If you’re still playing fantasy football in the final week of the NFL season, you’re braver than us. Between injuries, COVID, and teams potentially sitting key players, you never know who’s going to suit up until just before kickoff. Nonetheless, we’re doing our best to keep you figure out your start ’em, sit ’em decisions with our Week 18 fantasy RB rankings for standard and PPR leagues. 

The big injury worries at the beginning of the week are Ronald Jones (ankle), Michael Carter (concussion), Damien Harris (hamstring), Miles Sanders (hand), James Conner (heel), and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder), but chances are more will pop up closer to the weekend. Aaron Jones and likely AJ Dillon (@ Lions) also figure to play sparingly, if at all, setting up Patrick Taylor for a big Week 18 — just like we all predicted back in Week 1.

WEEK 18 FANTASY RANKINGS (PPR & STANDARD):
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By now, the top matchups are well established. Injuries to offensive linemen or key defensive players might make situations better or worse, but we know the Jets (@ Bills), Chargers (@ Raiders), Seahawks (@ Cardinals), Texans (vs. Titans), Steelers (@ Ravens), Lions (vs. Packers), Giants (vs. Washington), Raiders (vs. Chargers), Bills (vs. Jets), and Vikings (vs. Bears) were the top-10 teams in terms of fantasy points allowed coming into Week 17. The Falcons (vs. Saints) and Jaguars (vs. Colts) weren’t far behind, and both got roasted on the ground last week. 

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That creates big opportunities for borderline starters like the aforementioned Taylor (@ Lions), Devin Singletary and maybe even Zack Moss (vs. Jets), both Cardinals backs if Conner plays (vs. Seahawks), D’Onta Foreman (@ Texans), Devonta Freeman and maybe even Latavius Murray (vs. Steelers), and whoever starts for the Jets if Carter is out, likely Austin Walter or Tevin Coleman (@ Bills). All have varying degrees of upside, but they should all have decent floors, with Edmonds and Freeman having more value in PPR leagues.

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On the flip side, the Saints (@ Falcons), Buccaneers (vs. Panthers), Titans (@ Texans), Cardinals (vs. Seahawks), 49ers (@ Rams), and Colts (@ Jaguars) have been particularly tough on fantasy RBs. You’re not going to sit the slightly slumping Cordarrelle Patterson (vs. Saints), surging Rashaad Penny (@ Cardinals), or safe Sony Michel (vs. 49ers), but you’ll need to think twice about Dare Ogunbowale (vs. Colts), Rex Burkhead (vs. Titans), and Chuba Hubbard (@ Buccaneers). Ogunbowale and Burkhead have higher floors in PPR leagues — and both could produce well in garbage time, as Ogunbowale did last week — but there are obvious risks with both. 

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Speaking of PPR floors, the Seahawks (@ Cardinals), Eagles (vs. Cowboys), Buccaneers (vs. Panthers), Bengals (@ Browns), Chiefs (@ Broncos), Jets (@ Bills), and Raiders (vs. Chargers) all entered Week 17 allowing at least six RB receptions per game. We already mentioned how Edmonds is in a good spot this week, but obviously he looks even better now. The same goes for Kareem Hunt (vs. Bengals) if he plays. Both Broncos backs have slightly raised PPR floors, too. 

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Plenty will change throughout the week, as some starters will be ruled out as a precaution (Saquon Barkley? Antonio Gibson?) and others will be claimed by the reserve/COVID list. We always see unlikely heroes late in the season, so grab your handcuffs and be ready to pounce.

WEEK 18 SNF LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings

Note: We’ll be updating these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement.

Fantasy RB Rankings Week 18: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on standard, non-PPR scoring

RankPlayer
1Jonathan Taylor, IND @ JAX
2Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. CHI
3Austin Ekeler, LAC @ LV
4Alvin Kamara, NO @ ATL
5David Montgomery, CHI @ MIN
6Antonio Gibson, WAS @ NYG
7Josh Jacobs, LV vs. LAC
8Devin Singletary, BUF vs. NYJ
9James Conner, ARI vs. SEA
10Najee Harris, PIT @ BAL
11Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ PHI
12Nick Chubb, CLE vs. CIN
13Rashaad Penny, SEA @ ARI
14Saquon Barkley, NYG vs. WAS
15Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL vs. NO
16Damien Harris, NE @ MIA
17Sony Michel, LAR vs. SF
18Darrel Williams, KC @ DEN
19D’Onta Foreman, TEN @ HOU
20Elijah Mitchell, SF @ LAR
21Javonte Williams, DEN vs. KC
22Patrick Taylor, GB @ DET
23Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. CIN
24Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. KC
25Samaje Perine, CIN @ CLE
26Jamaal Williams, DET vs. GB
27Boston Scott, PHI vs. DAL
28Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. PIT
29Latavius Murray, BAL vs. PIT
30Rhamondre Stevenson, NE @ MIA
31Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB vs. CAR
32D’Andre Swift, DET vs. GB
33Dare Ogunbowale, JAX vs. IND
34Jordan Howard, PHI vs. DAL
35Rex Burkhead, HOU vs. TEN
36Tevin Coleman, NYJ @ BUF
37Zack Moss, BUF vs. NYJ
38Mark Ingram, NO @ ATL
39Le’Veon Bell, TB vs. CAR
40Chuba Hubbard, CAR @ TB
41Corey Clement, DAL @ PHI
42Eno Benjamin, ARI vs. SEA
43Dontrell Hillard, TEN @ HOU
44Duke Johnson, MIA vs. NE
45Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ HOU
46Ty Johnson, NYJ @ BUF
47Justin Jackson, LAC @ LV
48Nyheim Hines, IND @ JAX
49DeeJay Dallas, SEA @ ARI
50Royce Freeman, HOU vs. TEN
51Derrick Gore, KC @ DEN
52Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. CHI
53Matt Breida, BUF vs. NYJ
54Chris Evans, CIN @ CLE
55Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. NE
56Devontae Booker, NYG vs. WAS
57Jaret Patterson, WAS @ NYG
58Khalil Herbert, CHI @ MIN
59Jeff Wilson Jr., SF @ LAR
60Brandon Bolden, NE @ MIA
61Phillip Lindsay, MIA vs. NE
62Peyton Barber, LV vs. LAC
63Mike Davis, ATL vs. NO
64Cam Akers, LAR vs SF
65D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. CIN
66Craig Reynolds, DET vs. GB
67Joshua Kelley, LAC @ LV
68Ameer Abdullah, CAR @ TB
69Kenneth Gainwell, PHI vs. DAL
70Jonathan Williams, WAS @ NYG

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 18: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring

RankPlayer
1Jonathan Taylor, IND @ JAX
2Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. CHI
3Austin Ekeler, LAC @ LV
4Alvin Kamara, NO @ ATL
5David Montgomery, CHI @ MIN
6Antonio Gibson, WAS @ NYG
7Josh Jacobs, LV vs. LAC
8Devin Singletary, BUF vs. NYJ
9Najee Harris, PIT @ BAL
10Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ PHI
11James Conner, ARI vs. SEA
12Nick Chubb, CLE vs. CIN
13Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL vs. NO
14Rashaad Penny, SEA @ ARI
15Saquon Barkley, NYG vs. WAS
16Sony Michel, LAR vs. SF
17Darrel Williams, KC @ DEN
18Elijah Mitchell, SF @ LAR
19Damien Harris, NE @ MIA
20D’Onta Foreman, TEN @ HOU
21Javonte Williams, DEN vs. KC
22Patrick Taylor, GB @ DET
23Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. CIN
24Samaje Perine, CIN @ CLE
25Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. KC
26Boston Scott, PHI vs. DAL
27Jamaal Williams, DET vs. GB
28Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. PIT
29D’Andre Swift, DET vs. GB
30Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB vs. CAR
31Latavius Murray, BAL vs. PIT
32Rhamondre Stevenson, NE @ MIA
33Dare Ogunbowale, JAX vs. IND
34Rex Burkhead, HOU vs. TEN
35Jordan Howard, PHI vs. DAL
36Tevin Coleman, NYJ @ BUF
37Le’Veon Bell, TB vs. CAR
38Zack Moss, BUF vs. NYJ
39Dontrell Hillard, TEN @ HOU
40Eno Benjamin, ARI vs. SEA
41Chuba Hubbard, CAR @ TB
42Corey Clement, DAL @ PHI
43Duke Johnson, MIA vs. NE
44Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ HOU
45Ty Johnson, NYJ @ BUF
46Mark Ingram, NO @ ATL
47Justin Jackson, LAC @ LV
48Nyheim Hines, IND @ JAX
49Matt Breida, BUF vs. NYJ
50DeeJay Dallas, SEA @ ARI
51Royce Freeman, HOU vs. TEN
52Derrick Gore, KC @ DEN
53Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. CHI
54Chris Evans, CIN @ CLE
55Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. NE
56Devontae Booker, NYG vs. WAS
57Jaret Patterson, WAS @ NYG
58Jeff Wilson Jr., SF @ LAR
59Brandon Bolden, NE @ MIA
60Phillip Lindsay, MIA vs. NE
61Mike Davis, ATL vs. NO
62Ameer Abdullah, CAR @ TB
63Khalil Herbert, CHI @ MIN
64Cam Akers, LAR vs SF
65Peyton Barber, LV vs. LAC
66D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. CIN
67Craig Reynolds, DET vs. GB
68Kenneth Gainwell, PHI vs. DAL
69Joshua Kelley, LAC @ LV
70Jonathan Williams, WAS @ NYG