If you’re still alive for your fantasy championship, then congratulations. Now, get ready for the longest fantasy football-related week of your lives. Every day, player updates will be met with dread, as you never know when one of your key running backs will wind up on the reserve/COVID list. Of course, injuries will still rear their ugly heads, too, so you can expect our Week 17 fantasy RB PPR rankings to see some changes before Sunday’s kickoffs. 

Hopefully, your RB depth chart is still strong enough that you can take matchups into account when making start ’em, sit ’em decisions. Several borderline backs are in bad spots this week, most notably Michael Carter (vs. Buccaneers), Myles Gaskin/Duke Johnson/Phillip Lindsay (@ Titans), Chuba Hubbard (@ Saints), Dare Ogunbowale (@ Patriots), Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray (vs. Rams), and Rex Burkhead (@ 49ers). It won’t be difficult for most to leave these guys on their benches (even Gaskin or Johnson in PPR leagues), but Sony Michel (@ Ravens), Darrel Williams (@ Bengals), Josh Jacobs (@ Colts), and, if Dalvin Cook is still on the reserve/COVID list, Alexander Mattison (@ Packers) will be tougher calls, especially in PPR leagues.

WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:
QuarterbackWide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Chances are, Michel, Williams, Jacobs, and Cook/Mattison will be your best flex options, if not best RB2 options, so they should still be in most 12-team lineups. However it’s possible you’ve loaded up on guys like Rashaad Penny (vs. Lions) or Jeff Wilson Jr. (vs. Texans) and have them in better matchups, so do what makes sense for you. Also, don’t shy away from Denver’s RBs despite their dismal Week 16 performances. The Chargers just got run all over by Burkhead, so Denver’s duo should have big bounce-back performances.

WEEK 17 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

In addition to Penny and JWJ (or Elijah Mitchell, if he’s back from his knee injury), borderline guys like Devin Singletary (vs. Falcons), Rhamondre Stevenson (reserve/COVID) and Damien Harris (vs. Jaguars), and D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (@Seahawks) look good. Typically, Harris isn’t as valuable in PPR leagues, but he has high TD upside this week. You could also try AJ Dillon (vs. Vikings) as a TD-or-bust sleeper.

WEEK 17 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

This will almost certainly be another crazy week. It’s not just RBs themselves going on the reserve/COVID list that will matter, it’s also offensive lineman, quarterbacks, and even defensive players. For instance, the Bucs allow the second-most RB receptions per game, so even just one notable defensive lineman being inactive might be just enough to make Carter a “safe” PPR flex. Stay alert, grab your handcuffs, and be ready to pivot.

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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 17: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring

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