For many tonight marks the beginning of the fantasy playoffs, and that likely means micro-managing and potentially overthinking every decision. Who are the running backs that we should be trusting? Who is too risky or should be downgraded with so much on the line? Let’s take a look at how our rankings shake out:
- Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
- Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
- Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings – at Tampa Bay
- James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
- Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Jets
- David Montgomery – Chicago Bears – vs. Houston
- Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – vs. Denver
- Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys – at Cincinnati
- Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Austin Ekeler – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Atlanta
- Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts – at Las Vegas
- Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Philadelphia
- Wayne Gallman – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
- D’Andre Swift – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
- Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Giants
- Josh Jacobs – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Indianapolis
- Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins – vs. Kansas City
- James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Buffalo
- Cam Akers – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New England
- Raheem Mostert – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Washington
- Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Melvin Gordon – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Kansas City Chiefs – at Miami
- Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Dallas
- Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Minnesota
- J.K. Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Ty Johnson – New York Jets – at Seattle
- Damien Harris – New England Patriots – at Los Angeles Rams
- David Johnson – Houston Texans – at Chicago
- Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New Orleans
- Peyton Barber – Washington Football – at San Francisco
- Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts – at Las Vegas
- Jamaal Williams – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
- Carlos Hyde – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Jets
- Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos – Carolina
- Kalen Ballage – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Atlanta
- Todd Gurley – Atlanta Falcons – at Los Angeles Chargers
- J.D. McKissic – Washington Football – at San Francisco
- Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills – vs. Pittsburgh
- There’s no guarantee that Christian McCaffrey is ready to return for Week 14, though there appears to be a good chance. Monitor the news, just in case, and keep in mind that the Panthers could opt to limit his touches in his first game back. It’s nearly impossible to envision sitting him, but we have to downgrade him slightly because there is risk.
- For all the talk about the problems for Alvin Kamara, and there have been some issues, he’s now scored a total of 6 TD over the past five weeks. It will be interesting to see if he can generate the yards on the ground against the Eagles, though he is coming off a season high 88 rushing yards. With just 6 targets in the past three weeks he suddenly looks more like a TD dependent option, and that could be a problem. He’s a viable option, but not quite as highly rated as normal.
- There’s talk that Chris Carson is still battling a foot injury, though he’s coming off a game where he dominated the carries and totaled 110 yards and 1 TD against the Giants. This week against the Jets, there’s little reason to think that he won’t once again put up big numbers.
- Jonathan Taylor is coming off a monster game (91 rushing yards, 44 receiving yards, 1 TD) and is drawing a Las Vegas defense that allowed the Jets to run all over them. While it’s hard to bank on him as a RB1, he’s a high-level RB2 for the coming week.
- While Myles Gaskin did lose a fumble in his Week 13 return, he also got 23 touches and turned them into 90 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards. Against a Kansas City defense that has been in the bottom half of the league against opposing RB (before allowing 157 yards on the ground in Week 13), he’s a locked in RB2.
- There’s already been questions about Miles Sanders, and he continues to lose touches/opportunities. Now throw in a matchup with New Orleans, and at best he’s a FLEX option but that’s not even a given.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN
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