Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 16: Who to start, sit at running back in fantasy football

Last week wasn’t as disastrous as it could’ve been at the running back position. It wasn’t great — injuries and COVID issues still caused plenty of roster headaches — but there weren’t many stud backs unexpectedly affected. Chances are, more havoc will be wreaked in the second round of the fantasy football playoffs, so expect plenty of updates to our Week 16 fantasy RB PPR rankings throughout the week.ย 

Ideally, matchups would be the biggest worry, and there are definitely a few that could cause some usual starters to wind up benches. The toughest calls in PPR leagues will be Chase Edmonds (vs. Colts) and Myles Gaskin (@ Saints). Both are facing brutal opponents, but their high-target ways usually keeps them in PPR lineups. However, both struggled last week, and while we can attribute some of that to both being “eased” back into their respective lineups, it still gives us pause this week. Plus, in win-or-go-home scenarios like most are faced with now, it’s fair to question whether a high ceiling or a high floor is more valuable. Most of the time, it comes down to your specific matchup.ย 

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

James Conner (vs. Colts), Myles Gaskin (@ Saints), Devonta Freeman (@ Bengals), Chuba Hubbard (vs. Buccaneers), D’Onta Foreman (vs. 49ers), and Devin Singletary (@ Patriots) are also in tough situations this week. Conner might be TD-or-bust in PPR since he doesn’t figure to see as many targets with Edmonds back, but his TD upside is too high to ignore. Foreman is also tough to sit, as he gets the vast majority of Tennessee’s carries, but he’s no sure thing either. The rest are probably best suited for benches depending on your others options even though some of these opponents (Bengals, Bucs, Pats) give up a fair amount of receptions to RBs. The backs facing those teams simply aren’t reliable enough to produce. That also might be true of Ronald Jones (@ Panthers) if he’s starting in place of Leonard Fournette (hamstring), as he would profile simillar to Conner.ย 

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

If you’re looking for sleepers, handcuffs Darrel Williams (vs. Steelers), Sony Michel (@ Vikings), Jordan Howard (@ Giants), and Rex Burkhead (vs. Chargers) all have more upside than usual. Michel and Howard won’t catch many passes, so they’re also TD-or-bust, which might make them too risky in PPR formats, but Williams and Burkhead usually get some catches. In their highly favorable matchups, they could easily come through.

The “borderline” backs with the best matchups are Darrell Henderson (@ Vikings), Michael Carter (vs. Jaguars), Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams (@ Raiders), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. Steelers), Miles Sanders (@ Giants), and Detroit’sย starter (@ Falcons), which is likely to be Jamaal Williams. All should be played this week in 12-team leagues, as all are capable of catching at least a handful of passes to go along with what should be solid days on the ground.

Like we said before, there will be plenty of changes throughout the week to these rankings, so make sure to handcuff your top RBs. It wouldn’t hurt to even handcuff your handcuffs if you have enough space on your roster. It’s going to be a wacky final two weeks (Craig Reynolds and Duke Johnson, anyone?), so get ready if you’re still alive for your fantasy title.

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

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 16: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring

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

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