Fantasy Football Rankings 2015: NFL Week 8 Running Backs

Rams rookie running back has three-straight 100-yard games. (Getty)

Rams rookie running back has three-straight 100-yard games. (Getty)

After missing the first two games (knee) and totaling 9 yards on 6 carries in his opening action, Todd Gurley has exploded for games of 146, 159 and 128 yards over the past three.

The oft-injured (in college) St. Louis Rams rookie is averaging 6 yards per carry and has practically become a top 5 fantasy running back overnight. And judging by the Rams’ remaining schedule, it doesn’t appear Gurley is going to lose his must-start status anytime soon.

Can we expect Gurley to average 6 yards per carry the entire season? No, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that. But with that ridiculous explosiveness a couple of big plays per game are certainly possible.

If Gurley can stay healthy, he’s one of the first running backs off the board in fantasy drafts next year, no question.

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Bye weeks: Bills, Eagles, Jaguars and Redskins

Here are my top 40 running back rankings for Week 8:

1. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers, vs. Bengals

2. Devonta Freeman, Falcons, vs. Buccaneers

3. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, at Cowboys

4. Todd Gurley, Rams, vs. 49ers

5. Adrian Peterson, Vikings, at Bears

6. Matt Forte, Bears, vs. Vikings

7. Chris Ivory, Jets, at Raiders

8. Doug Martin, Buccaneers, at Falcons

9. Mark Ingram, Saints, vs. Giants

10. Justin Forsett, Ravens, vs. Chargers

11. Lamar Miller, Dolphins, at Patriots

12. Chris Johnson, Cardinals, at Browns

13. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers, vs. Colts

14. Eddie Lacy, Packers, at Broncos

15. Frank Gore, Colts, at Panthers

16. Charcandrick West, Chiefs, vs. Lions

17. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos, vs. Packers

18. LeGarrette Blount, Patriots, vs. Dolphins

19. Latavius Murray, Raiders, vs. Jets

20. Carlos Hyde, 49ers, at Rams (OUT)

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21. Giovani Bernard, Bengals, at Steelers

22. Antonio Andrews, Titans, at Texans

23. Danny Woodhead, Chargers, at Ravens

24. Alfred Blue, Texans, vs. Titans

25. Ameer Abdullah, Lions, at Chiefs

26. Jeremy Hill, Bengals, at Steelers

27. James Starks, Packers, at Broncos

28. Andre Ellington, Cardinals, at Browns

29. C.J. Anderson, Broncos, vs. Packers

30. Khiry Robinson, Saints, vs. Giants

31. Dion Lewis, Patriots, vs. Dolphins (questionable)

32. Reggie Bush, 49ers, at Rams

33. Melvin Gordon, Chargers, at Ravens

34. Duke Johnson, Browns, vs. Cardinals

35. Orleans Darkwa, Giants, at Saints

36. Darren McFadden, Cowboys, vs. Seahawks

37. Charles Sims, Buccaneers, at Falcons

38. Isaiah Crowell, Browns, vs. Cardinals

39. Zac Stacy, Jets, at Raiders

40. Chris Polk, Texans, vs. Titans