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Fantasy Football Week 13 Running Back Rankings

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The 2021-22 NFL season is past its halfway point. Fantasy Football playoffs will start soon and bye weeks will continue to take place. This means that running backs like Aaron Jones and Nick Chubb 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 13 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 Jonathan Taylor vs Houston Texans RB1
Must Start Austin Ekeler vs Cincinnati Bengals RB2
Must Start Joe Mixon vs Los Angeles Chargers RB3
INACTIVE Alvin Kamara* vs Dallas Cowboys OUT
Starting RB1 James Conner vs Chicago Bears RB4
Starting RB1 Alexander Mattison vs Detriot Lions RB5
Starting RB1 Cordarrelle Patterson vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB6
High-End RB2 Najee Harris vs Baltimore Ravens RB7
High-End RB2 Antonio Gibson vs Las Vegas Raiders RB8
High-End RB2 Leonard Fornette vs Atlanta Falcons RB9
High-End RB2 James Robinson vs Los Angeles Rams RB10
High-End RB2 Elijah Mitchell  vs Seattle Seahawks RB11
High-End RB2 Ezekiel Eliott vs New Orleans Saints 6.7 points
Starting RB2 Jamaal Williams vs Minnesota Vikings RB13
Starting RB2 Darrell Henderson* vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB14
Starting RB2 Myles Gaskin vs New York Giants RB16
Low RB2 Javonte Williams vs Kansas City Chiefs RB17
Low RB2 Josh Jacobs vs Washington Football Team RB18
Low RB2 Saquon Barkley vs Miami Dolphins RB19
Flex David Montgomery vs Arizona Cardinals RB20
Flex Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs Denver Broncos RB21
Flex Melvin Gordon* vs Kansas City Chiefs RB22
Flex Miles Sanders* vs New York Jets RB23
Flex Damien Harris vs Buffalo Bills RB24
Flex J.D. McKissic* vs Las Vegas Raiders RB25
Deep League Flex Devonta Freeman vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB26
Deep League Flex Tony Pollard vs New Orleans Saints 15.4 points
Deep League Flex Tevin Coleman vs Philadelphia Eagles RB28
Deep League Flex Boston Scott* vs New York Jets RB29
Deep League Flex Rex Burkhead vs Indianapolis Colts RB30
Starting RB2 Mark Ingram vs Dallas Cowboys 3.6 points
Deep League Flex Jordan Howard* vs New York Jets RB32
Deep League Flex Devin Singletary vs New England Patriots RB33
Deep League Flex Rhamondre Stevenson vs Buffalo Bills RB34
Deep League Flex Matt Breida vs New England Patriots RB35
Deep League Flex David Johnson vs Indianapolis Colts RB36
Deep League Flex Alex Collins vs San Francisco 49ers RB37
Leave on the Bench Kenyan Drake vs Washington Football Team RB38
Leave on the Bench Latavius Murray vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB39
Leave on the Bench Ronald Jones vs Atlanta Falcons RB40
Leave on the Bench Darrel Williams vs Denver Broncos RB41
Leave on the Bench DeeJay Dallas vs San Francisco 49ers RB42
Leave on the Bench Brandon Bolden vs Buffalo Bills RB43
Leave on the Bench Jeff Wilson Jr. vs Seattle Seahawks RB44
Leave on the Bench Samaje Perine vs Los Angeles Chargers RB45
Leave on the Bench Nyheim Hines vs Houston Texans RB46
Leave on the Bench Sony Michel vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB47
Leave on the Bench Ty Johnson vs Philadelphia Eagles RB48
Leave on the Bench Eno Benjamin vs Chicago Bears RB49
Leave on the Bench Mike Davis vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB50
Leave on the Bench Zack Moss vs New England Patriots RB51
INACTIVE Tony Jones Jr. vs Dallas Cowboys OUT
Leave on the Bench Phillip Lindsay* vs New York Giants RB53
Leave on the Bench Kene Nwagnwu vs Detroit Lions RB54
Leave on the Bench Jaret Patterson vs Las Vegas Raiders RB55
Leave on the Bench Kyle Juszczyk vs Seattle Seahawks RB56
Leave on the Bench Chris Evans vs Los Angeels Chargers RB57
Leave on the Bench Austin Walker vs Philadelphia Eagles RB58
Leave on the Bench Devontae Booker vs Miami Dolphins RB59
Leave on the Bench Kenneth Gainwell Jr. vs New York Jets RB60

Changes that already happened

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara will be missing his fourth straight game with a knee injury. Mark Ingram now moves up to RB15 between Darrell Henderson and Myles Gaskin. Tony Jones Jr. then moves up to RB52 between Zack Moss and Phillip Lindsay. 

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB15 Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams

Darrell Henderson missed practice Wednesday with a thigh injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars then Sony Michel would move up to RB18 between Josh Jacobs and Saquon Barkley.

 RB22 Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos

Melvin Gordon didn’t practice Wednesday because of a hip and shoulder injury. If Gordon was held out of this game then Javonte Williams would boost up to RB13 between Elijah Mitchell and Ezekiel Elliott.

Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs: RB23 Miles Sanders, RB29 Boston Scott, RB32 Jordan Howard

The Philadelphia Eagles running back room is banged up right now, Miles Sanders is dealing with an ankle issue, Jordan Howard missed last week’s game with a knee injury, and Boston Scott missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness. Whoever ends up starting for the Eagles this week has a great matchup against the New York Jets. It will be important to check out the practice report from Thursday to see who their starter could be. If any of them were to miss time the other running backs would become more valuable. Philadelphia is expected to use a committee even though they could be without running backs.

RB25 J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team

J.D. McKissic missed practice Wednesday with a concussion. If he was to miss this week against the Las Vegas Raiders then Antonio Gibson should see work on passing downs and Jaret Patterson would move up to RB51 between Zack Moss and Phillip Lindsay

RB53 Phillip Lindsay, Miami Dolphins

Miami’s newest running back Phillip Lindsay was limited in practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. If Lindsay was to miss this week against the New York Giants then Salvon Ahmed would be the next man up in the Dolphins backfield.

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