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Running back PPR rankings for Week 17 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 17 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans hands the ball off to Derrick Henry #22 in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 27, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Friday injury report

Alvin Kamara will miss this week due to a positive COVID-19 test. Latavius Murray becomes a must start against the Panthers.

James Robinson, Dalvin Cook, and Damien Harris are all out. Dare Ogunbowale, Alexander Mattison, and Sony Michel all become viable fantasy plays.

Cam Akers is a game-time decision and Darrell Henderson is on I.R. Malcolm Brown should see good usage on Sunday.

Antonio Gibson is questionable against the Eagles. Peyton Barber isn’t a great fantasy play even if Gibson is out, but J.D. McKissic remains a viable PPR start either way.

Out: James Robinson (ankle), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), Dalvin Cook (non-injury), Damien Harris (ankle), DeeJay Dallas (ankle)
Doubtful: Mike Davis (ankle), Christian McCaffrey (thigh)
Questionable: Le’Veon Bell (knee), Carlos Hyde (illness), Chase Edmonds (hip), Cam Akers (ankle), Gus Edwards (back), Mark Ingram (illness), Duke Johnson (neck), Antonio Gibson (toe)

Wednesday injury report

Cam Akers didn’t practice while Darrell Henderson has been put on I.R. If Akers can’t go, Malcolm Brown, who was limited in practice, would get the start.

James Robinson won’t play this week. Dare Ogunbowale should get the start again this week.

Christian McCaffrey and Mike Davis are both out. Rodney Smith should get the start against the Saints.

Dalvin Cook won’t play this week. Alexander Mattison is next up and got in a limited practice as he goes through the concussion protocols.

Clyde-Edwars Helaire and Le’Veon Bell didn’t practice and likely won’t play in a game where the Chiefs will rest starters.

DNP: Chase Edmonds (hip), Cam Akers (ankle), Mark Ingram (illness), Elijhaa Penny (illness), James Robinson (ankle), Le’Veon Bell (knee), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), Dalvin Cook (not injury related), Mike Davis (ankle), Christian McCaffrey (thigh), Frank Gore (chest), DeeJay Dallas (ankle), Carlos Hyde (illness), Khari Blasingame (ankle), Antonio Gibson (toe)
Limited: Jonathan Ward (ankle), Malcolm Brown (shoulder), Ito Smith (rib), Leonard Fournette (abdomen), Ronald Jones (finger), Jamaal Williams (quadricep), Nathan Cottrell (hip), LeVante Bellamy (ankle), C.J. Ham (quadricep), Alexander Mattison (concussion), Latavius Murray (quadricep), Alex Armah (thigh), Damien Harris (ankle), Duke Johnson (neck)
Full: N/A

Week 17 is usually a good time to limit your fantasy endeavors, as so many teams are usually resting players. But this season we have more teams needing to play their starters. There are three teams that look like they will rest players though, as the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills don’t have much to gain. The Chiefs have nothing to play for and the Steelers and Bills can only move between the No. 2 and 3 seeds. Mike Tomlin has already said that Ben Roethlisberger isn’t playing, which could make it less likely the Bills starters play a full game.

Le’Veon Bell, Blake Snell, James Conner, Zack Moss and Devin Singletary should be off-limits this week in fantasy.

Here are the teams who need wins and should play their starters: Cardinals, Rams, Colts, Titans, Bears, Cowboys, Giants, Browns, Dolphins, Ravens, Buccaneers, Saints, Seahawks, Packers and Washington.

Injury news

Frank Gore is out this week against the Patriots.

Christian McCaffrey is doubtful against the Saints.

Darrell Henderson is unlikely to play against the Cardinals.

Ronald Jones should return from the Covid-19 list against the Falcons.

Cam Akers has a chance to return against the Cardinals.

Notable backups

Anthony McFarland and Darrell Williams could see a lot of work this week. The Bills running back situation is a little tougher to

Streaming options

Darrell Williams, Chiefs

The Chargers have given up 5.18 yards per carry to running backs over the last eight games and I expect the Chiefs to rest Le’Veon Bell with Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s status still not assured in the playoffs. That should give Williams the bulk of the work this week.

Gus Edwards, Ravens

J.K. Dobbins has taken over the lead role in Baltimore, but Edwards continues to see good usage and goal line opportunities. Dobbins also has a chest injury which we will monitor this week. If Dobbins is out, Edwards becomes a smash play against the Bengals. But even if Dobbins can go, Edwards still has good value in this must win game for the Ravens.

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