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 Jonathan Taylor and Damien Harris 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 14 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.
|Must Start||Alvin Kamara*||vs New York Jets||RB1|
|Must Start||Austin Ekeler||vs New York Giants||RB2|
|Must Start||Najee Harris||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB3|
|Must Start||Alexander Mattison*||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB4|
|Starting RB1||Joe Mixon*||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Leonard Fournette||vs Buffalo Bills||RB6|
|Starting RB1||Cordarrelle Patterson||vs Carolina Panthers||RB7|
|Starting RB1||Aaron Jones||vs Chicago Bears||RB8|
|High-End RB2||David Montgomery||vs Green Bay Packers||RB9|
|High-End RB2||Josh Jacobs||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB10|
|High-End RB2||Elijah Mitchell*||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB11|
|Starting RB2||Darrell Henderson*||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB12|
|Starting RB2||Antonio Gibson||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB13|
|Starting RB2||Javonte Williams||vs Detroit Lions||RB14|
|Starting RB2||Nick Chubb||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB15|
|Low RB2||Ezekiel Elliott||vs Washington Football Team||RB16|
|Low RB2||Saquon Barkley||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB17|
|Low RB2||James Robinson||vs Tennessee Titans||RB18|
|Flex||Melvin Gordon||vs Detroit Lions||RB19|
|Flex||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB20|
|Flex||Chuba Hubbard||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB21|
|Flex||James Conner||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB22|
|Flex||Devonta Freeman||vs Cleveland Browns||RB23|
|Flex||Darrel Williams||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB24|
|Flex||Chase Edmonds*||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB25|
|Flex||Tony Pollard*||vs Washington Football Team||RB26|
|Flex||Dontrell Hilliard||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB27|
|Flex||A.J. Dillon||vs Chicago Bears||RB28|
|Flex||Jamaal Williams||vs Denver Broncos||RB29|
|Flex||Kareem Hunt||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB30|
|Deep League Flex||D’Onta Foreman||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB31|
|Deep League Flex||Rex Burkhead||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Alex Collins*||vs Houston Texans||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||David Johnson*||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||Tevin Coleman||vs New Orleans Saints||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||Sony Michel||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Ameer Abdullah||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB37|
|Leave on the Bench||J.D. McKissic*||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB38|
|Leave on the Bench||Devin Singletary||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB39|
|Leave on the Bench||Jeremy McNichols*||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB40|
|Leave on the Bench||Latavius Murray||vs Cleveland Browns||RB41|
|Leave on the Bench||Rashaad Penny||vs Houston Texans||RB42|
|Leave on the Bench||Tony Jones Jr.||vs New York Jets||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||Mike Davis||vs Carolina Panthers||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||Devontae Booker||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Zack Moss||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Adrian Peterson||vs Houston Texans||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Samaje Perine||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||Matt Breida||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||Travis Homer||vs Houston Texans||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Carlos Hyde||vs Tennessee Titans||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Jeff Wilson Jr.||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Ty Johnson||vs New Orleans Saints||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Kene Nwangwu||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||Ja’Mycal Hasty||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Juszczyk||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB56|
|Leave on the Bench||Ty Montgomery||vs New York Jets||RB57|
|Leave on the Bench||Wendell Smallwood||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB58|
|Leave on the Bench||Ronald Jones||vs Buffalo Bills||RB59|
|Leave on the Bench||D’Ernest Johnson||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB60|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
RB1 Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara has missed four straight game with a knee injury. If Kamara misses another game the Saints backfield is expected to be run by a committee led by Tony Jones Jr. because Mark Ingram was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Tony Jones Jr. would move up to RB20 between Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Chuba Hubbard. Ty Montgomery then moves up to RB43 between Latavius Murray and Rashaad Penny.
RB4 Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
Alexander Mattison is expected to start for the Minnesota Vikings this Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is worth noting that Dalvin Cooks was limited in practice this week. It is unlikely that Cook returns from his shoulder injury this week. If Cook was to return he would slot in at Mattison’s RB4 and Mattison would move down to RB51 between Travis Homer and Carlos Hyde.
RB5 Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon hurt his neck last week against the Los Angeles Chargers. If he was to miss this week’s game agains the San Francisco 49ers then Samaje Perine would move up to RB20 between Chuba Hubbard and James Conner.
San Francisco 49ers Running Backs: RB11 Elijah Mitchell & RB52 Jeff Wilson Jr.
Elijah Mitchell has been entered into concussion protocol and Jeff Wilson Jr. suffered a knee injury against Seattle. Since Trenton Cannon was also hurt during that game the only healthy running back is Ja’Mycal Hasty. If both are out this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals then Ja’Mycal Hasty would be the RB22 between James Conner and Devonta Freeman. Kyle Juszczyk would then move up to RB41 between Devin Singletary and Jeremy McNichols.
RB12 Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams
Darrell Henderson was essentially inactive last week against Jacksonville with a high injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals then Sony Michel would move up to RB17 between Saquon Barkley and James Robinson.
RB19 Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos
RB25 Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals could activate Chase Edmonds this week from injured reserve. Edmonds has missed the last three games (four weeks) with a high ankle sprain. If the Cardinals decide to not activate Edmonds then James Conner would move up to RB16 between Nick Chubb and Ezekiel Elliott.
RB26 Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Pollard is dealing with a foot injury. He is expected to play this week but this is something to monitor throughout the week. If Pollard cannot play then veterans Corey Clement and Ito Smith could compliment Ezekiel Elliott this weekend against Washington.
RB33 Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks
Alex Collins missed last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with an abdominal issue. He is expected to return this week against the San Francisco 49ers. If Collins doesn’t return Seattle will use a committee made up of Travis Homer, Adrian Peterson, Rashaad Penny, and DeeJay Dallas. It is hard to say which running back would lead the committee. Any of those running backs would be desperations starts.
RB34 David Johnson, Houston Texans
David Johnson missed last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a thigh injury and illness. If he misses this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks then Rex Burkhead moves up to RB29 between A.J. Dillon and Jamaal Williams.
RB38 J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team
J.D. McKissic missed last week’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders with a concussion. If he was to miss this week against the Dallas Cowboys then Antonio Gibson should see more work on passing downs and Wendell Smallwood would move up to RB53 between Jeff Wilson Jr. and Ty Johnson.
RB40 Jeremy McNichols, Tennessee Titans
Jeremy McNichols missed Tennessee’s last two games with a concussion. If he was to miss this week’s game against Jacksonville expect Dontrell Hilliard to take on a larger role in the passing game.