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Fantasy Football Week 12 Running Back Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 12 Running Back Rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season is past its halfway point. Bye weeks have been taking place the past few weeks. This means that running backs like Clyde Edwards-Helaire and James Conner will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 12 running back rankings.

*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 causes 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.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Christian McCaffrey vs Miami Dolphins RB1
Must Start Jonathan Taylor vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB2
Must Start Najee Harris vs Cincinnati Bengals RB3
Must Start Austin Ekeler vs Denver Broncos RB4
Starting RB1 D’Andre Swift vs Chicago Bears RB5
Starting RB1 Ezekiel Elliott vs Las Vegas Raiders RB6
Starting RB1 James Robinson vs Atlanta Falcons RB7
Starting RB1 Dalvin Cook vs San Francisco 49ers RB8
High-End RB2 Cordarrelle Patterson* vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB9
High-End RB2 Joe Mixon vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB10
High-End RB2 Aaron Jones* vs Los Angeles Rams RB11
High-End RB2 David Montgomery  vs Detroit Lions RB12
High-End RB2 Saquon Barkley vs Philadelphia Eagles RB13
Starting RB2 Nick Chubb vs Baltimore Ravens RB14
Starting RB2 Alvin Kamara* vs Buffalo Bills RB15
Starting RB2 Elijah Mitchell* vs Minnesota Vikings RB16
Starting RB2 Leonard Fournette vs Indianapolis Colts RB17
Low RB2 Melvin Gordon vs Los Angeles Chargers RB18
Low RB2 Darrell Henderson vs Green Bay Packers RB19
Low RB2 Antonio Gibson vs Seattle Seahawks RB20
Flex Kareem Hunt* vs Baltimore Ravens RB21
Flex Javonte Williams vs Los Angeles Chargers RB22
Flex Devonta Freeman vs Cleveland Browns RB23
Flex Damien Harris vs Tennessee Titans RB24
Deep League Flex A.J. Dillon vs Los Angeles Rams RB25
Deep League Flex Rhamondre Stevenson vs Tennessee Titans RB26
Deep League Flex Miles Sanders vs New York Giants RB27
Deep League Flex Josh Jacobs vs Dallas Cowboys RB28
Deep League Flex Tony Pollard vs Las Vegas Raiders RB29
Deep League Flex David Johnson vs New York Jets RB30
Deep League Flex J.D. McKissic vs Seattle Seahawks RB31
Deep League Flex Tevin Coleman vs Houston Texans RB32
Deep League Flex Myles Gaskin vs Carolina Panthers RB33
Deep League Flex Dontrell Hilliard vs New England Patriots RB34
Deep League Flex Ty Johnson vs Houston Texans RB35
Deep League Flex Rex Burkhead vs New York Jets RB36
Deep League Flex Alex Collins vs Washington Football Team RB37
Deep League Flex D’Onta Foreman vs New England Patriots RB38
Deep League Flex Mark Ingram* vs Buffalo Bills RB39
Leave on the Bench Latavius Murray vs Cleveland Browns RB40
Leave on the Bench Mike Davis vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB41
Leave on the Bench Kenyan Drake vs Dallas Cowboys RB42
Leave on the Bench Zack Moss vs New Orleans Saints RB43
Leave on the Bench Boston Scott vs New York Giants RB44
Leave on the Bench Jeremy McNichols vs New England Patriots RB45
Leave on the Bench Jeff Wilson Jr. vs Minnesota Vikings RB46
Leave on the Bench Devin Singletary vs New Orleans Saints RB47
Leave on the Bench Nyheim Hines vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB48
Leave on the Bench Deejay Dallas vs Washington Football Team RB49
Leave on the Bench Matt Breida vs New Orleans Saints RB50
Leave on the Bench Jamaal Williams vs Chicago Bears RB51
Leave on the Bench Samaje Perine vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB52
Leave on the Bench Sony Michel vs Green Bay Packers RB53
Leave on the Bench JaMycal Hasty* vs Minnesota Vikings RB54
Leave on the Bench Brandon Bolden vs Tennessee Titans RB55
Leave on the Bench Ameer Abdullah vs Miami Dolphins RB56
Leave on the Bench Ronald Jones vs Indianapolis Colts RB57
Leave on the Bench Devontae Booker vs Philadelphia Eagles RB58
Leave on the Bench Alexander Mattison vs San Francisco 49ers RB59
Leave on the Bench Tony Jones Jr. vs Buffalo Bills RB60
Leave on the Bench Jaret Patterson vs Seattle Seahawks RB61
Leave on the Bench Chuba Hubbard vs Miami Dolphins RB62
Leave on the Bench Kyle Juszczyk vs Minnesota Vikings RB63
Leave on the Bench Wayne Gallman vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB64
Leave on the Bench Larry Rountree III vs Denver Broncos RB65
Leave on the Bench Travis Homer vs Washington Football Team RB66
Leave on the Bench D’Ernest Johnson vs Baltimore Ravens RB67
Leave on the Bench Trey Sermon vs Minnesota Vikings RB68
Leave on the Bench Qadree Ollison vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB69

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB9 Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons

Cordarrelle Patterson missed last Thursday’s game against the New England Patriots because of an ankle sprain. If Patterson does not play this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars then Mike Davis moves up to RB25 between A.J. Dillon and Rhamondre Stevenson. Wayne Gallman would move up to RB55 between JaMychal Hasty and Brandon Bolden. Quadree Ollison would then move up to RB59 between Ronald Jones and Devonte Booker.

 RB11 Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones missed last week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with an MCL sprain. The initial timeline for his injury was between one and two weeks. Green Bay has a bye in Week 13 so they may choose to rest Jones this week and through the bye. If Jones doesn’t play against the Los Angeles Rams this week then A.J. Dillon moves up to RB12 between David Montgomery and Saquon Barkley.

New Orleans Saints Running Backs: RB15 Alvin Kamara & RB39 Mark Ingram

Alvin Kamara was held out of the past two games with a knee injury. Mark Ingram is dealing with his own knee injury that made him a limited practice participant Monday and held him out of practice Tuesday. If both miss Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Bills then Tony Jones Jr. moves up to RB33 between Myles Gaskin and Dontrell Hilliard.

If Kamara doesn’t play this week and Mark Ingram does then Mark Ingram moves up to RB18 between Melvin Gordon and Darrell Henderson. Tony Jones Jr. then moves up to RB46 between Jeff Wilson Jr. and Devin Singletary. 

If Kamara plays this week and Mark Ingram doesn’t then Kamara retains his value and Tony Jones Jr. moves up to RB53 between Sony Michel and JaMycal Hasty.

San Francisco 49ers Running Backs: RB16 Elijah Mitchell & RB54 JaMycal Hasty

Elijah Mitchell is dealing with a finger fracture that held him out of practice Wednesday. JaMycal Hasty was unable to play the last two weeks with an ankle issue. Mitchell is expected to play while Hasty’s status is uncertain. If both are inactive then Jeff Wilson Jr. moves up to RB18 between Melvin Gordon and Darrell Henderson. Kyle Juszczyk would move up to RB55 between Brandon Bolden and Ameer Abdullah and Trey Sermon would move up to RB58 between Ronald Jones and Devontae Booker.

If Mitchell is inactive but Hasty plays then Jeff Wilson Jr. moves up to RB22 between Javonte Williams and Devonta Freeman. Then JaMycal Hasty would retain his value and Trey Sermon would then move up to RB62 between Jaret Patterson and Chuba Hubbard.

If Mitchell is active and Hasty is inactive then Mitchell and Wilson Jr. retains their value. Trey Sermon would move up to RB64 between Kyle Juszczyk and Wayne Gallman.

RB21 Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

Kareem Hunt could return this weekend from Injured Reserve from his calf injury. However, if he doesn’t return this week then Nick Chubb moves up to RB10 between Cordarrelle Patterson and Joe Mixon. D’Ernest Johnson then would move up to RB42 between Mike Davis and Kenyan Drake.

RB45 Jeremy McNichols, Tennessee Titans

Jeremy McNichols missed Tennessee’s game last week against the Houston Texans with a concussion. If he misses this week’s game against the New England Patriots expected Dontrell Hilliard to take over the change of pace back role for the Titans.

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