With just one week left in the season now is not the time to stray. Trust your gut and what got you here, but at the same time leave no stone unturned. Remember, there is a fine line between the right amount of research and overthinking. With that being said, let’s take a look at how our running back options rank for this week:
- Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – at Indianapolis
- Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
- Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Atlanta
- Saquon Barkley – NY Giants – at Washington
- Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – vs. New Orleans
- Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals – at Miami
- Austin Ekeler – LA Chargers – vs. Oakland
- Mark Ingram – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
- Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
- Marlon Mack – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Carolina
- Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
- Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals – at Seattle
- Josh Jacobs – Oakland Raiders – at LA Chargers
- Todd Gurley – LA Rams – at San Francisco
- Le’Veon Bell – NY Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
- Melvin Gordon – LA Chargers – vs. Oakland
- James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – at NY Jets
- Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Devin Singletary – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos – vs. Detroit
- Adrian Peterson – Washington Redskins – vs. NY Giants
- James White – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- David Montgomery – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
- Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- Tarik Cohen – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
- Raheem Mostert – San Francisco 49ers – vs. LA Rams
- Carlos Hyde – Houston Texans – at Tampa Bay
- Patrick Laird – Miami Dolphins – vs. Cincinnati
- Sony Michel – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Royce Freeman – Denver Broncos – vs. Detroit
- Duke Johnson – Houston Texans – at Tampa Bay
- Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Houston
- Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
- Damien Williams – Kansas City Chiefs – at Chicago
- Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Carolina
- Boston Scott – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- What do we do with Dalvin Cook? To be honest we are stuck with him. He has simply been too good to jump ship, and without the Minnesota running back you likely wouldn’t be playing a game with meaning this coming week. Cook once again dealt with a shoulder injury before exiting with just nine carries for 27 yards, but early in the week all indications are that he will be good to go for Week 16. The good news is that the Vikings face the Packers and their weak run defense, but the bad news is that we have to wait until Monday night for the game. That means we have to be prepared. If you are planning on Cook playing and being in your lineup, after all he has 1,654 total yards, 53 receptions, and 13 touchdowns, there are some steps you should take. Check Cook’s injury status, but beyond that Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone need to be ready and waiting on your bench.
- With 57 receptions for 404 yards Le’Veon Bell hasn’t exactly been a weapon in the passing game, but that production has at least salvaged some of his fantasy value. I mean it’s not exactly coming in the run game where Bell has 676 yards on the season. After missing the Jets’ game two weeks ago with the flu, Bell bounced back with his best effort of the season with 87 yards on 21 carries. Things won’t get any easier against the Steelers, but we have to stick with him nonetheless.
- Speaking of the Jets, their defense is actually better than expected so that doesn’t make James Conner as much of a slam dunk as you would think. After taking advantage of the Dolphins in Week 8 with 145 rushing yards, Conner has just 13 carries since. Included in that is eight carries for 42 yards last week against Buffalo, but I would chalk that up to more of a game flow issue than anything else. He also caught four passes for nine yards and a touchdown, and its clear that Pittsburgh’s backfield once again belongs to him.
- Let’s just be clear from the beginning, we aren’t going to see a repeat of last week’s performance out of Kenyan Drake. First I hope that Drake’s success came in your starting lineup and not your bench, or even worse on the other side of your match-up. Secondly, we can easily conclude that Drake is not the same running back we saw in Miami and he has to be valued as such. He gained 137 yards on 22 carries, an average of 6.2 yards per carry, but more importantly scored 4 TD. Based on his performance, and workload, we know who holds the control of Arizona’s backfield and he is a viable fantasy option.
- A third straight week with a touchdown from Adrian Peterson, and while he isn’t the running back he was in the prime of his career the veteran has value. With a minimal role in the passing game and 4.3 yards per carry Peterson is touchdown dependent, but we can bank on 15 to 20 touches a game. His late career resurgence has been impressive as he just can’t be written off.
- Last week Joe Mixon followed up a 146 yard effort with 136 yards against the Patriots, and now he gets the Dolphins and their weak rushing defense. It was been a rough season, as he has three games of more than 100 rushing yards, but with two of those coming in the last two weeks it’s hard to argue with the timing. With 3 TD this season, although Mixon does have three receiving scores, it would be nice to see him find the end zone a little more frequently.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 16 rankings: