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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 3

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR @ HOU
2 Dalvin Cook MIN vs SEA
3 Derrick Henry TEN vs IND
4 Aaron Jones GB @ SF
5 Alvin Kamara NO @ NE
6 Nick Chubb CLE vs CHI
7 Austin Ekeler LAC @ KC
8 Jonathan Taylor IND @ TEN
9 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs PHI
10 Najee Harris PIT vs CIN
11 Joe Mixon CIN @ PIT
12 Chris Carson SEA @ MIN
13 David Montgomery CHI @ CLE
14 Antonio Gibson WAS @ BUF
15 Saquon Barkley NYG vs ATL
16 Miles Sanders PHI @ DAL
17 D'Andre Swift DET vs BAL
18 Damien Harris NE vs NO
19 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs LAC
20 Myles Gaskin MIA @ LV
21 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CHI
22 Ty'Son Williams BAL @ DET
23 Chase Edmonds ARI @ JAC
24 Elijah Mitchell SF vs GB
25 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs NYJ
26 Javonte Williams DEN vs NYJ
27 James Robinson JAC vs ARI
28 Kenyan Drake LV vs MIA
29 Mike Davis ATL @ NYG
30 Leonard Fournette TB @ LAR
31 Devin Singletary BUF vs WAS
32 Jamaal Williams DET vs BAL
33 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs TB
34 Nyheim Hines IND @ TEN
35 Tony Pollard DAL vs PHI
36 James White NE vs NO
37 Latavius Murray BAL @ DET
38 James Conner ARI @ JAC
39 Mark Ingram II HOU vs CAR
40 Ronald Jones II TB @ LAR
41 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ DAL
42 Sony Michel LAR vs TB
43 J.D. McKissic WAS @ BUF
44 Tony Jones Jr. NO @ NE
45 Michael Carter NYJ @ DEN
46 David Johnson HOU vs CAR
47 AJ Dillon GB @ SF
48 Ty Johnson NYJ @ DEN
49 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL @ NYG
50 Phillip Lindsay HOU vs CAR
51 Darrel Williams KC vs LAC
52 Peyton Barber LV vs MIA
53 Carlos Hyde JAC vs ARI
54 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ DEN
55 Alexander Mattison MIN vs SEA
56 Giovani Bernard TB @ LAR
57 Zack Moss BUF vs WAS
58 Salvon Ahmed MIA @ LV
59 Damien Williams CHI @ CLE
60 Devontae Booker NYG vs ATL
61 Alex Collins SEA @ MIN
62 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ HOU
63 Malcolm Brown MIA @ LV
64 Justin Jackson LAC @ KC
65 Larry Rountree III LAC @ KC
66 Trey Sermon SF vs GB
67 Jerick McKinnon KC vs LAC
68 Samaje Perine CIN @ PIT
69 Marlon Mack IND @ TEN
70 Travis Homer SEA @ MIN
71 Jeremy McNichols TEN vs IND
72 Jake Funk LAR vs TB
73 J.J. Taylor NE vs NO
74 Matt Breida BUF vs WAS
75 Devonta Freeman BAL @ DET
76 Ty Montgomery NO @ NE
77 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs GB
78 Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs CIN
79 Jaret Patterson WAS @ BUF
80 Jacques Patrick SF vs GB
81 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ MIN
82 Chris Evans CIN @ PIT
83 Josh Jacobs LV vs MIA
84 Trenton Cannon SF vs GB
85 Alec Ingold LV vs MIA
86 Kalen Ballage PIT vs CIN
87 Kylin Hill GB @ SF
88 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs ARI
89 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL @ NYG
90 Royce Freeman CAR @ HOU
91 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CHI
92 Jordan Wilkins IND @ TEN
93 Khalil Herbert CHI @ CLE
94 Boston Scott PHI @ DAL
95 Rashaad Penny SEA @ MIN
96 C.J. Ham MIN vs SEA
97 Dwayne Washington NO @ NE
98 Khari Blasingame TEN vs IND
99 Demetric Felton CLE vs CHI
100 Trey Ragas LV vs MIA
101 Kerryon Johnson SF vs GB
102 Qadree Ollison ATL @ NYG
103 Javian Hawkins TEN vs IND
104 Patrick Ricard BAL @ DET
105 Rex Burkhead HOU vs CAR
106 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs NO
107 Le'Veon Bell BAL @ DET