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Running back non-PPR rankings for Week 13 fantasy football

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

Running Backs Snap Share Breakdown from week 12

Final injury report

Dalvin Cook was removed from the final injury report for Week 13, and he will be good to go

Josh Jacobs is officially ruled out, and DeAndre Washington is looking doubtful for Sunday. We can expect Devontae Booker to take the lead in the Raiders backfield. When he received 16 carries in Week 9, he did post 81 yards and two rushing TDs.

With Salvon Ahmed looking doubtful and Matt Breida on the Covid-IR, the Dolphins will need to keep their fingers crossed that Myles Gaskin is ready to return from IR. The team has until Saturday afternoon to activate him for Sunday’s game. He has been practicing, so a return is within the realm of possibilities.

D’Andre Swift has been a bit of a question mark. He has officially cleared the concussion protocol, but then was listed with an illness on Thursday and did not participate in practice. Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is also dealing with an illness, though head coach Andy Reid is hopeful he’ll play Sunday.

Carlos Hyde has been ruled out and Travis Homer is looking doubtful for Week 13, which could mean that Chris Carson will see all of the work that he can handle. In his first game returning from a sprained foot, the team limited to just 37% of offensive snaps, though he did manage a score to save his fantasy day.

Out: Josh Jacobs (ankle), Matt Breida (Covid-19 IR), C.J. Prosise (illness), Carlos Hyde (toe), Ty Montgomery (hamstring)
Doubtful: Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), DeAndre Washington (hamstring), Travis Homer (wrist, knee)
Questionable: Kalen Ballage (ankle), Todd Gurley (knee), Phillip Lindsay (ankle), D’Andre Swift (illness), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness)

Thursday Injury Report

Todd Gurley was downgraded to DNP after getting in a limited practice session on Wednesday. It’s not a great sign that he’ll be returning in Week 13, meaning we’re likely to see another Brian Hill day.

Despite positive news regarding Josh Jacobs’ test results, he was also held out of practice Thursday with an ankle injury that was suffered in Week 13. We’re likely to see backup Devontae Booker here, as well, who got in a full practice Thursday while listed with a back injury.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara continues to be listed with a foot injury, as he has in recent weeks, but he’s practicing in a limited fashion. He has yet to miss a game with the nagging injury, but as long as Latavius Murray continues to perform, the Saints might not need to rush him.

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed practiced in a limited fashion after missing Week 12 due to a shoulder injury. DeAndre Washington, who assumed the bulk of the Dolphins’ carries in his absence, suffered a hamstring injury and did not participate in Thursday’s practice.

Kareem Hunt continues to manage a thigh injury that limited him to just 10 total touches on the way — his fewest yet in 2020. Getting in limited work in practice is a plus heading into the weekend, but fantasy managers should keep a close eye on injury reports. If he’s out, Nick Chubb would almost certainly be the RB1.

D’Andre Swift returned to practice yesterday following a concussion that held him out of Weeks 11 and 12. He was held out of Thursday’s session with an illness, but no COVID-19 news regarding the rookie back has been reported. Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire was held out for an illness, too. He was listed on the injury report for Week 11 with an illness as well, though he was good to play for the week.

DNP: DeAndre Washington (hamstring), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness), D’Andre Swift (illness), C.J. Prosise (illness), Josh Jacobs (ankle), Todd Gurley (knee)
Limited: Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), Kareem Hunt (thigh), Dalvin Cook (ankle), Kalen Ballage (ankle), Alvin Kamara (foot)
Full: D’Onta Foreman (knee), Jordan Wilkins (ribs), Dare Ogunbowale (hand), Devontae Booker (back)

Wednesday Injury Report

The best news for fantasy managers is that each stud they were counting on for production practice in, at least, a limited fashion Wednesday.

Todd Gurley got in a limited session after being ruled out for Week 12 with a knee injury. It’s a step in the right direction to get him active for Sunday’s divisional matchup with the Saints, but its certainly a situation worth monitoring. In his absence last week, RB Brian Hill started, rushing for 55 yards on 13 carries.

D’Andre Swift also practiced in a limited fashion after missing the Vikings’ Week 12 game. As long as he formally clears the concussion protocol, he should be considered a ““must-start” at this point in the season.

Dalvin Cook left Week 12’s contest with an ankle injury only to return shortly after. His status should be considered positively for Week 13, though it’s within the realm of possibility that his workload is slightly limited to give Alexander Mattison more touches.

Phillip Lindsay also briefly left Sunday’s contest with an ankle injury, but returned to finish out the game. Reports are encouraging that he should play on Sunday Night Football against the Chiefs.

DNP: C.J. Prosise (illness), D’Onta Foreman (knee), DeAndre Washington (hamstring)
Limited: Tyler Ervin (ribs), Todd Gurley (knee), Alvin Kamara (foot), Dalvin Cook (ankle), Dare Ogunbowale (hand), D’Andre Swift (concussion), Phillip Lindsay (knee), Salvon Ahmed (shoulder)
Full: Jordan Wilkins (ribs)

In Week 12, we were reminded that King Henry is the king for a reason. He managed his seventh game of 100 or more rushing yards and his fourth game with multiple scores. He’s currently on pace to finish the season with 1,828 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

Antonio Gibson continues to showcase his versatility and burst, exceeding 100 rushing yards to complement his three rushing touchdowns. As long as he continues to be fed, it’s clear that Gibson is bound for RB1 production, regardless of his poor offensive situation.

The most alarming performance of the week was that of Alvin Kamara. Fantasy managers saw teammate Latavius Murray exceed expectations as the RB3 on the week in non-PPR formats, while Kamara sat at RB34. With Taysom Hill under center, Kamara has yet to exceed 50% of offensive snaps. He will be a liability for fantasy managers heading into the playoffs if Drew Brees doesn’t return soon.

Injury news

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs suffered a sprained ankle in Week 12. Testing was encouraging, per NFL’s Ian Rapoport, and he has a chance to play in Week 13. Even if Jacobs is available to play, Devontae Booker should be added as an insurance policy in all fantasy football formats.

Dalvin Cook left Sunday’s contest briefly with an ankle injury, though he did return to finish out the game.

Phillip Lindsay briefly exited Sunday’s contest against the Saints with a right knee injury. Head coach Vic Fangio described it as “minor” which is encouraging, however, if he is out for Week 13, Melvin Gordon could be a top play against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

D’Andre Swift missed his first Thanksgiving day game as a Lion with a concussion. It sounds promising that he should return to the field in Week 13, in which case Adrian Peterson would take the backseat once again.

Christian McCaffrey could be in line to return next week from an AC joint sprain that has kept him out of the lineup since Week 9. The Panthers have a Week 13 bye, providing him some extra opportunity to rest up ahead of their next game against the Broncos.

Chris Carson returned from a foot sprain that has held him out since Week 7. He totaled 10 touches for 59 yards and a score, playing just 37% of offensive snaps.

Bye weeks

The Bucs and Panthers are on a bye in Week 13. Fantasy managers will be without Christian McCaffrey, Mike Davis and the Bucs duo of Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette.

Streaming options

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

For the first time in 2020, David Montgomery exceeded 100 rushing yards, and he’ll look to continue on his hot streak in Week 13 against the Lions. This struggling defense has allowed nine rushing touchdowns to the running back position since Week 7. Despite the troubles that the Bears have had on offense, Montgomery is averaging 17 touches per game with consistent usage as a receiver to help boost his floor. He should have a solid game in this advantageous matchup as the Lions allow more than 150 scrimmage yards per game to opposing RBs, with a nice shot to find the end zone in Week 13.

Damien Harris, New England Patriots

A season-ending knee injury to Rex Burkhead has set the stage for an increased workload for this second-year RB, and he’s already making the most of his opportunities. Harris played a season-high 64% of snaps in Week 12, assuming 14 of the 20 rushing attempts made by RBs. There will always be a risk that Cam Newton snipes some goal line opportunities, capping Harris’ upside. However, the Patriots will face the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13, who have been quite generous to opposing running backs. This defensive unit has allowed a rushing touchdown in each game since Week 7, including a 13 point game performance from Frank Gore, of all backs. Considering the matchup, Harris’ expected volume and 5.1 yards per carry average, he’s got good chance for a top-20 performance in Week 13.

Running back non-PPR rankings Week 17

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Derrick Henry TEN @ HOU
2 Dalvin Cook MIN @ DET
3 Jonathan Taylor IND vs JAC
4 Alvin Kamara NO @ CAR
5 David Montgomery CHI vs GB
6 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs LV
7 Nick Chubb CLE vs PIT
8 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
9 Josh Jacobs LV @ DEN
10 Chris Carson SEA @ SF
11 Aaron Jones GB @ CHI
12 Austin Ekeler LAC @ KC
13 Myles Gaskin MIA @ BUF
14 Malcolm Brown LAR vs ARI
15 D'Andre Swift DET vs MIN
16 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ NYG
17 Miles Sanders PHI vs WAS
18 Kareem Hunt CLE vs PIT
19 Ronald Jones II TB vs ATL
20 J.K. Dobbins BAL @ CIN
21 Gus Edwards BAL @ CIN
22 Antonio Gibson WAS @ PHI
23 Sony Michel NE vs NYJ
24 Kenyan Drake ARI @ LAR
25 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF vs SEA
26 Giovani Bernard CIN vs BAL
27 James Conner PIT @ CLE
28 Mike Davis CAR vs NO
29 J.D. McKissic WAS @ PHI
30 Wayne Gallman NYG vs DAL
31 Zack Moss BUF vs MIA
32 La'Mical Perine NYJ @ NE
33 Tony Pollard DAL @ NYG
34 Samaje Perine CIN vs BAL
35 Darrel Williams KC vs LAC
36 Dare Ogunbowale JAC @ IND
37 Nyheim Hines IND vs JAC
38 Latavius Murray NO @ CAR
39 Devin Singletary BUF vs MIA
40 Alfred Morris NYG vs DAL
41 Leonard Fournette TB vs ATL
42 AJ Dillon GB @ CHI
43 Chase Edmonds ARI @ LAR
44 Ito Smith ATL @ TB
45 James White NE vs NYJ
46 Jerick McKinnon SF vs SEA
47 Le'Veon Bell KC vs LAC
48 Ty Johnson NYJ @ NE
49 Rodney Smith CAR vs NO
50 Brian Hill ATL @ TB
51 Salvon Ahmed MIA @ BUF
52 Lynn Bowden Jr. MIA @ BUF
53 Devontae Booker LV @ DEN
54 Kalen Ballage LAC @ KC
55 Devine Ozigbo JAC @ IND
56 Todd Gurley II ATL @ TB
57 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ CLE
58 Adrian Peterson DET vs MIN
59 Carlos Hyde SEA @ SF
60 Darrynton Evans TEN @ HOU
61 Raymond Calais LAR vs ARI
62 Tevin Coleman SF vs SEA
63 Royce Freeman DEN vs LV
64 Darwin Thompson KC vs LAC
65 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
66 J.J. Taylor NE vs NYJ
67 Jalen Richard LV @ DEN
68 Rashaad Penny SEA @ SF
69 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs SEA
70 Jordan Wilkins IND vs JAC
71 Alec Ingold LV @ DEN
72 Justin Jackson LAC @ KC
73 Kerryon Johnson DET vs MIN
74 Dion Lewis NYG vs DAL
75 Boston Scott PHI vs WAS
76 Peyton Barber WAS @ PHI
77 Trayveon Williams CIN vs BAL
78 Ameer Abdullah MIN @ DET
79 Gabe Nabers LAC @ KC
80 Buddy Howell HOU vs TEN
81 LeSean McCoy TB vs ATL
82 Artavis Pierce CHI vs GB
83 Jakob Johnson NE vs NYJ
84 Mike Boone MIN @ DET
85 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs PIT
86 Michael Burton NO @ CAR
87 Jordan Howard PHI vs WAS
88 Alex Armah CAR vs NO
89 Patrick Ricard BAL @ CIN
90 James Robinson JAC @ IND
91 Damien Harris NE vs NYJ
92 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs ATL
93 Joshua Kelley LAC @ KC
94 Matt Breida MIA @ BUF
95 Justice Hill BAL @ CIN
96 Jaylen Samuels PIT @ CLE