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Running back PPR rankings for Week 12 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 12 for fantasy football, including a deep streamer candidate.

Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

Week 11 shall hence be known as the week that Jonathan Taylor became king of all running backs, and Austin Ekeler became the prince. Together, they combined for 319 scrimmage yards and a whopping nine touchdowns. If you roster them, congrats on your Week 11 win. If you faced them, well... sorry for your loss. It’s time we move on to Week 12 as you look to clinch your fantasy football playoffs or at least get you close as your leagues approach the post-season.

Injury news

The Browns could have their backfield back in full swing in Week 12, as Kareem Hunt will look to make his return from IR after suffering a calf injury earlier this season. Chubb returned in Week 11 from the COVID/reserve list and assumed his usual workload.

Alvin Kamara missed his second consecutive game in Week 11 as he manages a knee injury. Kamara only practiced once last week and is on a short turnaround with the Saints contest against the Bills on Thanksgiving. He seems to be trending in the wrong direction after logging yet another DNP on Monday’s estimated practice report.

Jets RB Michael Carter suffered a sprained ankle in Week 11 and is likely to miss the next couple of weeks. Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson are likely to manage the load in his absence.

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell missed Week 11 after undergoing minor surgery for a broken finger. He was listed as doubtful heading into the game he could potentially suit up against the Vikings if he progresses well this week.

Packers RB Aaron Jones suffered a sprained MCL and missed Week 11, which was estimated to keep him sidelined around 1-3 weeks. He hasn’t yet been ruled out for Week 12, but with a Week 13 bye in place for the Packers, it seems more likely that we’ll see him make a Week 14 return.

Bye weeks

The Cardinals and Chiefs are on a Week 12 bye. Fantasy managers will be without Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who just returned from an ankle injury, and James Conner. Conner’s teammate, Chase Edmonds, remains on IR with an ankle injury.

Week 12 RB streamer

Rex Burkhead, Houston Texans vs. New York Jets

This Week 12 RB streamer pick isn’t for the faint of heart. The Texans announced the release of RB Phillip Lindsay on Tuesday, a bit of a surprise, though perhaps we should have seen it coming with Burkhead’s season-high 18 carries in Week 11. He’s been incredibly inefficient so far in the season (as have the Texans as a whole), but next up, he’ll see the Jets — the perfect cure-all for any running back’s struggles. Though we can’t go into Week 12 expecting a win for Houston, the Jets are bad enough that the game script should be right to run the ball. The Jets have allowed the third-most rushing yards and third-most receiving yards and a league-high 21 touchdowns to opposing RBs. If he sees the volume, Burkhead could provide interesting flex value for those desperate enough to dare.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 13

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Jonathan Taylor IND @ HOU
2 Joe Mixon CIN vs LAC
3 Austin Ekeler LAC @ CIN
4 Leonard Fournette TB @ ATL
5 Najee Harris PIT vs BAL
6 Alexander Mattison MIN @ DET
7 Alvin Kamara NO vs DAL
8 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs TB
9 Elijah Mitchell SF @ SEA
10 James Robinson JAC @ LAR
11 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ NO
12 James Conner ARI @ CHI
13 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs JAC
14 Saquon Barkley NYG @ MIA
15 Antonio Gibson WAS @ LV
16 Josh Jacobs LV vs WAS
17 David Montgomery CHI vs ARI
18 Myles Gaskin MIA vs NYG
19 Javonte Williams DEN @ KC
20 Melvin Gordon III DEN @ KC
21 Miles Sanders PHI @ NYJ
22 Damien Harris NE @ BUF
23 Boston Scott PHI @ NYJ
24 Tony Pollard DAL @ NO
25 D'Andre Swift DET vs MIN
26 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs DEN
27 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ BUF
28 Devonta Freeman BAL @ PIT
29 Tevin Coleman NYJ vs PHI
30 Rex Burkhead HOU vs IND
31 Devin Singletary BUF vs NE
32 Alex Collins SEA vs SF
33 Matt Breida BUF vs NE
34 Darrel Williams KC vs DEN
35 Jamaal Williams DET vs MIN
36 Ty Johnson NYJ vs PHI
37 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ SEA
38 Latavius Murray BAL @ PIT
39 Nyheim Hines IND @ HOU
40 J.D. McKissic WAS @ LV
41 DeeJay Dallas SEA vs SF
42 David Johnson HOU vs IND
43 Mike Davis ATL vs TB
44 Sony Michel LAR vs JAC
45 Kenyan Drake LV vs WAS
46 Ronald Jones II TB @ ATL
47 Mark Ingram II NO vs DAL
48 Carlos Hyde JAC @ LAR
49 Brandon Bolden NE @ BUF
50 Devontae Booker NYG @ MIA
51 Kene Nwangwu MIN @ DET
52 Eno Benjamin ARI @ CHI
53 Samaje Perine CIN vs LAC
54 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ NYJ
55 Tony Jones Jr. NO vs DAL
56 Giovani Bernard TB @ ATL
57 Phillip Lindsay MIA vs NYG
58 Salvon Ahmed MIA vs NYG
59 Austin Walter NYJ vs PHI
60 Jaret Patterson WAS @ LV
61 Joshua Kelley LAC @ CIN
62 Jermar Jefferson DET vs MIN
63 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL vs TB
64 Khalil Herbert CHI vs ARI
65 Chris Evans CIN vs LAC
66 Kalen Ballage PIT vs BAL
67 Jalen Richard LV vs WAS
68 Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs BAL
69 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ SEA
70 Qadree Ollison ATL vs TB
71 Ty'Son Williams BAL @ PIT
72 Godwin Igwebuike DET vs MIN
73 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT vs BAL
74 Larry Rountree III LAC @ CIN
75 Darius Bradwell LAC @ CIN
76 Justin Jackson LAC @ CIN
77 Jerick McKinnon KC vs DEN
78 Zack Moss BUF vs NE
79 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA vs NYG
80 Chase Edmonds ARI @ CHI
81 C.J. Ham MIN @ DET
82 Patrick Laird MIA vs NYG
83 Elijhaa Penny NYG @ MIA
84 Marlon Mack IND @ HOU
85 Dare Ogunbowale JAC @ LAR
86 Corey Clement DAL @ NO