Last week wasn’t as disastrous as it could’ve been at the running back position. It wasn’t great — injuries and COVID issues still caused plenty of roster headaches — but there weren’t many stud backs unexpectedly affected. Chances are, more havoc will be wreaked in the second round of the fantasy football playoffs, so expect plenty of updates to our Week 16 fantasy RB PPR rankings throughout the week. 

Ideally, matchups would be the biggest worry, and there are definitely a few that could cause some usual starters to wind up benches. The toughest calls in PPR leagues will be Chase Edmonds (vs. Colts) and Myles Gaskin (@ Saints). Both are facing brutal opponents, but their high-target ways usually keeps them in PPR lineups. However, both struggled last week, and while we can attribute some of that to both being “eased” back into their respective lineups, it still gives us pause this week. Plus, in win-or-go-home scenarios like most are faced with now, it’s fair to question whether a high ceiling or a high floor is more valuable. Most of the time, it comes down to your specific matchup. 

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James Conner (vs. Colts), Myles Gaskin (@ Saints), Devonta Freeman (@ Bengals), Chuba Hubbard (vs. Buccaneers), D’Onta Foreman (vs. 49ers), and Devin Singletary (@ Patriots) are also in tough situations this week. Conner might be TD-or-bust in PPR since he doesn’t figure to see as many targets with Edmonds back, but his TD upside is too high to ignore. Foreman is also tough to sit, as he gets the vast majority of Tennessee’s carries, but he’s no sure thing either. The rest are probably best suited for benches depending on your others options even though some of these opponents (Bengals, Bucs, Pats) give up a fair amount of receptions to RBs. The backs facing those teams simply aren’t reliable enough to produce. That also might be true of Ronald Jones (@ Panthers) if he’s starting in place of Leonard Fournette (hamstring), as he would profile simillar to Conner. 

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If you’re looking for sleepers, handcuffs Darrel Williams (vs. Steelers), Sony Michel (@ Vikings), Jordan Howard (@ Giants), and Rex Burkhead (vs. Chargers) all have more upside than usual. Michel and Howard won’t catch many passes, so they’re also TD-or-bust, which might make them too risky in PPR formats, but Williams and Burkhead usually get some catches. In their highly favorable matchups, they could easily come through.

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The “borderline” backs with the best matchups are Darrell Henderson (@ Vikings), Michael Carter (vs. Jaguars), Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams (@ Raiders), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. Steelers), Miles Sanders (@ Giants), and Detroit’s starter (@ Falcons), which is likely to be Jamaal Williams. All should be played this week in 12-team leagues, as all are capable of catching at least a handful of passes to go along with what should be solid days on the ground.

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Like we said before, there will be plenty of changes throughout the week to these rankings, so make sure to handcuff your top RBs. It wouldn’t hurt to even handcuff your handcuffs if you have enough space on your roster. It’s going to be a wacky final two weeks (Craig Reynolds and Duke Johnson, anyone?), so get ready if you’re still alive for your fantasy title.

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

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 16: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring

1Jonathan Taylor, IND @ ARI
2Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL vs. DET
3James Robinson, JAX @ NYJ
4Najee Harris, PIT @ KC
5David Montgomery, CHI @ SEA
6Alvin Kamara, NO vs. MIA
7Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. PIT
8Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. WAS
9Nick Chubb, CLE @ GB
10Joe Mixon, CIN vs. BAL
11Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. LAR
12Justin Jackson, LAC @ HOU
13Sony Michel, LAR @ MIN
14Javonte Williams, DEN @ LV
15Josh Jacobs, LV vs. DEN
16Melvin Gordon, DEN @ LV
17Aaron Jones, GB vs. CLE
18Saquon Barkley, NYG @ PHI
19Ronald Jones II, TB @ CAR
20Michael Carter, NYJ vs. JAX
21Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. CHI
22Miles Sanders, PHI vs. NYG
23Jamaal Williams, DET @ ATL
24Chase Edmonds, ARI vs. IND
25Antonio Gibson, WAS @ DAL
26Damien Harris, NE vs. BUF
27Rex Burkhead, HOU vs. LAC
28D’Onta Foreman, TEN vs. SF
29Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. TB
30Darrel Williams, KC vs. PIT
31Jeff Wilson Jr., SF @ TEN
32Myles Gaskin, MIA @ NO
33Devin Singletary, BUF @ NE
34Brandon Bolden, NE vs. BUF
35Darrell Henderson, LAR @ MIN
36Devonta Freeman, BAL @ CIN
37Jordan Howard, PHI vs. NYG
38Tevin Coleman, NYJ vs. JAX
39Jaret Patterson, WAS @ DAL
40Tony Pollard, DAL vs. WAS
41Latavius Murray, BAL @ CIN
42Royce Freeman, HOU vs. LAC
43Mark Ingram, NO vs. MIA
44Craig Reynolds, DET @ ATL
45Joshua Kelley, LAC @ HOU
46AJ Dillon, GB vs. CLE
47Mike Davis, ATL vs. DET
48Duke Johnson, MIA @ NO
49Dontrell Hilliard, TEN vs. SF
50Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. SF
51DeeJay Dallas, SEA vs. CHI
52Devontae Booker, NYG @ PHI
53Boston Scott, PHI vs. NYG
54Ameer Abdullah, CAR vs. TB
55Matt Breida, BUF @ NE
56Phillip Lindsay, MIA @ NO
57Nyheim Hines, IND @ ARI
58D’Ernest Johnson, CLE @ GB
59Dare Ogunbowale, JAX @ NYJ
60Samaje Perine, CIN vs. BAL
61Kene Nwangwu, MIN vs. LAR
62Alex Collins, SEA vs. CHI
63Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB @ CAR
64Peyton Barber, LV vs. DEN
65Godwin Igwebuike, DET @ ATL
66Khalil Herbert, CHI @ SEA
67Jonathan Williams, WAS @ DAL