Le’Veon Bell is out with an illness. Bilal Powell is next in line to be the lead back in a good matchup with the Dolphins.
Josh Jacobs is officially questionable with his shoulder injury. If he does play, we can’t expect a big workload. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard would split work in relief.
Jordan Howard likely won’t play, giving Miles Sanders another start.
Damien Williams is out and Darrell Williams is on I.R. LeSean McCoy will be the lead back while Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware will get work behind him.
Marlon Mack will play this week and doesn’t sound like he will have limitations. But a matchup with the Bucs and any chance he will share work more than usual isn’t a great spot for his upside to hit.
Your Top-5 standard running backs last week were James White, Derrius Guice, Rashaad Penny, Raheem Mostert and Derrick Henry. That’s a Top-5 I don’t think anyone could have predicted. Henry is the only back in there we would expect and James White is of course not someone we’d imagine taking over standard scoring in Week 13. Of course, this is what makes fantasy football fun and also infuriating.
James Conner is questionable for this week and may practice but isn’t looking great to take on the Cardinals. Benny Snell would again lead the way if he can’t go.
Ronald Jones was benched for missing a blitz pickup in Week 13, likely giving Peyton Barber more work moving forward.
Dalvin Cook says he will “definitely” play this week but we’ll need to see him get in a practice or two to be sure. Even if he does play, we could see more Alexander Mattison if Cook isn’t 100 percent.
Kyle Shanahan is “optimistic” that Matt Breida will play this week. If he does, the 49ers running back situation gets even murkier.
Andy Reid said there is a “good chance” Darrel Williams (hamstring) doesn’t play and didn’t update Damien Williams’ injury. If both Williams are out, LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson would both see work against the Patriots.
RB Ranking Tiers
Christian McCaffrey had a un-McCaffrey game last week, but his track record keeps him firmly in the top position, even in standard leagues.
Derrick Henry has hit a stride that you can’t fade in either standard or PPR leagues.
If Dalvin Cook is truly ready to go, he should smash Detroit like he did for 142 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7. If he can’t, Alexander Mattison has the same upside.
Aaron Jones has a nice matchup and just missed two touchdowns last week but he’s also splitting time with Jamaal Williams. If he wasn’t, he’d be Tier 1.
Sony Michel gets one of the best matchups he’ll see this season. Game script will be important, but he’s still getting enough work to have good upside in standard leagues this week against the Chiefs.
Benny Snell should get plenty of work in a decent matchup in Arizona.
Even if Dalvin Cook does play, I expect Mattison to see enough work to be worth a flex play against a bad Detroit defense.
Standard Running Back Rankings, Week 14
|1||Christian McCaffrey||CAR||@ ATL|
|2||Derrick Henry||TEN||@ OAK|
|3||Leonard Fournette||JAC||vs LAC|
|4||Dalvin Cook||MIN||vs DET|
|5||Nick Chubb||CLE||vs CIN|
|6||Melvin Gordon||LAC||@ JAC|
|7||Mark Ingram||BAL||@ BUF|
|8||Aaron Jones||GB||vs WAS|
|9||Alvin Kamara||NO||vs SF|
|10||Ezekiel Elliott||DAL||@ CHI|
|11||Saquon Barkley||NYG||@ PHI|
|12||Todd Gurley||LAR||vs SEA|
|13||Miles Sanders||PHI||vs NYG|
|14||Devonta Freeman||ATL||vs CAR|
|15||Phillip Lindsay||DEN||@ HOU|
|16||Josh Jacobs||OAK||vs TEN|
|17||Chris Carson||SEA||@ LAR|
|18||James White||NE||vs KC|
|19||Joe Mixon||CIN||@ CLE|
|20||Devin Singletary||BUF||vs BAL|
|21||Austin Ekeler||LAC||@ JAC|
|22||Sony Michel||NE||vs KC|
|23||David Montgomery||CHI||vs DAL|
|24||Bilal Powell||NYJ||vs MIA|
|25||Derrius Guice||WAS||@ GB|
|26||Benny Snell Jr.||PIT||@ ARI|
|27||Kareem Hunt||CLE||vs CIN|
|28||Bo Scarbrough||DET||@ MIN|
|29||Jamaal Williams||GB||vs WAS|
|30||Alexander Mattison||MIN||vs DET|
|31||Kenyan Drake||ARI||vs PIT|
|32||Duke Johnson||HOU||vs DEN|
|33||LeSean McCoy||KC||@ NE|
|34||Rashaad Penny||SEA||@ LAR|
|35||Patrick Laird||MIA||@ NYJ|
|36||Tarik Cohen||CHI||vs DAL|
|37||Raheem Mostert||SF||@ NO|
|38||Carlos Hyde||HOU||vs DEN|
|39||Jaylen Samuels||PIT||@ ARI|
|40||Latavius Murray||NO||vs SF|
|41||Royce Freeman||DEN||@ HOU|
|42||Ronald Jones II||TB||vs IND|
|43||Darwin Thompson||KC||@ NE|
|44||DeAndre Washington||OAK||vs TEN|
|45||Tevin Coleman||SF||@ NO|
|46||Peyton Barber||TB||vs IND|
|47||Adrian Peterson||WAS||@ GB|
|48||Brian Hill||ATL||vs CAR|
|49||David Johnson||ARI||vs PIT|
|50||Jay Ajayi||PHI||vs NYG|
|51||Nyheim Hines||IND||@ TB|
|52||Ty Montgomery||NYJ||vs MIA|
|53||Matt Breida||SF||@ NO|
|54||Gus Edwards||BAL||@ BUF|
|55||Rex Burkhead||NE||vs KC|
|56||Tony Pollard||DAL||@ CHI|
|57||Jalen Richard||OAK||vs TEN|
|58||J.D. McKissic||DET||@ MIN|
|59||Ty Johnson||DET||@ MIN|
|60||Kerrith Whyte||PIT||@ ARI|
|61||Frank Gore||BUF||vs BAL|
|62||Giovani Bernard||CIN||@ CLE|
|63||Dare Ogunbowale||TB||vs IND|
|64||Jordan Wilkins||IND||@ TB|
|65||Myles Gaskin||MIA||@ NYJ|
|66||Josh Adams||NYJ||vs MIA|
|67||Malcolm Brown||LAR||vs SEA|
|68||Chris Thompson||WAS||@ GB|
|69||Dion Lewis||TEN||@ OAK|
|70||Chase Edmonds||ARI||vs PIT|
|71||Jeff Wilson||SF||@ NO|
|72||Trey Edmunds||PIT||@ ARI|
|73||Ryquell Armstead||JAC||vs LAC|
|74||Jordan Howard||PHI||vs NYG|
|75||Qadree Ollison||ATL||vs CAR|
|76||Ameer Abdullah||MIN||vs DET|
|77||Kyle Juszczyk||SF||@ NO|
|78||Boston Scott||PHI||vs NYG|
|79||Jonathan Williams||IND||@ TB|
|80||Darrell Henderson||LAR||vs SEA|
|81||Justice Hill||BAL||@ BUF|
|82||Brandon Bolden||NE||vs KC|
|83||Kenjon Barner||ATL||vs CAR|
|84||Alec Ingold||OAK||vs TEN|
|85||Alex Armah||CAR||@ ATL|
|86||Wayne Gallman||NYG||@ PHI|