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Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 9 running back rankings.
Bye Weeks:  Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Philadelphia
1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
4. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
5. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
6. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
7. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers
8. James White, New England Patriots
9. Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins
10. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
11. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
12. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
13. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
14. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
15. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
16. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
17. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
18. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
18. Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions
19. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
20. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
21. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
22. Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets
23. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
24. Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders
25. Dion Lewis, Tennessee Titans
26. Matt Breida,  San Francisco 49ers
27. Peyton Barber Tampa Bay Buccaneers
28. Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders
29. Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons
30. Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins
31. Austin Ekeler, Los Angles Chargers
32. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
33. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
34. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
35. LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions
36. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
37. Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers
38. Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills
39. Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
40. Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks
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Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 9 running back rankings.
Bye Week: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh
1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
4. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
5. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
6. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
7. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
8. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
11. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
12. Demarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
13. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
14. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
15. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
16. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
17. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
18. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
19. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
20. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
21. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
22. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
23. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
24. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
25. Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
26. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
27. Robert Kelley, Washington Redskins
28. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
29. LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles
30. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
31. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
32. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
33. Matt Forte, New York Jets
34. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
35. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
36. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
37. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
38. DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders
39. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
40. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
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Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 9 running back rankings.
1. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
2. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
4. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
5. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
6. Matt Forte, New York Jets
7. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
8. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
9. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
10. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
11. Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
12. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
13. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
14. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
15. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
16. Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens
17. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
18. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
19. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
20. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
21. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
22. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
23. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
24. Antone Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
25. Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (monitor LeSean McCoy’s availability)
26. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
27. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
28. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
29. Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints
30. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
31. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
32. C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks
33. Matt Asiata , Minnesota Vikings
34. Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders
35. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
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Here are the 2015 LestersLegends Week 9 running back rankings.
1. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
2. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
4. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
5. Christopher Ivory, New York Jets
6. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
7. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
8. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneeers
10. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
12. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
13. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
14. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
15. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
16. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
17. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
18. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
19. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
20. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
21. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
22. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
23. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
24. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
25. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
26. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
27. Shane Vereen, New York Giants
28. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
29. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans
31. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
32. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints
33. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
34. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
35. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
36. Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers
37. Branden Oliver, San Diego Chargers
38. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
39. Dexter McCluster, Tennessee Titans
40. Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills
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Here’s my Week 9 running back rankings. Keep in mind that the Broncos, Jaguars, Niners, Rams, Redskins, and Titans are on bye.

1. Adrian Peterson vs. Arizona
2. Arian Foster @ San Diego
3. LeSean McCoy vs. Indianapolis
4. Darren McFadden vs. Kansas City
5. Michael Turner vs. Tampa Bay
6. Jamaal Charles vs. Oakland
7. Matt Forte @ Buffalo
8. Rashard Mendenhall @ Cincinnati
9. Ray Rice vs. Miami
10. LaDainian Tomlinson @ Detroit
11. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Seattle
12. Thomas Jones @ Oakland
13. LeGarrette Blount vs. Atlanta
14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Cleveland
15. Jahvid Best vs. New York Jets
16. Cedric Benson vs. Pittsburgh
17. Beanie Wells vs. Minnesota
18. Fred Jackson vs. Chicago
19. Peyton Hillis vs. New England
20. Ryan Mathews vs. Houston
21. Felix Jones vs. Green Bay
22. Marshawn Lynch vs. New York Giants
23. Shonn Greene vs. Detroit
24. Brandon Jacobs @ Seattle
25. Ronnie Brown @ Baltimore
26. Brandon Jackson vs. Dallas
27. Tim Hightower @ Minnesota
28. Danny Woodhead @ Cleveland
29. Ricky Williams @ Baltimore
30. Mike Tolbert vs. Houston

Inside the numbers:

  • It doesn’t matter who he’s playing or how bad the rest of the offense looks, Adrian Peterson is a man possessed. I don’t think there is any doubt who the best RB in football is.
  • Matt Forte has not been stellar on the ground, but he should do damage against Buffalo’s league worst run defense (188.7 rushing yards allowed per game). Throw in his work in the receiving game, and you’re looking at a top ten play this week.
  • The Raiders are a little better at run defense this year, but both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones are good plays this week.
  • Minnesota is a far cry from the run stopper they’ve been in recent years. I have no problem using Beanie Wells as a RB2.
  • Shonn Greene should get more work against Detroit, making him a low end RB2 or a solid flex play.

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