to be unowned in your league (he’s owned in just 72% of Yahoo leagues), don’t hesitate to grab him.
  • It’s looking like Donald Brown is going to play on Monday, having returned to practice on Friday.  However, he’s hurting and is a little bit of a risk.  Owners who want to depend on him should have Mike Hart stashed, just in case something changes between now and Monday.
  • It looks like DeAngelo Williams is not going to play this week, dropping him off our rankings.  That makes Jonathan Stewart a much better option, given the matchup.  Of course, given how poorly he’s performed, he’s still a huge risk, but consider him a solid RB2 for now.
  • There’s talk that Shonn Greene will get an increased role in the offense, while the team tries to keep LaDanian Tomlinson fresh.  This week against Green Bay, I’d expect there will be more then enough carries to go around.  Still, Tomlinson gets dropped down a few spots, though he remains an elite RB1.
  • There was a scare for Knowshon Moreno owners, but he has returned to practice and should be fine for Sunday.  There’s no reason to worry at this point.
  • Like Moreno, Steven Jackson gave owners a little bit to worry about earlier in the week, having had surgery on his finger.  Monitor the news and have a replacement stashed, just in case, but it certainly appears like he’s going to play this week.  If he does, he’s a must start in all formats.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

Make sure to check out our Week 8 Rankings:


  1. Ramblin' Wreck says:

    Beanie, MJD, Torain, and T. Jones with only 3 spots to fill. Who would you use? (nonPPR).

  2. admin says:

    I’d go Torain, Jones and MJD with Beanie just behind MJD. This may be the last time we say that, as this could be Wells’ coming out party, but he until he does that it’s hard to trust him over the other three.

  3. Ramblin' Wreck says:

    Jones sharing time with Charles is my concern, mixed with Wells being named #1 and up against a somewhat weak Bucs run D

  4. admin says:

    Jones and Charles sharing certainly has not been a problem the past two weeks, plus they have an extremely favorable matchup. I could see going with Wells over Jones if you’re nervous, but Wells is no lock either.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>