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 9.
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1. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler was on bye last week. We're projecting 14.6 carries, 67.0 yards and 0.5 touchdowns for Austin Ekeler this week as he faces the Falcons.
2. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
Alvin Kamara faces the Baltimore Ravens this week. We're projecting him for 14.7 carries, 65.8 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. Last week, Kamara faced the Raiders. He ran for 18 carries, 62 yards and 1 touchdown.
3. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
4. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Against the Cardinals last week, Dalvin Cook ran for 20 carries, 111 yards and 1 touchdown. Our system projects Dalvin Cook for 17.2 carries, 78.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns versus the Redskins this week.
5. Joe Mixon - RB (CIN)
6. Aaron Jones - RB (GB)
Aaron Jones ran for 20 carries, 143 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Buffalo Bills last week. Our system projects Aaron Jones for 13.8 carries, 64.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns versus the Lions this week.
7. Travis Etienne - RB (JAX)
Travis Etienne faces the Las Vegas Raiders this week. Our system projects him for 16.9 carries, 71.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. Etienne played against the Denver Broncos last week. He ran for 24 carries, 156 yards and 1 touchdown.
8. Josh Jacobs - RB (LV)
Josh Jacobs ran for 10 carries, 43 yards and zero touchdowns versus the New Orleans Saints last week. He faces the Jaguars this week. We're projecting him for 16.5 carries, 70.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
9. Dameon Pierce - RB (HOU)
Dameon Pierce ran for 15 carries, 35 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Minnesota Vikings last week. He is up against the Seahawks this week. Pierce is projected for 17.5 carries, 70.8 yards and 0.4 touchdowns.
10. Kenneth Walker III - RB (SEA)
Against the Giants last week, Kenneth Walker III ran for 18 carries, 51 yards and 1 touchdown. Our system projects Kenneth Walker III for 17.2 carries, 72.2 yards and 0.5 touchdowns versus the Cardinals this week.
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