MIAMI, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Todd Gurley and Le'Veon Bell are among running backs with bye weeks this weekend. With six teams on a bye, it could take some scrambling to fill in your running back slot. Still, there are plenty of options with great matchups.
Here are my top 30 running backs for the week. You can also view my add/drops for the week and more positional rankings in the links below.
Spencer Ware looks like the unquestioned starter for the Kansas City Chiefs. Ware has tallied at least 100 total yards in four of his six starts this season. He is a terrific play in Week 8 against an Indianapolis Colts defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs. The Colts have allowed 100 yards or a touchdown to running backs in every game this season.
Christine Michael is another RB1 option who was either undrafted or a late round pick in your fantasy football draft. The Seattle Seahawks running back faces a New Orleans Saints defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to running backs. He is a top-6 play for me in Week 8. Jacquizz Rodgers is literally running away with the starting job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Doug Martin shelved indefinitely. He should put up RB1 numbers again this week, facing an Oakland Raiders defense allowing the tenth-most fantasy points per game to running backs. Rodgers has 62 touches in his last two games and I see that big workload continuing. He is a great play in any format.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard battles the Washington Redskins this week. He scored his first rushing touchdown of the season last week against the Cleveland Browns. Bernard has 15 rushing attempts in each of his last two games. With his workload and explosiveness, I like his chances to produce against a team allowing the second-most rushing touchdowns this season to running backs. Raiders running back Latavius Murray is returning to his 2015 form. Last week, he finally broke through with two scores and 59 rushing yards on 18 touches. He should provide high-end RB2 value again against the Buccaneers.
|1||Ezekiel Elliott||Dallas Cowboys||vs. Philadelphia|
|2||David Johnson||Arizona Cardinals||at Carolina|
|3||Spencer Ware||Kansas City Chiefs||at Indianapolis|
|4||Matt Forte||New York Jets||at Cleveland|
|5||Christine Michael||Seattle Seahawks||at New Orleans|
|6||Jacquizz Rodgers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||vs. Oakland|
|7||LeGarrette Blount||New England Patriots||at Buffalo|
|8||DeMarco Murray||Tennessee Titans||vs. Jacksonville|
|9||Giovani Bernard||Cincinnati Bengals||vs. Washington|
|10||Frank Gore||Indianapolis Colts||vs. Kansas City|
|11||Lamar Miller||Houston Texans||vs. Detroit|
|12||Devontae Booker||Denver Broncos||vs. San Diego|
|13||Mark Ingram||New Orleans Saints||vs. Seattle|
|14||Melvin Gordon||San Diego Chargers||at Denver|
|15||Devonta Freeman||Atlanta Falcons||vs. Green Bay|
|16||Latavius Murray||Oakland Raiders||at Tampa Bay|
|17||Jeremy Hill||Cincinnati Bengals||vs. Washington|
|18||Jonathan Stewart||Carolina Panthers||vs. Arizona|
|19||Ryan Mathews||Philadelphia Eagles||at Dallas|
|20||Isaiah Crowell||Cleveland Browns||vs. New York Jets|
|21||James White||New England Patriots||at Buffalo|
|22||Mike Gillislee||Buffalo Bills||vs. New England|
|23||Matt Asiata||Minnesota Vikings||at Chicago|
|24||Chris Thompson||Washington Redskins||at Cincinnati|
|25||Duke Johnson||Cleveland Browns||vs. New York Jets|
|26||Chris Ivory||Jacksonville Jaguars||at Tennessee|
|27||Jerick McKinnon||Minnesota Vikings||at Chicago|
|28||Ty Montgomery||Green Bay Packers||at Atlanta|
|29||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs||at Indianapolis|
|30||Ka'Deem Carey||Chicago Bears||vs. Minnesota|