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. 

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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's 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.

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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.

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

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