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Running back PPR rankings for Week 14 fantasy football

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

Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 05, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Week 13 was an exciting week for fantasy football managers who have long awaited the Javonte Williams breakout game in the absence of teammate Melvin Gordon. The rookie finished as the RB1 in PPR formats with a career-high 29 touches for 178 scrimmage yards and a receiving touchdown.

In addition to the fresh face in the top-12 RB performers, we saw plenty of familiar names who helped carry fantasy managers to a win. Josh Jacobs, Sony Michel and Devonta Freeman all finished with more than 20 points in PPR formats — a big-time blast from the past. Who else might emerge to help you snag a win in Week 14? We’ll break down this week’s running back news to help you set your lineups.

Injury news

Miles Sanders reaggravated an ankle injury in Week 13 that he suffered the week prior. It doesn’t seem to be too ominous, however, and the Eagles’ Week 14 bye should help his case at a return in Week 15.

Melvin Gordon missed Week 13 with hip and shoulder injuries. His status for Week 14 is uncertain at this point, but Broncos HC Vic Fangio says he does expect him to practice this week (though he’s likely to be limited).

Dalvin Cook missed Week 13 with a shoulder injury and it remains unclear when he’ll be returning to the lineup. In his absence, backup Alexander Mattison posted 124 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 25 total touches. He’ll be a weekly RB1 as long as Cook is inactive, especially with an opportune matchup in Week 14 against a struggling Steelers run defense.

Raiders backup running back Kenyan Drake is out for the season after breaking his ankle against the Washington Football Team in Week 13. Next up on the depth chart are Peyton Barber and Jalen Richard.

Stud rookie RB Elijah Mitchell was placed in the concussion protocol Monday after taking a big hit in Sunday’s contest against the Seahawks. He went through a neurological exam immediately after the hit but was cleared to return. He reported symptoms of a concussion on Monday, which forced him into the protocol. Keep an eye on practice reports throughout the week.

Week 14 byes

The Colts, Patriots, Eagles and Dolphins are on a Week 14 bye. That means fantasy managers will be without the RB1 so far in 2021 fantasy leagues — Jonathan Taylor. They’ll also be without the duo of Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, which couldn’t be better timing for the Pats following a hamstring injury that Harris suffered on Monday Night Football. Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott and Myles Gaskin will also be out of lineups, though they won’t be as big a hit to fantasy lineups.

Week 14 deep streamer

Ameer Abdullah, Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Chuba Hubbard has garnished most of the name value in Carolina following Christian McCaffrey’s season-ending ankle injury, but his teammate, Ameer Abdullah is worth a glance in full-PPR scoring formats, specifically. Hubbard is likely the favorite for first and second downs, but it appears likely that Abdullah will fill the third-down role for the Panthers. Since Week 8, the Falcons have allowed the second-most receptions and fourth-most receiving yards to opposing running backs. In that same span, Abdullah has averaged four targets per game, including six in their last outing against the Dolphins. Consider him a low-end RB3 flex or perhaps look to him for some salary relief in your DraftKings lineups, where his salary sits at $4,800 this week.

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