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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 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