Week Eight RB rankings

Posted Oct. 31, 2011 @ 7:52 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Oct. 31, 2011 @ 7:52 p.m. ET

Byes: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers

Here are our fantasy rankings for running backs:

  1. Arian Foster, Texans vs. Jaguars
  2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings at Panthers — UP
  3. Fred Jackson, Bills vs. Redskins
  4. Ray Rice, Ravens vs. Cardinals
  5. Frank Gore, 49ers vs. Browns
  6. LeSean McCoy, Eagles vs. Cowboys
  7. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants vs. Dolphins
  8. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys at Eagles
  9. Ryan Mathews, Chargers at Chiefs
  10. Darren Sproles, Saints at Rams
  11. Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Colts
  12. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars at Texans
  13. Steven Jackson, Rams vs. Saints
  14. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers vs. Patriots
  15. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos vs. Lions
  16. Pierre Thomas, Saints at Rams
  17. Ryan Torain, Redskins at Bills
  18. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers vs. Vikings
  19. Bernard Scott, Bengals at Seahawks
  20. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks vs. Bengals — UP
  21. Reggie Bush, Dolphins at Giants — UP
  22. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Vikings
  23. Maurice Morris, Lions at Broncos
  24. Joseph Addai, Colts at Titans — INJ, UP (ACTIVE)
  25. Jackie Battle, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  26. Ben Tate, Texans vs. Jaguars
  27. Brandon Jacobs, Giants vs. Dolphins — UP
  28. Beanie Wells, Cardinals at Ravens — INJ, UP (ACTIVE)
  29. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots at Steelers — INJ, UP (ACTIVE)
  30. Javon Ringer, Titans vs. Colts
  31. Roy Helu, Redskins at Bills
  32. Phillip Tanner, Cowboys at Eagles
  33. Montario Hardesty, Browns at 49ers — UP
  34. Delone Carter, Colts at Titans — DOWN
  35. Lance Ball, Broncos vs. Lions
  36. Keiland Williams, Lions at Broncos
  37. Kendall Hunter, 49ers vs. Browns
  38. Ricky Williams, Ravens vs. Cardinals
  39. C.J. Spiller, Bills vs. Redskins
  40. Stevan Ridley, Patriots at Steelers
  41. Isaac Redman, Steelers vs. Patriots
  42. Thomas Jones, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  43. Dexter McCluster, Chiefs vs. Chargers
  44. Danny Woodhead, Patriots at Steelers
  45. Leon Washington, Seahawks vs. Bengals — DOWN
  46. Brian Leonard, Bengals at Seahawks
  47. Donald Brown, Colts at Titans — DOWN
  48. Chris Ogbannaya, Browns at 49ers — UP
  49. Cadillac Williams, Rams vs. Saints
  50. Dion Lewis, Eagles vs. Cowboys
  51. LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals at Ravens
  52. Deji Karim, Jaguars at Texans
  53. Toby Gerhart, Vikings at Panthers
  54. Justin Forsett, Seahawks vs. Bengals — DOWN
  55. Mewelde Moore, Steelers vs. Patriots
  56. Chris Ivory, Saints at Rams
  57. Cedric Peerman, Bengals at Seahawks
  58. Alfonso Smith, Cardinals at Ravens — DOWN
  59. Lex Hilliard, Dolphins at Giants
  60. Jamie Harper, Titans vs. Colts
  61. Mike Tolbert, Chargers at Chiefs — INJ, DOWN (INACTIVE)
  62. Ronnie Brown, Eagles vs. Cowboys
  63. Chester Taylor, Cardinals at Ravens — DOWN
  64. Peyton Hillis, Browns at 49ers — INJ, DOWN (INACTIVE)

Not listed: Cedric Benson, Bengals (suspension); Jahvid Best, Lions; Tim Hightower, Redskins (I.R.); Felix Jones, Cowboys; Willis McGahee, Broncos; Mark Ingram, Saints; Tashard Choice (cut by Cowboys); Daniel Thomas, Dolphins


The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs. You'll also find regular updates in our live fantasy injury reports on Sundays.