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With another superstar running back going down with an injury, you might think the position is especially thin for Week 9, but that actually isn't really true at the top, at least. Of the top 12 in preseason ADP, eight are going to be available for sure and should be considered must-start Fantasy options, and two more -- Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey -- could be back from their injuries. At least among the top options, things are OK. 

Of course, if you've been paying attention you know that the top of the position is hardly the only thing that matters, and it gets a lot dicier once you get outside of the top 12. Cordarrelle Patterson is my No. 11 RB for this week, and he's got a tough matchup against the Saints coming off a pretty ugly game for the Falcons offense without Calvin Ridley. He's no sure thing, and neither is Michael Carter, my No. 12 RB in PPR leagues. His passing game role has been super valuable with Mike White at QB throwing 40% of his passes to running backs, but he also hasn't done much as a runner and really only has two good Fantasy games for the season. You should start him, but you shouldn't necessarily feel great about it. 

And things only get sketchier from there, with a menagerie of backups and small-sample-size heroes making up much of the RB2 tier. 

Get your first look at the running back rankings for Week 9 from yours truly. To see Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard, and Heath Cummings' rankings, make sure you head here. We'll be updating this throughout the week with new notes and rankings as we get news and the rankings get tweaked, so make sure you bookmark the page.    

Week 9 RB Rankings

  1. Najee Harris vs. CHI
  2. Austin Ekeler @PHI
  3. Alvin Kamara vs. ATL
  4. Ezekiel Elliott vs. DEN
  5. Aaron Jones @KC
  6. Jonathan Taylor vs. NYJ
  7. Darrell Henderson vs. TEN
  8. Dalvin Cook @BAL
  9. Cordarrelle Patterson @NO
  10. Joe Mixon vs. CLE
  11. Nick Chubb @CIN
  12. Myles Gaskin vs. HOU
  13. Michael Carter @IND
  14. Devontae Booker vs. LV
  15. Josh Jacobs @NYG
  16. Darrel Williams vs. GB
  17. Chase Edmonds @SF
  18. Christian McCaffrey vs. NE
  19. Mike Davis @NO
  20. Zack Moss @JAX
  21. Damien Harris @CAR
  22. Boston Scott vs. LAC
  23. Melvin Gordon @DAL
  24. Elijah Mitchell vs. ARI
  25. Devin Singletary @JAX
  26. David Montgomery @PIT
  27. James Robinson vs. BUF
  28. Jeremy McNichols @LAR
  29. Javonte Williams @DAL
  30. Adrian Peterson @LAR
  31. Kenyan Drake @NYG
  32. Khalil Herbert @PIT
  33. Tony Pollard vs. DEN
  34. Ty Johnson @IND
  35. AJ Dillon @KC
  36. James Conner @SF
  37. Nyheim Hines vs. NYJ
  38. D'Ernest Johnson @CIN
  39. Chuba Hubbard vs. NE
  40. Devonta Freeman vs. MIN
  41. David Johnson @MIA
  42. Alexander Mattison @BAL
  43. Jeff Wilson vs. ARI
  44. Brandon Bolden @CAR
  45. Kenneth Gainwell vs. LAC
  46. Salvon Ahmed vs. HOU
  47. Sony Michel vs. TEN
  48. Mark Ingram vs. ATL

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