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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs for Week 15

Leonard Fournette is in LSU form lately.

Buffalo Bills v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

It’s Week 15 and it’s time to chase fantasy football glory. Here are a few notes on running backs:

  • Denver vs. Cincinnati should feature a fair amount of running.
  • Keep an eye on injuries to Austin Ekeler, James Conner, Eli Mitchell, Miles Sanders, Melvin Gordon III, D’Andre Swift, Chase Edmonds, and Michael Carter.
  • My gut feeling tells me Miami, LAR, LAC, and DAL go run-heavy this week.
  • We should see some tandem work with Alvin Kamara, Melvin Gordon III/Javonte Williams, Darrell Henderson Jr./Sony Michel, and Aaron Jones/AJ Dillon.

Running Back Rankings Week 15

Rank Player Team Opponent Notes
Rank Player Team Opponent Notes
1 Jonathan Taylor Ind vs NE Favorable matchup for Indianapolis. Watch for Taylor to go off
2 Alvin Kamara NO @ TB Good matchup for the Saints as the Bucs allow a lot of rushing yards
3 Austin Ekeler LAC vs KC Questionable - but this is a good matchup for the Chargers to rush against
4 Joe Mixon Cin @ Den Mixon took a week off from all of those rushing TDs last week
5 Dalvin Cook Min @ Chi 205 yards and 2 TDs will be much tougher vs. Chicago than it was vs. Pittsburgh
6 Najee Harris Pit vs Ten Najee has 20+ carries each of the last two weeks
7 Leonard Fournette TB vs NO Fournette has 100+ yards rushing in two of his last three weeks
8 Nick Chubb Cle vs LV One of these upcoming games Chubb is going to have 100 yards and at least 1 TD
9 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs Sea Covid - Very favorable matchup for Darrell
10 Aaron Jones GB @ Bal Six games without 70 rushing yards
11 Saquon Barkley NYG vs Dal Increased carries but still sub 70 rushing yards
12 Cordarrelle Patterson Atl @ SF Three rush TDs across last three games
13 James Conner Ari @ Det Questionable - 2 rush TDs last week
14 Antonio Gibson Was @ Phi Decreased rushing yards each of the last two weeks
15 Eli Mitchell SF vs Atl Questionable - he's either getting 75+ yards or a TD…or both!
16 Myles Gaskin Mia vs NYJ Covid - He should put up RB2 points at the least
17 Josh Jacobs LV @ Cle He's becoming TD dependent (again) with decreased rush yards in three straight games
18 David Montgomery Chi vs Min Sub 50 rush yards in two of his last three games
19 Ezekiel Elliott Dal @ NYG Still not cracking 50 yards and carries are down quite a bit
20 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ LAC Was the 2 TD performance last week a mirage?
21 Miles Sanders Phi vs Was Questionable - 90+ rush yards in two of his last three games
22 Melvin Gordon III Den vs Cin Questionable - Melvin and Javonte area proper 1 and 1a.
23 D'Andre Swift Det vs Ari Questionable - the shoulder injury is definitely something to watch
24 Javonte Williams Den vs Cin the 1-2 punch in Denver
25 Chase Edmonds Ari @ Det Questionable - the season that could have been - vultured repeatedly by Conner
26 Devonta Freeman Bal vs GB Baltimore is injury riddle right now.
27 Chuba Hubbard Car @ Buf No rushing yards but Rush TDs in two of his last three games
28 Jamaal Williams Det vs Ari Covid - increased rush attempts each of the last three weeks
29 AJ Dillon GB @ Bal Baltimores secondary is hurt, GB will throw the ball
30 James Robinson Jax vs Hou Most teams pass vs. Houston this could be interesting given Lawrence's performance last week
31 Royce Freeman Hou @ Jax He's taken the lead role - but it's Houston
32 Michael Carter NYJ @ Mia Questionable - Likely returning after three weeks off with an Ankle injury
33 Devin Singletary Buf vs Car A bill finally crossed 50 rush yards (by 2 yards) so that's something?
34 Sony Michel LAR vs Sea Two straight weeks with 75 rush yards
35 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ Ind He still has 65 + rush yards in three of his last four games
36 Rashaad Penny Sea @ LAR Will the real Penny please stand up? The 35 rush yards or the 137 yard, 2 TD player?
37 Tony Pollard Dal @ NYG Questionable - sat out last week with a foot injury after his stron performance in week 13
38 Nyheim Hines Ind vs NE Still very much a handcuff
39 Dontrell Hilliard Ten @ Pit 12 touches 131 yards followed up by 6 touches and 13 yards, tough to read what Titans will do
40 D'Onta Foreman Ten @ Pit The titans rushing situation is ripe for fliers if you want a real deep long shot
41 Damien Harris NE @ Ind Questionable - Handcuff
42 Mark Ingram II NO @ TB Covid - just one game with over 50 rush yards in last six games.
43 J.D. McKissic Was @ Phi Questionable - he's been out a few weeks with concussion issues
44 Brandon Bolden NE @ Ind Questionable - Handcuff
45 Ty Montgomery NO @ TB Covid - Handcuff
46 Darrel Williams KC @ LAC Handcuff