Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 12: Who to start, sit at running back in fantasy football

You’ll often hear about NFL teams struggling on a “short week.” Well, welcome to the shortest of short weeks for fantasy football owners. With three games on Thursday (one of which starts shortly after some people wake up) and a host of distractions to take away from valuable roster management time, start ’em, sit ’em decisions can feel shaky and rushed. We do our best to help with our Week 12 fantasy RB PPR rankings.ย 

Running back is always one of the toughest positions to evaluate each week, and while there are some difficult calls in Week 12, the position mostly sorts itself out itself out. We’ll explain.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

The most difficult RB lineup decisions often involve committee backs, but this week, several frustrating timeshares have tough matchups. D’Onta Foreman and Adrian Peterson (@ Patriots) and Zack Moss and Devin Singletary (@ Saints) are in the worst spots and unstartable in PPR leagues, which might also be true for Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman (vs. Browns). Freeman’s done enough lately to at least be a flex, but his six catches from last week aren’t going to be the norm. Alex Collins and Seattle’s other backs (@ Washington) are also in tough spots, but Collins is still a decent bet for touches.ย 

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson (vs. Titans) don’t catch many passes, but Harris still has high TD upside and should be in lineups as at least a flex. David Johnson and Rex Burkhead (vs. Jets) have the best fantasy matchup for RBs, so one will be worth starting — likely Johnson since he gets more targets — but both have low floors and only middling ceilings.

The best committee this week is one of the most equally divided — Denver’s duo of Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon. They play a Chargers defense allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to runners, so both Williams and Gordon are solid starters. Ty Johnson (@ Texans), Jeff Wilson Jr. (vs. Vikings), Tony Pollard (vs. Raiders), and J.D. McKissic (vs. Seahawks) are also in play. Johnson and McKissic are especially interesting in PPR leagues given their usual amount of targets, though Johnson disappointed in that department last week. Nyheim Hines (vs. Buccaneers) is also an interesting PPR option. Tampa is tied for the second-most receptions per game allowed to RBs, so Hines might have sneaky PPR flex value.

There aren’t a ton of other sleepers or regular starters who should be benched. Guys like Darrell Henderson (@ Packers), Joe Mixon (vs. Steelers), and Myles Gaskin (vs. Panthers) aren’t the most appealing, but they get too many touches/catches to bench. Injuries and players returning from injuries (Kareem Hunt? Cordarrelle Patterson? Alvin Kamara?) will certainly shake things up, but for now, we have to focus on what we know. Hopefully, that will make this short week a little easier.

Note: We’ll be updating these RB PR rankings throughout the week, so check back for analysis and the latest player movement.

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 12: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ MIA
2 Najee Harris, PIT @ CIN
3 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. LV
4 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. TB
5 James Robinson, JAX vs. ATL
6 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ SF
7 Austin Ekeler, LAC @ DEN
8 Nick Chubb, CLE @ BAL
9 Alvin Kamara, NO vs. BUF
10 David Montgomery, CHI @ DET
11 Saquon Barkley, NYG vs. PHI
12 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL @ JAX
13 D’Andre Swift, DET vs. CHI
14 AJ Dillon, GB vs. LAR
15 Elijah Mitchell, SF vs. MIN
16 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. SEA
17 Josh Jacobs, LV @ DAL
18 Michael Carter, NYJ @ HOU
19 Joe Mixon, CIN vs. PIT
20 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. LAC
21 Javonte Williams, DEN vs. LAC
22 Leonard Fournette, TB @ IND
23 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ GB
24 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. CAR
25 Kareem Hunt, CLE @ BAL
26 Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. CLE
27 Miles Sanders, PHI @ NYG
28 Damien Harris, NE vs. TEN
29 JD McKissic, WAS vs. SEA
30 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. LV
31 Rex Burkhead, HOU vs. NYJ
32 David Johnson, HOU vs. NYJ
33 Jordan Howard, PHI @ NYG
34 Alex Collins, SEA @ WAS
35 Mark Ingram, NO vs. BUF
36 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF vs. MIN
37 Ty Johnson, NYJ @ HOU
38 Kenyan Drake, LV @ DAL
39 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE vs. TEN
40 Jamaal Williams, DET vs. CHI
41 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TB
42 Latavius Murray, BAL vs. CLE
43 D’Onta Foreman, TEN @ NE
44 Devontae Booker, NYG vs. PHI
45 Mike Davis, ATL @ JAX
46 Adrian Peterson, TEN @ NE
47 Zack Moss, BUF @ NO
48 Devin Singletary, BUF @ NO
49 Samaje Perine, CIN vs. PIT
50 Boston Scott, PHI @ NYG
51 Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ NE
52 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE @ BAL
53 Duke Johnson, MIA vs. CAR
54 Brandon Bolden, NE vs. TEN
55 Rashaad Penny, SEA @ WAS
56 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ SF
57 Giovani Bernard, TB @ IND
58 Matt Breida, BUF @ NO
59 Ronald Jones II, TB @ IND
60 Khalil Herbert, CHI @ DET
61 Sony Michel, LAR @ GB
62 Chuba Hubbard, CAR @ MIA
63 Carlos Hyde, JAX vs. ATL
64 Jaret Patterson, WAS vs. SEA
65 Phillip Lindsay, HOU vs. NYJ
66 Ty’Son Williams, BAL vs. CLE
67 Larry Rountree III, LAC @ DEN

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