This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes, and Covid-19 concerns. This week running backs like Ronald Jones, Mike Davis, and Leonard Fournette have byes. It could be difficult to decide who is the best streamer to replace one of them in a lineup. A roster could also have two running backs with similar value. Deciding between the two could be the difference between winning and losing this week.
With so little time left during the fantasy football regular season every game that’s left is more important than the last to guarantee yourself a spot in a league’s fantasy football playoffs. Here are running back rankings for Week 13 of the 2020 NFL Season
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting RB1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High-End RB2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 category.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low RB2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and cause a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deeper League Flex- a player who is more of a Hail Mary throw at the position. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Dalvin Cook||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB1|
|Must Start||Derrick Henry||vs Cleveland Browns||RB2|
|Must Start||Nick Chubb||vs Tennessee Titans||RB3|
|Must Start||Austin Ekeler||vs New England Patriots||RB4|
|Must Start||James Robinson||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Miles Sanders||vs Green Bay Packers||RB6|
|Starting RB1||Aaron Jones||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB7|
|High End RB2||Antonio Gibson||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB8|
|High End RB2||Josh Jacobs*||vs New York Jets||RB9|
|Starting RB2||Kenyan Drake||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB10|
|Starting RB2||Myles Gaskin*||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB11|
|Starting RB2||D’Andre Swift*||vs Chicago Bears||RB12|
|Starting RB2||David Montgomery||vs Detroit Lions||RB13|
|Starting RB2||Chris Carson||vs New York Giants||RB14|
|Starting RB2||James Conner*||vs Washington Football Team||RB15|
|Starting RB2||Raheem Mostert||vs Buffalo Bills||RB16|
|Starting RB2||Nyheim Hines||vs Houston Texans||RB17|
|Starting RB2||Alvin Kamara||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB18|
|Low RB2||James White||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB19|
|Low RB2||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||vs Denver Broncos||RB20|
|Low RB2||Wayne Gallman*||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB21|
|Low RB2||David Johnson||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB22|
|Flex||Kareem Hunt||vs Tennessee Titans||RB23|
|Flex||Damien Harris||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB24|
|Flex||Giovanni Bernard||vs Miami Dolphins||RB25|
|Flex||Melvin Gordon||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB26|
|Flex||J.K. Dobbins||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB27|
|Flex||Jonathan Taylor||vs Houston Texans||RB28|
|Flex||Darrell Henderson||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB29|
|Flex||Chase Edmonds||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB30|
|Deep League Flex||Cam Akers||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB31|
|Deep League Flex||Frank Gore||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Todd Gurley*||vs New Orleans Saints||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||Ezekiel Elliot||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||Latavius Murray||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||Jerick McKinnon||vs Buffalo Bills||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Devontae Booker||vs New York Jets||RB37|
|Deep League Flex||Zack Moss||vs San Fransisco 49ers||RB38|
|Deep League Flex||Carlos Hyde||vs New York Giants||RB39|
|Deep League Flex||J.D. McKissic||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB40|
|Leave on the Bench||Jamaal Williams||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB41|
|Leave on the Bench||Jeff Wilson Jr.||vs Buffalo Bills||RB42|
|Leave on the Bench||Malcolm Brown||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||Kallen Ballage*||vs New England Patriots||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||Devin Singletary||vs San Fransisco 49ers||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Boston Scott||vs Green Bay Packers||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Jordan Wilkins||vs Houston Texans||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Mark Ingram||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||Duke Johnson Jr.||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||Salvon Ahmed||vs Cincinatti Bengals||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Gus Edwards||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Benny Snell||vs Washington Football Team||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Joshua Kelley||vs New England Patriots||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Alexander Mattison||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||Tony Pollard||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Brian Hill||vs New Orleans Saints||RB56|
|Leave on the Bench||Le’Veon Bell||vs Denver Broncos||RB57|
|Leave on the Bench||DeAndre Washington||vs Cincinatti Bengals||RB58|
|Leave on the Bench||Ito Smith||vs New Orleans Saints||RB59|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
RB9 Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
A matchup against the New York Jets seems like the perfect opportunity for Josh Jacobs to finish among the league’s highest-scoring running backs. But Jacobs barely cracks the top ten because of an ankle injury he sustained last week. it is already reported that the Raiders plan to limit Jacobs in this game and plan to incorporate Devontae Booker in the game script more than usual. There is a chance the Raiders decide not to limit Jacobs, but there is also a chance Jacobs misses the game completely. If so Booker becomes a fantastic start for those who have stashed him and would rank as RB13 on the week in a great matchup against the Jets.
RB11 Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins
After being rumored to return last week, once again Myles Gaskin could potentially be returning from IR after recovering from his MCL injury. If Gaskin were to remain out another week and Salvon Ahmed were to return from his shoulder injury, Ahmed would become RB20 on the week between James White and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. But if both were to miss games this week a healthy DeAndre Washington (hamstring) would be RB30 between Chase Edmonds and Cam Akers. If none can play Matt Breida would slide into that RB30 spot.
RB12 D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions
Even though D’Andre Swift cleared concussion protocol he was immediately added to an illness list. The report on Thursday on Swift was concerning. Other Lions running back Adrian Peterson said Swift hasn’t been the same since sustaining his concussion a few weeks ago. It is not clear what exactly is wrong with Swift but it seems severe enough to hold him out of Week 13. If he was to miss time Adrian Peterson would become RB34 between Ezekiel Elliot and Latavius Murray. Kerryon Johnson would become fantasy-relevant ranking at RB53 between Joshua Kelley and Alexander Mattison.
RB15 James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers
James Conner misses last week’s game after testing positive for Covid-19. If Conner was to test negative and get taken over the Reserve/COVID-19 list before their game against Washington he would be a great option this week. However, if he was to miss time and Benny Snell would become RB27 between J.K. Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor.
RB21 Wayne Gallman, New York Giants
In recent weeks Wayne Gallman has played the best football of any Giants running back this season. However this week Devonta Freeman could return from IR and could turn the Giants backfield into a two-headed committee. If that was the case Freeman would be RB32 between Frank Gore and Todd Gurley. While Gallman would drop all the way to RB46 between Boston Scott and Jordan Wilkins.
RB33 Todd Gurley, Atlanta Falcons
Due to his touchdown production, Todd Gurley has been an extremely effective fantasy running back this season. But last week Gurley missed his game against the Raiders and the Falcon’s backfield was taken over by Brian Hill and Ito Smith. If Gurley were to miss another week Ito Smith would be RB37 between Devontae Booker and Ito Smith while Brian Hill would rise to RB42 between Jeff Wilson Jr. and Malcolm Brown.