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Week 12 PPR Rankings

Austin Ekeler Note
Austin Ekeler photo 1. Austin Ekeler LAC (at ARI)
Ekeler still wears the crown as the RB1 in fantasy averaging 19.2 touches and 97.1 total yards. He's 12th in opportunity share, first in weighted opportunities, third in red zone touches, and second in total touchdowns. Ekeler is matchup-proof with his 21.2% target share (second). He's eighth in yards per route run, 17th in evaded tackles, and 12th in breakaway runs. Ekeler will eat the Arizona defense alive. The Cardinals are 18th in rushing yards per game, 26th in EPA per rush, and 26th in explosive run rate since Week 6. Arizona is 30th in DVOA against receiving backs giving up the tenth-most receptions, fourth-highest yards per reception, and fourth-most receiving touchdowns (tied). Ekeler is RB1 overall again this week.
3 days ago
Derrick Henry Note
Derrick Henry photo 2. Derrick Henry TEN (vs . CIN)
The Big Dawg never gets full. He's always ready to eat, averaging 24.8 touches and 120.9 total yards as the RB2 in fantasy. Henry is eighth in evaded tackles, fourth in breakaway runs, and third in yards created. Even with D.J. Reader back last week, Najee Harris ran for 4.5 yards per carry. Since Week 6, the Bengals have been 22nd in rushing yards per game, 29th in EPA per rush, and 24th in explosive run rate allowed. Henry is a weekly top-five play.
3 days ago
Christian McCaffrey Note
Christian McCaffrey photo 3. Christian McCaffrey SF (vs . NO)
Since becoming a full-time starter in the 49ers' offense, McCaffrey has averaged 19.3 touches and 110.7 with RB2, RB11, and RB11 fantasy outings. Since Week 7 (minimum 15 rushing attempts), McCaffrey is 46th in yards after contact per attempt, 15th in breakaway rate, and 44th in PFF's elusive rating. These aren't exactly pretty numbers. While those metrics aren't peachy, McCaffrey's 26.5% target share (since Week 8) and 2.37 yards per route run are still elite marks. The Saints' defense has faltered this year. Since Week 6, they are 21st in rushing yards per game, 27th in EPA per rush, and 22nd in explosive run rate allowed. McCaffrey is a no-doubt RB1.
3 days ago
Jonathan Taylor Note
Jonathan Taylor photo 4. Jonathan Taylor IND (vs . PIT)
After playing 94% of the snaps in Week 10 as a true every-down bell cow, Taylor played 75% of the snaps in Week 11 with 25 touches and 94 total yards. Taylor finally looks healthy. Since Week 7, he's 19th in yards after contact per attempt, 14th in breakaway rate, and 20th in PFF's elusive rating (minimum 15 carries). His yards after contact per attempt has risen (from 2.56 to 3.18) in each of the last three games. Taylor is a volume-based RB1 this week in a tough spot. Since Week 6, the Steelers are third in rushing yards per game, fifth in EPA per rush, and 17th in fantasy points per game allowed to running backs.
3 days ago
Saquon Barkley Note
Saquon Barkley photo 5. Saquon Barkley NYG (at DAL)
Barkley had a dud game last week, but he's still averaging 24.4 touches and 116.3 total yards as the RB6 in fantasy. Since Week 6, Barkley has slowed down as his efficiency metrics have taken massive dips. The hulking volume he's been shouldering could be catching up with him. Barkley still has massive touchdown equity and a high-volume floor that keep him in the RB1 conversation. He's first in opportunity share, second in weighted opportunities and ninth in red zone touches. Dallas has allowed the ninth-most rushing yards to running backs and ranks tenth in yards per carry and 14th in EPA per rush.
3 days ago
Kenneth Walker III Note
Kenneth Walker III photo 6. Kenneth Walker III SEA (vs . LV)
Since Walker took over starting duties, he has averaged 22 touches and 106 total yards. He's only once finished outside the top 24 running backs (RB25) and has posted three RB1 weeks. He's ranked 27th in yards after contact per attempt, third in breakaway rate, and 19th in PFF's elusive rating (minimum 25 carries). Something magical happened in Week 10. Walker commanded a 23.5% target share while rocking a 61% route run rate. But wait, this can't be. I was told that Walker couldn't catch passes during the NFL draft process. (Whispers...he can) over his last two games, he's seen a 48.1% route run rate. Seattle expanding this part of his game will make him matchup-proof. Walker will gash the Raiders this week. Since Week 6, Las Vegas is 29th in rushing yards per game, 17th in EPA per rush, and 15th in explosive run rate. Walker can also crush the Raiders through the air. Las Vegas is 32nd in DVOA against pass-catching backs allowing the most receiving yards and eighth-highest yards per reception. Walker is a stud RB1.
3 days ago
Josh Jacobs Note
Josh Jacobs photo 7. Josh Jacobs LV (at SEA)
Jacobs is averaging 21.7 touches and 118.1 total yards as the RB4 in fantasy. He's second in opportunity share, fifth in weighted opportunities, and 21st in red zone touches. His pass-game involvement has helped pad his floor and ceiling. He's 11th in target share, with the eighth-most receiving yards and ninth-most receptions among running backs. Jacobs will need the added points from grabs through the air. Seattle has also strengthened their run defense. Since Week 6, they are ninth in rushing yards per game, fourth in EPA per rush, and 13th in explosive run rate allowed. Over that period, they have given up the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs. Jacobs is a volume-based RB1. Jacobs popped up with a calf injury landing on the injury report on Friday. He's been listed as questionable. I'll keep tabs on his status on Saturday and Sunday up to kick-off. 
1 day ago
Travis Etienne Jr. Note
Travis Etienne Jr. photo 8. Travis Etienne Jr. JAC (vs . BAL)
Since Week 7, Etienne has played at least 78% of the snaps averaging 21.6 touches and 120 total yards. In his last six games, Etienne has only once finished lower than RB22 (RB25). Etienne is seventh in breakaway run rate, 24th in evaded tackles, and 18th in yards created per touch. He'll have his hands full with a Ravens run defense that's been a brick wall. Since Week 6, they are second in rushing yards per game, 11th in EPA per rush, and first in explosive run rate allowed.
3 days ago
Jeff Wilson Jr. Note
Jeff Wilson Jr. photo 9. Jeff Wilson Jr. MIA (vs . HOU)
Wilson has taken over as the leader of this backfield. In Week 10 he played 61% of the snaps with 19 touches (five targets) and 143 total yards. In his two games with the Dolphins he has been the RB8 and RB7 in fantasy. Wilson is 25th in evaded tackles, fifth in breakaway run rate, and eighth in yards per touch. Wilson is headed for another RB1 week against the Texans. Since Week 5, Houston is 32nd in rushing yards per game, 30th in EPA per rush, and 32nd in explosive run rate allowed. Wilson is an RB1.
3 days ago
Dalvin Cook Note
Dalvin Cook photo 10. Dalvin Cook MIN (vs . NE)
Cook has averaged 17.8 touches and 94.5 total yards as the RB13 in fantasy. Cook could be leaned on heavily this week with Cousins under pressure. Cook has only three games this season with at least 20 carries, but he could easily sniff his fourth in this matchup. Cook's efficiency numbers have been climbing as the season has moved along. He's sixth in yards after contact per attempt, seventh in missed tackles forced, 21st in breakaway rate, and 16th in PFF's elusive rating (minimum 25 carries). Cook's biggest obstacle is a Patriots' run defense that's found its legs. Since Week 6, they are seventh in rushing yards per game, first in EPA per rush and seventh in explosive run rate allowed. They have allowed only two touchdowns to running backs all year. Cook is a bet on talent and volume in this matchup. He remains an RB1.
3 days ago
Tony Pollard Note
Tony Pollard photo 11. Tony Pollard DAL (vs . NYG)
Last week, Pollard exploded with 54% of the snaps, 21 touches, and 189 total yards (two scores). Pollard is a high-end RB2 in a smash matchup. There's an easy case to be made that Pollard is the most efficient running back in the NFL. He is first in yards after contact per attempt, fifth in breakaway rate, and 18th in PFF's elusive rating (minimum 25 carries). Don't his receiving prowess get lost in the shuffle, as he's also eighth in PFF receiving grade and seventh in yards per route run (minimum 15 targets). If Pollard is fed 15-17 touches consistently, he'll be a top 15 running back weekly.
3 days ago
Rhamondre Stevenson Note
Rhamondre Stevenson photo 12. Rhamondre Stevenson NE (at MIN)
This is Stevenson's backfield. Over the last two games with Harris back, Stevenson has averaged 75% of the snaps with 19.5 touches and 76 total yards. Stevenson is the RB9 in fantasy this season and has been an RB1 in each of his last five games. Stevenson is a tackle-breaking Hulk ranking fourth in juke rate, third in evaded tackles, and 12th in breakaway runs. Stevenson will have trouble getting going on the ground against a Vikings run defense that's allowed the sixth-lowest rushing success rate and third-lowest EPA per rush since Week 5. Overall, Minnesota has allowed the seventh-fewest rushing yards to running backs, but they can be beaten through the air. The Vikings are 20th in DVOA against receiving backs giving up the sixth-most receiving yards per game and seventh-highest yards per reception. Stevenson is a weekly RB1.
3 days ago
Nick Chubb Note
Nick Chubb photo 13. Nick Chubb CLE (vs . TB)
Chubb has averaged 19 touches and 105.9 total yards as the RB5 in fantasy. Last week was his first game of the season finishing outside the top 24 backs in fantasy (RB25). Chubb is still trucking along with the eighth-best yards after contact per attempt, second-most missed tackles, and 11th-highest breakaway rate (minimum 25 carries). Over the last two games, he's eaten into the passing game more, with a 9.3% target share (3.5 targets per game) and 33 receiving yards per game. In that small sample, he's run more routes per game (14) than Hunt (12.5). Hunt will remain involved, but this backfield could be tilting more in Chubb's favor. The Buccaneers remain a defense that you can run on. Since Week 7, they are 15th in rushing yards per game, 22nd in EPA per rush, and 27th in explosive run rate allowed. Chubb is a weekly RB1.
3 days ago
Aaron Jones Note
Aaron Jones photo 14. Aaron Jones GB (at PHI)
Jones has not played less than 66% of the snaps when healthy since Week 6. In his last four full games, he has averaged 21.2 touches and 112.2 total yards. Jones is the RB12 in fantasy, ranking ninth in weighted opportunities, 18th in fantasy points per opportunity, and 16th in snap share. Jones is one of the most explosive backs in the NFL, sitting at 11th in juke rate, fourth in evaded tackles, and fourth in breakaway runs. The Eagles' run defense additions did little to slow down Jonathan Taylor last week, and Jones should carve them up in Week 12. Since Week 6, they are 25th in rushing yards per game, 30th in EPA per rush, and second in rushing success rate. Jones is an RB1.
3 days ago
Rachaad White Note
Rachaad White photo 15. Rachaad White TB (at CLE)
White came through in relief of Fournette the last time we saw him. Check back Friday to see if he'll be Tom Brady's workhorse in Week 12.
3 days ago
James Conner Note
James Conner photo 16. James Conner ARI (vs . LAC)
Conner has been reinstalled as Arizona's bell cow. He played 96% of the snaps in Week 10. Last week, his snap count and usage were noisy because the team pulled their starters late as they were getting truck sticked by San Francisco. Conner has played at least 71% of the snaps over the last three games averaging 17.3 touches and 68 total yards. Conner is 26th in juke rate, 28th in evaded tackles, and 27th in yards created per touch. Since Week 6, the Chargers remain one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. They rank 31st in rushing yards per game, 28th in EPA per rush, and have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs. Conner is a borderline RB1.
3 days ago
Alvin Kamara Note
Alvin Kamara photo 17. Alvin Kamara NO (at SF)
Kamara is averaging 18.6 touches and 99.6 total yards per game as the RB11 in fantasy. After scoring three touchdowns in Week 8, he's returned to the touchdown dessert with zero six-point dances since. Kamara might not be at his peak anymore, but he's still playing well. He ranks 14th in yards per touch, sixth in yards per route run, and 28th in evaded tackles. Kamara has commanded a 20.3% target share (third) while ranking third in receptions and receiving yards among running backs. Kamara is an RB1 in a brutal matchup. Since Week 6, San Francisco has been sixth in rushing success rate, fifth in rushing yards per game, and eighth in explosive run rate allowed. They have given up the third-fewest fantasy points per game in that period.
3 days ago
Najee Harris Note
Najee Harris photo 18. Najee Harris PIT (at IND)
Last week, Harris played 92% of the snaps with 24 touches, 116 total yards, and two scores. This was arguably Harris's best game of the season. Since Week 7, he's started to show some of the form that made fantasy GMs want to draft him early this year. Over his last four games, he's 24th in yards after contact per attempt, immediately behind Kenneth Walker, 18th in breakaway rate, and 17th in PFF's elusive rating. Harris could flirt with 25 touches this week. Since Week 6, the Colts are 21st in rushing success rate, 17th in rushing yards per game, and 16th in explosive run rate. Harris is an RB2 with RB1 upside.
3 days ago
Dameon Pierce Note
Dameon Pierce photo 19. Dameon Pierce HOU (at MIA)
Before flopping last week in a tough matchup, Pierce averaged 22.8 touches and 111.7 total yards since Week 3. Pierce has been a monster this year as the RB19 in fantasy. He's 14th in juke rate, fourth in evaded tackles, and 20th in yards created per touch. Touchdown regression is bound to strike him before the season's end, as he's eighth in red zone touches, but he's 25th in total touchdowns (four). After starting the year as a run-stopping behemoth, the Dolphins have displayed holes in the dam. Since Week 5, they are 17th in rushing yards per game, 24th in EPA per rush, and 21st in explosive run rate allowed. Pierce also has a 9.4% target share (24th) that he can put to use against a team that's 29th in DVOA against pass-catching backs. Miami is eighth in receiving yards per game and sixth in yard per reception allowed to running backs. Pierce is a strong RB2 with RB1 upside.
3 days ago
Samaje Perine Note
Samaje Perine photo 20. Samaje Perine CIN (at TEN)
Perine went wild last week with 15 touches, 82 total yards, and three touchdowns. We'll see Friday if we get Perine as the starter this week.
3 days ago
Miles Sanders Note
Miles Sanders photo 21. Miles Sanders PHI (vs . GB)
Sanders has seen his usage dip, with only one game over 13 carries over his last four. Sanders is the RB22 in fantasy averaging 16.8 touches and 80 total yards. Sanders is 11th in red zone touches and due for a score, as he hasn't gotten into the end zone in the last two games. He's 22nd in evaded tackles, 26th in breakaway runs, and 18th in true yards per carry. This is the bounceback matchup for Sanders. Since Week 6, the Packers are 27th in rushing yards per game, 25th in EPA per rush, and 21st in explosive run rate. Sanders is a strong RB2.
3 days ago
David Montgomery Note
David Montgomery photo 22. David Montgomery CHI (at NYJ)
Last week, Montgomery saw his highest snap rate (80%) since Week 2. Montgomery had 20 touches, turning them into 121 total yards. Montgomery is a volume play weekly as a strong RB2 with RB1 upside. He's ninth in juke rate and seventh in evaded tackles. He's now up to 16th in yards created and 23rd in yards created per touch. We've seen stretch-run hero Montgomery before. He's setting up for an encore performance in 2022. The Jets won't make it easy for him, though. Since Week 6, they are eighth in rushing yards per game, eighth in EPA per rush, and sixth in explosive run rate allowed.
3 days ago
Devin Singletary Note
Devin Singletary photo 23. Devin Singletary BUF (at DET)
The team traded for Nyheim Hines and he hasn't remotely been a threat to Singletary's workload. Since Week 9 he's played at least 72% of the snaps in every game averaging 15.3 touches and 64 total yards. Singletary has finished as the RB24, RB12, and RB10 in those weeks. Singletary is a volume play on one of the league's best offenses. Singularly he has been woefully inefficient all season ranking 41st in yards after contact per attempt, 31st in breakaway rate, and 38th in PFF's elusive rating (minimum 25 rushing attempts). The Lions have improved their run defense since Week 9. Over their last three games they are 20th in run defense DVOA holding running backs to 3.3 yards per carry. Singletary is an RB2.
3 days ago
Jamaal Williams Note
Jamaal Williams photo 24. Jamaal Williams DET (vs . BUF)
Since Swift returned to the huddle, Williams has remained the Lions' primary back. He's averaged 17.6 touches and 70.1 total yards. His value is entirely based on touchdowns and early down work. He hasn't drawn a target since Week 8. Williams has been a touchdown monster who leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns and carries inside the five-yard line. He's scored in six of ten games with five multiple-touchdown outings. Williams has been this season's James Conner as a touchdown-vulturing fantasy superstar. He's 48th in yards after contact per attempt, 46th in breakaway run rate, and 60th in PFF's elusive rating (minimum 25 carries). The Bills remain an above-average matchup for running backs despite shutting down Nick Chubb last week. Since Week 5, Buffalo has allowed the tenth-highest rushing success rate and 13th-highest yards per carry while holding backs to the fifth-lowest EPA per rush.
3 days ago
Latavius Murray Note
Latavius Murray photo 25. Latavius Murray DEN (at CAR)
Well, we finally have an undisputed workhorse in Denver. Time to rejoice, right? Not exactly. With Melvin Gordon gone and Chase Edmonds on the IR, Murray slides into a nearly every down role. This could not be any grosser. Among 69 running backs with at least 25 carries, Murray ranks 67th in yards after contact per attempt and 50th in PFF's elusive rating. Murray has zero breakaway runs with his 74 carries. Last week he churned out 72 total yards with his 21 touches. He's purely a gross volume play as an RB3 who likely outplays that ranking if he scores. Carolina has not been good at attempting to stop the run. Since Week 6, they are 24th in rushing yards per game, 22nd in EPA per rush, and 27th in explosive run rate allowed.
3 days ago
Antonio Gibson Note
Antonio Gibson photo 26. Antonio Gibson WAS (vs . ATL)
Last week Gibson assumed the lead role with his highest snap share of the season (68%). He finished Week 11 with 21 touches and 93 total yards. Gibson is the RB23 in fantasy points per game and has finished as a top 24 back in five of his last six games. Gibson is a volume-based RB2. His efficiency has been putrid as he ranks outside the top 50 running backs in yards after contact per attempt, breakaway rate, and PFF elusive rating (minimum 25 carries). Atlanta is a middling matchup for running backs that has limited big plays. Since Week 6, they are 18th in rushing yards per game, 16th in EPA per rush and sixth in explosive run rate allowed. Gibson's consistent pass-game role helps his ceiling and floor weekly. He's seen at least three targets in every game this season except for one.
3 days ago
Isiah Pacheco Note
Isiah Pacheco photo 27. Isiah Pacheco KC (vs . LAR)
Over the last two weeks, Pacheco has averaged 48% of the snaps with 15.5 rushing attempts and 94.5 rushing yards. The issue so far is he hasn't scored a touchdown, as McKinnon is seeing more red zone usage, and he has absolutely zero passing game role. Pacheco has been effective with his early down work, ranking 24th in yards after contact per attempt and 26th in breakaway rate (minimum 25 carries). The Rams continue to bottle up running backs ranking fourth in rushing yards per game, sixth in EPA per rush, and third in explosive run rate allowed since Week 6. Pacheco is a touchdown-dependent RB3/4.
3 days ago
Cordarrelle Patterson Note
Cordarrelle Patterson photo 28. Cordarrelle Patterson ATL (at WAS)
Since Patterson's return, he's averaged 10.6 touches and 44 total yards. His snap rate increased to 49% as the backfield was whittled down to just Patterson and Allgeier (Caleb Huntley 4% of snaps). Patterson has finished as a top-24 running back in two of his last three games (RB7, RB21). The Falcons look determined to continue limiting his snaps, as Allgeier led all running backs with 55% of the snaps last week. Patterson is 15th in yards per touch, 18th in juke rate, and 14th in breakaway run rate. He's an RB3 in a difficult matchup. Since Week 6, Washington has been an elite run defense, ranking sixth in rushing yards per game, seventh in EPA per rush, and second in explosive run rate. Patterson's target share (6.7%) isn't substantial enough to help his fantasy day.
3 days ago
Michael Carter Note
Michael Carter photo 29. Michael Carter NYJ (vs . CHI)
D'Andre Swift Note
D'Andre Swift photo 30. D'Andre Swift DET (vs . BUF)
Over the last two games, Swift has settled into a complementary role averaging 20 snaps, 7.5 touches, and 22 total yards. He's saved his fantasy days in both weeks, with touchdowns pumping him up to RB30 and RB19 for those weeks. The reality is Swift's fantasy usage is a dangerous tightrope to walk despite his five red zone opportunities over the last two games. Since Week 8, among 54 running backs with at least 15 rushing attempts, Swift ranks dead last in yards after contact per attempt and 48th in PFF's elusive rating with only two missed tackles forced. Swift is a dice roll RB3/flex.
3 days ago
Ezekiel Elliott Note
Ezekiel Elliott photo 31. Ezekiel Elliott DAL (vs . NYG)
Last week, Elliott played 29% of the snaps with 16 touches and 47 total yards as the Cowboys' early down volume slug. Elliott is an aging running back living off touchdowns with five scores and ten red zone opportunities in his last three games. The wheels have rusted as he's 45th in juke rate, 37th in evaded tackles, and 54th in yards created per touch. Eliott is a touchdown-or-bust RB2/3. The Giants are 28th in adjusted line yards and 31st in open field yards allowed. They have given up the tenth-most fantasy points per game to running backs.
3 days ago
D'Onta Foreman Note
D'Onta Foreman photo 32. D'Onta Foreman CAR (vs . DEN)
If the Panthers can keep this game close, they will ride Foreman. Foreman has eclipsed 25 carries with at least 115 rushing yards in two of his last four games. In the other two games where Carolina lost, he averaged nine touches and 22.5 total yards. Foreman can be crushed by game script in any week. He's been an effective early-down hammer when Carolina can lean on him. Foreman ranks 30th in yards after contact per attempt, 23rd in breakaway rate, and 34th in PFF's elusive rating (minimum 25 carries). Denver has toughened up against the run, ranking tenth in rushing yards per game, 15th in EPA per rush, and 11th in explosive run rate allowed since Week 6.
3 days ago
Brian Robinson Jr. Note
Brian Robinson Jr. photo 33. Brian Robinson Jr. WAS (vs . ATL)
Since Week 9, Robinson has averaged 18 rushing attempts and 62.3 rushing attempts. While Gibson has the edge in red zone rushing attempts (nine) over this span, Robinson has still managed six totes near the goal line. Robinson and Gibson are playing a gross game of who can be more inefficient with their workload. Robinson is outside the top 50 running backs in yards after contact per attempt and breakaway rate. Robinson is a touchdown-or-bust RB4.
3 days ago
Elijah Mitchell Note
Elijah Mitchell photo 34. Elijah Mitchell SF (vs . NO)
Since his return, Mitchell has averaged 11 rushing attempts and 63 rushing yards. Outside of his insane seven red zone carries in Week 10, he's only seen one rushing attempt inside the 20-yard line. Mitchell looks explosive, though, ranking 16th in yards after contact per attempt and 16th in PFF's elusive rating (since Week 7, minimum 15 carries). Mitchell is an RB4.
3 days ago
Kenyan Drake Note
Kenyan Drake photo 35. Kenyan Drake BAL (at JAC)
Damien Harris Note
Damien Harris photo 36. Damien Harris NE (at MIN)
Harris is an RB3/4. Over the last two games, he's averaged 32.5% of the snaps with 11.5 touches and 73.5 total yards per game. The big problem for Harris is he has nearly zero pass-game involvement (two targets per game) and has had zero red zone touches since Week 8. This week's matchup is abysmal for a back whose value is tied to early down work. Harris has remained efficient with his touches ranking third in juke rate and 26th in yards created per touch.
3 days ago
Kareem Hunt Note
Kareem Hunt photo 37. Kareem Hunt CLE (vs . TB)
Hunt's snaps have dipped in the last two games, as he's played 34% and 39% of the snaps. Those are the only two games this season that his snaps have dipped below 41%. Over the last two games, he has averaged seven touches and 36.5 total yards. Hunt has only two red zone opportunities since Week 8 (Chubb six). Hunt is quickly descending from RB3 territory into handcuff-only status. Since Week 7, he's 34th in yards after contact per attempt and 32nd in PFF's elusive rating (minimum 15 carries).
3 days ago
Jerick McKinnon Note
Jerick McKinnon photo 38. Jerick McKinnon KC (vs . LAR)
Although McKinnon's targets dried up after back-to-back games with eight targets, he retains the passing back role. He's also the team's trusted red zone back. McKinnon has a 9.0% target share (26th) and ranks 26th in yards per route run. McKinnon is a low-end flex against a team that's allowed the tenth-highest yards per reception and 14th-most receptions to running backs. The loss of Clyde Edwards-Helaire could slightly bump up the volume for both of these backs as it's now a two person backfield.
3 days ago
Tyler Allgeier Note
Tyler Allgeier photo 39. Tyler Allgeier ATL (at WAS)
Over the last three games, Allgeier has averaged 10.4 touches and 63.3 total yards. His efficiency on the ground has improved throughout the season, as he's now ranked 22nd in yards after contact per attempt and 28th in PFF's elusive rating (minimum 25 carries). Allegier's two big issues this week are the terrible rushing matchup and his minimal red zone usage since Week 9. That work has largely gone to Patterson. Allgeier is a low-ceiling RB4.
3 days ago
Kyren Williams Note
Kyren Williams photo 40. Kyren Williams LAR (at KC)
If choosing a back from this backfield, it should be Williams. Last week he played 55% of the snaps with eight touches and 44 total yards while operating as the passing down back. His 3.63 yards after contact per attempt is encouraging, but take it with a grain of salt, as it's only with an eight carry sample size. Kansas City is 27th in DVOA against receiving backs allowing the second-most receptions and third-most receiving yards. Williams is a viable PPR flex/RB4.
3 days ago
James Robinson Note
James Robinson photo 41. James Robinson NYJ (vs . CHI)
With the Jets, Robinson has played 22% of the snaps in two of three games averaging nine touches and 26.7 total yards. His efficiency numbers have tanked as the season has progressed. Robinson has only two missed tackles in his last five games and hasn't registered higher than 2.50 yards after contact per attempt since Week 3. Robinson is an RB4.
3 days ago
AJ Dillon Note
AJ Dillon photo 42. AJ Dillon GB (at PHI)
Since Week 8, Dillon has averaged 11 touches and 48.8 total yards. Dillon hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1. He's remained involved in the red zone with four carries inside the 20 over his last four games. His season has been utterly disappointing, as he's the RB47 in fantasy points per game. He's 38th in yards created per touch, 44th in breakaway run rate, and 46th in yards per touch. Dillon is an RB4.
3 days ago
Cam Akers Note
Cam Akers photo 43. Cam Akers LAR (at KC)
Last week, Akers played the early down grinder role seeing 14 carries, matching his season-high 61 rushing yards, and playing 39% of the snaps. Akers has shown some life over the last two weeks with 3.07 and 3.67 yards after contact per attempt marks, but his season-long numbers are still dreadful. Akers ranks 52nd in yards after contact per attempt, and he hasn't recorded a breakaway run this season. Kansas City is a defense that can be run on. Since Week 6, they are fifth in yards per carry (5.0), 20th in EPA per rush, and 24th in rushing success rate allowed. Akers is a low-ceiling RB3/4.
3 days ago
James Cook Note
James Cook photo 44. James Cook BUF (at DET)
Last week Cook saw his second-highest snap count (16) of the season with 13 opportunities (11 carries) and 86 rushing yards. Cook has quietly been one of the most explosive rushers in the NFL when he's been called upon. Among all rushers with at least 25 carries, he's sixth in yards after contact per attempt and first in PFF's elusive rating. Cook is a desperate deep league flex who could break a big run and payoff or easily finish with fewer than five fantasy points.
3 days ago
Dontrell Hilliard Note
Dontrell Hilliard photo 45. Dontrell Hilliard TEN (vs . CIN)
Gus Edwards Note
Gus Edwards photo 46. Gus Edwards BAL (at JAC)
Edwards opened this week limited in practice. I'll revisit this backfield Friday. If Edwards is back, the dynamic will change massively.
3 days ago
Kenneth Gainwell Note
Kenneth Gainwell photo 47. Kenneth Gainwell PHI (vs . GB)
Chuba Hubbard Note
Chuba Hubbard photo 48. Chuba Hubbard CAR (vs . DEN)
Even when the script flipped, Hubbard wasn't useful last week. He played 40% of the snaps turning his six touches into 25 yards. Hubbard has been unable to surpass 2.2 yards after contact per attempt in three of his last four games. He's a low-end stash at this point, in case Foreman misses any time.
3 days ago
Alexander Mattison Note
Alexander Mattison photo 49. Alexander Mattison MIN (vs . NE)
Before last week's blowout, Mattison had crested 20% of snaps played only once in his last four games averaging 3.3 touches and 15.8 total yards. Mattison is just a premier handcuff.
3 days ago
Trestan Ebner Note
Trestan Ebner photo 50. Trestan Ebner CHI (at NYJ)
Ebner isn't a threat to Montgomery's workhorse role. Last week he played 22% of the snaps with six touches for eight total yards. He's a middle-of-the-road handcuff.
3 days ago
Justin Jackson Note
Justin Jackson photo 51. Justin Jackson DET (vs . BUF)
Keaontay Ingram Note
Keaontay Ingram photo 52. Keaontay Ingram ARI (vs . LAC)
Matt Breida Note
Matt Breida photo 53. Matt Breida NYG (at DAL)
Justice Hill Note
Justice Hill photo 54. Justice Hill BAL (at JAC)
Rex Burkhead Note
Rex Burkhead photo 55. Rex Burkhead HOU (at MIA)
Marlon Mack Note
Marlon Mack photo 56. Marlon Mack DEN (at CAR)
Isaiah Spiller Note
Isaiah Spiller photo 57. Isaiah Spiller LAC (at ARI)
Ameer Abdullah Note
Ameer Abdullah photo 58. Ameer Abdullah LV (at SEA)
Deon Jackson Note
Deon Jackson photo 59. Deon Jackson IND (vs . PIT)
Boston Scott Note
Boston Scott photo 60. Boston Scott PHI (vs . GB)
Travis Homer Note
Travis Homer photo 61. Travis Homer SEA (vs . LV)
Nyheim Hines Note
Nyheim Hines photo 62. Nyheim Hines BUF (at DET)
Hines can be dropped in all formats. Last week he saw a season-high in snaps with the Bills with just ten. Hines hasn't recorded more than two opportunities in any game since arriving in Buffalo.
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Caleb Huntley Note
Caleb Huntley photo 63. Caleb Huntley ATL (at WAS)
JaMycal Hasty Note
JaMycal Hasty photo 64. JaMycal Hasty JAC (vs . BAL)
Raheem Blackshear Note
Raheem Blackshear photo 65. Raheem Blackshear CAR (vs . DEN)
Trayveon Williams Note
Trayveon Williams photo 66. Trayveon Williams CIN (at TEN)
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Note
Ke'Shawn Vaughn photo 67. Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB (at CLE)
Ty Johnson Note
Ty Johnson photo 68. Ty Johnson NYJ (vs . CHI)
Chris Evans Note
Chris Evans photo 69. Chris Evans CIN (at TEN)
Kyle Juszczyk Note
Kyle Juszczyk photo 70. Kyle Juszczyk SF (vs . NO)
Salvon Ahmed Note
Salvon Ahmed photo 71. Salvon Ahmed MIA (vs . HOU)
Brandon Bolden Note
Brandon Bolden photo 72. Brandon Bolden LV (at SEA)
Sony Michel Note
Sony Michel photo 73. Sony Michel LAC (at ARI)
Zack Moss Note
Zack Moss photo 74. Zack Moss IND (vs . PIT)
David Johnson Note
David Johnson photo 75. David Johnson NO (at SF)
Benny Snell Jr. Note
Benny Snell Jr. photo 76. Benny Snell Jr. PIT (at IND)
Eno Benjamin Note
Eno Benjamin photo 77. Eno Benjamin HOU (at MIA)
Devine Ozigbo Note
Devine Ozigbo photo 78. Devine Ozigbo DEN (at CAR)
Hassan Haskins Note
Hassan Haskins photo 79. Hassan Haskins TEN (vs . CIN)
Alec Ingold Note
Alec Ingold photo 80. Alec Ingold MIA (vs . HOU)
Myles Gaskin Note
Myles Gaskin photo 81. Myles Gaskin MIA (vs . HOU)
Reggie Gilliam Note
Reggie Gilliam photo 82. Reggie Gilliam BUF (at DET)
Mark Ingram II Note
Mark Ingram II photo 83. Mark Ingram II NO (at SF)
Malik Davis Note
Malik Davis photo 84. Malik Davis DAL (vs . NYG)
Avery Williams Note
Avery Williams photo 85. Avery Williams ATL (at WAS)
Giovani Bernard Note
Giovani Bernard photo 86. Giovani Bernard TB (at CLE)
Dare Ogunbowale Note
Dare Ogunbowale photo 87. Dare Ogunbowale HOU (at MIA)
Dwayne Washington Note
Dwayne Washington photo 88. Dwayne Washington NO (at SF)
Zamir White Note
Zamir White photo 89. Zamir White LV (at SEA)
Patrick Ricard Note
Patrick Ricard photo 90. Patrick Ricard BAL (at JAC)
Darrell Henderson Jr. Note
Darrell Henderson Jr. photo 91. Darrell Henderson Jr. JAC (vs . BAL)
Joshua Kelley Note
Joshua Kelley photo 92. Joshua Kelley LAC (at ARI)
Zander Horvath Note
Zander Horvath photo 93. Zander Horvath LAC (at ARI)
Jordan Wilkins Note
Jordan Wilkins photo 94. Jordan Wilkins IND (vs . PIT)
D'Ernest Johnson Note
D'Ernest Johnson photo 95. D'Ernest Johnson CLE (vs . TB)
Tyrion Davis-Price Note
Tyrion Davis-Price photo 96. Tyrion Davis-Price SF (vs . NO)
Ronald Jones II Note
Ronald Jones II photo 97. Ronald Jones II KC (vs . LAR)
C.J. Ham Note
C.J. Ham photo 98. C.J. Ham MIN (vs . NE)
Raheem Mostert Note
Raheem Mostert photo 99. Raheem Mostert MIA (vs . HOU)
Since Week 9, Mostert has averaged 37% of the snaps, 10.5 touches, and 56.5 total yards. With touchdowns in each game, he finished as the RB25 and RB10 in those weeks. Mostert has quickly taken a backseat to Wilson, but with four red zone carries over his last two games, he's still a viable flex/RB3. Mostert is 15th in breakaway runs and 24th in yards per touch. Mostert has been listed as doubtful. Wilson was already an RB1, but this turn of events helps his floor and ceiling projection even further.
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DeeJay Dallas Note
DeeJay Dallas photo 100. DeeJay Dallas SEA (vs . LV)
Jakob Johnson Note
Jakob Johnson photo 101. Jakob Johnson LV (at SEA)
Keith Smith Note
Keith Smith photo 102. Keith Smith ATL (at WAS)
Ronnie Rivers Note
Ronnie Rivers photo 103. Ronnie Rivers LAR (at KC)
Derek Watt Note
Derek Watt photo 104. Derek Watt PIT (at IND)
Michael Burton Note
Michael Burton photo 105. Michael Burton KC (vs . LAR)
Jordan Mason Note
Jordan Mason photo 106. Jordan Mason SF (vs . NO)
Gary Brightwell Note
Gary Brightwell photo 107. Gary Brightwell NYG (at DAL)
J.K. Dobbins Note
J.K. Dobbins photo 108. J.K. Dobbins BAL (at JAC)
Adam Prentice Note
Adam Prentice photo 109. Adam Prentice NO (at SF)
Khari Blasingame Note
Khari Blasingame photo 110. Khari Blasingame CHI (at NYJ)
Darrynton Evans Note
Darrynton Evans photo 111. Darrynton Evans CHI (at NYJ)
Kene Nwangwu Note
Kene Nwangwu photo 112. Kene Nwangwu MIN (vs . NE)
Corey Clement Note
Corey Clement photo 113. Corey Clement ARI (vs . LAC)
Mike Davis Note
Mike Davis photo 114. Mike Davis BAL (at JAC)
Pierre Strong Jr. Note
Pierre Strong Jr. photo 115. Pierre Strong Jr. NE (at MIN)
Jonathan Williams Note
Jonathan Williams photo 116. Jonathan Williams WAS (vs . ATL)
Damien Williams Note
Damien Williams photo 117. Damien Williams ATL (at WAS)
Brittain Brown Note
Brittain Brown photo 118. Brittain Brown LV (at SEA)
Snoop Conner Note
Snoop Conner photo 119. Snoop Conner JAC (vs . BAL)
Anthony McFarland Jr. Note
Anthony McFarland Jr. photo 120. Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT (at IND)
Tory Carter Note
Tory Carter photo 121. Tory Carter TEN (vs . CIN)
Patrick Taylor Jr. Note
Patrick Taylor Jr. photo 122. Patrick Taylor Jr. GB (at PHI)
Melvin Gordon III Note
Melvin Gordon III photo 123. Melvin Gordon III FA (BYE)
Qadree Ollison Note
Qadree Ollison photo 124. Qadree Ollison DAL (vs . NYG)
Malcolm Brown Note
Malcolm Brown photo 125. Malcolm Brown LAR (at KC)
Alex Armah Jr. Note
Alex Armah Jr. photo 126. Alex Armah Jr. WAS (vs . ATL)
Austin Walter Note
Austin Walter photo 127. Austin Walter LV (at SEA)
Julius Chestnut Note
Julius Chestnut photo 128. Julius Chestnut TEN (vs . CIN)
Darwin Thompson Note
Darwin Thompson photo 129. Darwin Thompson SEA (vs . LV)
Nate McCrary Note
Nate McCrary photo 130. Nate McCrary CAR (vs . DEN)
Spencer Brown Note
Spencer Brown photo 131. Spencer Brown CAR (vs . DEN)
Jerome Ford Note
Jerome Ford photo 132. Jerome Ford CLE (vs . TB)
Taiwan Jones Note
Taiwan Jones photo 133. Taiwan Jones BUF (at DET)