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Fantasy Football – Week 8 RB Rankings

Shonn Greene

Shonn Greene Photo Credit: Icon SMI

We’re on the Shonn Greene bandwagon here at ETB. We discussed the rookie third-round pick out of Iowa in the offseason as one of our eight breakout running back picks. In the offseason when you talk about breakout and sleeper candidates, you know it’s often going to take until midseason to see a return on the investment, but once the regular season arrives and you’re facing do-or-die on a weekly basis it’s easy to lose your perspective. In Shonn Greene’s case we knew it was going to take an injury to either Thomas Jones or Leon Washington in order for the rookie to get his chance, but that didn’t stop 90% of his owners from dropping Greene after zero production over the first month.

Well, the Leon Washington injury finally came and those of you who held on to your lottery ticket can start cashing in this week. As Brian described earlier in the week, the kid is in line for serious value going forward. The Jets rushing attack is plenty potent to support two strong options, and Greene is probably a better goal-line option than Jones. There’s huge upside here as well: Thomas Jones is on the wrong side of 30 and is a very real candidate to break down at some point. Greene’s brute running style complements the Jets perfectly, and he would be a borderline RB1 if that happened, but for now we’re ranking the kid as a RB3/Flex. Remember: patience is a virtue in this imaginary world of ours.

It’s amazing how fast perceptions can change. Ray Rice went from an excellent sleeper selection in mid-summer to overvalued on draft day before the season even started. Then Willis McGahee’s early-season vulturing turned Rice into an early season disappointment and just a few short weeks later Rice has to be considered one of the few matchup-proof, every-week plays in fantasy. What makes Ray Ray such a solid option is the fact that he can contribute at an elite level in both the running game and the passing game and his resilient running style makes him capable of scoring on any play. Denver is no cakewalk, but Rice will take advantage of every inch they give him.

See also:
Week 8 QB Ranks
Week 8 WR Ranks
Week 8 TE Ranks
Week 8 DEF Ranks

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings @ GB
2. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans vs. JAC
3. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars @ TEN
4. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens vs. DEN
5. Steve Slaton, Houston Texans @ BUF
6. Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins @ NYJ
7. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers @ IND
8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears vs. CLE
9. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons @ NO
10. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams @ DET
11. Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts vs. SF
12. Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions vs. STL
13. Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys vs. SEA
14. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers @ ARZ
15. Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo Bills vs. HOU

Running back rankings 16 through 36, after the jump…

16. Thomas Jones, New York Jets vs. MIA
17. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints vs. ATL
18. Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants @ PHI
19. Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers vs. MIN
20. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers vs. OAK
21. Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins @ NYJ
22. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos @ BAL
23. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles vs. NYG
24. Chris Wells, Arizona Cardinals vs. CAR
25. Darren Sproles, San Diego Chargers vs. OAK
26. Shonn Greene, New York Jets vs. MIA
27. Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals vs. CAR
28. Mike Bell, New Orleans Saints vs. ATL
29. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers @ ARZ (Check Status)
30. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills vs. HOU
31. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys vs. SEA
32. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants @ PHI (Check Status)
33. Justin Fargas, Oakland Raiders @ SD
34. Jamal Lewis, Cleveland Browns @ CHI
35. Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints vs. ATL
36. Julius Jones, Seattle Seahawks @ DAL
37. Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys vs. SEA

See also:
Week 8 QB Ranks
Week 8 WR Ranks
Week 8 TE Ranks
Week 8 DEF Ranks

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