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Top 50 running back PPR rankings for Week 12 fantasy football

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

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara runs past Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell and defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson during the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE

Kareem Hunt’s usage has been good so far and this matchup against the Dolphins looks fantastic for a receiving back of his caliber. He gets a bump from my first rankings.

Derrius Guice should be the main receiving back this week with Chris Thompson not looking like he’ll go. Add his receiving work to his rushing work against a poor Lions defense and he deserved a bump in the rankings.

The absence of Phillip Dorsett and Mohamed Sanu has me a little higher on James White as well.


Week 12 is here, and this is our last bye week. We still have four teams out, which will continue to give us some tough decisions. Our rankings should help you make some of those 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, and Brian Hill returns to backup status.

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

Alvin Kamara doesn’t get the workload that Christian McCaffrey does, so McCaffrey remains the top play as usual, but Kamara’s upside this week is outstanding. Saquon Barkley faces a Bears team that is susceptible to receiving backs, so hopefully, he sees numerous targets. The Nick Chubb and Derrick Henry, who aren’t getting much work through the air, have such strong matchups that they warrant Top-7 consideration in PPR as well.

Tier 2

It looks like Jaylen Samuels will get another chance, this time against a feeble Bengals defense. Trey Edmunds will likely see work as well, but Samuels could be huge in PPR with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson both hurting.

Phillip Lindsay gets a good matchup and appears to have won a few more snaps from Royce Freeman moving forward.

Kareem Hunt has been extremely valuable in PPR since returning despite running behind Nick Chubb in the offense. This week they both get a great matchup at home against Miami.

RB Streamers

Derrius Guice should start to see more work through the air after his catch and run touchdown last week, coupled with Adrian Peterson’s inability to catch passes. That should give him a boost in PPR in a favorable matchup.

Nyheim Hines faces a Texans team that leads the league in receptions allowed to running backs. With Marlon Mack out, Hines should see an uptick in work this week as well.

PPR Running Backs Rankings, Week 12

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