Week 16 Rankings (2019): Top 40 Running Backs


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:

  1. Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – at Indianapolis
  2. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  3. Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
  4. Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  5. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Atlanta
  6. Saquon Barkley – NY Giants – at Washington
  7. Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – vs. New Orleans
  8. Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals – at Miami
  9. Austin Ekeler – LA Chargers – vs. Oakland
  10. Mark Ingram – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  11. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
  12. Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  13. Marlon Mack – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Carolina
  14. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
  15. Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  16. Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals – at Seattle
  17. Josh Jacobs – Oakland Raiders – at LA Chargers
  18. Todd Gurley – LA Rams – at San Francisco
  19. Le’Veon Bell – NY Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
  20. Melvin Gordon – LA Chargers – vs. Oakland
  21. James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – at NY Jets
  22. Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  23. Devin Singletary – Buffalo Bills – at New England
  24. Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos – vs. Detroit
  25. Adrian Peterson – Washington Redskins – vs. NY Giants
  26. James White – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  27. David Montgomery – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
  28. Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  29. Tarik Cohen – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
  30. Raheem Mostert – San Francisco 49ers – vs. LA Rams
  31. Carlos Hyde – Houston Texans – at Tampa Bay
  32. Patrick Laird – Miami Dolphins – vs. Cincinnati
  33. Sony Michel – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  34. Royce Freeman – Denver Broncos – vs. Detroit
  35. Duke Johnson – Houston Texans – at Tampa Bay
  36. Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Houston
  37. Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
  38. Damien Williams – Kansas City Chiefs – at Chicago
  39. Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Carolina
  40. 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:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


      • Thank you! In week 1 of Championship matchup! Lost Godwin but got Anthony Miller to replace him! Also i pickled up Boone of waivers but think hes to risky unless Mattson confirmed out right? My rbs and flex options are Boone White higbee Singletary ingram and Sanders. Have to sit 2 ..thinking Singletary Boone barring injury update?

  1. Hey Prof,

    1 point ppr…

    Need an to pair with McCaffrey….DeAndre Washington or Boone (if Cook or Mattison dont play..which looks likely)

    Need two to pair with Devante Parker…

    Perriman, Woods, Anthony Miller, Slayton our either of the above RBs…

    Take me to the promised land! Thx!

  2. Non -PPR. Starting AJ Brown & Perriman WR, leaving Diggs & Chalk on bench. Starting Barkley & Henry at RB leaving Gordon & Boone on the bench. Of guys on the bench need a flex. Who do you like?


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