Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 9: Who to start, sit at running back in fantasy football

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 9: Who to start, sit at running back in fantasy football

Our Week 9 fantasy RB PPR rankings could really get shaken up by the statuses of several injured running backs. Obviously, when someone as important as Christian McCaffrey (hamstring), Saquon Barkley (ankle), or David Montgomery (knee) misses time, it affects all types of fantasy football leagues, but those are three notable pass-catching backs. It’s possible all will play this week, but fantasy owners likely won’t be to finalizing their start ’em, sit ’em decisions until closer to Sunday while we wait to see to who comes off the IR and who winds up on the inactive list (James Robinson?). 

Unfortunately, the league’s most-targeted and top pass-catching RB, D’Andre Swift, will be on bye this week. He’s joined by Leonard Fournette, Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic, and Alex Collins. Perhaps just as bad is Detroit, Seattle, and Washington are among the 10-worst defenses against RBs, so that takes away some highly favorable matchups. 

WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Fortunately, there are still plenty of favorable matchups still available, and this week, several go to frustrating committees. That might seem like a waste, but it actually puts more borderline RBs in play as legit starters, as both backs could have at least flex value. The Bills (@ Jaguars), Broncos (@ Cowboys), Eagles (vs. Chargers), Raiders (@ Giants), and Texans (@ Dolphins) all feature at least two RBs who will likely be started in PPR leagues. David Johnson (@ Dolphins), Boston Scott (vs. Chargers), and Kenyan Drake (@ Giants) get the biggest PPR bumps. 

WEEK 9 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Myles Gaskin (vs. Texans) is in a great spot, especially in PPR leagues, and Nyheim Hines (@ Jets) could also break out of his seemingly season-long funk, though we’re still iffy on him. Devonta Freeman (vs. Vikings) also gets the slightest of bumps, as he’s caught three passes in two of the past three games. If Latavius Murray (ankle) is out, Freeman is probably a must-start, but even if Murray plays, Freeman could be a PPR flex.

Damien Harris (@ Panthers) is always a tougher call in PPR leagues, especially in a tough matchup. With four teams on bye and several other big injuries, you likely can’t afford to sit Harris, but you might need a TD for him to really pay off in PPR. The same goes Elijah Mitchell (vs. Cardinals) and Khalil Herbert (@ Steelers). James Conner (@ 49ers) seems to have a knack for scoring, but he’s riskier than usual in PPR this week. Chase Edmonds has a knack for not scoring (though he did get in the box last week), but considering he’s hovered around the top five in RB targets and receptions all year, his floor is pretty safe in PPR leagues, at least for a flex.

Mike Davis (vs. Saints), Samaje Perine (vs. Browns), and Brandon Bolden (@ Panthers) are usually considered better in PPR leagues, but this week, we’re not high on any of them. That’s also true for Michael Carter (vs. Colts), but after his breakout Week 8, it will be tough to sit him

Perhaps your RB corps is so depleted you need to take a chance with one of the borderline players we talked about in this intro. We’ve all been there, so do what you have to do. But in the mean time, hope players like McCaffrey, David Montgomery (knee) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) come off the IR and Barkley and Robinson get back on the field. That will make life easier for everyone…well, except those who own their backups. So it goes in fanasy football…

Note: We’ll be updating these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for analysis and the latest player movement.

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 9: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. NYJ
2 Austin Ekeler, LAC @ PHI
3 Aaron Jones, GB @ KC
4 Alvin Kamara, NO vs. ATL
5 Najee Harris, PIT vs. CHI
6 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ BAL
7 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. DEN
8 Saquon Barkley, NYG vs. LV
9 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL @ NO
10 James Robinson, JAX vs. BUF
11 Joe Mixon, CIN vs. CLE
12 Nick Chubb, CLE @ CIN
13 Josh Jacobs, LV @ NYG
14 Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. TEN
15 Darrel Williams, KC vs. GB
16 Boston Scott, PHI vs. LAC
17 Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ LAR
18 Khalil Herbert, CHI @ PIT
19 Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. NE
20 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. HOU
21 Damien Harris, NE @ CAR
22 Elijah Mitchell, SF vs. ARI
23 Michael Carter, NYJ @ IND
24 Melvin Gordon, DEN @ DAL
25 Zack Moss, BUF @ JAX
26 Chase Edmonds, ARI @ SF
27 Kenyan Drake, LV @ NYG
28 Jordan Howard, PHI vs. LAC
29 Devin Singletary, BUF @ JAX
30 Javonte Williams, DEN @ DAL
31 James Conner, ARI @ SF
32 Mike Davis, ATL @ NO
33 David Johnson, HOU vs. MIA
34 AJ Dillon, GB @ KC
35 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. DEN
36 Latavius Murray, BAL vs. MIN
37 Salvon Ahmed, MIA vs. HOU
38 Mark Ingram, NO vs. ATL
39 Ameer Abdullah, CAR vs. NE
40 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. NYJ
41 Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. MIN
42 Phillip Lindsay, HOU @ MIA
43 Samaje Perine, CIN vs. CLE
44 Ty Johnson, NYJ @ IND
45 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE @ CIN
46 Brandon Bolden, NE @ CAR
47 Le’Veon Bell, BAL vs. MIN
48 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ BAL
49 Devontae Booker, NYG vs. LV
50 Carlos Hyde, JAX vs. BUF
51 JaMycal Hasty, SF vs. ARI
52 Sony Michel, LAR vs. TEN
53 Damien Williams, CHI @ PIT
54 Jerick McKinnon, KC vs. GB
55 Kenneth Gainwell, PHI vs. LAC
56 Justin Jackson, LAC @ PHI
57 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE @ CAR
58 Larry Rountree III, LAC @ PHI





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