The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 8 RBs

October 22, 2008 | Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Week 8 Fantasy Flavor Running Back Power Rankings. It’s the top 20 RBs based on what we’ve seen so far, and a look ahead at this week’s match ups. In addition to the power rankings, we’ve identified the best and worst match ups for week 8 and ranked the top 50 RBs in the order you should consider them this week.

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Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings – Week 8

The power rankings are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of who to start this week, match up information is listed below the rankings. Last weeks rankings are in parenthesis.

1. Clinton Portis (2) – WAS – 818 yds 7 TD

2. Marion Barber (4) – DAL – 540 yds 5 TD & 247 yds 2 TD rec

3. Michael Turner (3) – ATL – 597 yds 6 TD

4. Frank Gore (6) – SF – 535 yds 4 TD & 246 yds 1 TD rec

5. Matt Forte (8) – CHI – 515 yds 4 TD & 223 yds 2 TD rec

6. Ronnie Brown (1) – MIA – 363 yds 7 TD & 19 yds 1 TD passing

7. Adrian Peterson (9) – MIN – 684 yds 5 TD

8. Brandon Jacobs (10) – NYG – 516 yds 6 TD

9. Steven Jackson (19) – ST.L – 508 yds 4 TD & 259 yds 0 TD rec

10. LenDale White (18) – TEN – 314 yds 8 TD

11. Marshawn Lynch (13) – BUF – 389 yds 5 TD

12. Jonathan Stewart (NR) – CAR – 352 yds 5 TD

13. Chris Johnson (16) – TEN – 549 yds 3 TD & 73 yds 1 TD rec

14. Brian Westbrook (7) – PHI – 194 yds 4 TD & 97 yds 2 TD rec

15. LaDanian Tomlinson (11) – SD – 446 yds 4 TD

16. Thomas Jones (15) – NYJ – 478 yds 3 TD & 60 yds 1 TD rec

17. Steve Slaton (14) – HOU – 423 yds 4 TD & 112 yds 1 TD rec

18. Maurice Jones-Drew (12) – JAX – 301 yds 5 TD & 184 yds 0 TD rec

19. Ernest Graham (NR) – TB – 456 yds 4 TD & 123 yds 0 TD rec

20. Mewelde Moore (NR) – PIT – 238 yds 2 TD & 68 yds 1 TD rec

Dropped from Rankings: Reggie Bush – NO; Julius Jones – SEA; Felix Jones – DAL
Here’s a look at who should be a little bit better or worse than normal based on their week 8 match ups.

RBs Who Should Enjoy Their Week 8 Match Ups: Thomas Jones vs. KC; Clinton Portis @ DET; LenDale White & Chris Johnson vs. IND; Steve Slaton vs. CIN; Maurice Jones-Drew & Fred Taylor vs. CLE; Frank Gore vs. SEA; Julius Jones @ SF

RBs Who Could Be Sleepers In Week 8: LaMont Jordan & Kevin Faulk vs. ST.L; Cedric Benson @ HOU; LeRon McClain & Willis McGahee vs. OAK

RBs Who Could Struggle With Their Week 8 Match Ups: Brandon Jacobs @ PIT; Mewelde Moore vs. NYG; Marion Barber vs. TB; Marshawn Lynch @ MIA; LaDanian Tomlinson @ NO; Michael Turner @ PHI; Jonathan Stewart @ AZ

RBs You Might Want to Avoid In Week 8: Justin Fargas & Darren McFadden @ BAL; Kevin Smith & Rudi Johnson vs. WAS; Edgerin James @ CAR; Dominic Rhodes @ TEN; DeAngelo Williams @ AZ

And finally, here are the top 50 start rankings for week 8 RBs. It was gotten using our “secret formula”, which is basically 2 parts year-to-date player performance and 1 part defensive tendencies against them this week, with a few variables thrown in for injuries etc. In parentheses are their formulary numbers too, the lower the player’s number, the better their chances at having a big day.

1. Clinton Portis (7)
2. Steven Jackson (22)
3. Brian Westbrook (22)
4. Chris Johnson (25)
5. Frank Gore (26)
6. Steve Slaton (28)
7. Thomas Jones (29)
8. Michael Turner (31)
9. LenDale White (31)
10. Ronnie Brown (32)
11. Marion Barber (33)
12. Maurice Jones-Drew (36)
13. Kevin Faulk (43)
14. Brandon Jacobs (47)
15. Willis McGahee (48)
16. Marshawn Lynch (49)
17. Ernest Graham (49)
18. Julius Jones (49)
19. LeRon McClain (50)
20. Jamal Lewis (51)
21. LaDanian Tomlinson (53)
22. DeAngelo Williams (56)
23. Edgerin James (62)
24. Jonathan Stewart (68)
25. Warrick Dunn (69)
26. Cedric Benson (70)
27. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (71)
28. Tim Hightower (74)
29. Correll Buckhalter (78)
30. Kevin Smith (78)
31. Dominic Rhodes (84)
32. Patrick Cobbs (84)
33. Deuce McAllister (84)
34. LaMont Jordan (85)
35. Mewelde Moore (86)
36. Jamal Charles (87)
37. TJ Duckett (89)
38. Darren McFadden (90)
39. Leon Washington (91)
40. Derrick Ward (93)
41. Jerious Norwood (93)
42. Ricky Williams (94)
43. Justin Fargas (98)
44. Fred Taylor (100)
45. Ray Rice (102)
46. Kolby Smith (105)
47. Darren Sproles (105)
48. Pierre Thomas (106)
49. Maurice Morris (107)
50. Mike Karney (108)

Check back tomorrow for the wide receiver and tight end rankings, followed by the kicker and defense rankings on Friday. Good luck this week.

Peace,
T
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