Week 14 Rankings (2020): Top 40 Running Backs

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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:

  1. Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  2. Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  3. Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings – at Tampa Bay
  4. James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
  5. Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Jets
  6. David Montgomery – Chicago Bears – vs. Houston
  7. Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – vs. Denver
  8. Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys – at Cincinnati
  9. Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  10. Austin Ekeler – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Atlanta
  11. Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts – at Las Vegas
  12. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Philadelphia
  13. Wayne Gallman – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
  14. D’Andre Swift – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  15. Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Giants
  16. Josh Jacobs – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Indianapolis
  17. Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins – vs. Kansas City
  18. James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Buffalo
  19. Cam Akers – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New England
  20. Raheem Mostert – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Washington
  21. Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  22. Melvin Gordon – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
  23. Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Kansas City Chiefs – at Miami
  24. Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Dallas
  25. Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Minnesota
  26. J.K. Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  27. Ty Johnson – New York Jets – at Seattle
  28. Damien Harris – New England Patriots – at Los Angeles Rams
  29. David Johnson – Houston Texans – at Chicago
  30. Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New Orleans
  31. Peyton Barber – Washington Football – at San Francisco
  32. Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts – at Las Vegas
  33. Jamaal Williams – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  34. Carlos Hyde – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Jets
  35. Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos – Carolina
  36. Kalen Ballage – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Atlanta
  37. Todd Gurley – Atlanta Falcons – at Los Angeles Chargers
  38. J.D. McKissic – Washington Football – at San Francisco
  39. Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  40. Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills – vs. Pittsburgh

Thoughts:

  • 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

Make sure to check out all of our Week 14 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

5 COMMENTS

  1. Standard
    QB Rivers or Cousins?
    RB Gio Bernard, Fournette, or Tony Pollard?

    1/2 PPR
    (I Need 2 from the group below)
    RB Sanders PHI (tough matchup & more touches)
    RB J.K. Dobbins
    WR T Lockett (last 5 games a bust)
    WR DeeBo Samuel (Mullens favorite target)
    WR DeVante Parker ( playing from behind & Fitz might take over)

    • Standard
      QB Rivers or Cousins?– Cousins
      RB Gio Bernard, Fournette, or Tony Pollard? — Bernard

      1/2 PPR
      (I Need 2 from the group below) — Dobbins & Lockett
      RB Sanders PHI (tough matchup & more touches)
      RB J.K. Dobbins
      WR T Lockett (last 5 games a bust)
      WR DeeBo Samuel (Mullens favorite target)
      WR DeVante Parker ( playing from behind & Fitz might take over)

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