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Top 50 PPR Running Back rankings for Week 13 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best running backs going in Week 13 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey warms up before their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Week 12 has left the building and Week 13 waits in the wings, ready to burst onto the stage and give us, what exactly? Well, that’s what we’re here to find out. The byes are over, so we get our full complement of players back, including the No. 2 fantasy back in the league, Dalvin Cook. We also get back whoever is healthiest or the least fumble-y of the Chiefs backs and The dynamic duo of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.

There will be plenty of decisions to be made, as many of us sit on the edge of the fantasy playoffs. Below we give you our PPR running back rankings and will update them Saturday night, so keep an eye on this spot!

Injury/Status Report

Devonta Freeman returned to practice on Tuesday. He’s got a decent chance to play Thanksgiving night.

James Conner said, “it will be a little bit longer” before he can play. Benny Snell should get the early-down work against the Browns this week.

Marlon Mack remains out for Week 13. Jonathan Williams should lead the backfield again this week against the Titans.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury expects Chase Edmonds to play against the Rams this week. That would give Kenyan Drake, David Johnson, and Edmonds into a committee that we have little clue on its construction coming out of the bye. We also can’t trust much of what Kingsbury says.

LeSean McCoy did not suffer a concussion against the Chargers two weeks ago, according to Andy Reid, so he should be okay to play against the Raiders. We are still waiting on word regarding Damien Williams’ rib injury coming off the bye.

Jordan Howard is still hindered by his shoulder injury, and there’s been no positive word about a return. Miles Sanders has taken over the job while he’s out.

RB Ranking Tiers

Tier 1

Christian McCaffrey remains head and shoulders above every back in the league, and this week he gets one of his easier matchups against Washington.

Alvin Kamara continues to have trouble finding the endzone, but his ability to catch many, many passes keeps him more than relevant in PPR leagues.

Le’Veon Bell hasn’t had big production this year, but he has maintained PPR appeal, and a matchup with the Bengals is a good spot for him to reach toward his upside.

Tier 2

Leonard Fournette gets a tough matchup with the Buccaneers, but he remains a great PPR player. Over his last four games, he’s caught 7, 5, 7, 9 targets, which keeps his floor extremely high, even when he doesn’t put up big yards or finds the end zone.

RB Streamers

Tarik Cohen is one of my favorite plays this week, and we get to watch him on Thanksgiving. He has seen a nice increase in work of late, with 9, 6, 4, and 5 receptions over his last four games. He’s even seen an increase in rushing attempts with 15 over his previous two games. The Lions are vulnerable to receiving backs, too, so he gets a nice boost this week.

Jamaal Williams has inconsistent usage behind Aaron Jones, but he had 18 touches last week after the bye and has two games over six receptions out of his previous three. He’s worth a start this week.

PPR Running Back Rankings, Week 13

Rank Player Team Opp
Rank Player Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs WAS
2 Dalvin Cook MIN @ SEA
3 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs BUF
4 Alvin Kamara NO @ ATL
5 Derrick Henry TEN @ IND
6 Josh Jacobs OAK @ KC
7 Le'Veon Bell NYJ @ CIN
8 Nick Chubb CLE @ PIT
9 Saquon Barkley NYG vs GB
10 Aaron Jones GB @ NYG
11 Leonard Fournette JAC vs TB
12 Melvin Gordon LAC @ DEN
13 Mark Ingram BAL vs SF
14 Phillip Lindsay DEN vs LAC
15 Joe Mixon CIN vs NYJ
16 Todd Gurley LAR @ ARI
17 Chris Carson SEA vs MIN
18 Tevin Coleman SF @ BAL
19 Devin Singletary BUF @ DAL
20 David Montgomery CHI @ DET
21 Ronald Jones II TB @ JAC
22 Austin Ekeler LAC @ DEN
23 Jonathan Williams IND vs TEN
24 Miles Sanders PHI @ MIA
25 Tarik Cohen CHI @ DET
26 Carlos Hyde HOU vs NE
27 Bo Scarbrough DET vs CHI
28 Kenyan Drake ARI vs LAR
29 Sony Michel NE @ HOU
30 Damien Williams KC vs OAK
31 Kareem Hunt CLE @ PIT
32 Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs CLE
33 James White NE @ HOU
34 Rashaad Penny SEA vs MIN
35 Jamaal Williams GB @ NYG
36 Derrius Guice WAS @ CAR
37 Latavius Murray NO @ ATL
38 Duke Johnson HOU vs NE
39 Jaylen Samuels PIT vs CLE
40 Adrian Peterson WAS @ CAR
41 LeSean McCoy KC vs OAK
42 Royce Freeman DEN vs LAC
43 Brian Hill ATL vs NO
44 Kalen Ballage MIA vs PHI
45 Raheem Mostert SF @ BAL
46 Nyheim Hines IND vs TEN
47 Frank Gore BUF @ DAL
48 Jay Ajayi PHI @ MIA
49 Darrel Williams KC vs OAK
50 Peyton Barber TB @ JAC
51 J.D. McKissic DET vs CHI
52 Giovani Bernard CIN vs NYJ
53 Patrick Laird MIA vs PHI
54 Rex Burkhead NE @ HOU
55 David Johnson ARI vs LAR
56 Qadree Ollison ATL vs NO
57 Gus Edwards BAL vs SF
58 Jordan Wilkins IND vs TEN
59 Dion Lewis TEN @ IND
60 Tony Pollard DAL vs BUF
61 Alexander Mattison MIN @ SEA
62 Chase Edmonds ARI vs LAR
63 Jeff Wilson SF @ BAL
64 Jalen Richard OAK @ KC
65 Ty Johnson DET vs CHI
66 Malcolm Brown LAR @ ARI
67 Jordan Howard PHI @ MIA
68 Dare Ogunbowale TB @ JAC
69 Boston Scott PHI @ MIA
70 DeAndre Washington OAK @ KC
71 Bilal Powell NYJ @ CIN
72 Darrell Henderson LAR @ ARI
73 Justice Hill BAL vs SF
74 Wayne Gallman NYG vs GB
75 Ty Montgomery NYJ @ CIN
76 Myles Gaskin MIA vs PHI
77 Trey Edmunds PIT vs CLE
78 Wendell Smallwood WAS @ CAR
79 Kenjon Barner ATL vs NO
80 Brandon Bolden NE @ HOU
81 Ryquell Armstead JAC vs TB
82 Josh Adams NYJ @ CIN
83 Alex Armah CAR vs WAS
84 Reggie Bonnafon CAR vs WAS
85 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ BAL
86 Dontrell Hilliard CLE @ PIT
87 Devontae Booker DEN vs LAC
88 Ryan Nall CHI @ DET
89 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs GB
90 T.J. Logan TB @ JAC
91 Matt Breida SF @ BAL
92 Ameer Abdullah MIN @ SEA