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We'll be missing Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones, Giovani Bernard, D'Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams, Alex Collins, Rashaad Penny, Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic on byes for Week 9, and many of us are stinging from Derrick Henry's injury. But we carry on in Fantasy.

Jamey Eisenberg has his Start and Sit calls for RB here. His Waiver Wire column also can direct you to the best options who may be still available. And don't forget to check out Heath Cummings' running back preview for more help with matchup notes, Week 9 numbers to know and more. 

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Running Backs
Start 'Em
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LV Las Vegas • #28
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG LV -3 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
27th
PROJ PTS
12.2
RB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
204
REC
14
REYDS
110
TD
5
FPTS/G
15.1
Jacobs is expected to be fine following the chest injury he suffered in Week 7 against the Eagles. Coming off a bye, hopefully Jacobs will keep his touchdown streak active by scoring in four games in a row. He also has at least three catches in three of his past four games. The Giants have allowed a running back to score or gain over 100 total yards in seven of eight games this year.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #32
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -10.5 O/U 46
OPP VS RB
5th
PROJ PTS
11.1
RB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
279
REC
26
REYDS
226
TD
3
FPTS/G
13.3
This won't be an easy matchup against the Colts on Thursday night, but you should trust Carter after what he's shown us of late. He has either a touchdown or 100 total yards in four games in a row, and he's been excellent as a receiver with Mike White under center in place of Zach Wilson (knee). In the past two games, Carter has 17 catches for 162 yards on 23 targets, and hopefully White continues to look for Carter in this matchup. Ty Johnson, who has scored at least 11 PPR points in three games in a row, is also worth using as a sleeper.
ARI Arizona • #24
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB KC -1 O/U 54.5
OPP VS RB
20th
PROJ PTS
10.9
RB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
230
REC
19
REYDS
163
TD
4
FPTS/G
10.3
It might feel like Williams lost a lot of playing time to Derrick Gore in Monday's game against the Giants, but Williams still played 64 percent of the snaps and had 19 total touches (six catches). He's now scored at least 16 PPR points in two of three games with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) out, and I would trust Williams again this week against the Packers. Green Bay has allowed a running back to score a touchdown in five of the past six games, with nine total touchdowns surrendered over that span. And five running backs have at least four receptions against the Packers, which bodes well for Williams in the passing game.
SF San Francisco • #25
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI ARI -PK O/U 45
OPP VS RB
11th
PROJ PTS
11.1
RB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
433
REC
4
REYDS
30
TD
3
FPTS/G
13.7
Mitchell is dealing with a rib injury, so keep an eye on his status heading into Sunday's game against the Cardinals. If he plays as expected, Mitchell comes into this matchup with four games this season with at least 17 carries, and he scored at least 16 PPR points in three of them, including two in a row. The Cardinals run defense has been tough this year, but in the first game without J.J. Watt (shoulder) in Week 8 against Green Bay, Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon combined for 31 carries, 137 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell should have the chance for another quality outing this week if healthy.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #28
Age: 30 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV LV -3 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
15th
PROJ PTS
12.4
RB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
216
REC
17
REYDS
138
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.1
Saquon Barkley (illness/ankle) is likely out again in Week 9, and I like Booker as a must-start running back in all leagues. He's done a nice job the past two games against the Panthers and Chiefs with at least 14 PPR points in each outing, and I love that he had five receptions on six targets in Week 8 at Kansas City. He could be needed in the passing game again with the Giants battling injuries at receiver, and this is a revenge game for Booker, who spent 2020 in Las Vegas. The Raiders have also allowed a touchdown to a running back in three of the past four games. Booker has top-20 upside in this matchup.
Sleepers
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PHI Philadelphia • #35
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -1.5 O/U 50
OPP VS RB
21st
PROJ PTS
9.3
RB RNK
25th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
84
REC
3
REYDS
10
TD
3
FPTS/G
3.8
We'll see how the Eagles use Scott, Kenneth Gainwell and Jordan Howard this week in a more competitive game since Philadelphia blasted Detroit last week 44-6. The Chargers will make things tougher on the Eagles, but I'll still trust Scott as a low-end starter or flex in most leagues. In the first game without Miles Sanders (ankle) against the Lions, Scott had 12 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns, and hopefully he takes advantage of this matchup. The Chargers have allowed a running back to score in three games in a row, with seven touchdowns scored over that span. Scott will also help in the passing game if needed, and Gainwell is a sleeper in deeper leagues based on his expected role as a pass catcher. Let's hope Nick Sirianni doesn't abandon the run game for the Eagles, and Scott should have the chance for 15-plus touches this week.
BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC BUF -14.5 O/U 49
OPP VS RB
9th
PROJ PTS
9.2
RB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
227
REC
16
REYDS
148
TD
4
FPTS/G
12.6
Moss hasn't scored a touchdown in three games, but he's still found a way to be productive. He had six catches in Week 8 against Miami, and it's great that Josh Allen is leaning on him with seven targets. Moss should have the chance to score this week against the Jaguars, who have allowed nine total touchdowns to running backs this year. The Bills are also 14.5-point favorites on the road, so Moss could have some fourth-quarter production as well with Buffalo likely playing with a big lead.
GB Green Bay • #28
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -1 O/U 54.5
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
9.5
RB RNK
34th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
309
REC
10
REYDS
90
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.7
Dillon will likely be looking at a big workload in Week 9 at Kansas City with Aaron Rodgers (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list. With Jordan Love starting, the Packers will likely lean on Aaron Jones and Dillon against the Chiefs. We saw that in Week 8 at Arizona when Davante Adams (illness) and Allen Lazard (illness) were out, and Dillon had 16 carries for 78 yards. Jones is clearly a must-start running back in all leagues, but Dillon is a good flex option this week. And the Chiefs have already allowed eight running backs to score at least 11 PPR points this year.
Sit 'Em
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BAL Baltimore • #28
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -6 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
2nd
PROJ PTS
9.7
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
258
REC
23
REYDS
110
TD
2
FPTS/G
10
Davis rebounded last week with 11 PPR points against Carolina after being held to one PPR point in Week 7 at Miami, but I still don't want to trust him in Week 9 against the Saints. New Orleans is No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to running backs, and Davis will continue to share work with Cordarrelle Patterson, who is the better Fantasy option in this backfield. It does help Davis that Calvin Ridley (personal) is out because of Davis' role in the passing game, but I only like him as a flex in most leagues this week.
SEA Seattle • #21
Age: 37 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -7.5 O/U 53.5
OPP VS RB
23rd
PROJ PTS
7.2
RB RNK
36th
With Derrick Henry (foot) out, the Titans will turn to Peterson and Jeremy McNichols as replacement options against the Rams. I would consider McNichols as a flex in PPR given his expected role in the passing game, but I would prefer to sit Peterson until I see how he's used. He could step right into Henry's old role as the lead rusher for Tennessee, and Peterson's volume could lead to quality production. But I'm not confident in a 36-year-old running back making his debut in Week 9 having a big game, especially against a Rams defense that just acquired Von Miller. At best, Peterson is a flex option in non-PPR leagues.
JAC Jacksonville • #24
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -14.5 O/U 49
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
7.4
RB RNK
24th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
140
REC
8
REYDS
54
TD
0
FPTS/G
4.6
Hyde is expected to start for the injured James Robinson (heel), but I don't like Hyde's chances against the Bills. While he did well in the passing game in Week 8 at Seattle after Robinson got hurt with six catches for 40 yards on eight targets, along with nine carries for 32 yards, this is a much tougher opponent. Buffalo is No. 2 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, and only Antonio Gibson in Week 3 and Henry in Week 6 found the end zone against the Bills this year. Hyde is worth stashing on your bench until we know Robinson is healthy, but don't start him in most leagues in Week 9.
HOU Houston • #31
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA MIA -6.5 O/U 46
OPP VS RB
26th
PROJ PTS
9
RB RNK
38th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
108
REC
20
REYDS
153
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.3
I hope Johnson will be the lead running back for the Texans in a positive matchup against the Dolphins this week, but he's too tough to trust. In the first game with Mark Ingram gone in Week 8 against the Rams, Johnson was held to two carries for 4 yards, along with one catch for minus-1 yard. He'll continue to share touches with Phillip Lindsay and Rex Burkhead, and for one game at least, it doesn't appear like Ingram's absence will help Johnson in a major way. Now, he could take advantage of Miami's defense, and the Dolphins have allowed a running back to score or gain 100 total yards in seven of eight games this year. But it's risky to trust Johnson as anything more than a flex, even with Ingram gone.
Bust Alert
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DEN Denver • #25
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -9.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
6th
PROJ PTS
9.3
RB RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
397
REC
18
REYDS
148
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.6
Gordon was a great Fantasy running back in Week 8 against Washington with 18 PPR points, but he was saved by two touchdowns. He had 10 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown, along with three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown on three targets. He lost a fumble late in the game, which could come back to haunt him if the Broncos give Javonte Williams more work, but Gordon could let you down if he doesn't score. He's been at 13 total touches or less in five games in a row, and Williams isn't going away any time soon. I'm fine with Gordon as a flex in all leagues, but he's not a must-start running back. And Dallas has been tough on running backs all season and is No. 7 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to the position this year.

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