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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 15

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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 StartDerrick Henryvs Detroit LionsRB1
Must StartChristian McCaffrey*vs Green Bay PackersRB2
Must StartDalvin Cookvs Chicago BearsRB3
Must StartAustin Ekelervs Las Vegas ChargersRB4
Starting RB1Nick Chubbvs New York GiantsRB5
Starting RB1Miles Sandersvs Arizona CardinalsRB6
Starting RB1David Montgomeryvs Minnesota VikingsRB7
Starting RB1Aaron Jonesvs Carolina PanthersRB8
Starting RB1Alvin Kamara*vs Kansas City ChiefsRB9
High End RB2Jonathan Taylorvs Houston TexansRB10
High End RB2D’Andre Swiftvs Tennessee TitansRB11
High End RB2Josh Jacobsvs Los Angeles ChargersRB12
High End RB2Chris Carsonvs Washington Football TeamRB13
High End RB2James Robinsonvs Baltimore RavensRB14
High End RB2Cam Akersvs New York JetsRB15
Starting RB2Antonio Gibson*vs Seattle SeahawksRB16
Starting RB2Kenyan Drakevs Philadelphia EaglesRB17
Starting RB2J.K. Dobbinsvs Jacksonville JaguarsRB18
Starting RB2Nyheim Hinesvs Houston TexansRB19
Starting RB2Myles Gaskin*vs New England PatriotsRB20
Low RB2Melvin Gordonvs Buffalo BillsRB21
Low RB2James Connervs Cincinatti BengalsRB22
Low RB2David Johnsonvs Indianapolis ColtsRB23
FlexClyde Edwards-Helairevs New Orleans SaintsRB24
FlexJeff Wilson Jr.vs Dallas CowboysRB25
FlexRaheem Mostert*vs Dallas CowboysRB26
FlexKareem Huntvs New York GiantsRB27
FlexWayne Gallmanvs Cleveland BrownsRB28
FlexLeonard Fournettevs Atlanta FalconsRB29
FlexDamien Harrisvs Miami DolphinsRB30
FlexEzekiel Elliotvs San Fransisco 49ersRB31
FlexGiovanni Bernardvs Pittsburgh SteelersRB32
Deep League FlexDevin Singletaryvs Denver BroncosRB33
Deep League FlexDarrell Hendersonvs New York JetsRB34
Deep League FlexJ.D. McKissicvs Seattle SeahawksRB35
Deep League FlexChase Edmondsvs Philadelphia EaglesRB36
Deep League FlexDuke Johnson Jr.vs Indianapolis ColtsRB37
Deep League FlexTodd Gurleyvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB38
Leave on the BenchGus Edwardsvs Jacksonville JaguarsRB39
Leave on the BenchKallen Ballagevs Las Vegas RaidersRB40
Leave on the BenchJamaal Williamsvs Carolina PanthersRB41
Leave on the BenchKyle Juszczykvs Dallas CowboysRB42
Leave on the BenchDevontae Bookervs Los Angeles ChargersRB43
Leave on the BenchFrank Gorevs Los Angeles RamsRB44
Leave on the BenchDeAndre Washingtonvs New England PatriotsRB45
Leave on the BenchCarlos Hydevs Washington Football TeamRB46
Leave on the BenchAdrian Petersonvs Tennessee TitansRB47
Leave on the BenchPhilip Lindsayvs Buffalo BillsRB48
Leave on the BenchTony Pollardvs San Fransisco 49ersRB49
Leave on the BenchJames Whitevs Miami DolphinsRB50
Leave on the BenchCordarrelle Pattersonvs Minnesota VikingsRB51
Leave on the BenchMike Davisvs Green Bay PackersRB52
Leave on the BenchJalen Richardvs Los Angeles ChargersRB53
Leave on the BenchMalcom Brownvs New York JetsRB54
Leave on the BenchBoston Scottvs Arizona CardinalsRB55
Leave on the BenchSamaje Perinevs Pittsburgh SteelersRB56
Leave on the BenchMark Ingramvs Jacksonville JaguarsRB57
Leave on the BenchZack Mossvs Denver BroncosRB58
Leave on the BenchLatavius Murrayvs Kansas City ChiefsRB59
Leave on the BenchPeyton Barbervs Seattle SeahawksRB60
Leave on the BenchSalvon Ahmedvs New England PatriotsRB61
Leave on the BenchLe’Veon Bellvs New Orleans SaintsRB62
Leave on the BenchTrayveon Williamsvs Pittsburgh SteelersRB63
Leave on the BenchDion Lewisvs Cleveland BrownsRB64
Leave on the BenchMatt Breidavs New England PatriotsRB65
Leave on the BenchIto Smithvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB66
Leave on the BenchTy Johnsonvs Los Angeles RamsRB67
Leave on the BenchBenny Snellvs Cincinnati BengalsRB68
Leave on the BenchLeSean McCoyvs Atlanta FalconsRB69

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.

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