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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 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