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Running back PPR rankings for Week 16 fantasy football

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

Leonard Fournette #28 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium on November 23, 2020 in Tampa, Florida Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Friday injury report

Phillip Lindsay is out and Royce Freeman is questionable, which gives Melvin Gordon a boost against his old team the Chargers.

Le’Veon Bell will get a boost against the Falcons with Clyde Edwards-Helaire out.

Ezekiel Elliott is questionable, but says he should play. If he does, there’s a good chance he splits work closer to evenly against the Eagles.

Jamaal Williams is doubtful against the Titans, which should give Aaron Jones a nice bump in fantasy.

Antonio Gibson is close to returning against the Panthers. He’s a start if he does play.

James Robinson didn’t practice with an ankle injury this week but is questionable to play against the Bears. Robinson expects to play, but we’ll need to wait on the inactives most likely.

Out: Raheem Mostert (ankle), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), Duke Johnson (neck), Phillip Lindsay (hip, knee), Cam Akers (ankle), DeeJay Dallas (ankle)
Doubtful: Christian McCaffrey (thigh), Jamaal Williams (quadricep)
Questionable: Chase Edmonds (ankle, knee), Antonio Gibson (toe), James Robinson (ankle), Anthony McFarland (illness), Patrick Ricard (knee), Ezekiel Elliott (calf). Royce Freeman (hip)

Thursday injury report

Raheem Mostert ruled out.

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:

James Conner returned to a full practice and looks to be on track to play against the Colts.

Ezekiel Elliott was limited in practice with his calf injury. He is likely to play this week against the Eagles.

Jamaal Williams didn’t practice and there is some doubt about his availability this week against the Titans. If he can’t go, Aaron Jones would get a fantasy boost.

Antonio Gibson was able to get in a limited practice and appears close to returning this week against the Panthers.

James Robinson didn’t practice on Wednesday, but he expects to play against the Bears this week.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire didn’t practice and won’t. He isn’t on I.R., so he will continue to be listed on the injury report, but he isn’t playing this weekend. Le’Veon Bell is in line to start.

Christian McCaffrey is doubtful to play against Washington according to his coach. Mike Davis will get the start as usual.

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)

Tony Pollard, David Montgomery and J.D. McKissic led the way as the one, two and four PPR backs in Week 15, just like we all figured. Dalvin Cook and Derrick Henry filled out the rest of the Top 5, which makes a little more sense. As usual, running backs remain the most volatile positions in fantasy.

Injury news

James Robinson suffered an ankle injury last week. Dare Ogunbowale would get the start against the Bears if Robinson can’t go this week.

Cam Akers won’t be able to go this week with a high-ankle sprain. Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown will split the workload.

Ronald Jones isn’t expected to play this week, giving Leonard Fournette another start, this time against a weak Lions defense.

James Conner could return this week after missing Week 15, but if he can’t, Benny Snell would get the start against the Colts.

Raheem Mostert was sent to IR and Jeff Wilson should get the start this week against the Cardinals.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire Won’t be able to go against the Falcons this week. Le’Veon Bell should get the lead role.

Streaming options

Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers

With Ronald Jones out this week, Fournette gets a great matchup with the Lions who have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs on the season.

Giovani Bernard, Bengals

Bernard got his lead job back last week and put up two touchdowns on a tough Steelers defense. This week he gets a much easier matchup against the Texans, who have given up the second-most fantasy points to running backs this season.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Jonathan Taylor IND @ JAC
2 Austin Ekeler LAC @ LV
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ ATL
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs CHI
5 Nick Chubb CLE vs CIN
6 David Montgomery CHI @ MIN
7 Joe Mixon CIN @ CLE
8 Najee Harris PIT @ BAL
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs LAC
10 Elijah Mitchell SF @ LAR
11 Rashaad Penny SEA @ ARI
12 Devin Singletary BUF vs NYJ
13 Darrel Williams KC @ DEN
14 Sony Michel LAR vs SF
15 D'Andre Swift DET vs GB
16 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ MIA
17 D'Onta Foreman TEN @ HOU
18 Antonio Gibson WAS @ NYG
19 Javonte Williams DEN vs KC
20 Boston Scott PHI vs DAL
21 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ PHI
22 Saquon Barkley NYG vs WAS
23 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs KC
24 James Conner ARI vs SEA
25 Chase Edmonds ARI vs SEA
26 Damien Harris NE @ MIA
27 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs NO
28 Devonta Freeman BAL vs PIT
29 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs IND
30 Rex Burkhead HOU vs TEN
31 Patrick Taylor Jr. GB @ DET
32 Tony Pollard DAL @ PHI
33 Jamaal Williams DET vs GB
34 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ BUF
35 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ LAR
36 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA vs NE
37 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CIN
38 Ronald Jones II TB vs CAR
39 Michael Carter NYJ @ BUF
40 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs CAR
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ BUF
42 Mike Davis ATL vs NO
43 AJ Dillon GB @ DET
44 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ TB
45 Devontae Booker NYG vs WAS
46 Le'Veon Bell TB vs CAR
47 Jordan Howard PHI vs DAL
48 Aaron Jones GB @ DET
49 Justin Jackson LAC @ LV
50 Derrick Gore KC @ DEN
51 Jaret Patterson WAS @ NYG
52 Nyheim Hines IND @ JAC
53 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
54 Mark Ingram II NO @ ATL
55 Latavius Murray BAL vs PIT
56 Alexander Mattison MIN vs CHI
57 Craig Reynolds DET vs GB
58 Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs DAL
59 Dontrell Hilliard TEN @ HOU
60 Ameer Abdullah CAR @ TB
61 Phillip Lindsay MIA vs NE
62 Austin Walter NYJ @ BUF
63 Zack Moss BUF vs NYJ
64 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ ARI
65 Peyton Barber LV vs LAC
66 Cam Akers LAR vs SF
67 Brandon Bolden NE @ MIA
68 Myles Gaskin MIA vs NE
69 Samaje Perine CIN @ CLE
70 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CIN
71 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
72 Khalil Herbert CHI @ MIN
73 Alex Collins SEA @ ARI
74 JaMycal Hasty SF @ LAR
75 Jonathan Williams WAS @ NYG
76 Royce Freeman HOU vs TEN
77 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ LAR
78 Ryquell Armstead JAC vs IND
79 Michael Burton KC @ DEN
80 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BAL
81 Damien Williams CHI @ MIN
82 Eno Benjamin ARI vs SEA
83 Joshua Kelley LAC @ LV
84 Wendell Smallwood WAS @ NYG
85 Kene Nwangwu MIN vs CHI
86 Wayne Gallman Jr. MIN vs CHI
87 Travis Homer SEA @ ARI
88 Jalen Richard LV vs LAC
89 Ty Montgomery NO @ ATL
90 Corey Clement DAL @ PHI
91 Reggie Bonnafon CAR @ TB
92 Jake Funk LAR vs SF
93 Demetric Felton CLE vs CIN
94 Nathan Cottrell JAC vs IND
95 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs WAS
96 Keith Smith ATL vs NO
97 Deon Jackson IND @ JAC
98 Jakob Johnson NE @ MIA
99 Godwin Igwebuike DET vs GB
100 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ DEN