clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Fantasy football rankings, 2017: Running backs for PPR leagues, Week 9

New, comment

Here are our fantasy football running back rankings for PPR leagues entering Week 9. Positions: QB | RBS | RBP | WRS | WRP | TE | DST

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s update No. 2: The Second Circuit has granted Ezekiel Elliott a brief administrative stay, which means he WILL play this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City has done a fairly solid job against running backs, but Elliott is a must-start. In the meantime, Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden lose all fantasy value for this weekend. They are worth hanging onto for when Elliott inevitably loses his appeal.

Editor’s update: Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL on Thursday. He is out for the year, and his status for the start of the 2018 season is unclear. For purposes of Week 8, we are working on updating our rankings, but Lamar Miller’s value changes a little bit. He is still someone you start in most leagues, but it will be something to track with the change to Tom Savage at quarterback.

Le’Veon Bell is on a bye. Ezekiel Elliott is almost out of appeals. David Johnson is pretty much out for the season. Week 9 arrives with three of the top running backs in the NFL out of action, all for entirely different reasons, but all with the same effect on our PPR rankings.

For one of the only times this season, we have a unanimous No. 1. And even with those other guys out of action, LeSean McCoy is worthy of the honor.

After a somewhat slow start to his season, the bellcow of the Bills is finally fulfilling his preseason promise. For the second straight week, McCoy shredded his opponent, rushing for 151 yards and a touchdown, while also catching six passes, for a fine fantasy total of 29 points.

Now, McCoy gets to face the Jets on Thursday night, a team ranked 27th in DVOA against pass-catching backs. Lock and load, McCoy owners.

Leonard Fournette, who is expected to return to the Jaguars’ backfield after missing Week 7 with an ankle injury, is second in our rankings, followed by the ChiefsKareem Hunt, Todd Gurley of the Rams, Green Bay’s Aaron Jones, and the TexansLamar Miller.

Miller finds himself in arguably the best matchup on the board for a PPR back, taking on the woeful Colts at home. Indianapolis ranks dead last in DVOA for pass-catching backs, and Miller is coming off his second multi-TD game in his past four, both featuring a receiving touchdown.

Other top spots for PPR backs include the SaintsAlvin Kamara, facing the Buccaneers, who rank No. 25 in DVOA against pass-catching backs, and Baltimore’s Alex Collins, who gets 29th-ranked Tennessee.

Adrian Peterson had four targets in Week 7 against the Rams, and now gets to face the 49ers, who rank 31st in pass-catching back DVOA. Maybe this signals the return to fantasy relevance of Andre Ellington, who was PPR gold before Peterson’s arrival and Carson Palmer’s injury.

Wide Receiver (standard) rankings, Week 9

(SK: Scott Kaliska; JG: Jeff Goldberg; DG: Derek Gordon; KB: Kyle Bennett; ZS: Zach Senvisky; JM: Jason Marcum)

RB PPR rankings, Week 9

Rk Consensus Tm Opp SK JG DG KB ZS JM
Rk Consensus Tm Opp SK JG DG KB ZS JM
1 LeSean McCoy BUF @ NYJ 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Leonard Fournette JAC vs. CIN 5 3 3 2 3 3
3 Kareem Hunt KC @ DAL 2 4 4 3 4 4
4 Todd Gurley LAR @ NYG 3 6 6 4 2 6
5 Lamar Miller HOU vs. IND 6 5 5 5 5 5
7 Aaron Jones GB vs. DET 14 2 2 12 6 2
8 Mark Ingram NO vs. TB 4 7 8 6 8 7
8 Devonta Freeman ATL @ CAR 8 9 9 8 9 9
10 Doug Martin TB @ NO 12 8 7 7 13 8
11 Chris Thompson WAS @ SEA 9 13 12 10 7 13
11 Joe Mixon CIN @ JAC 16 10 10 9 11 10
13 Adrian Peterson ARI @ SF 15 12 14 15 10 14
14 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. ATL 10 15 15 14 15 16
15 Ameer Abdullah DET @ GB 21 11 11 11 21 11
16 Carlos Hyde SF vs. ARI 11 14 13 13 23 12
17 Alvin Kamara NO vs. TB 7 19 19 17 20 17
17 Alex Collins BAL @ TEN 18 18 16 16 26 15
19 C.J. Anderson DEN @ PHI 20 17 21 19 17 18
20 Alfred Morris DAL vs. KC 32 16 17 20 14 20
21 DeMarco Murray TEN vs. BAL 13 24 24 24 12 23
22 Marlon Mack IND @ HOU 29 20 18 18 18 21
23 Kenyan Drake MIA vs. OAK 33 21 20 21 19 19
24 Orleans Darkwa NYG vs. LAR 26 22 22 22 22 22
24 Tevin Coleman ATL @ CAR 17 26 26 26 16 27
26 LeGarrette Blount PHI vs. DEN 37 23 23 23 24 24
27 Frank Gore IND @ HOU 28 27 27 27 27 26
28 Matt Forte NYJ vs. BUF 24 29 28 28 29 29
29 Robert Kelley WAS @ SEA 43 25 25 25 25 32
30 Jay Ajayi PHI vs. DEN 23 28 29 29 28 40
31 Marshawn Lynch OAK @ MIA 27 32 33 32 30 25
32 Buck Allen BAL @ TEN 22 34 30 31 34 34
33 Derrick Henry TEN vs. BAL 31 31 32 30 32 31
34 Thomas Rawls SEA vs. WAS 45 30 31 33 31 30
35 Darren McFadden DAL vs. KC 34 33 36 35 35 28
36 Theo Riddick DET @ GB 25 36 35 36 36 39
37 Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. ATL 40 35 34 34 33 33
38 Ty Montgomery GB vs. DET 30 37 37 37 38 36
39 Bilal Powell NYJ vs. BUF 19 39 40 39 47 35
40 Damien Williams MIA vs. OAK 36 38 39 38 39 37
41 Devontae Booker DEN @ PHI 48 41 38 40 45 44
41 D'Onta Foreman HOU vs. IND -- 40 45 46 37 38
43 Jalen Richard OAK @ MIA 42 43 47 42 42 43
44 DeAndre Washington OAK @ MIA 41 45 41 41 41 --
45 Wendell Smallwood PHI vs. DEN -- 42 42 43 43 42
46 Wayne Gallman NYG vs. LAR 47 44 46 47 40 46
47 Eddie Lacy SEA vs. WAS 50 46 43 44 46 41
48 Giovani Bernard CIN @ JAC 46 47 44 45 44 45
49 Andre Ellington ARI @ SF 35 50 -- 50 -- 49
50 Matt Breida SF vs. ARI 39 -- -- -- -- 48
-- Shane Vereen NYG vs. LAR 38 -- -- -- -- --
-- Mike Tolbert BUF @ NYJ -- 48 48 48 49 --
-- Jamaal Charles DEN @ PHI 44 -- -- -- 48 --
-- Jeremy Hill CIN @ JAC -- 49 49 49 50 --
-- Jacquizz Rodgers TB @ NO -- -- -- -- -- 47
-- Chris Ivory JAC vs. CIN 49 -- -- -- -- --
-- C.J. Prosise SEA vs. WAS -- -- -- -- -- 50
-- JD McKissic SEA vs. WAS -- -- 50 -- -- --