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Top 50 running back standard rankings for Week 12 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best standard running backs going in Week 12 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry rushes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE

Derrius Guice’s matchup is so good that I can’t help but move him up with the thought that he’ll see more work in his second game back.

The Jets defense has played week against running backs and Josh Jacobs isn’t getting the receiving work I’d like. I’ve pushed him down a few spots but he’s still firmly an RB1.

Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman are going in opposite directions after the bye, which has me widening the gap between the two in the rankings.


Week 12 is here, and now the rankings are as well. There are a host of tough matchups for the top running backs this week, but, as usual, you can’t discount usage. Thankfully, this is our last bye week, but with four teams out, we will have some tough decisions. Our rankings should help you make some of those tough decisions in Week 12.

Bye Weeks

Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

RBs on bye: Kenyan Drake, Damien Williams, Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler, Dalvin Cook

Injury/Status Report

Marlon Mack is out with a fractured hand. Jonathan Williams played well in his absence last week, and Jordan Wilkins looks close to returning. If Wilkins can go, we will likely see a committee with Wilkins, Williams, and Nyheim Hines.

Devonta Freeman is “trending the right way,” according to coach Dan Quinn. If he can go, he gets a tough matchup with Tampa Bay.

James Conner’s Week 12 status is “up in the air,” according to NFLN’s Tom Pelissero. He likely needs time off to get back to his old self, but the Steelers seem to be pushing him. Jaylen Samuels would probably be the starter.

RB Ranking Tiers

Tier 1

Christian McCaffrey yadda, yadda, yadda. Alvin Kamara is in a smash spot for PPR leagues, but I think that smash spot extends to standard leagues as well, as the Panthers have given up the third-most fantasy points to running backs on the season. Derrick Henry also gets a great matchup against a Jaguars team that gave up two 100 yard rushing games to Marlon Mack and Jonathan Williams last week. Nick Chubb sticks in Tier 1 with a matchup against Miami at home. Ezekiel Elliott looks to have a tough matchup with New England, but the Patriots have had trouble against running backs over their last four games, as they’ve given up the second-most yards per carry and the fifth-most rushing yards per game.

Tier 2

There are some tough matchups this week with Chris Carson heading to Philadelphia and Aaron Jones playing in San Francisco. Both are must starts but get their upside chopped off a bit. Carlos Hyde continues to put up numbers when you don’t think he will, so roll him out as a must-start in standard leagues for the foreseeable future.

RB Streamers

Bo Scarbrough led the way for Detroit last week, but since he isn’t a receiving back, he lost work to J.D. McKissic. This week he faces Washington, which has trouble scoring points on any defense. Their lack of offense should help Scarbrough get some more work in a good matchup.

Derrius Guice split work with Adrian Peterson against the Jets but will get a much easier matchup against the Lions this week. Peterson has value as well, but Guice is more versatile, as shown by his long catch and run for a touchdown last week.

Standard Running Back Rankings, Week 12

Rank Player Team Opp
Rank Player Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR @ NO
2 Derrick Henry TEN vs JAC
3 Alvin Kamara NO vs CAR
4 Saquon Barkley NYG @ CHI
5 Nick Chubb CLE vs MIA
6 Josh Jacobs OAK @ NYJ
7 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ NE
8 Aaron Jones GB @ SF
9 Leonard Fournette JAC @ TEN
10 Chris Carson SEA @ PHI
11 Le'Veon Bell NYJ vs OAK
12 Todd Gurley LAR vs BAL
13 Phillip Lindsay DEN @ BUF
14 Tevin Coleman SF vs GB
15 David Montgomery CHI vs NYG
16 Mark Ingram BAL @ LAR
17 Carlos Hyde HOU vs IND
18 Jaylen Samuels PIT @ CIN
19 Bo Scarbrough DET @ WAS
20 Joe Mixon CIN vs PIT
21 Devin Singletary BUF vs DEN
22 Derrius Guice WAS vs DET
23 Miles Sanders PHI vs SEA
24 Sony Michel NE vs DAL
25 Brian Hill ATL vs TB
26 Latavius Murray NO vs CAR
27 Ronald Jones II TB @ ATL
28 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ CIN
29 James White NE vs DAL
30 Kareem Hunt CLE vs MIA
31 Jamaal Williams GB @ SF
32 Adrian Peterson WAS vs DET
33 Tarik Cohen CHI vs NYG
34 Raheem Mostert SF vs GB
35 Jonathan Williams IND @ HOU
36 Jordan Wilkins IND @ HOU
37 Royce Freeman DEN @ BUF
38 Duke Johnson HOU vs IND
39 Nyheim Hines IND @ HOU
40 Jay Ajayi PHI vs SEA
41 Patrick Laird MIA @ CLE
42 Jeff Wilson SF vs GB
43 Trey Edmunds PIT @ CIN
44 Peyton Barber TB @ ATL
45 Gus Edwards BAL @ LAR
46 Kalen Ballage MIA @ CLE
47 Rex Burkhead NE vs DAL
48 J.D. McKissic DET @ WAS
49 Boston Scott PHI vs SEA
50 Frank Gore BUF vs DEN
51 DeAndre Washington OAK @ NYJ
52 Rashaad Penny SEA @ PHI
53 Qadree Ollison ATL vs TB
54 Bilal Powell NYJ vs OAK
55 Ryquell Armstead JAC @ TEN
56 Jalen Richard OAK @ NYJ
57 Giovani Bernard CIN vs PIT
58 Dion Lewis TEN vs JAC
59 Tony Pollard DAL @ NE
60 Ty Johnson DET @ WAS
61 Kenjon Barner ATL vs TB
62 Dare Ogunbowale TB @ ATL
63 Malcolm Brown LAR vs BAL
64 Wendell Smallwood WAS vs DET
65 Reggie Bonnafon CAR @ NO
66 Ty Montgomery NYJ vs OAK
67 Wayne Gallman NYG @ CHI
68 Darrell Henderson LAR vs BAL
69 Justice Hill BAL @ LAR
70 Brandon Bolden NE vs DAL
71 Myles Gaskin MIA @ CLE
72 Ryan Nall CHI vs NYG
73 Jordan Howard PHI vs SEA
74 Alex Armah CAR @ NO
75 Devontae Booker DEN @ BUF
76 C.J. Prosise SEA @ PHI
77 Trayveon Williams CIN vs PIT
78 Dan Vitale GB @ SF
79 Dontrell Hilliard CLE vs MIA
80 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs GB