Fantasy RB Rankings Week 13: Who to start, sit at running back in fantasy football

It’s going to be a tough week at running back for at least a few fantasy football owners, but some favorable matchups for a few handcuffs create some much-needed sleepers. Our Week 13 fantasy RB rankings try to navigate all the byes, injuries, committees, and good/bad matchups to help with your start ’em, sit ’em decisions.

First, let’s start with the byes. The Panthers, Browns, Packers, and Titans are off this week, which takes away some studs (Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones), key flexes (Kareem Hunt, AJ Dillon), and matchup-based sleepers (D’Onta Foreman, Dontrell Hilliard). However, all of those backs except Dillon have missed time this year, so fantasy owners should be used to playing without them.ย 

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

The players dealing with injuries are a little trickier since you don’t know if they’ll play. Dalvin Cook (shoulder), Alvin Kamara (knee), Mark Ingram (knee), Jordan Howard (knee), D’Andre Swift (shoulder), and Ezekiel Elliott (knee) are all up in the air for this week, and it’s likely more will wind up being “questionable” by Sunday. The Saints’ backs, Cook, Swift, and Howard are especially interesting because they all have favorable matchups. If they’re out, suddenly Tony Jones Jr. (vs. Cowboys), Jamaal Williams (vs. Vikings), Alexander Mattison (@ Lions), and Boston Scott (@ Jets) become must-starts.ย 

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Those won’t be the only sleepers in action. Jeff Wilson Jr. (@ Seahawks), Samaje Perine (vs. Chargers), and J.D. McKissic (@ Raiders) all have top-five matchups. When you add in whoever is the No. 2 for the Lions and Eagles, you have five flex-worthy “handcuffs.” That’s more than most weeks.

On the flip side, the mess that is the Bills backfield has a tough matchup against the Patriots, which actually makes things a little easier. Don’t bother with any Bills’ backs unless you’re desperate. The same goes for Houston’s backs (vs. Colts). Alex Collins (vs. 49ers) still gets enough touches to be a low-end flex, but he’s also in a tough spot. Ditto for Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson (@ Bills), whose timeshare has really reduced both of their values, especially in a tough matchup like this. Some might worry about Devonta Freeman (@ Steelers), but with the way Pittsburgh’s defense has been struggling lately, Freeman is still in play as a flex.

Overall, this is a decent week for RBs. There are some tough matchups for star backs, but as long as they’re active, they should be in your lineups. It’s unlikely most fantasy owners have enough depth to even consider benching someone like Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. Broncos) or Javonte Williams (@ Chiefs), so as long as you’re ready for whatever injuries/illnesses rear their ugly heads late in the week, you should be able to field a solid 1-2 punch at RB.ย 

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

Fantasy RB Rankings Week 13: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Jonathan Taylor, IND @ HOU
2 Joe Mixon, CIN vs. LAC
3 Najee Harris, PIT vs. BAL
4 Austin Ekeler, LAC @ CIN
5 Leonard Fournette, TB @ ATL
6 Antonio Gibson, WAS @ LV
7 Elijah Mitchell, SF @ SEA
8 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ DET
9 Saquon Barkley, NYG @ MIA
10 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. NYG
11 D’Andre Swift, DET vs. MIN
12 Alvin Kamara, NO vs. DAL
13 Miles Sanders, PHI @ NYJ
14 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL vs. TB
15 James Robinson, JAX @ LAR
16 James Conner, ARI @ CHI
17 Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. JAX
18 David Montgomery, CHI vs. ARI
19 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ NO
20 Josh Jacobs, LV vs. WAS
21 Melvin Gordon, DEN @ KC
22 Boston Scott, PHI @ NYJ
23 Javonte Williams, DEN @ KC
24 Devonta Freeman, BAL @ PIT
25 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. DEN
26 Tevin Coleman, NYJ vs. PHI
27 Alex Collins, SEA vs. SF
28 Jamaal Williams, DET vs. MIN
29 Damien Harris, NE @ BUF
30 Tony Pollard, DAL @ NO
31 Mark Ingram, NO vs. DAL
32 Ty Johnson, NYJ vs. PHI
33 Latavius Murray, BAL @ PIT
34 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. NE
35 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF @ SEA
36 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE @ BUF
37 Darrel Williams, KC vs. DEN
38 JD McKissic, WAS @ LV
39 Matt Breida, BUF vs. NE
40 Samaje Perine, CIN vs. LAC
41 Kenyan Drake, LV vs. WAS
42 David Johnson, HOU vs. IND
43 Devontae Booker, NYG @ MIA
44 Kene Nwangwu, MIN @ DET
45 Rex Burkhead, HOU vs. IND
46 Phillip Lindsay, MIA vs. NYG
47 Ronald Jones II, TB @ ATL
48 DeeJay Dallas, SEA vs. SF
49 Nyheim Hines, IND @ HOU
50 Sony Michel, LAR vs. JAX
51 Kenneth Gainwell, PHI @ NYJ
52 Mike Davis, ATL vs. TB
53 Eno Benjamin, ARI @ CHI
54 Jaret Patterson, WAS @ LV
55 Austin Walter, NYJ vs. PHI
56 Carlos Hyde, JAX @ LAR
57 Brandon Bolden, NE @ BUF
58 Ty’Son Williams, BAL @ PIT
59 Khalil Herbert, CHI vs. ARI
60 Tony Jones Jr., NO vs. DAL
61 Giovani Bernard, TB @ ATL
62 Jerick McKinnon, KC vs. DEN

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