Week 8 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Last week was a big one for running backs who are traditionally ranked higher in PPR leagues. Guys like Jamaal Williams, Giovani Bernard, and Boston Scott took advantage of injuries to Aaron Jones, Joe Mixon, and Miles Sanders, respectively, to post solid fantasy days, especially in PPR leagues. With all three lead backs likely set to be “questionable” heading into Week 8, these receiving threats will be a bit higher in our Week 8 fantasy RB PPR rankings, though at least a couple of top backs will return to our rankings to start the week.

Our PPR rankings are also assisted by the fact that guys like Dalvin Cook, Jonathan Taylor, and Myles Gaskin are all back in action after byes. The losses of David Johnson, Kenyan Drake, Chase Edmonds, James Robinson, Antonio Gibson, and J.D. McKissic will sting a bit, but there should be enough value in our PPR rankings for fantasy owners to take advantage of, especially with Christian McCaffrey expected back from his high-ankle sprain. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

As usual, Williams (vs. Vikings), Nyheim Hines (@ Lions), James White (@ Bills), Jerick McKinnon (@ Seahawks), and Corey Clement (vs. Cowboys) all see their values rise into the flex tier in PPR formats this week, and Leonard Fournette (@ Giants) is also rising after a six-catch week.

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Le’Veon Bell is also an intriguing play in PPR formats this week. The Chiefs are taking on the lowly Jets, and that is a big-time revenge game for Bell, who was released by the Jets a couple of weeks ago. He didn’t do much in Week 7, but he should have RB2/flex value as he gets more comfortable in the Chiefs offense.

Players that move down because of lack of receiving opportunities will include Gus Edwards (vs. Steelers), Adrian Peterson (vs. Colts), Frank Gore (@ Chiefs), and Latavius Murray (@ Bears), though Edwards could still be worth a start if Mark Ingram (ankle) is out. 

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

Week 8 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. ATL
2 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ GB
3 Alvin Kamara, NO @ CHI
4 Aaron Jones, GB vs. MIN
5 Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. LV
6 Derrick Henry, TEN @ CIN
7 Jonathan Taylor, IND @ DET
8 Todd Gurley, ATL @ CAR
9 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. NYJ
10 Josh Jacobs, LV @ CLE
11 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ PHI
12 Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. TEN
13 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. LAR
14 Ronald Jones II, TB @ NYG
15 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ MIA
16 Chris Carson, SEA vs. SF
17 Boston Scott, PHI vs. DAL
18 James Conner, PIT @ BAL
19 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. LAC
20 David Montgomery, CHI vs. NO
21 Le’Veon Bell, KC vs. NYJ
22 D’Andre Swift, DET vs. IND
23 JaMycal Hasty, SF @ SEA
24 Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. TB
25 Damien Harris, NE @ BUF
26 La’Mical Perine, NYJ @ KC
27 Gus Edwards, BAL vs. PIT
28 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ DEN
29 Justin Jackson, LAC @ DEN
30 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. NE
31 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ SEA
32 Leonard Fournette, TB @ NYG
33 James White, NE @ BUF
34 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. MIN
35 JK Dobbins, BAL vs. PIT
36 Zack Moss, BUF vs. NE
37 Frank Gore, NYJ @ KC
38 Corey Clement, PHI vs. DAL
39 Adrian Peterson, DET vs. IND
40 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ GB
41 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ MIA
42 Nyheim Hines, IND @ DET
43 Mike Davis, CAR vs. ATL
44 Latavius Murray, NO @ CHI
45 Dion Lewis, NYG vs. TB
46 Royce Freeman, DEN vs. LAC
47 Benny Snell, PIT @ BAL
48 Brian Hill, ATL @ CAR
49 Matt Breida, MIA vs. LAR
50 Tony Pollard, DAL @ PHI
51 Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ CIN
52 Rex Burkhead, NE @ BUF
53 Jordan Wilkins, IND @ DET
54 Jalen Richard, LV @ CLE
55 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. LV
56 Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. SF
57 Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. IND
58 Darrel Williams, KC vs. NYJ
59 Anthony McFarland, PIT @ BAL
60 Cam Akers, LAR @ MIA
61 Lynn Bowden Jr., MIA vs. LAR
62 AJ Dillon, GB vs. MIN

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