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Week 16 Running Back Rankings- PPR Leagues

Armando shares his Week 16 PPR running backs

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We have arrived to the championship round of most fantasy leagues. If you have made it this far, congrats! Let's waste no time and jump right into this week's top PPR running backs.

RUNNING BACKS

OPP

1

David Johnson ARI

GB

2

Adrian Peterson MIN

NYG

3

DeAngelo Williams PIT

@BAL

4

Doug Martin TB

CHI

5

Devonta Freeman ATL

CAR

6

Matt Forte CHI

@TB

7

Latavius Murray OAK

SD

8

Darren McFadden DAL

@BUF

9

Denard Robinson JAC

@NO

10

Charcandrick West KC

CLE

11

Karlos Williams BUF

DAL

12

Bilal Powell NYJ

NE

13

Danny Woodhead SD

@OAK

14

James White NE

@NYJ

15

Frank Gore IND

@MIA

16

Todd Gurley STL

@SEA

17

Tim Hightower NO

JAC

18

Ameer Abdullah DET

SF

19

Cameron Artis-Payne CAR

@ATL

20

Christine Michael SEA

STL

21

Chris Ivory NYJ

NE

22

Javorius Allen BAL

PIT

23

Giovani Bernard CIN

@DEN

24

Jeremy Hill CIN

@DEN

25

Eddie Lacy GB

@ARI

26

Jay Ajayi MIA

IND

27

Ronnie Hillman DEN

CIN

28

Rashad Jennings NYG

@MIN

29

Charles Sims TB

CHI

30

Shaun Draughn SF

@DET

31

Alfred Blue HOU

@TEN

32

Lamar Miller MIA

IND

33

Joique Bell DET

SF

34

Ryan Mathews PHI

WAS

35

Shane Vereen NYG

@MIN

36

Donald Brown SD

@OAK

37

Theo Riddick DET

SF

38

Matt Jones WAS

@PHI

39

Antonio Andrews TEN

HOU

40

Duke Johnson CLE

@KC

41

Jeremy Langford CHI

@TB

42

Darren Sproles PHI

WAS

43

Terrance West BAL

PIT

44

Mike Gillislee BUF

DAL

45

Alfred Morris WAS

@PHI

46

Brandon Bolden NE

@NYJ

47

Bryce Brown SEA

STL

48

Fred Jackson SEA

STL

49

C.J. Anderson DEN

CIN

50

James Starks GB

@ARI

David Johnson is coming off of a monster game and finds himself atop the rankings this week. He has scored 17 or more fantasy points in three consecutive games. He has totaled 100+ yards in each of those games and has scored four touchdowns. He's receiving over 20 touches per game in his last three and has 14 targets in that span. He's an explosive back that is capable of a huge play any time he is on the field and is also receiving tons of volume. He faces the Packers who surrender 87 rushing yards per game and have allowed 11 total touchdowns this season, including three rushing touchdowns in their last five games. Johnson has taken full advantage of his last three starts and should continue to do so this week.

Denard Robinson didn't quite pan out as we hoped last week. He suffered a foot sprain during last week's game and is questionable for this week, but if he plays, he's someone that in a great bounce back spot. Despite a subpar performance, he caught eight passes. He had 72 all-purpose yards and finished the day with 15.4 fantasy points. This is a great matchup for Robinson as the Saints are one of the worst defenses in the league, if not the worst. Opposing running backs average 119.9 rushing yards, 59.6 receiving yards, and six receptions per game against the Saints. They've also reached the end zone 16 times and average 5.24 yards per carry. Keep an eye on his status heading into Sunday, but if he's active he should be in your lineups this week.

Danny Woodhead was probably one of the biggest surprise performances of last week. He caught six passes for 50 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown, totaling four for the day. He remains a big part of this Chargers passing offense as he receives 6.1 targets per game and plays in over 50 percent of the offensive snaps. Volume alone warrants him a start in PPR formats in the flex, especially with all the injuries at the running back position. The Raiders are solid against the run, but do allow six receptions and 45.9 receiving yards per game to running backs. The last time Woodhead played against the Raiders, he caught 11 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Don't be afraid to roll with in your championship game if you need to.

Frank Gore has struggled this season tremendously. In fact, he's gone seven games in a row averaging under four yards per carry. However, a trip to Miami, his hometown and versus one of the worst run defenses in the league, is all Gore may need to snap out of his funk. The Dolphins surrender 118.1 rushing yards, 5.3 receptions, and 44.3 receiving yards per game to running backs. They also yield 4.14 yards per carry and have given up 17 total touchdowns. They have surrendered over 90 rushing yards in seven of their last eight games and give up over 20 fantasy points per game. This is a prime spot for Gore and he should be able to get some running room and make some plays.

I've mentioned Theo Riddick in most weekly articles and will continue to recommend him as a flex play in deep leagues that are PPR formats. He averages 6.1 targets and 4.9 receptions per game. He has caught five or more passes in four of his last five games. The Niners surrender 5.9 receptions per game to opposing backs. He's inconsistent and offers a low floor, but there are much worst options than Riddick if you're in a bind at the running back position.

Best of luck to all this week. May you win your championship game!