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Running back non-PPR rankings for Week 14 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-PPR running backs going in Week 14 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

David Montgomery #32 of the Chicago Bears runs for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on December 06, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Final injury report

Most disappointing on Week 14’s final injury report is, of course, the rule out of Antonio Gibson. J.D. McKissic is bound to share the workload with Peyton Barber, who is used more in short-yardage situations. Though Barber may be more likely to score, McKissic’s target share makes him essentially a wide receiver.

Salvon Ahmed of the Dolphins has been ruled out, making Myles Gaskin a near must-play.

Christian McCaffrey has been formally listed, but that’s not unexpected. It’s time to hit the panic button as fantasy managers head into the playoffs. First it was the ankle, then the shoulder, and now a quad. If active, we can project a voluptuous workload; achieving an “active” designation might be the hard part.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is officially listed as questionable after getting in a limited practice following his Week 13 absence. Fantasy managers shouldn’t trust Devontae Booker in a key week for a playoff run. Jacobs missed Week 13 with otb an ankle sprain but returned to limited practices this week. He’ll test it Saturday to see if he’s ready to return.

Ezekiel Elliott, also listed as questionable, has said he intends to play with a calf injury. The Cardinals also hope to have Kenyan Drake.

Out: Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), Alexander Mattison (illness), Antonio Gibson (toe)
Doubtful: Christian McCaffrey (shoulder), Travis Homer (knee)
Questionable: Frank Gore (concussion), Kenyan Drake (ankle), D’Andre Swift (illness), Josh Jacobs (ankle), Ezekiel Elliott (calf)

Thursday injury report

We didn’t see much movement from Wednesday to Thursday's injury report. Salvon Ahmed and Antonio Gibson still nabbed the DNP tag, meaning barring any major changes in Friday’s practice, both of these guys can be projected as out for Week 14.

Christian McCaffrey missed Thursday’s practice and is trending towards out once again. It’s a tough blow heading into the fantasy football playoffs.

D’Andre Swift is still listed as limited with an illness and should be approached cautiously this week. The interim head coach expressed some positivity that he had “one of his better days” since returning from a concussion. He didn’t sound particularly positive

James Robinson was listed as a limited participant in practice again this week with a knee injury, though his continued use as a workhorse on gameday might be indicative that these limited sessions are just related to workload management.

DNP: Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), Antonio Gibson (toe), Christian McCaffrey (shoulder, thigh)
Limited: Todd Gurley (knee), Ito Smith (neck), Ezekiel Elliott (calf), D’Andre Swift (illness), James Robinson (knee)
Full: Phillip Lindsay (knee), Kerryon Johnson (knee), Devontae Booker (back), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness)

Wednesday injury report

Cam Akers gave fantasy managers a scare early this week after being listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury. He was left off of the final injury report for Thursday Night Football.

After he was announced as “active” in Week 13, Clyde Edwards-Helaire didn’t play a single snap, which fantasy managers didn’t take too kindly. The good news? He’s practicing in full this week, presumably on track to actually take the field Sunday.

Antonio Gibson received a DNP tag Wednesday after suffering a “painful case of turf toe” in Monday’s game against the Steelers. Fantasy managers should be prepared to set a lineup without him for a week at the very least, if he returns for the fantasy playoffs at all.

Christian McCaffrey has been working towards a return from a shoulder injury suffered in Week 9, and he seemed to be on track. However, he’s now been listed with a quad injury, which head coach Matt Rhule notes that he suffered last week. His status for Sunday is certainly in question, but fantasy managers have been without him much of the season, so it shouldn’t change much in terms of lineup construction.

Todd Gurley’s limited session shouldn’t be of much concern in terms of his status for Sunday. The Falcons have clearly been managing his workload; even with his tendencies to fall into the end zone, he’ll be hard to trust heading into the playoffs after handling just nine touches in each of his last two outings.

D’Andre Swift got in a limited practice session after missing Week 13 with an illness. If he makes a return this week, he’s bound for a juicy matchup against the Packers.

DNP: Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), Antonio Gibson
Limited: Todd Gurley (knee), Ito Smith (concussion), Christian McCaffrey (shoulder, thigh), Frank Gore (concussion), Kerryon Johnson (knee), D’Andre Swift (illness)
Full: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness), Darrynton Evans (hamstring), Cam Akers (shoulder)

Jonathan Taylor managers finally have a reason for hope as they head into the fantasy football playoffs. He finished the week with his first finish of 15 or more fantasy points since Week 2. Other big names this week, of course, included Dalvin Cook, Chris Carson, Nick Chubb and Alvin Kamara.

Some of the more surprising names to finish with big days include Wayne Gallman, Cordarrelle Patterson and Peyton Barber. Gallman has found his stride in New York and has assumed a workhorse role since Week 9, posting 15 or more touches in each of those four games. He’s currently one of the more underrated fantasy football players rostered in standard scoring formats.

Derrick Henry, Kareem Hunt and Raheem Mostert highlight some of the week’s more disappointing performances, each finishing Week 13 as an RB3 in non-PPR scoring formats.

Injury news

The biggest injury news of the week was to Washington RB Antonio Gibson. Gibson played just four offensive snaps prior to suffering a toe injury. We do not have a formal diagnosis, though if it is turf toe, fantasy managers may be without the lead back through the rest of the fantasy season. It’s unfortunate considering his outstanding performances when given enough carries.

D’Andre Swift should hopefully return to the active lineup in Week 14. After missing two games due to a concussion, Swift cleared the protocol, only to miss the following week due to an illness. If he does, the matchup against the Packers provides a nice opportunity to bounce back.

Frank Gore left Sunday’s game with a concussion. He was replaced by Ty Johnson, who totaled 117 scrimmage yards on 24 touches to pair with a touchdown.

Fantasy managers saw Todd Gurley II return to the lineup after an absence in Week 12 due to a knee injury. In the same game, backup RB Ito Smith suffered a concussion. At face value, it’s not big news, but if Gurley continues to see just eight carries per game, it might be Brian Hill time in Atlanta as the fantasy playoffs kick off.

Bye weeks

There are no teams on bye in Week 14.

Streaming options

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

This Bears’ running back has been on a bit of a tear recently, I’m here to give anyone waiting for the fallout hope that David Montgomery can perform for one more week. Through the 2020 season, Montgomery is averaging 18 scrimmage touches per game while playing the third-most snaps among RBs. Through his last four games, Montgomery has racked up a healthy 401 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns. A plus matchup

D’Andre Swift (or Adrian Peterson, really), Detroit Lions

Assuming that D’Andre Swift returns from injury in Week 14, he’d be the play. However, if he’s out, the Lions do face an opponent worthy enough to bring Adrian Peterson into flex consideration. This divisional matchup might produce a league-high rushing yard total on the week, as both defenses continue to allow big games on the ground. The Packers have allowed five players 90 or more rushing yards since Week 9, and whoever gets the rock will be a beneficiary of that weaker rushing defense. Peterson has had two straight games of two or more touchdowns in Swift’s absence.

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