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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 with COVID-19 and injury updates.

Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 20, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Vikings defeated the Bears 17-9. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

If it’s not COVID-19, it’s the slew of injuries to our starters that may have us on pins and needles approaching our fantasy football super bowls. However, if you made it this far, we’ll look to help you set your best lineups with our running back PPR rankings to help bring you closer to a championship.

Injury news

James Robinson is officially done for the 2021 NFL season after tearing his Achilles in Week 16. It’s unfortunate timing, as he had just begun to see the reps he was worthy of after the departure of Urban Meyer.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a shoulder injury in Week 16 and is considered week to week. The team worked in RBs Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore in his absence, both of whom have shown some burst and upside when given the opportunity.

Miles Sanders exited Week 16 with a hand injury and did not return. Tests revealed a broken hand, and Sanders has already been ruled out for their Week 17 matchup against the Washington Football Team. Teammate Jordan Howard also missed time in the game after being ruled out with a stinger. Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell make up the rest of the backfield, but we could be in for an ugly three-headed monster of a backfield this week.

Darrell Henderson has been placed on injured reserve with a sprained MCL and he is expected to miss 3-5 weeks. Conversely, the Rams activated teammate Cam Akers from IR, who suffered a torn Achilles in the preseason. It’s not clear when the team will formally activate Akers for a game, as the move to activate him from IR was made a bit early to help him acquire a year toward his pension.

Fantasy studs Austin Ekeler and Dalvin Cook were out of lineups in Week 16 after being placed on the reserve/COVID list. They’ll continue to test throughout the week to clear protocols.

D’Andre Swift has yet to return following the shoulder injury he suffered on Thanksgiving, though he logged limited practices each day ahead of Week 16. It’s possible we’ll see a return for Swift this week, though it’s not clear if there would be much upside in him doing that given the fact that the Lions 2021 season is essentially over. If he’s not set to return, Jamaal Williams becomes a volume play once again.

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