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’s playoffs may start in some fantasy leagues so owners may have a few running backs on their roster that they have been flipping between all season. Deciding between them could be the difference between winning and losing this week. For owners who have to stream a running back this week, it may be difficult to choose who to put into the lineup.
Every game that’s left is vital for a team to advance have success in the fantasy playoffs Here are my running back rankings for Week 15 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 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.
Deep 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||Derrick Henry||vs Detroit Lions||RB1|
|Must Start||Christian McCaffrey*||vs Green Bay Packers||RB2|
|Must Start||Dalvin Cook||vs Chicago Bears||RB3|
|Must Start||Austin Ekeler||vs Las Vegas Chargers||RB4|
|Starting RB1||Nick Chubb||vs New York Giants||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Miles Sanders||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB6|
|Starting RB1||David Montgomery||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB7|
|Starting RB1||Aaron Jones||vs Carolina Panthers||RB8|
|Starting RB1||Alvin Kamara*||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB9|
|High End RB2||Jonathan Taylor||vs Houston Texans||RB10|
|High End RB2||D’Andre Swift||vs Tennessee Titans||RB11|
|High End RB2||Josh Jacobs||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB12|
|High End RB2||Chris Carson||vs Washington Football Team||RB13|
|High End RB2||James Robinson||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB14|
|High End RB2||Cam Akers||vs New York Jets||RB15|
|Starting RB2||Antonio Gibson*||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB16|
|Starting RB2||Kenyan Drake||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB17|
|Starting RB2||J.K. Dobbins||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB18|
|Starting RB2||Nyheim Hines||vs Houston Texans||RB19|
|Starting RB2||Myles Gaskin*||vs New England Patriots||RB20|
|Low RB2||Melvin Gordon||vs Buffalo Bills||RB21|
|Low RB2||James Conner||vs Cincinatti Bengals||RB22|
|Low RB2||David Johnson||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB23|
|Flex||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||vs New Orleans Saints||RB24|
|Flex||Jeff Wilson Jr.||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB25|
|Flex||Raheem Mostert*||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB26|
|Flex||Kareem Hunt||vs New York Giants||RB27|
|Flex||Wayne Gallman||vs Cleveland Browns||RB28|
|Flex||Leonard Fournette||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB29|
|Flex||Damien Harris||vs Miami Dolphins||RB30|
|Flex||Ezekiel Elliot||vs San Fransisco 49ers||RB31|
|Flex||Giovanni Bernard||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Devin Singletary||vs Denver Broncos||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||Darrell Henderson||vs New York Jets||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||J.D. McKissic||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||Chase Edmonds||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Duke Johnson Jr.||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB37|
|Deep League Flex||Todd Gurley||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB38|
|Leave on the Bench||Gus Edwards||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB39|
|Leave on the Bench||Kallen Ballage||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB40|
|Leave on the Bench||Jamaal Williams||vs Carolina Panthers||RB41|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Juszczyk||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB42|
|Leave on the Bench||Devontae Booker||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||Frank Gore||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||DeAndre Washington||vs New England Patriots||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Carlos Hyde||vs Washington Football Team||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Adrian Peterson||vs Tennessee Titans||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Philip Lindsay||vs Buffalo Bills||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||Tony Pollard||vs San Fransisco 49ers||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||James White||vs Miami Dolphins||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Cordarrelle Patterson||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Mike Davis||vs Green Bay Packers||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Jalen Richard||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Malcom Brown||vs New York Jets||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||Boston Scott||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Samaje Perine||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB56|
|Leave on the Bench||Mark Ingram||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB57|
|Leave on the Bench||Zack Moss||vs Denver Broncos||RB58|
|Leave on the Bench||Latavius Murray||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB59|
|Leave on the Bench||Peyton Barber||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB60|
|Leave on the Bench||Salvon Ahmed||vs New England Patriots||RB61|
|Leave on the Bench||Le’Veon Bell||vs New Orleans Saints||RB62|
|Leave on the Bench||Trayveon Williams||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB63|
|Leave on the Bench||Dion Lewis||vs Cleveland Browns||RB64|
|Leave on the Bench||Matt Breida||vs New England Patriots||RB65|
|Leave on the Bench||Ito Smith||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB66|
|Leave on the Bench||Ty Johnson||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB67|
|Leave on the Bench||Benny Snell||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB68|
|Leave on the Bench||LeSean McCoy||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB69|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
RB2 Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
Just like last week there is a small chance that Christian McCaffrey plays this week against the Green Bay Packers. If he does play McCaffrey should be in lineups. But if Mike Davis starts he would be the RB11 on the week between Jonathan Taylor and D’Andre Swift.
RB9 Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Whether Drew Brees plays or not weighs heavily on Alvin Kamara’s value. When Brees starts Kamara averages 7.4 catches a game. But when Brees doesn’t start Kamara only averages 2.5 catches a game. If Brees doesn’t start this week Kamara will drop down to RB13 on the week between Chris Carson and James Robinson.
RB16 Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team
Last week Antonio Gibson missed Washingtons game because of a toe injury. He still has not practiced because of the injury. If Gibson is to miss this week J.D. McKissic would bump up to RB22 between James Conner and David Johnson. While Peyton Barber would become the RB41 between Kyle Juszczyk and Devontae Booker.
RB20 Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins
Myles Gaskin missed last week due to a knee injury and because of a positive Covid-19 test. It seems unlikely that Gaskin will be activated and will play this week. Therefore if Gaskin doesn’t play DeAndre Washington becomes the RB33 on the week between Devin Singletary and Darrell Henderson. If Salvon Ahmed returns he can become the RB38 on the week between Duke Johnson Jr. and Todd Gurley.
RB26 Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers
The San Fransisco 49ers have taken a conservative approach to Raheem Mostert’s game since he has returned from injury. Despite being the teams lead back the 49ers have deployed a committee featuring Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., and Tevin Coleman. If Mostert was to miss this week because of an ankle injury he sustained the week prior, Wilson Jr. would become RB18 between Kenyan Drake and J.K. Dobbins.