Ezekiel Elliott
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Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 8 running back rankings.
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1. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
2. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
3. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
4. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
5. Matt Forte, New York Jets
6. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
7. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
8. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
9. Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
11. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
12. Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
13. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
14. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
15. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
16. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
17. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
18. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
19. James White, New England Patriots
20. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
21. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
22. Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills
23. Matt Asiata , Minnesota Vikings
24. Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins
25. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
26. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
27. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
28. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
29. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
30. Knile Davis, Green Bay Packers
31. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
32. Justin Forsett, Detroit Lionts
33. Zach Zenner, Detroit Lions
34. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

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Todd Gurley
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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 8 running back rankings.
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1. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
2. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
3. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
5. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
6. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
7. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
8. Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardianls
9. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
10. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
11. Christopher Ivory, New York Jets
12. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
13. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
14. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
15. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
17. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
18. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
19. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
20. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowbous
21. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
22. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
23. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
24. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
25. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
26. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
27. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
28. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
29. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans
31. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
32. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
33. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
34. Shane Vereen, New York Giants
35. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
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Here’s my Week 8 running back rankings. Keep in mind that the Bears, Browns, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, and Ravens are on bye.

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1. Frank Gore vs. Denver
2. Arian Foster @ Indianapolis
3. Adrian Peterson @ New England
4. Darren McFadden vs. Seattle
5. Chris Johnson @ San Diego
6. Ryan Torain @ Detroit
7. Steven Jackson vs. Carolina
8. Rashard Mendenhall @ New Orleans
9. Thomas Jones vs. Buffalo
10. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Green Bay
11. Jamaal Charles vs. Buffalo
12. Jahvid Best vs. Washington
13. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Dallas
14. Cedric Benson vs. Miami
15. Felix Jones vs. Jacksonville
16. Jonathan Stewart @ St. Louis
17. Beanie Wells vs. Tampa Bay
18. Marshawn Lynch @ Oakland
19. Knowshon Moreno @ San Francisco
20. Fred Jackson @ Kansas City
21. Ryan Mathews vs. Tennessee
22. Shonn Greene vs. Green Bay
23. LeGarrette Blount @ Arizona
24. Mike Hart vs. Houston
25. Ronnie Brown @ Cincinnati
26. Brandon Jackson @ New York Jets
27. Christopher Ivory vs. Pittsburgh
28. Tim Hightower vs. Tampa Bay
29. Mike Tolbert vs. Tennessee
30. Ricky Williams @ Cincinnati

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Inside the numbers:

  • Frank Gore should have a big day against a Broncos defense allowing 156.3 yards per game on the ground with a league high 12 rushing TDs allowed.
  • Arian Foster destroyed the Colts for 231 yards and three TDs in Week 1. While I’d be shocked if he matched that performance, he’s still a great play against an Indy run defense allowing 137.3 yards per game.
  • Buffalo has allowed a league high 174.5 rushing yards per game, along with 8 rushing TDs. There is a great chance both Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles have big weeks once again.
  • The Packers are giving up 124.3 yards per game at a 4.7 yards per carry clip. Both RBs in the Jets #2 rushing offense (LT, Shonn Greene) should be solid plays this week.
  • Steven Jackson will likely be a game time decision, but knowing his pain threshold, he’ll be able to fight through it despite the broken finger.
  • Beanie Wells should build off his solid game (54 yards, TD) against a Tampa defense allowing 157.7 rushing yards per game.
  • I’m not confident Donald Brown is ready so I think the Colts use Mike Hart, but mostly rely on Peyton’s arm.

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