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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs for Week 12

Jonathan Taylor is next level.

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Welcome to Week 12 of NFL fantasy football! Here are a few notes on running backs:

  • Rams vs. Packers could be in Green Bay with snow, so this game could showcase a lot of running.
  • Keep an eye on Injuries to Elijah Mitchell, Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara, and especially Aaron Jones/AJ Dillon—Jones could start, but Dillon can be a workhorse in the snow.
  • My gut tells me Dallas, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Denver go run-heavy this week.
  • We should see some tandem work with Alvin Kamara/Mark Ingram II, Nick Chubb/Kareem Hunt, Rhamondre Stevenson/Brandon Bolden/Damien Harris, Ezekiel Elliott/Tony Pollard, and Zach Moss/Devin Singletary/Matt Breida

Running Back Rankings Week 12

Rank Player Team Opponent Notes
Rank Player Team Opponent Notes
1 Jonathan Taylor Ind vs TB It seems improbably how Taylor keeps one upping his previous effort
2 Christian McCaffrey Car @ Mia 60 receiving yards and 1 TD last week to go with 59 rushing yards
3 Najee Harris Pit @ Cin Rush TDs in three of his last four games
4 Dalvin Cook Min @ SF Had quite a game against rival GB last week
5 D'Andre Swift Det vs Chi Broke free for a great long TD last week
6 Austin Ekeler LAC @ Den Four total TDs last week for Ekeler who was shaking and moving
7 Alvin Kamara NO vs Buf Questionable - Injury is concerning me a bit
8 Joe Mixon Cin vs Pit Mixon vs. a Pitt D-line should be a good watch
9 Nick Chubb Cle @ Bal The more bruised Baker gets, the more Cleveland uses Chubb
10 AJ Dillon GB vs LAR Dillon has filled in admirably for Jones, he averaged over 5 yards per carry last week
11 Saquon Barkley NYG vs Phi Saquon was…ok in MNF
12 Leonard Fournette TB @ Ind Tough Matchup for Tampa Bay
13 Ezekiel Elliott Dal vs LV Questionable; Favorable game for Dallas to run the ball
14 David Montgomery Chi @ Det Favorable run matchup for Chicago
15 Eli Mitchell SF vs Min Questionable - Finger injury doesn't deter me much, he's looking solid this season
16 James Robinson Jax vs Atl Just 29 rush yards but he added a TD; that means 7 TDs in last 7 games
17 Cordarrelle Patterson Atl @ Jax Last minute inactive for last weeks game, he will return to Jacksonville
18 Antonio Gibson Was vs Sea Favorable matchup for Washington's run game
19 Melvin Gordon III Den vs LAC Favorable game for Denver to run the ball
20 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR @ GB Carrie total down in three consecutive weeks
21 Tony Pollard Dal vs LV Favorable game for Dallas's run game
22 Miles Sanders Phi @ NYG First game with over 75 rushing yards last week
23 Javonte Williams Den vs LAC Favorable game for Denver to run the ball
24 Josh Jacobs LV @ Dal Jacobs did not perform to the caliber I hoped last week vs. Cincy
25 Devonta Freeman Bal vs Cle almost 50 yards and a rush TD without Lamar at the helm last week
26 Kareem Hunt Cle @ Bal Questionable - looking like he will return
27 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs Ten Tough Matchup for New England
28 J.D. McKissic Was vs Sea Season high 46 rushing yards last week
29 Myles Gaskin Mia vs Car Tough Matchup for Miami; finally eclipsed 75 rushing yards in a game last week
30 Alex Collins Sea @ Was He's getting 10 carries per game, one of these weeks he's going to go off
31 Brandon Bolden NE vs Ten Tough Matchup for New England
32 Aaron Jones GB vs LAR Questionable - If he's playing that changes things for Dillon
33 Nyheim Hines Ind vs TB Handcuff
34 Mark Ingram II NO vs Buf Questionable
35 Ty Johnson NYJ @ Hou 1 rush for 5 yards last week - usage is biggest question
36 David Johnson Hou vs NYJ 13 carries for 18 yards last week
37 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ Hou Handcuff
38 Zack Moss Buf @ NO Tough Matchup for Buffalo (not that either one was really wowing a team)
39 Devin Singletary Buf @ NO Tough Matchup for Buffalo (not that either one was really wowing a team)
40 Boston Scott Phi @ NYG Handcuff
41 Damien Harris NE vs Ten Tough Matchup for New England
42 Jamaal Williams Det vs Chi Handcuff
43 D'Onta Foreman Ten @ NE Handcuff
44 Kenyan Drake LV @ Dal Handcuff