True stud running backs are difficult to find in fantasy football.
It's not easy to just draft a couple of great RBs and then plug them in every week. You need to draft many running backs, scour the waiver wire, watch for injuries and play the matchups.
And with most leagues requiring you to start two, three or even four running backs, it means that you have to be smart and dig deep at the position.
To help you out, I put together this summary of our top 10 ranked running backs for week 8.
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1. Saquon Barkley - RB (NYG)
2. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry ran for 30 carries, 128 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Indianapolis Colts last week. Our system projects Derrick Henry for 21.0 carries, 98.0 yards and 0.8 touchdowns versus the Texans this week.
3. Christian McCaffrey - RB (SF)
Christian McCaffrey played against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. He ran for 8 carries, 38 yards and zero touchdowns. We're projecting 16.7 carries, 73.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns for Christian McCaffrey this week as he faces the Falcons.
4. Josh Jacobs - RB (LV)
Josh Jacobs played against the Houston Texans last week. He ran for 20 carries, 143 yards and 3 touchdowns. He faces the New Orleans Saints this week. We're projecting him for 19.2 carries, 83.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
5. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
Alvin Kamara played against the Arizona Cardinals last week. He ran for 11 carries, 49 yards and zero touchdowns. We're projecting 13.9 carries, 63.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns for Alvin Kamara this week as he faces the Raiders.
6. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Dalvin Cook had a bye last week. He faces the Cardinals this week. Cook is projected for 15.2 carries, 74.5 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
7. Joe Mixon - RB (CIN)
8. Nick Chubb - RB (CLE)
9. Leonard Fournette - RB (TB)
Against the Giants last week, Leonard Fournette ran for 8 carries, 19 yards and zero touchdowns. He is playing against the Denver Broncos this week. We're projecting him for 13.2 carries, 45.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns.
10. D'Andre Swift - RB (DET)
D'Andre Swift faces the Dolphins this week. We're projecting him for 11.2 carries, 46.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. Against the Cowboys last week, Swift ran for zero carries, zero yards and zero touchdowns.
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