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Running back PPR rankings for Week 15 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 15 for fantasy football.

Leonard Fournette #7 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The fantasy football playoffs have finally arrived, and if you’re reading this, congratulations — you made it! There’s been plenty of news circling around the league this week, particularly regarding recent outbreaks of COVID-19, so it will be more challenging than ever to make it through your post-season. We’re here to help you sort the news and set your lineups with our Week 15 running back rankings.

Be sure to check back on our rankings throughout the week, as there may be significant changes as a result of recent COVID outbreaks.

Injury news

Austin Ekeler left his Week 14 matchup with an ankle injury, though coach Brandon Staley has been optimistic so far concerning his status against the Chiefs. They’re on a short week playing in this Thursday Night Football matchup, so fantasy managers will at least have the benefit of time should they need to find a replacement for their lineups.

Kareem Hunt was forced from Sunday’s contest with an ankle injury and logged a DNP Tuesday ahead of Week 15. The Browns are dealing with a massive COVID-19 outbreak, however, affecting the entire offense, including Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper, and their offensive line. Even if D’Ernest Johnson were to get the start, it might be difficult for this offense to get rolling.

D’Andre Swift has remained out of the lineup since suffering a shoulder injury on Thanksgiving, but it seems as though he could be on track to play in Week 15 barring any setbacks.

Elijah Mitchell missed Week 14 with a knee injury and concussion after logging DNPs all week. We have yet to receive any updates on his status ahead of Week 15.

It was rumored that Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds could make his return from IR in Week 14, but he wasn’t officially activated ahead of the team’s contest on Monday Night Football. James Conner suffered an ankle injury at the close of the game, so the Cardinals will need to lean on him in Week 15. He’ll get the start with Eno Benjamin as a backup, should James Conner miss.

Running backs Myles Gaskin (Dolphins) and Jamaal Williams (Lions) were both placed on the COVID-19 list ahead of Week 15. Sports Illustrated has reported that Gaskin is reportedly fully vaccinated, so the only way for him to end up on the list is a positive test. He could return in Week 15 if he has two negative COVID tests, at least 24 hours apart. Williams’ vaccination status remains uncertain.

Jets RB Michael Carter is officially eligible to return from injured reserve this week after suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 11. Carter had averaged 17 touches per game in his six games prior to the injury with an average of 87 scrimmage yards per game.

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