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

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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. 

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.

WEEK 12 STANDARD RANKINGS:
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. 

WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS:
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.

WEEK 12 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start 'em, sit 'em

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.

WEEK 12 DFS: Best values | Lineup Builder

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.

WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo

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 David Montgomery, CHI @ DET
10 Saquon Barkley, NYG vs. PHI
11 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL @ JAX
12 D'Andre Swift, DET vs. CHI
13 AJ Dillon, GB vs. LAR
14 Elijah Mitchell, SF vs. MIN
15 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. SEA
16 Josh Jacobs, LV @ DAL
17 Joe Mixon, CIN vs. PIT
18 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. LAC
19 Javonte Williams, DEN vs. LAC
20 Leonard Fournette, TB @ IND
21 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ GB
22 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. CAR
23 Kareem Hunt, CLE @ BAL
24 Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. CLE
25 Miles Sanders, PHI @ NYG
26 Damien Harris, NE vs. TEN
27 Ty Johnson NYJ @ HOU
28 JD McKissic, WAS vs. SEA
29 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. LV
30 Rex Burkhead, HOU vs. NYJ
31 David Johnson, HOU vs. NYJ
32 Boston Scott, PHI @ NYG
33 Alex Collins, SEA @ WAS
34 Tony Jones Jr, NO vs. BUF
35 Tevin Coleman, NYJ @ HOU
36 Devin Singletary, BUF @ NO
37 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF vs. MIN
38 Kenyan Drake, LV @ DAL
39 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE vs. TEN
40 Jamaal Williams, DET vs. CHI
41 Matt Breida, BUF @ NO
42 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TB
43 Latavius Murray, BAL vs. CLE
44 D'Onta Foreman, TEN @ NE
45 Devontae Booker, NYG vs. PHI
46 Mike Davis, ATL @ JAX
47 Dontrell Hilliard, TEN @ NE
48 Samaje Perine, CIN vs. PIT
49 Kenneth Gainwell, PHI @ NYG
50 D'Ernest Johnson, CLE @ BAL
51 Duke Johnson, MIA vs. CAR
52 Brandon Bolden, NE vs. TEN
53 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ SF
54 Giovani Bernard, TB @ IND
55 Ronald Jones II, TB @ IND
56 Khalil Herbert, CHI @ DET
57 Sony Michel, LAR @ GB
58 Chuba Hubbard, CAR @ MIA
59 Carlos Hyde, JAX vs. ATL
60 Jaret Patterson, WAS vs. SEA
61 Ty'Son Williams, BAL vs. CLE
62 Larry Rountree III, LAC @ DEN

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