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Fantasy football rankings, Week 9: Running backs in PPR, standard leagues

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Death, taxes, and one really long week filled with nothing but players you've stashed on your bench. Welcome to Week 9, where everything except your fantasy matchup is on bye.

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Roger Daltrey may have first sang those infamous lines back in 1971, but it's a wonder if he was actually referring to Week 9 of the 2014 NFL season. After all, "Don't cry" has been stated time and time again in the War Room this week, while "Don't raise your eye" typically follows to give a sense of calmness. In other words, what we're about to encounter isn't going to be pretty. But, if you can somehow win a matchup without any of your Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans, you're already ahead of the pack. Of course, with so many players on bye, a few names we're not used to have shot up the rankings by mere default

Justin Forsett, for instance, might not be universally considered an every-week starter, but he's only one of four running backs that have scored at least six points in every game played. Mark Ingram is just now coming into his own, but should be treated as an RB2 barring a sudden decrease of carries. Still, as it pertains to this week, Ingram should flourish against a Carolina Panthers front seven currently allowing 5 yards per carry.

Those two, as well as a few others ranked rather high, might not be used as starting running backs every week. But remember, this isn't your average Sunday.

This is football wasteland.

Running back rankings (Standard), Week 9

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 DeMarco Murray DAL ARI 1 1 2 1
2 Arian Foster HOU PHI 2 5 1 2
3 Le'Veon Bell PIT BAL 3 4 4 5
4 Jamaal Charles KAN NYJ 4 3 10 4
5 LeSean McCoy PHI @HOU 8 6 3 6
6 Andre Ellington ARI @DAL 5 8 8 9
7 Marshawn Lynch SEA OAK 9 2 19 3
8 Ronnie Hillman DEN @NE 7 7 11 8
9 Giovani Bernard CIN JAC 10 10 5 10
10 Mark Ingram NO @CAR 17 11 7 11
11 Ahmad Bradshaw IND @NYG 6 12 18 12
12 Lamar Miller MIA SD 13 9 21 7
13 Jerick McKinnon MIN WAS 11 14 13 13
14 Alfred Morris WAS @MIN 12 15 14 17
15 Justin Forsett BAL @PIT 14 21 6 18
16 Branden Oliver SD @MIA 20 13 12 15
17 Denard Robinson JAC @CIN 15 19 9 21
18 Chris Ivory NYJ @KAN 16 16 16 16
19 Ben Tate CLE TAM 18 17 24 14
20 Shane Vereen NE DEN 19 18 20 19
21 Frank Gore SF STL 23 20 15 20
22 Darren McFadden OAK @SEA 26 23 23 23
23 Bobby Rainey TAM @CLE 21 27 22 28
24 Andre Williams NYG IND 27 22 34 22
25 Jeremy Hill CIN JAC 30 24 33 24
26 Jonas Gray NE DEN 22 30 31 30
27 Tre Mason STL @SF 33 26 25 29
28 Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL @PIT 29 32 27 26
29 Darren Sproles PHI @HOU 24 33 32 33
30 Carlos Hyde SF STL 34 34 26 35
31 Jonathan Stewart CAR NO 38 25 41 27
32 Doug Martin TAM @CLE 44 28 28 32
33 DeAngelo Williams CAR NO 28 35 35 34
34 Travaris Cadet NO @CAR 32 31 43 31
35 Trent Richardson IND @NYG -- 29 36 25
36 Isaiah Crowell CLE TAM 40 39 29 39
37 Juwan Thompson DEN @NE 41 37 40 38
38 Charles Sims TAM @CLE -- 44 17 45
39 Benny Cunningham STL @SF 37 38 48 37
40 Knile Davis KAN NYJ 42 36 49 36
41 Ryan Mathews SD @MIA 25 -- 38 --
42 Terrance West CLE TAM 39 41 45 40
43 Zac Stacy STL @SF 31 46 44 46
44 Roy Helu Jr. WAS @MIN 36 43 47 42
45 Christine Michael SEA OAK -- 45 30 44
46 Matt Asiata MIN WAS 45 42 -- 43
47 Chris Johnson NYJ @KAN 50 40 -- 41
48 Daniel Herron IND @NYG 35 -- -- --
49 Alfred Blue HOU PHI 49 -- 39 49
50 Montee Ball DEN @NE -- -- 37 --
-- LeGarrette Blount PIT BAL 43 48 -- --
-- Robert Turbin SEA OAK -- 50 42 --
-- Brandon Bolden NE DEN 46 -- 46 --
-- Joseph Randle DAL ARI 48 47 -- --
-- Toby Gerhart JAC @CIN 47 49 -- --
-- Peyton Hillis NYG IND -- -- -- 47
-- Alfred Blue HOU PHI -- -- -- 48
-- Latavius Murray OAK @SEA -- -- 50 --
-- Khiry Robinson NO @CAR -- -- -- 50

Running back rankings (PPR), Week 9

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 DeMarco Murray DAL ARI 3 1 2 1
2 Arian Foster HOU PHI 1 4 1 2
3 Le'Veon Bell PIT BAL 2 3 3 4
4 Jamaal Charles KAN NYJ 4 2 10 3
5 Andre Ellington ARI @DAL 5 6 7 6
6 LeSean McCoy PHI @HOU 8 8 4 7
7 Ronnie Hillman DEN @NE 7 7 11 8
8 Giovani Bernard CIN JAC 9 9 5 11
9 Ahmad Bradshaw IND @NYG 6 10 14 10
10 Marshawn Lynch SEA OAK 10 5 22 5
11 Justin Forsett BAL @PIT 11 16 6 16
12 Lamar Miller MIA SD 13 11 17 9
13 Jerick McKinnon MIN WAS 12 14 13 15
14 Mark Ingram NO @CAR 21 13 8 13
15 Branden Oliver SD @MIA 16 15 12 14
16 Shane Vereen NE DEN 14 12 20 12
17 Denard Robinson JAC @CIN 20 17 9 18
18 Chris Ivory NYJ @KAN 18 18 15 19
19 Alfred Morris WAS @MIN 17 20 21 21
20 Ben Tate CLE TAM 22 19 25 17
21 Frank Gore SF STL 23 22 18 22
22 Bobby Rainey TAM @CLE 15 24 23 24
23 Darren McFadden OAK @SEA 24 21 24 20
24 Darren Sproles PHI @HOU 19 26 19 29
25 Travaris Cadet NO @CAR 28 23 34 23
26 Andre Williams NYG IND 26 25 37 25
27 Jeremy Hill CIN JAC 30 29 33 28
28 Jonas Gray NE DEN 25 32 35 32
29 Tre Mason STL @SF 40 30 26 30
30 Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL @PIT 35 35 27 31
31 Jonathan Stewart CAR NO 39 27 40 27
32 Doug Martin TAM @CLE 46 31 28 35
33 Trent Richardson IND @NYG -- 28 38 26
34 Roy Helu Jr. WAS @MIN 34 33 43 33
35 DeAngelo Williams CAR NO 29 40 39 38
36 Benny Cunningham STL @SF 37 34 44 34
37 Carlos Hyde SF STL 32 46 29 45
38 Charles Sims TAM @CLE -- 44 16 43
39 Isaiah Crowell CLE TAM 42 38 32 42
40 Matt Asiata MIN WAS 31 39 -- 39
41 Zac Stacy STL @SF 33 41 48 40
42 Chris Johnson NYJ @KAN 45 36 45 36
43 Terrance West CLE TAM 36 42 46 41
44 Knile Davis KAN NYJ 41 37 50 37
45 Juwan Thompson DEN @NE 43 43 36 46
46 Ryan Mathews SD @MIA 27 -- 41 --
47 Christine Michael SEA OAK -- -- 30 --
48 Alfred Blue HOU PHI -- -- 31 --
49 Daniel Herron IND @NYG 38 -- -- --
50 LeGarrette Blount PIT BAL 48 45 -- 49
-- Robert Turbin SEA OAK -- -- 42 --
-- Marcel Reece OAK @SEA 44 -- -- --
-- Peyton Hillis NYG IND -- -- -- 44
-- Maurice Jones-Drew OAK @SEA -- 48 -- 47
-- Joseph Randle DAL ARI 50 47 -- --
-- Kyle Juszczyk BAL @PIT 47 -- -- --
-- Lance Dunbar DAL ARI -- -- 47 --
-- Toby Gerhart JAC @CIN 49 49 -- --
-- Daniel Thomas MIA SD -- -- -- 48
-- Montee Ball DEN @NE -- -- 49 --
-- Marion Grice ARI @DAL -- 50 -- --
-- Khiry Robinson NO @CAR -- -- -- 50