Week 9 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Last week was a wild one at the RB position. Dalvin Cook scored four touchdowns and was the leading rusher and receiver for the Vikings; The Colts had two rushing TDs and two RB receiving scores, but none of them belonged to Jonathan Taylor; and several injury fill-ins, including Giovani Bernard, Gus Edwards, DeeJay Dallas, JaMycal Hasty, and Jamaal Williams, continued to play well. Now, with Christian McCaffrey, Chris Carson, and Aaron Jones all potentially returning, our Week 9 fantasy RB PPR rankings are looking stronger than ever.

McCaffrey nearly played in the Panthers’ Thursday night game in Week 8, so it’s assumed that he will be back in Week 9 against the Chiefs. Meanwhile, Jones’ return for Thursday’s game in San Francisco is less certain, as the Packers have been cautious with him, but he certainly could be back. Chris Carson’s return against the Bills is also up in the air. If he and Jones are active, they’re top-12 PPR backs, but if they’re out, Williams and Dallas can hold down RB2 spots in their owners’ lineups. Williams has flex potential even if Jones is active. 

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

Even though there are some frustrating committees, guys like D’Andre Swift (@ Vikings), La’Mical Perine (vs. Patriots), and Justin Jackson (vs. Raiders) all have more value in PPR rankings than standard rankings. Swift is the riskiest of the bunch, but they can work as flexes given the several targets they should see.

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

J.D. McKissic (vs. Giants), Nyheim Hines (vs. Ravens), and Duke Johnson (@ Jaguars) are some deeper sleepers in PPR formats. The last time McKissic faced the Giants, he had had eight carries for 41 yards and six catches for 43 yards. He’s a dynamic playmaker and a preferred safety valve for Washington’s QBs. Antonio Gibson may be ranked higher, but don’t be surprised to see McKissic put up similar numbers to the rookie in a good matchup.

Hines is coming off a two-TD game, and with Taylor struggling, it wouldn’t be a shock if Hines started seeing more snaps. Johnson had five catches in Houston’s last game, and the Jaguars entered Week 8 allowing the fourth-most receptions per game to RBs (6.6), so he could pile up cheap PPR points all game. 

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

Week 9 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

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

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