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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs for Week 13

Alexander Mattison (52% rostered) could have a big week.

Minnesota Vikings v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

It’s a lucky Week 13 of fantasy football (we hope). Here are some notes on running backs ahead of this week’s rankings:

  • Chargers vs. Bengals is in Cincinnati and will likely showcase a lot of running.
  • Keep an eye on Injuries to Alvin Kamara, Darrell Henderson Jr., Miles Sanders, and J.D. McKissic. Be sure to track how solid Kamara’s status is leading into the weekend.
  • Gut feeling tells me Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Minnesota, and Washington go run-heavy this week.
  • We should see some tandem work with Alvin Kamara/Mark Ingram II, Devonta Freeman/Latavius Murray, Ezekiel Elliott/Tony Pollard, and Miles Sanders/Boston Scott

Week 13 Running Back Rankings

Rank Player Team Opponent Notes
Rank Player Team Opponent Notes
1 Jonathan Taylor Ind @ Hou Taylor might rush for 1,000 yards this week
2 Austin Ekeler LAC @ Cin I could see a lot of running occuring in this matchup
3 Joe Mixon Cin vs LAC Favorable matchup for the Bengals this week
4 Leonard Fournette TB @ Atl Favorable matchup for the Bucs this week & the Bucs O-Line remains amazing
5 Alexander Mattison Min @ Det Favorable matchup for the Vikings this week
6 Najee Harris Pit vs Bal He has four consecutive games with either 100 rush yards or 1 TD until he entered concussion protocal last week
7 James Conner Ari @ Chi Five consecutive games with TDs - 7 total across that time
8 Antonio Gibson Was @ LV Favorable matchup for the Washington Football Team this week
9 Alvin Kamara NO vs Dal Questionable - tougher matchup for New Orleans this week
10 James Robinson Jax @ LAR Yet ANOTHER strong outing by Robinson who quite simply doesn't fumble
11 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs Jax Questionable - three games without a TD or at least 60 rushing yards; Rams O-Line will hold strong
12 Eli Mitchell SF @ Sea Four of his last Five weeks have been real solid
13 Jamaal Williams Det vs Min 15 rushes for 65 yards - not too shabby
14 Cordarrelle Patterson Atl vs TB 100 yards and 2 TDs last week vs. Jacksonville - he will be tested more vs. Bucs
15 Ezekiel Elliott Dal @ NO Tough matchups this week for the Cowboys; Dallas's O-Line is quite solid though
16 Saquon Barkley NYG @ Mia He is flat out struggling - combined 65 yards across last two weeks
17 Myles Gaskin Mia vs NYG Back to back weeks with either 75+ rushing yards or a TD
18 Josh Jacobs LV vs Was Took a few games but he got back on the TD board again
19 Devonta Freeman Bal @ Pit Devonta has been a great mid-tier guy getting 50 yards each week with an occasional TD
20 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs Den 60 rushing yards and 1 TD; KC's line is quite strong
21 David Montgomery Chi vs Ari Arizona is a tough out; Montgomery hasn't exceeded 100 yards since week 4
22 Miles Sanders Phi @ NYJ Questionable - his stock is on the rise but I'm still cautious
23 Nyheim Hines Ind @ Hou 5 rushes for 34 yards combined the last two weeks
24 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ Buf Last week was Rhamondre's first week without 50 yards in his last 4 games
25 Tevin Coleman NYJ vs Phi 67 yards isn't all that bad - granted it was vs. the Texans
26 Devin Singletary Buf vs NE I think this is going to be a tough matchup but Buffalo is REAL hungry for this win
27 Boston Scott Phi @ NYJ As with Sanders so with Scott - the Eagles are finding their running game as the temps drop
28 Tony Pollard Dal @ NO Tough matchups this week for the Cowboys
29 Mark Ingram II NO vs Dal Likely playing handcuff role
30 Melvin Gordon III Den @ KC I picked the wrong Bronco to excel last week
31 Darrel Williams KC vs Den A mid-tier handcuff - he'll get 20-40 rush yards
32 Javonte Williams Den @ KC two of his last three weeks he has either 100 rushing yards or a rush TD
33 Kenyan Drake LV vs Was Mid-Tier handcuff like Williams
34 Alex Collins Sea vs SF He's not going to get you much more than 5-7 points
35 Sony Michel LAR vs Jax Handcuff that will end up around 20 - 30 rushing yards
36 Latavius Murray Bal @ Pit Mid-Tier handcuff like Williams
37 David Johnson Hou vs Ind Tough matchup for the Texans this week
38 Ty Johnson NYJ vs Phi Last week was a welcome surprise from Ty Johnson (granted vs. Texans)
39 J.D. McKissic Was @ LV Questionable - handcuff
40 Damien Harris NE @ Buf Handcuff - who knows what Belichick will do
41 Brandon Bolden NE @ Buf Handcuff - who knows what Belichick will do
42 Mike Davis Atl vs TB Handcuff - only use in real deep situations - he will end up with less than 20 yards
43 Matt Breida Buf vs NE Deep handcuff
44 Giovani Bernard TB @ Atl Deep handcuff
45 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ Sea Largely contingent on what Eli does
46 Rex Burkhead Hou vs Ind Tough matchups for the Texans this week
47 Carlos Hyde Jax @ LAR Deep handcuff