Fantasy Football 2012, Week 8: Running back rankings for PPR and standard leagues

Rich Schultz

Check out Week 8 Running Back Rankings for standard and PPR leagues.

This week has seen several backfields become messier with competition on the depth chart and several injuries to key fantasy assets. Let's take a look at backs making news for good and bad reasons:

Maurice Jones-Drew dodged the Lisfranc bullet this week and will only be out several games. While that sentence doesn't exactly scream optimism, it's a good sign that fantasy owners will at least have him for the fantasy playoffs. Rashad Jennings is the top pickup this week and is ranked fairly high.

DeMarco Murray isn't sounding good and the Cowboys are expected to list him as doubtful against the Giants. Felix Jones isn't the most reliable of backs, but he should still serve the purpose of a RB2 in some formats. Phillip Tanner could be a desperation play and it wouldn't be a total shock to see him outperform the Razorback.

Ahmad Bradshaw didn't practice on Wednesday with his foot injury. However, it looks like he'll be ready to roll on Sunday against the Cowboys. Andre Brown could still see 10 carries and might scores.

LaRod Stephens-Howling was busy last week and cleared 100 yards on his 24 touches. Coach Whisenhunt said LSH had the hot hand and the Cardinals could go back to a split with William Powell. Although, the Cardinals are likely going to have to run off-tackle plays and LSH may be a better fit.

Trent Richardson could be shut down until Week 10 by the Browns. Interestingly, he practiced on Wednesday, so owners can still be optimistic about T-Rich suiting up.

Jonathan Stewart could become the featured back for Carolina. This could potentially be huge news and he should be owned in all leagues. Plus, it might not be a bad idea to see if his owner isn't privy to this news.

There are a lot of formats out there, so feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@MikeSGallagher) for leagues that have 100-yard bonuses or return yards.

Standard League PPR League
1 LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy
2 Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles
3 Ryan Mathews Ryan Mathews
4 Adrian Peterson Darren McFadden
5 Chris Johnson Chris Johnson
6 Darren McFadden Adrian Peterson
7 Marshawn Lynch Matt Forte
8 Stevan Ridley Reggie Bush
9 Willis McGahee Darren Sproles
10 Matt Forte Stevan Ridley
11 Reggie Bush Marshawn Lynch
12 Doug Martin Doug Martin
13 Alfred Morris Rashad Jennings
14 Rashad Jennings Willis McGahee
15 Frank Gore Trent Richardson
16 Ahmad Bradshaw Alfred Morris
17 Trent Richardson Steven Jackson
18 Felix Jones Frank Gore
19 Steven Jackson Ahmad Bradshaw
20 Michael Turner LaRod Stephens-Howling
21 Darren Sproles Daryl Richardson
22 Shonn Greene Felix Jones
23 LaRod Stephens Howling Michael Turner
24 Jonathan Dwyer Ronnie Hillman
25 Mikel LeShoure Jonathan Dwyer
26 Daryl Richardson Jacquizz Rodgers
27 Jonathan Stewart Shonn Greene
28 Vick Ballard Jonathan Stewart
29 Phillip Tanner Vick Ballard
30 Ronnie Hillman Phillip Tanner
31 Pierre Thomas Pierre Thomas
32 Jacquizz Rodgers Mikel LeShoure
33 DeAngelo Williams Kendall Hunter
34 Michael Bush Joe McKnight
35 Kendall Hunter Alex Green
36 Alex Green Joique Bell
37 Andre Brown Chris Rainey
38 Montario Hardesty Shane Vereen
39 Joe McKnight DeAngelo Williams
40 Mark Ingram Michael Bush
41 James Starks Andre Brown
42 Chris Rainey Montario Hardesty
43 Shane Vereen James Starks
44 Joique Bell Mike Goodson
45 John Kuhn Bryce Brown
46 Daniel Thomas Mark Ingram
47 Mike Goodson Mewelde Moore
48 Peyton Hillis/Shaun Draughn Chris Ogbonnaya
49 Delone Carter John Kuhn
50 Jamie Harper Montell Owens


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