The List: Ranking Each Position for Week 9

Erik Smith releases his PPR fantasy football rankings for Week 9.

RB Rankings


  • Jonathan Taylor leads all running backs with a 57% Juke Rate according to FantasyData on 81 evaded tackles, ranks fifth overall in Yards Created per attempt with 4.97 behind four part-time rushers, and is sixth in the league in Breakaway runs with seven on the season. Taylor has even been able to contribute in the passing game, three catches in four of his past five games, which does make a difference in PPR leagues. Taylor has five-straight top-ten PPR finishes entering this Thursday night matchup against the Jets, a team that has allowed the ost PPR points per game in 2021. Taylor is the clear RB1 this week, landing him on The List for the second time in his career.


  • With Derrick Henry done for the year most likely, this Tennessee backfield is wide open for the taking. In a matchup against the tough Rams defense, give me Jeremy McNichols over Adrian Peterson this week. McNichols has been on the roster all season and has even flashed a 12 target game, and his pass-catching ability may be needed as the Titans project to be trailing the Rams throughout. It wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the Titans lean on the short passing game in place of some of the rushing volume of the past. Peterson will have better matchups than this, but he will ultimately be a touchdown-dependent option, and that looks like a bad bet to make this week against the Rams.


  • If you’re in a pinch, Boston Scott led the Eagles in snaps last week, even with Kenneth Gainwell taking over in garbage time against the Lions. This week, Philadelphia faces the league’s worst run defense in the Chargers, who have allowed the most rushing yards per attempt and the most rushing yards in the NFL in 2021. There’s certainly a worry that the Eagles fall behind and have to bail on the run, and Jordan Howard is always a threat to vulture touchdowns, so starting Scott comes with risks. But the upside puts him in the RB2/Flex range of options this week


Green=Strong Starter, Yellow=Solid Starter, Red=Look for Better Options


Week 9 RB Rankings

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