Week 9 RB Rankings, Projections and Analysis
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Texans RB Arian Foster
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the RBs for Week Nine of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each RBs past performance and factor that into our projections. Just click on the links to read our rationale behind the ranking. The ratings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 rushing or receiving yards equal 1 point, rushing and receiving TDs equal 6 pts. and fumbles deduct 2 points.

Running Back Rankings
  1. Arian Foster
  2. DeMarco Murray
  3. Marshawn Lynch
  4. Jamaal Charles
  5. Le'Veon Bell
  6. Andre Ellington
  7. LeSean McCoy
  8. Mark Ingram
  9. * Gio Bernard
  10. Ronnie Hillman
  11. Lamar Miller
  12. Ahmad Bradshaw
  13. Ben Tate
  14. Alfred Morris
  15. Justin Forsett
  16. Branden Oliver
  17. Shane Vereen
  18. Jerick McKinnon
  19. Frank Gore
  20. Denard Robinson
  21. Chris Ivory
  22. Jeremy Hill
  23. Jonas Gray
  24. * Charles Sims/ Bobby Rainey
  25. * Trent Richardson
  26. Andre Williams
  27. Darren McFadden
  28. Tre Mason
  29. Benny Cunningham
  30. Jonathan Stewart
  31. Knile Davis
  32. Roy Helu
  33. Darren Sproles
  34. Zac Stacy
  35. Lorenzo Taliaferro
  36. Isaiah Crowell
  37. Matt Asiata
  38. Travaris Cadet
  39. Juwan Thompson
  40. DeAngelo Williams
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
Saints RB Mark Ingram
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud RBs who may fail to deliver:

Mark Ingram
Saints RB Mark Ingram
The former Heisman winner busted through Green Bay’s defense on Sunday Night Football racking up 172 yards and a touchdown last week. Despite the fact that he didn’t have any considerably long runs, he still averaged over 7 yards per carry and looked unstoppable out of the backfield. Ingram has been a force to reckon with this season and has scored four touchdowns in four games. As long as he can stay healthy, he may be one of the up and coming studs in this league. Ingram should be able to build upon his remarkable performance next week as he faces a Panthers defense that is allowing the 5th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Look for the fourth-year back out of Alabama to rush for 100 yards and a touchdown in Week 9.

Ronnie Hillman
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman
The Broncos may have a running back a running back controversy on their hands with the emergence of Ronnie Hillman. The 5’10”, 195-pound back gives Denver speed and versatility in the backfield that Montee Ball and Juwan Thompson lack. Hillman will most definitely continue to be a huge part of Denver’s offense even after Ball returns to the lineup. In Hillman’s two starts, he has gained over 200 yards from scrimmage to go with two touchdowns. The Broncos travel to Foxboro to face Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots next week. We should be in for quite a ride as these two teams are with out a doubt the best in the conference. The Patriots allow the 4th-most fantasy points to running backs so look for Hillman to run like Forest Gump. I’m predicting 110 total yards and a touchdown for the third-year tail back.

Tre Mason
Rams RB Tre Mason
Coach Jeff Fisher surprised us all last week when he started Benny Cunningham at running back against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although Mason led the team in carries, he only rushed the ball seven times for 32 yards. Cunningham and Zac Stacy also received a handful of carries and the Rams went with the definition of a running back-by-committee strategy. None of the running backs were particularly effective and St. Louis lost center Scott Wells to an injury along with tackle Jake Long and guard Roger Saffold. The Rams will most definitely struggle to move the ball on the ground next week against a Niners defense that allows the 6th-fewest fantasy points to running backs. Mason should lead the team in carries again but it won’t mean much. Keep him on your bench for now.

Darren McFadden
Raiders RB Darren McFadden
After scoring his second touchdown of the season in Week 7, DMC had a productive afternoon against the Browns wiped out by a lost fumble. McFadden rushed for 59 yards on 12 carries and caught four passes for 26 yards. It was the second-most yards he gained in a game this season. However, the Raiders travel to Seattle to take on Earl Thomas and a Seattle defense that is very good against the run. Furthermore, playing in Seattle is a death sentence for most teams but especially for a rookie quarterback such as David Carr. Expect the Raiders to struggle immensely as they move away from the run and try to pass on the Seahawks’ talented secondary. Look for McFadden to gain just 50 yards with no touchdowns.

Jeremy Hill
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill
With Gio Bernard hurting from a rib injury, rookie Jeremy Hill took the field and gained 53 yards on 14 touches against the Ravens last week. Cincinnati’s offense is licking its chops with a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars looming. The Jags allow almost 20 fantasy points per game to running backs and the Bengals should cruise to victory in this disproportionate matchup. Coach Marv Lewis may relieve Bernard of some of his duties by giving the rock to the rookie in what could very well be a blow out. If there were ever a week for Jeremy Hill to break out, this is it.

Charles Sims/ Bobby Rainey
Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey
Trade rumors are surrounding Tampa Bay’s organization right now and Doug Martin is at the center of them. Martin has been dreadful this season and coach Lovie Smith may go to Bobby Rainey or his rookie, Charles Sims to assume the role of lead running back. I think it will be Sims but make sure you monitor the situation. After replacing Doug Martin midway through a contest with the Minnesota Vikings, Rainey rushed for 25 yards and gained 41 yard receiving. Sims is eligible to be activated from Injured Reserve prior to a Week 9 matchup against a Cleveland Browns defense that allows the 8th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Whoever is declared the starter could be in for a huge day on Sunday.

Texans RB Alfred Blue
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Running Backs to Add

Alfred Blue
The Texans back-up running back may not have had a noteworthy day against the Eagles but Arian Foster did. Foster injured his hamstring yet again and has historically struggled to heal from these types of injuries. When Blue replaced Foster in the starting lineup in Week 3 against the G-Men, he gained 88 total yards. The Texans have a bye week coming up but there is a significant chance that Foster will miss a Week 11 matchup with a weak Browns run defense. If that is the case, Blue is a must-start. Most of us have been expecting this day to come and with Foster’s injury history, Blue is a great handcuff back to own in your fantasy league. It’s probably not a bad idea to pick him up even if Foster is good to go in Week 11. You never know when Arian is going to get hurt.

Adrian Peterson
With all the injuries and busts at the running back position this year, it may be worth it to take a shot on Adrian Peterson. The Minnesota Viking Pro Bowler has reached a plea agreement in his trial for a felony charge of injury to a child. Peterson will not serve any jail time and there is a chance that AP could see the field again this season. As of now, he is still on the Commissioner’s Exempt List but now that his legal situation seems to be resolved, Roger Goodell could allow Peterson to resume football activities. If AP is not reinstated, you can always drop him and add someone else. This is probably a move worth making as the benefit of adding a top 5 running back far outweighs the risk of losing the worst player on your fantasy squad.

Running Backs to Drop

Branden Oliver
The Miami Dolphins manhandled the Chargers last week in a game that was over after the first quarter. The Chargers were shut out and failed to stop Ryan Tannehill on their way to a 37-0 loss. Part of the problem for San Diego was the running game as Oliver struggled to get anything going. The rookie had his third poor performance in a row rushing for just 19 yards on 13 carries while adding a 7-yard reception. Unfortunately for Oliver’s owners, the Chargers have a bye week coming up and Ryan Mathews should be available for San Diego’s next contest Week 11 against Oakland. Oliver will likely remain a small part of the offensive game plan but Mathews will assume the role of lead back.

Jonathan Stewart
One week after rushing for a season-high 79 yards, Stewart managed just 46 yards on eight carries due to the return of DeAngelo Williams. The Panthers have always gone with a running back by committee and there is no reason to expect anything different going forward. Stewart is a talented runner but his fantasy value is very much limited by the system he plays in. In an offense in which two running backs split carries and there are several play calls for quarterback Cam Newton to run it himself, there is no reason to keep Stewart on your fantasy team. It’s definitely time to move on.