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Running back non-PPR rankings for Week 16 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-PPR running backs going in Week 16 for fantasy football championships, including a few viable streamers.

Darrell Henderson Jr #27 of the Los Angeles Rams scores a rushing touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Friday injury report

Friday’s injury report didn’t yield many surprises. Mostert, Edwards-Helaire and Akers were officially ruled out along with backup RB Duke Johnson. This could provide David Johnson a small bump in target share, but isn’t a huge boost in terms of fantasy production in standard leagues.

Christian McCaffrey is doubtful, as expected, along with Jamaal Williams dealing with a quad injury. It’s

James Robinson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury, though it would be surprising if he got a start after missing a week of practice. Earlier this week head coach Doug Marrone said that he’d be resting in this outing, so it’s surprising to see that he hasn’t been ruled out. If he is active, proceed with caution.

After a surprise inactive Sunday, Ezekiel Elliott logged three straight-limited practices leading into Week 16. If he’s out, Tony Pollard is an RB2 with upside. If active, it would seem conceivable for each to diminish each other’s fantasy falue.

Out: Raheem Mostert (ankle), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), Duke Johnson (neck), Phillip Lindsay (hip, knee), Cam Akers (ankle)
Doubtful: Christian McCaffrey (thigh), Jamaal Williams (quad)
Questionable: Chase Edmonds (ankle, knee), Antonio Gibson (toe), James Robinson (ankle), Ezekiel Elliott (calf)

Thursday injury report

Raheem Mostert was ruled out, leaving Jeff Wilson to presumably take on lead carries in the offense.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Christian McCaffrey and James Robinson still aren’t practicing. They’ve all but been ruled out.

Antonio Gibson continues to practice in a limited fashion.

DNP: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), Christian McCaffrey (thigh), James Robinson (ankle), Duke Johnson Jr. (neck)
Limited: Josh Jacobs (knee), Antonio Gibson (toe), Chase Edmonds (ankle, knee), aaron Jones (toe), Ezekiel Elliott (calf)
Full: Jalen Richard (chest), James Conner (quadricep), Ty Johnson (hip), Le’Veon Bell (knee)

Wednesday injury report

There weren’t many surprises with a DNP tag from Wednesday’s practice report. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Christian McCaffrey and James Robinson are all most-likely out for the week. The Chiefs will have Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams available while the Panthers continue to ride Mike Davis. The Jaguars backfield will be the biggest question mark of them all, as Robinson has seen an impressive 79% of team rushing attempts. Gadget WR Laviska Shenault may get a few attempts, but it’s likely that Devine Ozigbo will lead the Week 16 “rushing attack”.

After a surprise inactive for Week 15, Ezekiel Elliott has returned to a limited practice and believes he could be on track to play this week against the Eagles. If he sits, Tony Pollard could prove to be a league-winner for fantasy managers.

The Steelers will look to have James Conner back against the Colts, who has been managing a quad injury. He was held out of Week 15 with the injury and didn’t look right in his limited offensive snaps returning from COVID-19. He’s a liability in season-long lineups, regardless, if he’s active.

Antonio Gibson got in a limited practice session Wednesday as he continues to manage a toe injury suffered in Week 13 against the Steelers. His status remains up in the air for Sunday, so we’ll keed to keep a close eye on the injury reports through the week.

The Packers RBs look to be a little banged up heading into Week 16. Jamaal Williams earned a DNP tag, while Aaron Jones got in a limited practice session with a toe injury. Williams left Week 15 after just four offensive snaps, so it’s possible that he sits this week. Getting Jones a bit of rest if he is expected to carry the load would make sense as they look to close out the regular season, but keep an eye on Jones’ status in the coming days.

DNP: Chase Edmonds (ankle/knee), Jamaal Williams (quad), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip), Christian McCaffrey (thigh), Phillip Lindsay (hip), James Robinson (ankle)
Limited: Aaron Jones (toe), Ezekiel Elliott (calf), Antonio Gibson (toe)
Full: James Conner (quad)

Fantasy managers likely got a surprise when Tony Pollard, Giovani Bernard, Leonard Fournette and Benny Snell came out of the woodwork to play spoiler in Week 15. Giovani Bernard bounced back in a major way against the Steelers. He had logged just 20 total touches in his two games prior to his appearance on Monday Night Football against the Steelers. Snell, Pollard and Fournette all filled in due to injuries, and we could see them again for Week 16 pending the health of their team’s respective starter.

Injury news

Cam Akers has already been ruled out ahead of Week 16 with an ankle injury.

2020 just hasn’t been kind to the 49ers running backs. Raheem Mostert aggravated his ankle injury Sunday, and he’ll be shut down for the season.

Christian McCaffrey entered last weekend with a doubtful designation, but Matt Rhule is hopeful that he’ll practice Wednesday with the team. Given the team’s lost season, it would be a surprise to me if they sent him onto the field rather than shutting him down for the season as the 49ers did with Raheem Mostert.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a hip and ankle injury and is expected to be out at least until the Divisional round of the playoffs. This means, fantasy managers will look to RBs Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams to carry the load in his absence, but both are very risky plays in a crucial week.

It’s been a rough month for Rojo. Ronald Jones is expected to be out for the second-consecutive game after requiring surgery on his pinky, prior to landing on the COVID-19 list. While he recovers, Leonard Fournette will dominate touches once again.

Ezekiel Elliott was inactive for Week 15 nursing a calf injury. In his absence, Tony Pollard posted 25 points in non-PPR formats, a potential league-winner for the lucky manager who snagged him from waivers.

Streaming options

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams

After suffering an ankle sprain in Week 15, Rams RB Cam Akers has been ruled out by head coach Sean Payton. In his absence, teammates Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown will carry the load. Henderson leads the Rams RBs in fantasy points per snap and per touch in non-PPR formats, while also leading the team in red zone carries and carries inside the five. With Akers out of the lineup to limit the confusion for fantasy managers, Henderson could prove to be a league-winner against the Seahawks. This defensive front has allowed 9 rushing TDs since Week 8 despite allowing just 72 rushing yards per game.

Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Bucs

I’d typically be more likely to slot Leonard Fournette into PPR leagues, but the matchup against the Lions in Week 16 is too good to pass up, even in standard-scoring formats. Outside of Derrick Henry last week, the Lions hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 9’s matchup against Dalvin Cook. However, they continue to allow anyone and everyone at the running back position an opportunity to score. In 2020, they’ve allowed a league-high 25 scrimmage touchdowns to RBs; it’s hard to imagine that Fournette won’t find the end zone at least once in Week 16.

Running back non-PPR rankings Week 3

Rk Name Team Position Opp
Rk Name Team Position Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB @ HOU
2 Dalvin Cook MIN RB vs SEA
3 Derrick Henry TEN RB vs IND
4 Aaron Jones GB RB @ SF
5 Davante Adams GB WR @ SF
6 Tyreek Hill KC WR vs LAC
7 Travis Kelce KC TE vs LAC
8 Alvin Kamara NO RB @ NE
9 Stefon Diggs BUF WR vs WAS
10 Nick Chubb CLE RB vs CHI
11 Austin Ekeler LAC RB @ KC
12 Jonathan Taylor IND RB @ TEN
13 DeAndre Hopkins ARI WR @ JAC
14 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR @ MIN
15 Calvin Ridley ATL WR @ NYG
16 Keenan Allen LAC WR @ KC
17 Tyler Lockett SEA WR @ MIN
18 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR vs PHI
19 Cooper Kupp LAR WR vs TB
20 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB vs PHI
21 Justin Jefferson MIN WR vs SEA
22 Najee Harris PIT RB vs CIN
23 Darren Waller LV TE vs MIA
24 Joe Mixon CIN RB @ PIT
25 A.J. Brown TEN WR vs IND
26 Chris Carson SEA RB @ MIN
27 David Montgomery CHI RB @ CLE
28 Adam Thielen MIN WR vs SEA
29 Antonio Gibson WAS RB @ BUF
30 Saquon Barkley NYG RB vs ATL
31 Miles Sanders PHI RB @ DAL
32 D.J. Moore CAR WR @ HOU
33 Deebo Samuel SF WR vs GB
34 D'Andre Swift DET RB vs BAL
35 Julio Jones TEN WR vs IND
36 Amari Cooper DAL WR vs PHI
37 Damien Harris NE RB vs NO
38 Allen Robinson II CHI WR @ CLE
39 Chris Godwin TB WR @ LAR
40 Marquise Brown BAL WR @ DET
41 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC RB vs LAC
42 Myles Gaskin MIA RB @ LV
43 Kareem Hunt CLE RB vs CHI
44 Terry McLaurin WAS WR @ BUF
45 Ty'Son Williams BAL RB @ DET
46 Mike Evans TB WR @ LAR
47 Tee Higgins CIN WR @ PIT
48 Chase Edmonds ARI RB @ JAC
49 Robert Woods LAR WR vs TB
50 Mike Williams LAC WR @ KC
51 Courtland Sutton DEN WR vs NYJ
52 Antonio Brown TB WR @ LAR
53 T.J. Hockenson DET TE vs BAL
54 Diontae Johnson PIT WR vs CIN
55 Ja'Marr Chase CIN WR @ PIT
56 Elijah Mitchell SF RB vs GB
57 Melvin Gordon III DEN RB vs NYJ
58 DeVonta Smith PHI WR @ DAL
59 George Kittle SF TE vs GB
60 Brandin Cooks HOU WR vs CAR
61 Sterling Shepard NYG WR vs ATL
62 Javonte Williams DEN RB vs NYJ
63 Robby Anderson CAR WR @ HOU
64 James Robinson JAC RB vs ARI
65 Kenny Golladay NYG WR vs ATL
66 Mark Andrews BAL TE @ DET
67 Tyler Boyd CIN WR @ PIT
68 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR vs CIN
69 Corey Davis NYJ WR @ DEN
70 Chase Claypool PIT WR vs CIN
71 Kenyan Drake LV RB vs MIA
72 Mike Davis ATL RB @ NYG
73 Leonard Fournette TB RB @ LAR
74 Marvin Jones Jr. JAC WR vs ARI
75 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR @ TEN
76 Rondale Moore ARI WR @ JAC
77 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR @ LV
78 Tim Patrick DEN WR vs NYJ
79 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE WR vs CHI
80 K.J. Osborn MIN WR vs SEA
81 Devin Singletary BUF RB vs WAS
82 Jakobi Meyers NE WR vs NO
83 Kyle Pitts ATL TE @ NYG
84 Rob Gronkowski TB TE @ LAR
85 D.J. Chark Jr. JAC WR vs ARI
86 Jamaal Williams DET RB vs BAL
87 Darnell Mooney CHI WR @ CLE
88 Bryan Edwards LV WR vs MIA
89 Nelson Agholor NE WR vs NO
90 Noah Fant DEN TE vs NYJ
91 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR RB vs TB
92 Christian Kirk ARI WR @ JAC
93 Nyheim Hines IND RB @ TEN
94 Jalen Reagor PHI WR @ DAL
95 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC WR vs ARI
96 Robert Tonyan GB TE @ SF
97 Cole Beasley BUF WR vs WAS
98 Emmanuel Sanders BUF WR vs WAS
99 Henry Ruggs III LV WR vs MIA
100 Tony Pollard DAL RB vs PHI
101 James White NE RB vs NO
102 Latavius Murray BAL RB @ DET
103 Logan Thomas WAS TE @ BUF
104 James Conner ARI RB @ JAC
105 Dallas Goedert PHI TE @ DAL
106 Tyler Higbee LAR TE vs TB
107 Zach Pascal IND WR @ TEN
108 Marquez Callaway NO WR @ NE
109 Mark Ingram II HOU RB vs CAR
110 Sammy Watkins BAL WR @ DET
111 Mecole Hardman KC WR vs LAC
112 Ronald Jones II TB RB @ LAR
113 DeVante Parker MIA WR @ LV
114 Jared Cook LAC TE @ KC
115 Darius Slayton NYG WR vs ATL
116 Tyrell Williams DET WR vs BAL
117 Jamison Crowder NYJ WR @ DEN
118 Dyami Brown WAS WR @ BUF
119 Jonnu Smith NE TE vs NO
120 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR WR @ HOU
121 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB WR @ SF
122 Kenneth Gainwell PHI RB @ DAL
123 Will Fuller V MIA WR @ LV
124 Russell Gage ATL WR @ NYG
125 Juwan Johnson NO TE @ NE
126 Elijah Moore NYJ WR @ DEN
127 Austin Hooper CLE TE vs CHI
128 Sony Michel LAR RB vs TB
129 KJ Hamler DEN WR vs NYJ
130 J.D. McKissic WAS RB @ BUF
131 Quintez Cephus DET WR vs BAL
132 Gabriel Davis BUF WR vs WAS
133 Tony Jones Jr. NO RB @ NE
134 Hunter Renfrow LV WR vs MIA
135 Hunter Henry NE TE vs NO
136 Van Jefferson LAR WR vs TB
137 Cedrick Wilson DAL WR vs PHI
138 Michael Carter NYJ RB @ DEN
139 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WR vs BAL
140 David Johnson HOU RB vs CAR
141 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR vs GB
142 AJ Dillon GB RB @ SF
143 Cole Kmet CHI TE @ CLE
144 A.J. Green ARI WR @ JAC
145 Quez Watkins PHI WR @ DAL
146 Blake Jarwin DAL TE vs PHI
147 Mike Gesicki MIA TE @ LV
148 Ty Johnson NYJ RB @ DEN
149 Gerald Everett SEA TE @ MIN
150 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE WR vs CHI
151 Anthony Schwartz CLE WR vs CHI
152 Dalton Schultz DAL TE vs PHI
153 Demarcus Robinson KC WR vs LAC
154 Tyler Conklin MIN TE vs SEA
155 Dawson Knox BUF TE vs WAS
156 Dan Arnold CAR TE @ HOU
157 Jack Doyle IND TE @ TEN
158 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL RB @ NYG
159 Phillip Lindsay HOU RB vs CAR
160 Rashard Higgins CLE WR vs CHI
161 David Njoku CLE TE vs CHI
162 Pat Freiermuth PIT TE vs CIN
163 Eric Ebron PIT TE vs CIN
164 Darrel Williams KC RB vs LAC
165 Kyle Rudolph NYG TE vs ATL
166 Hayden Hurst ATL TE @ NYG
167 Peyton Barber LV RB vs MIA
168 Carlos Hyde JAC RB vs ARI
169 Tyler Kroft NYJ TE @ DEN
170 Allen Lazard GB WR @ SF
171 Tevin Coleman NYJ RB @ DEN
172 Randall Cobb GB WR @ SF
173 Adam Humphries WAS WR @ BUF
174 Adam Trautman NO TE @ NE
175 Deonte Harris NO WR @ NE
176 Kendrick Bourne NE WR vs NO
177 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN TE vs NYJ
178 Alexander Mattison MIN RB vs SEA
179 Giovani Bernard TB RB @ LAR
180 Zack Moss BUF RB vs WAS
181 Trent Sherfield SF WR vs GB
182 Chris Conley HOU WR vs CAR
183 Jalen Guyton LAC WR @ KC
184 Anthony Firkser TEN TE vs IND
185 Salvon Ahmed MIA RB @ LV
186 Zach Ertz PHI TE @ DAL
187 C.J. Uzomah CIN TE @ PIT
188 Damien Williams CHI RB @ CLE
189 Devontae Booker NYG RB vs ATL
190 Maxx Williams ARI TE @ JAC
191 Harrison Bryant CLE TE vs CHI
192 Jordan Akins HOU TE vs CAR
193 Freddie Swain SEA WR @ MIN
194 Braxton Berrios NYJ WR @ DEN
195 Chris Manhertz JAC TE vs ARI
196 Alex Collins SEA RB @ MIN
197 Byron Pringle KC WR vs LAC
198 O.J. Howard TB TE @ LAR
199 Foster Moreau LV TE vs MIA
200 Chester Rogers TEN WR vs IND
201 Chuba Hubbard CAR RB @ HOU
202 Malcolm Brown MIA RB @ LV
203 Justin Jackson LAC RB @ KC
204 Olamide Zaccheaus ATL WR @ NYG
205 Larry Rountree III LAC RB @ KC
206 Jimmy Graham CHI TE @ CLE
207 Joshua Palmer LAC WR @ KC
208 Kalif Raymond DET WR vs BAL
209 James Washington PIT WR vs CIN
210 Albert Wilson MIA WR @ LV
211 Pharaoh Brown HOU TE vs CAR
212 Trey Sermon SF RB vs GB
213 Mohamed Sanu Sr. SF WR vs GB
214 Kadarius Toney NYG WR vs ATL
215 Jerick McKinnon KC RB vs LAC
216 Samaje Perine CIN RB @ PIT
217 Trinity Benson DET WR vs BAL
218 Preston Williams MIA WR @ LV
219 DeSean Jackson LAR WR vs TB
220 Parris Campbell IND WR @ TEN
221 Greg Ward PHI WR @ DAL
222 Brandon Zylstra CAR WR @ HOU
223 Marlon Mack IND RB @ TEN
224 Ian Thomas CAR TE @ HOU
225 Geoff Swaim TEN TE vs IND
226 Travis Homer SEA RB @ MIN
227 Jeremy McNichols TEN RB vs IND
228 Devin Duvernay BAL WR @ DET
229 Jake Funk LAR RB vs TB
230 Andre Roberts HOU WR vs CAR
231 J.J. Taylor NE RB vs NO
232 Tutu Atwell LAR WR vs TB
233 Chris Hogan NO WR @ NE
234 Mo Alie-Cox IND TE @ TEN
235 Tyron Johnson JAC WR vs ARI
236 Matt Breida BUF RB vs WAS
237 Kaden Smith NYG TE vs ATL
238 Will Dissly SEA TE @ MIN
239 Devonta Freeman BAL RB @ DET
240 Cam Sims WAS WR @ BUF
241 Ryan Griffin NYJ TE @ DEN
242 Lil'Jordan Humphrey NO WR @ NE
243 Donald Parham Jr. LAC TE @ KC
244 Chris Herndon IV MIN TE vs SEA
245 Ty Montgomery NO RB @ NE
246 Mike Strachan IND WR @ TEN
247 Derek Carrier LV TE vs MIA
248 Kyle Juszczyk SF RB vs GB
249 Benny Snell Jr. PIT RB vs CIN
250 Jaret Patterson WAS RB @ BUF
251 Cameron Brate TB TE @ LAR
252 Ricky Seals-Jones WAS TE @ BUF
253 Tyler Johnson TB WR @ LAR
254 Josh Oliver BAL TE @ DET
255 Marcedes Lewis GB TE @ SF
256 Jacques Patrick SF RB vs GB
257 Ashton Dulin IND WR @ TEN
258 MyCole Pruitt TEN TE vs IND
259 Tommy Hudson TEN TE vs IND
260 DeeJay Dallas SEA RB @ MIN
261 Chris Evans CIN RB @ PIT
262 Josh Jacobs LV RB vs MIA
263 Trenton Cannon SF RB vs GB
264 Marquise Goodwin CHI WR @ CLE
265 Auden Tate CIN WR @ PIT
266 Blake Bell KC TE vs LAC
267 Durham Smythe MIA TE @ LV
268 Alec Ingold LV RB vs MIA
269 Kalen Ballage PIT RB vs CIN
270 Ross Dwelley SF TE vs GB
271 Darrell Daniels ARI TE @ JAC
272 Kylen Granson IND TE @ TEN
273 Keelan Cole Sr. NYJ WR @ DEN
274 Lee Smith ATL TE @ NYG
275 Amari Rodgers GB WR @ SF
276 Ihmir Smith-Marsette MIN WR vs SEA
277 Kylin Hill GB RB @ SF
278 Luke Farrell JAC TE vs ARI
279 Dare Ogunbowale JAC RB vs ARI
280 Eric Saubert DEN TE vs NYJ
281 Cethan Carter MIA TE @ LV
282 Darren Fells DET TE vs BAL
283 Jack Stoll PHI TE @ DAL
284 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL RB @ NYG
285 Drew Sample CIN TE @ PIT
286 Royce Freeman CAR RB @ HOU
287 Scotty Miller TB WR @ LAR
288 D'Ernest Johnson CLE RB vs CHI
289 Tylan Wallace BAL WR @ DET
290 Jordan Wilkins IND RB @ TEN
291 Evan Engram NYG TE vs ATL
292 James O'Shaughnessy JAC TE vs ARI
293 Breshad Perriman CHI WR @ CLE
294 Hunter Long MIA TE @ LV
295 Khalil Herbert CHI RB @ CLE
296 Andy Isabella ARI WR @ JAC
297 Dede Westbrook MIN WR vs SEA
298 Seth Williams DEN WR vs NYJ
299 Boston Scott PHI RB @ DAL
300 Rashaad Penny SEA RB @ MIN
301 C.J. Ham MIN RB vs SEA
302 Simi Fehoko DAL WR vs PHI
303 Collin Johnson NYG WR vs ATL
304 Dwayne Washington NO RB @ NE
305 Khari Blasingame TEN RB vs IND
306 Demetric Felton CLE RB vs CHI
307 Trey Ragas LV RB vs MIA
308 Kerryon Johnson SF RB vs GB
309 Qadree Ollison ATL RB @ NYG
310 Javian Hawkins TEN RB vs IND
311 Patrick Ricard BAL RB @ DET
312 Rex Burkhead HOU RB vs CAR
313 Rhamondre Stevenson NE RB vs NO