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Fantasy Football Week 14 Running Back Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 14 Running Back Rankings

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.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
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.

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