Don’t worry about the Panthers’ record. They want Christian McCaffrey to rack up as much box score production as possible. He retains rights to the overall RB1 spot for Championship Week. Chris Carson (ARI) and Joe Mixon (at MIA) rise up into the RB1 tier, as does presumed MNF starter Mike Boone. Assuming both Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, the talented yet seldom used back, Boone will step into a featured 20+ touch workload in an outstanding matchup. Adrian Peterson elbows his way into the back of the RB2 tier as he prepares to shred the hapless Giants’ defense. Boston Scott has solidified himself as a flex option, as Philly’s 1B running back, ahead of his date with Dallas.
Week 16 Running Back Rankings
|High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s
|High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s
|Although Indy's played well against opposing running backs, the Panthers are intent on getting CMC the Yards from Scrimmage record.
|Barkley got back on track last week against Miami. This week, he's got an almost equally great matchup against Washington.
|The Cowboys and the Eagles are essentially playing for the NFC East crown this week as both team's are tied for 1st and 7-7. With Dak Prescott's throwing shoulder ailing, expect Elliott to see 25 or more touches this week.
|Melvin Gordon III
|Expect Gordon to pummel the Raiders' weak front-seven this week.
|It seems like it's been forever since Carson had such a high ranking. He's got a great matchup on tap here though.
|Fournette's lack of touchdowns has been a bummer. Atlanta's defense has ben sledgehammered by opposing all-purpose running backs though so he's got a good chance to rack up yardage and catches -- and just maybe find the end zone.
|Baltimore's run defense is mid-tier at best. Chubb should have a healthy box score by day's end.
|Mixon's mid-week addition the th einjury report (calf) is not reassuring. As long as he's able to participate in practice on Friday, He should be good to go for the weekend. This is a fantastic matchup.
|Both Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison were unable to practice, due to injury, on Thursday. Should they be Out, as it appears they may be, Mike Boone would be a league-winning RB1. He may be even more talented than Mattison and he's got a great matchup against Green Bay's weak front-seven.
|Mark Ingram II
|Cleveland's run defense is ho-hum at best. Expect a touchdown or two from Ingram as the Ravens attempt to solidify a 1st Round playoff bye.
|Tennessee's defense has been downright bad at trying to stop opposing backfields. Kamara's lackluster fantasy season should end on a high note against them.
|Dallas has been somewhat vulnerable to all-purpose backs and Sanders has been playing out of his mind.
|High Floor/High Ceiling RB2s
|The Vikings' run defense has been leaky as of late.
|Todd Gurley II
|The Rams are riding Gurley into the ground.
|It'll be impossible for the Cards not to give Drake a featured role this week after what he did in Week 15.
|Great matchup for Conner. He's getting healthier too.
|Excellent matchup for Ekeler to return rock-solid RB2 value in.
|New England's run defense is good, but not bulletproof. 20 touches should keep Singletary safely in the RB2 realm.
|Carolina's run defense is woeful.
|Washington can easily return RB2 value as Oakland's featured back.
|Lindsay should have a nice bounceback game here. It's a fantastic championship matchup.
|Although the hype is over, he's still a rock-solid RB2 option. He would be higher on the list if other backs didn't have such great matchups.
|Excellent matchup for the 2-down rusher.
|New Orleans' overall defense is strong. But the IR-losses of defensive linemen Sheldon Rankins and Marcus Davenport are significant. Expect Lewis to see 18+ touches with Derrick Henry Out.
|High Floor/Capped Ceiling RB3s
|Great matchup for Cleveland's 1B back.
|He'll get a large workload in this one but his workloads haven't made much of a difference this year. If you're into revenge narratives, this is the one for you.
|Great matchup for Freeman on tap here.
|The matchup is good enough that he's got a high ceiling. His floor is a tad lower than the rest of this bunch though.
|If he's indeed good to go, a reasonable 12-15 touch workload is likely.
|Ronald Jones II
|Solid matchup for the lead, committee back.
|Chicago's going to have to throw to keep up in this one.
|Scott's earned a rock-solid 1B role and he's garnered flex-ability because of it.
|Brutal matchup but his workload has become secure once more.
|It's a decent enough matchup for the 12-15 touch RB to produce in.
|He's been quiet as of late but this is a good enough matchup for low-end flex consideration.
|Assuming he's returning, he'll be the lead back in a 3-man committee.