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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. 

WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS:
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. 

WEEK 16 STANDARD RANKINGS:
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.

WEEK 16 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

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.

WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo

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
Antonio Gibson, WAS @ DAL
11
Joe Mixon, CIN vs. BAL
12
Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. LAR
13
Justin Jackson, LAC @ HOU
14
Sony Michel, LAR @ MIN
15
Javonte Williams, DEN @ LV
16
Josh Jacobs, LV vs. DEN
17
Melvin Gordon, DEN @ LV
18
Aaron Jones, GB vs. CLE
19
Saquon Barkley, NYG @ PHI
20
Ronald Jones II, TB @ CAR
21
Michael Carter, NYJ vs. JAX
22
Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. CHI
23
Miles Sanders, PHI vs. NYG
24
Jamaal Williams, DET @ ATL
25
James Conner, ARI vs. IND
26
D’Onta Foreman, TEN vs. SF
27
Rex Burkhead, HOU vs. LAC
28
Chase Edmonds, ARI vs. IND
29
Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. TB
30
Darrel Williams, KC vs. PIT
31
Damien Harris, NE vs. BUF
32
Jeff Wilson Jr., SF @ TEN
33
Myles Gaskin, MIA @ NO
34
Devin Singletary, BUF @ NE
35
David Johnson, HOU vs. LAC
36
Darrell Henderson, LAR @ MIN
37
Devonta Freeman, BAL @ CIN
38
Jordan Howard, PHI vs. NYG
39
Tevin Coleman, NYJ vs. JAX
40
Jaret Patterson, WAS @ DAL
41
Rhamondre Stevenson, NE vs. BUF
42
Tony Pollard, DAL vs. WAS
43
Latavius Murray, BAL @ CIN
44
Mark Ingram, NO vs. MIA
45
Craig Reynolds, DET @ ATL
46
Joshua Kelley, LAC @ HOU
47
AJ Dillon, GB vs. CLE
48
Mike Davis, ATL vs. DET
49
Duke Johnson, MIA @ NO
50
Dontrell Hilliard, TEN vs. SF
51
Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. SF
52
DeeJay Dallas, SEA vs. CHI
53
Devontae Booker, NYG @ PHI
54
Boston Scott, PHI vs. NYG
55
Ameer Abdullah, CAR vs. TB
56
Matt Breida, BUF @ NE
57
Phillip Lindsay, MIA @ NO
58
Nyheim Hines, IND @ ARI
59
D’Ernest Johnson, CLE @ GB
60
Brandon Bolden, NE vs. BUF
61
Dare Ogunbowale, JAX @ NYJ
62
Samaje Perine, CIN vs. BAL
63
Kene Nwangwu, MIN vs. LAR
64
Alex Collins, SEA vs. CHI
65
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB @ CAR
66
Peyton Barber, LV vs. DEN
67
Godwin Igwebuike, DET @ ATL
68
Royce Freeman, HOU vs. LAC
69
Khalil Herbert, CHI @ SEA
70
Jonathan Williams, WAS @ DAL

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